Great West Way Travel Magazine | Issue 10

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GREAT WEST WAY TRAVEL MAGAZINE

DISCOVER OUR WAY

Grace and elegance, rural peace or contemporary cool. Travelling through the cities, towns and villages along the Great West Way, you will encounter England at its most beguiling

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Bristol Airport is the perfect place for you to start your Great West Way journey. We’re just 8 miles from Bristol city centre and 19 miles from the city of Bath.

We’ve invested £225m in developments that have transformed the airport experience and now offer more than 120 destinations to our 8.6 million loyal passengers.

We’re investing £60m in a new public transport interchange and multi-storey car park (opening summer 2025) continuing to transform the airport experience, whilst offering more than 120 direct destinations to our loyal customers.

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Front Cover Photo Inspiration: Castle Combe is a charming and picturesque village to visit on the Great West Way. Surrounded by Cotswolds National Landscape, it is widely regarded as one of the prettiest villages in the country. The village is steeped in history and is home to a number of historical landmarks, including a 14th-century market cross and a 13th-century church. The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is a fantastic place to go for a walk or a hike. See more page 83.

WELCOME TO ENGLAND'S GREAT WEST WAY

Welcome to the Spring 2024 edition of the Great West Way Travel Magazine. Our 10th issue is packed full of exciting articles that will inspire you to explore the Great West Way. We take you on a journey through the best local produce and traditional methods of farming and production on the Great West Way where we showcase award-winning English wines, craft beers, mouth-watering brownies, and artisan cheese, page 20. If you're planning a trip with your furry friend, don't miss our article on the best dog-friendly activities and accommodation on the Great West Way, page 30. And if you're looking for a luxurious and scenic getaway, page 48 is where you'll find our feature on the best hotel stays by the river. For those interested in history and culture, we have plenty of articles in this edition. On page 18, as part of our new 'Discover our Ambassadors' pages we explore Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. And on page 38, we take you on a journey back in time and explore the magic of Stonehenge. We also have plenty of interesting and quirky landmarks and stories to discover in this wonderful ancient landscape of Pewsey Vale, page 56. And for those interested in literature, page 58 features Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein, a multi-sensory museum that tells the story of the infamous creation. We hope this edition of the Great West Way Travel Magazine inspires you to plan your next adventure and discover more of this beautiful part of England. Wishing you safe and enjoyable travels!

England’s Great West Way is one of the world’s premier touring routes, bringing together many of England’s most famous destinations and attractions along a corridor between London and Bristol

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30 TAIL WAGGING ADVENTURES

Discover the best dog-friendly activities and accommodation on the Great West Way – and plan your next woof-tastic holiday with your furry friend!

08 THE WAY FORWARD

Discover the latest news on the Great West Way, from newly refreshed cottages to anniversary celebrations, and everything in between.

12 MY GREAT WEST WAY

Discover the beauty of RHS Garden Wisley through the eyes of Garden Manager Peter Jones, and learn about some of the most beautiful parts of the garden, from Oakwood, the historic heart of the garden, to the recently completed Oudolf Landscape, along with Peter's favourite spots to visit on the Great West Way.

20 DISCOVER THE FINEST ARTISANS

From award-winning English wines and craft beers, to mouth-watering brownies and artisan cheese, this article takes you on a journey through the best local produce and traditional methods of farming and production on the Great West Way.

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TIMELESS CHARM OF RICHMOND UPON THAMES

Discover the beauty and culture of Richmond upon Thames: its wildlife and parks, gardens, historic houses, museums and galleries, theatres, and the Thames Path National Trail.

48 BEST HOTEL STAYS BY THE RIVER

Discover the best hotel stays by the river for a luxurious and scenic getaway, enjoy afternoon tea with river views and see some of the most historic examples of architecture on the Great West Way.

60 TOWN AND CITY STAYS

Discover the Great West Way by rail taking a journey through history and scenic landscapes. Uncover the tales of England's railway history as you explore the charming towns and cities along the route.

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CONTENTS SPRING 2024 | Edition 10
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18 BLENHEIM PALACE

Home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with a wealth of unmissable events, tours and exhibitions throughout the year.

26 MCARTHURGLEN DESIGNER OUTLET SWINDON

Discover a unique shopping and leisure destination where you can experience history, fashion, and dining on the Great West Way.

28 VISIT MALMESBURY

Experience the past coming alive in England's oldest borough. Steeped in history, this vibrant market town is home to many famous and popular musical, cultural, and festival events throughout the year.

29 THE ROMAN BATHS

Located in the heart of Georgian Bath, the Roman Baths is one of the finest spas of the ancient world.

38 THE STONEHENGE TOUR

Journey back in time and explore the magic of Stonehenge – an unmissable experience on the Great West Way.

39 FISHERTON MILL

An award-winning café and the South West’s largest independent art gallery, Fisherton Mill is the jewel in Salisbury’s crown of independent shops.

44 HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Henley unfolds as a tapestry of experiences, inviting you to immerse yourself in its cultural richness and natural beauty.

45 GALAHAD TOURS

Explore the Great West Way in style with your own private driver-guide on an award-winning sightseeing tour in a luxury Mercedes vehicle

46 WINDSOR AND THE ROYAL BOROUGH

Spring is coming and there's always something fresh and exciting to discover, and with new attractions, there is never a better time to visit.

56 PEWSEY VALE

Rich in history and heritage and with two white horses carved into the downs, there are plenty of interesting and quirky landmarks and stories to discover in this wonderful ancient landscape in Wiltshire.

57 UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL BOTANIC GARDEN

With its unique collection of plants and fascinating displays, you'll be sure to find something to marvel at in this enchanting garden!

58 MARY SHELLEY’S HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN

Discover this multi-award winning, multi-sensory museum that tells the story of author Mary Shelley and the legacy of her infamous creation.

59 REME MUSEUM

Embark on an exciting Great West Way adventure and discover the intriguing history of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) at the REME Museum in Lyneham, Wiltshire.

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74 ARTS, EVENTS AND CULTURAL CALENDAR

The Great West Way is known for its many special events – don't miss our cultural calendar highlights

80 WAYS TO TRAVEL THE GREAT WEST WAY

The route has been designed to be travelled in a variety of different ways: by road, by rail, on water via the Kennet and Avon Canal and River Thames, by bike or on foot

84 GOURMET GUIDE TO FOOD & DRINK

There are many ways to enjoy food and drink on the Great West Way from fine dining and cookery schools to vineyard tours and quaint tea rooms and cafés

96 WHERE TO STAY ALONG THE GREAT WEST WAY

Stay overnight on the Great West Way, whether on a romantic weekend away or a week-long adventure

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THE WAY FORWARD

A look at the highlights and what’s new on the Great West Way

Carvers Hill Farm: A new vineyard offering a unique wine experience in Wiltshire

Shalbourne is now home to a new vineyard, Carvers Hill Farm, which promises to provide a unique experience for wine enthusiasts. Owned by the Smith family, the vineyard sits on a picturesque spot, surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside.

The vineyard, which spans over 16 acres, is planted with a variety of grapes, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The grapes are carefully selected to produce high-quality wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region.

Vineyard and winery tours will be bookable in the Spring/Summer season, when visitors will be able to join in the fun of various cultural events throughout the season. Visitors to the vineyard will also be able to enjoy a guided tour of the estate, which includes a walk through the vineyards and a visit to the winery. The tour provides an insight into the wine-making process, from grape to bottle. Carvers Hill Farm also boasts a tasting room, where visitors can learn more about the wines and the vineyard's history as well as sample a range of wines, including the vineyard's signature Chardonnay, which has already received critical acclaim.

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Lucknam Park, near Bath

There's some great news for those who love luxury and comfort. Lucknam Park is all set to bring an exciting year ahead with the introduction of a newly refreshed restaurant, two new cottages, spa enhancements, and a brand new events space – one to watch!

Hotel Gotham Bristol

The new Hotel Gotham Bristol is on track to open late 2024 with 75 bedrooms, a restaurant, spa and even a rumoured rooftop terrace bar.

Described by the Guardian as ‘glitzy, ambitious, unapologetically opulent’ and offering ‘pizazz and pampering’, Hotel Gotham Bristol will be centrally located in the Old City part of Bristol so visitors can expect luxury and history with stylish twists, following in the footsteps of Hotel Gotham’s success in Manchester.

Beckford's Tower to reopen after multi-million pound refurbishment

This historic landmark in Bath, will reopen its doors to the public in spring 2024 after undergoing a multi-million pound renovation. The refurbishment to Beckford's Tower, includes a redesign of the tower's interiors, restoration of original features, and new roof and vault access. The restoration project also incorporates digitalisation of the interpretation and installation of solar panels and a greener heat pump – changes aimed at improving the visitor experience and making the attraction more sustainable. The tower, which was built in the early 19th century, offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and is home to a rich history.

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The Pig and The Village Pub

Just a short detour from the Great West Way route a new little piggy is being opened near Cirencester. Formerly Barnsley House Hotel and the village pub, THE PIG-and The Village Pub will be the latest reataurant-with-rooms, opening this summer.

National Garden Scheme to showcase joy and well-being benefits through show garden at the 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The National Garden Scheme will have a show garden at the 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show next May. Designed by eight times RHS gold medal winner, Tom Stuart-Smith, and sponsored by Project Giving Back, the garden will exemplify the joy and associated health and wellbeing benefits of garden visiting that have been at the heart of the National Garden Scheme since 1927.

The Store, Oxford

If you're planning a trip to the beautiful city of Oxford, we hope you will enjoy our article (page 60), and you will be amazed to hear you can now stay in a former department store! Yes that's right! The heart of Oxford is about to welcome a new 101-room hotel, complete with a rooftop bar and subterranean spa, all housed within a stunning former department store. The Store is set to open its doors this summer, so why not plan a visit to The Store on your next trip to Oxford and experience the city from a whole new perspective?

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50 years on The Thames for Thames Rivercruise

Thames Rivercruise operate from their base in Reading, sailing between Henley and Moulsford through some of the most idyllic and unspoilt Thames reaches. This year they are celebrating a major milestone, as they mark 50 years of operation on the Thames. Since 1974, the company has been sailing the idyllic and unspoilt reaches of the river, running private charter parties, daily river trips, and special afternoon tea cruises. Founded by friends

Tim Deaton and Dave O’Neil, Thames Rivercruise has come a long way from its humble beginnings with a single wooden cruiser. Today, the company is home to a fleet of modern steel boats and a heritage fleet of 1920s and 1930s vessels. Tim, one of the oldest and longest-serving skippers on the Thames, still runs Thames Rivercruise hands-on with his son Ben. Together, they offer an exceptional cruising experience to guests, showcasing the beauty of the Thames and its surroundings.

Orangery Renaissance at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

The Orangery at Blenheim Palace has reopened after a two million pound restoration project carried out in collaboration with Historic England. The restoration work involved replacing the glass roof with timber and slate, and restoring the interior of the building. The Orangery offers afternoon teas, Sunday roasts, corporate meetings, and weddings. The new dining experience features locally sourced ingredients and a harmonious mix of contemporary and classic design. The Orangery has a rich history, having served as a greenhouse, theatre, gallery, and offices over the centuries. Thanks to information from the Blenheim Palace archives, it has been restored to its original design before a fire in 1861. Click here to sign up to our monthly Great West Way e-newsletter and stay in the know

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MY GREAT WEST WAY

Discover the Beauty of RHS Garden Wisley through the eyes of Garden Manager Peter Jones, responsible for some of the most beautiful parts of the garden, from Oakwood, the historic heart of the garden, to the recently completed Oudolf Landscape, a newly developed garden showcasing a complex and diverse range of perennials and grasses.

RHS Garden Wisley is a world-renowned garden located in the county of Surrey, east of the Great West Way route.

Covering an area of 240 acres, the garden is a horticulturist's dream, boasting a diverse

range of plant collections, themed gardens, and experimental displays. For many years, Peter Jones has been an integral part of Wisley's team, leading the Hardy Ornamental department as the Garden Manager. In this interview with Peter we learn more about RHS Garden Wisley, its history, and its unique features that make it a must-visit destination for garden enthusiasts from around the world, along with Peter's favourite places to visit on the Great West Way.

Please tell us about your journey in becoming Garden Manager for Hardy Ornamental at RHS Garden Wisley?

I started my journey at RHS Garden Wisley as a student, studying on the 2 year diploma course. While I was studying, the RHS celebrated its 200 year anniversary with the opening of a brand new 3000m² Glasshouse. I was lucky enough to be on placement in this area during the build-up

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to opening, and developed a love for gardening under glass. After completing my course, I stayed on, working in the glasshouse looking after the temperate section, specialising in tree ferns. After a few years I became the team leader for the glasshouses at RHS Garden Wisley and managing this section. The glasshouses here are such an inspirational part of the garden, displaying many, many different and wonderful plants that most people would have never have seen and giving our visitors a small sense of what it may be like to walk in a rain forest or see fully grown cacti. After about 5 years I was ready for a new challenge, and the opportunity to venture back outside was presented. I became Garden Manager for Hardy Ornamental, my current role. This remit sees me managing 3 of the garden teams at RHS Garden Wisley that look after some of the most beautiful parts of the garden, from Oakwood, the historic heart of the garden, an old oak woodland garden that predates Wisley itself, to our recently completed Oudolf Landscape, a newly developed garden designed by Piet Oudolf showcasing a complex and diverse range of perennials and grasses. The exciting thing

about RHS Garden Wisley is that it is such a dynamic garden, which displays so many different types of gardening, so there’s always something new and interesting to see.

What does your role involve and what does a typical day look like?

My role is an interesting mix of horticultural development and managing people. I work closely with my garden teams to maintain and develop the gardens at RHS Garden Wisley, to create an exciting and engaging experience for our visitors. My typical day varies greatly, from area walks with team members planning the upcoming work to planning long term garden projects and the resourcing required, to preparing plant idents for our horticultural students and giving guided tours to our RHS members. No two days are the same.

What do you love most about your job?

RHS Garden Wisley is quite unique as a garden as it changes and evolves quite quickly in gardening terms, and we get to experiment and demonstrate a wide range of gardening

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styles. I also love seeing my teams develop and “grow” in their roles, and creating some wonderful horticulture.

Do you work with a wider team and what achievements are you most proud of?

One of my proudest achievements to date is the creation of Clear Lake, this was a 2 year project to create a large lake that acts as a rain water store that we use during the summer to irrigate parts of the garden. This project involved working with many different teams and was a great collaborative effort. The new lake holds roughly 9000 m³ of

rain water which is harvested off our recently built Hilltop science and learning facility. As well as having an important water resource to help safeguard the garden against our increasingly dry summers, it was an excellent opportunity to create something beautiful. I was lucky enough to design the tree planting schemes and two beautiful oak framed lakeside shelters. It’s a part of the garden I’m truly proud of.

What do you find most inspiring day to day?

I find inspiration from seeing the garden change with the seasons, as plants come into growth this can be noticing a new

‘My typical day varies greatly, from area walks with team members... planning long term garden projects... to preparing plant idents for our horticultural students and giving guided tours to our RHS members.’
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flower for the first time, or our visitors enjoying a part of the garden and learning something new to try in their own spaces.

Are you a city, town, or country person?

I’m very much a country person, I’m originally from north Shropshire, and spent most of my childhood outside playing on my grandparents small holding.

What’s your favourite food or drink along or within easy reach of the Great West Way?

One of my favourite places to visit on the Great West Way is Iford Manor Gardens in Wiltshire. It is hidden away at the bottom of a peaceful valley, just 15 minutes from Bath, it’s the most beautiful and characterful garden. Dating back to the Domesday Book, the gardens were largely designed by renowned Edwardian landscape architect Harold Peto, and blends Italian, Byzantine, Ancient Roman and Oriental garden inspirations, together with architecture and classical sculpture. As well as this beautiful garden, Iford Manor has a superb restaurant, which is linked to the estate farm, serving

some of the nicest food I’ve ever eaten!

What do you think makes the Great West Way special?

The Great West Way is a wonderful route to experience some of the best attractions this part of the country has to offer.

Please describe your perfect adventure on the Great West Way?

Hopping in the car with the dog (Freddie) and finding one of the many excellent gardens which can be found on the Great West Way like Cranbourne Manor or South Wood farm, then heading off to a country pub for a peaceful lunch.

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Blenheim Palace

Home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with a wealth of unmissable events, tours and exhibitions throughout the year

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Blenheim Palace boasts over 300 years of history, more than 2,000 acres of Parkland and Formal Gardens, and has an annual diary of don’t miss dates, to include the fabulous Flower Show and mouth-watering Food Festival return, alongside family favourites including an Easter Extravaganza.

This spring marks the opening of their biggest and most exciting exhibition yet, Icons of British Fashion, alongside a brand-new permanent exhibition and a host of activities celebrating 150 years since the birth of Sir Winston Churchill.

Icons of British Fashion

The highly anticipated Icons of British Fashion exhibition runs 23 March-30 June featuring a line-up of world-class designers and labels, with each fashion house taking over one of Blenheim Palace’s significant rooms. The exhibition will celebrate fashion from the past through to the present day and will feature bespoke designs and loans from some huge names in the fashion world to include Barbour, Stella McCartney, Temperley London and Vivienne Westwood.

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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill

2024 marks 150 years since the birth of Sir Winston Churchill and at Blenheim Palace you can celebrate his extraordinary life with a Churchill at Blenheim tour, or VIP Tour to include a guided buggy tour to Churchill's grave and a delightful Champagne Afternoon Tea, 9 July - 20 October.

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The Blenheim Story

Discover the opening chapter of Blenheim Palace’s story in their brand new permanent exhibition from the birth of John Churchill in 1650, the First Duke of Marlborough, to the completion of the Palace over 75 years later, from 22 March.

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Easter Eggstravaganza at Blenheim Palace

Visit Blenheim Palace between 29 March –1 April for a perfect family day out during the Easter weekend. Hop along to the Walled Garden to enjoy a whole host of eggciting activities including circus skills, balloon modelling, bubble performances and a travelling vintage variety show, not to mention appearances from the Easter Bunny throughout the weekend too. Keep little ones busy with Blenheim Palace’s giant wicker Easter egg hunt around the grounds, complete with a Hotel Chocolat treat at the end, and don’t forget to stop off at the Hotel Chocolat Chocmobile for even more chocolately indulgence!

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Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Blenheim Palace Food Festival returns for its 10th year 25-27 May, with three days of culinary thrills, bursting with delicious produce. Alongside artisan treats and homemade delights, there’ll be craft beers, cocktails, mocktails and more. Visit the festival kitchen to discover live demonstrations and Q&As from a fantastic line-up of celebrity chefs and culinary experts. There’ll be exciting activities for the whole family.

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From artisanal foods to unique homeware, there's something for everyone to discover on the Great West Way.

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FOOD & PROVENANCE

Aldwick Estate: award-winning English wines from the largest vineyard in Somerset Set amidst the rolling Mendip Hills, Aldwick Estate is a family-run vineyard producing award-winning English still and sparkling wines. Located between Bristol and Bath and at 11 acres of vines, Aldwick is Somerset’s largest vineyard

The Bath Distillery - a small-batch gin and vodka distillery based in Bath.

The Bath Distillery use a unique blend of botanicals, including kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, to create their award-winning gins.

Bath Soft Cheese - delicious cheese made with oldfashioned manual methods

The Padfield family have been happily milking a herd of cows at Park Farm for four generations. All of their cheeses are made using old-fashioned manual methods, which gives the cheeses more flavour. Notably, they're the producers of the famous Wyfe of Bath and Bath Blue cheeses.

Beckford's of Bath Rum - Award Winning Rums made with the best natural ingredients

Beckford's of Bath Rum use traditional techniques to combine quality Rum with perfectly matched classic flavours to create something truly irresistible. Their rum exudes luxury and enjoyment and is so smooth that it can be drunk as a long or short drink.

Bristol Cider Company - award-winning West Country cider in a variety of flavours

Born in Bristol in 2017, the Bristol Cider Company produce great tasting, award-winning West Country cider, that comes in a variety of flavours. Their range of smooth, traditional ciders and luscious, fruit varieties are truly delicious.

Chatley Farm Brownies - mouth-watering brownies made with professional kitchen expertise

Joanna Pobjoy has been creating delicious food from her professional kitchens on Chatley Farm near Bath since 2002. They have 9 flavours of chocolate brownies: Rich Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Orange, Amaretto, Mint, Marshmallow, Vanilla, Rum & Raisin, White Chocolate & Raspberry, Rich Chocolate, and Marshmallow.

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Dr Chocs - A Heaven for Chocolate Lovers

Dr Chocs is a delightful chocolate shop located in Windsor. They offer a wide range of chocolates and sweets, including handmade truffles, artisan chocolate bars, and delicious fudge. Their chocolates are made with the finest ingredients, including premium cocoa beans from around the world, and they have something to suit every taste and budget. Whether you're a chocolate connoisseur or just looking for a sweet treat, Dr Chocs is the perfect destination for all your chocolate needs.

Kettlesmith - modern interpretation of classic beer styles, produced by an award-winning micro-brewery Kettlesmith is an award-winning micro-brewery from Bradford on Avon offering beer drinkers a refreshingly modern interpretation of classic American, Belgian and English styles: Hoppy Pales, malty Ambers, citrusy IPAs and earthy Saisons. Kettlesmith produces quality beers full of balanced, clean, crisp flavours.

Loddon Brewery - an artisan brand from Reading that specialises in brewing high-quality craft beer. Loddon Brewery use locally sourced ingredients and traditional brewing methods to create unique and flavourful beers that reflect the rich culture and heritage of the area.

Megs Cottage Fudge: 18 fabulous fudge flavours made with real ingredients

All Megs Cottage Fudge's fabulous flavours are made in their Wiltshire cottage kitchen using only real ingredients. They have 18 flavours for you to choose from. You will find no artificial flavourings or gluten in their recipe.

Ramsbury - smooth vodka and full-bodied gin crafted in the heart of Wiltshire

The distillery uses locally sourced ingredients and traditional methods to create high-quality spirits that are renowned for their smoothness and depth of flavor. The Ramsbury estate itself is a beautiful and historic property that has been

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home to generations of farmers and distillers, and today it continues to be a hub of innovation and craftsmanship in the world of spirits. If you're a fan of vodka or gin, Ramsbury is definitely a brand worth trying out!

Milk and Bean – the place to go for a delicious cup of coffee and homemade treats

This small local business, located on Northbrook Street in Newbury, is the perfect spot to relax and unwind while enjoying some of the best specialty coffee in the area.

Sally Lunn's – a historic tea house and bakery in Bath Housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Sally Lunn's dates back to the 15th century, famous for its Sally Lunn Bun, a light and fluffy bread roll that has been a local delicacy for centuries. The bun is typically served warm with a variety of toppings, including sweet cream, jam, and butter. Sally Lunn's also serves cakes, pastries, and scones, as well as a selection of teas and coffees.

LIFESTYLE AND HOMEWARE

Amy West Basketmaker

Amy West, a Bath-based basketmaker, produces stunning baskets using home-grown and locally sourced willow and hazel, as well as recycled fabrics. With a background in textiles, Amy's designs are influenced by her expertise in knitting, weaving, spinning, patchwork, upholstery, and mending.

Bramley Founded by Chloë Luxton, Bramley produces a sustainable range of bath, body, and beauty products inspired by the countryside. The brand was first created for the owner's bathrooms at The Beckford Arms in Wiltshire. The hotel group has just launched their first Bramley Cabin at The Bath Arms, Wiltshire.

Bumble & Bee Jewellery

Emily, who lives in Overton next to Whitchurch, founded Bumble & Bee Jewellery with a passion for beautiful, affordable, and long-lasting jewellery. The brand has grown beyond her wildest dreams, teaching silver smithing classes and selling her jewellery worldwide.

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The Bristol Soap Company

The Bristol Soap Company creates natural, vegan, and palm oil-free products, with fully recyclable packaging. Their range includes soaps, lip and body balms, bath salts, face and body oils, sprays, and masks, all made with love by hand. Heading

Coolbrook Clay

Coolbrook Clay produces unique ceramic pottery in their garden studio in Bath. Each item is one-of-a-kind, made by Ingrid and her husband, James Hourigan. Their work is mostly thrown on a potter’s wheel, but they also make some handbuilt items like small pebbles.

Goats of the Gorge

Goats of the Gorge is a family-run business that produces skincare products using milk from the village Kerborne herd of British Alpine show goats. Research shows that goat’s milk is beneficial when used in skincare products, managing and improving severe and long-term skin conditions. The brand started production just two miles from Bristol Airport and has now moved to larger premises at Fairseat Workshops Chew Valley.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Located in Hampshire on the Great West Way, Whitchurch is one of the oldest silk mills in the country that has been continuously in operation since its establishment in 1815. The mill produces high-quality silk using traditional methods, and visitors can learn about the process of silk production through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. The mill also has a shop where visitors can purchase unique silk products made on-site, including scarves, ties, and cushions. Whitchurch Silk Mill is a fascinating destination for anyone interested in textiles, history, and craftsmanship.

The Great British Bee Co

The Great British Bee Co is an award-winning skincare brand inspired by British honey bees, made by artisan designer makers and bee farmers in Wiltshire. The family company exists to support British honey bees, and their products are environmentally sound, made with harvest from their own colonies and ingredients grown in the Great West Way countryside.

The Workshop Below

The Workshop Below is a charming and creative ceramics studio located in the heart of Bristol. Their handcrafted ceramics are a true testament to the skill and creativity of their talented team of artisans. From beautifully designed mugs to elegant plates and bowls, their unique pieces are perfect for adding a touch of style to any home. With a focus on sustainability and ethical production, The Workshop Below is the perfect destination for those looking for handmade products that are both beautiful and environmentally conscious.

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THE BRIDGE TEA ROOMS ONE OF THE FINEST SPOTS FOR AFTERNOON TEA

Step back in time to the glorious Victorian era, double winner UK’s ‘Top Tea Place’, and one of the finest spots for afternoon tea. Based in a former blacksmith’s cottage the Hansel & Gretel-style exterior leads onto the cosiest of dining rooms. A wonderful and atmospheric venue for groups. From morning tea or coffee, mini Cream Tea to an extended visit for Empire Full Afternoon Teas.

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McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon ATTRACTIONS

Discover a unique shopping and leisure destination where you can experience history, fashion, and dining on the Great West Way

Looking for an exciting day out? McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon is the perfect destination for all shoppers and fashion enthusiasts. Located in the beautifully renovated Grade II listed buildings of the Great Western Railway Works, it is one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe.

With over 100 top name stores, the outlet boasts a quality mix of High Street and Designer brands, all with discounts of up to 60 per cent. You can shop till you drop with fashion brands like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Boss, Levi's, adidas, Nike, Russell & Bromley, Reiss, Guess, as well as home brands like John Lewis Home Outlet, Denby, Rituals, Le Creuset, and many more.

Swindon Designer Outlet has a variety of restaurants

around the centre that are open until late most week nights. You can choose from Five Guys, Wagamama, Pizza Express, Slim Chickens, Krispy Kreme, KFC, and Subway. If you are in the mood for a quick bite, there is also a great selection of cafes including Starbucks, Soho Coffee, and Costa.

Next door to the outlet is STEAM Museum of The Great Western Railway, which gives families the chance to learn about the men and women who built, operated, and travelled on the Great Western Railway. There's also a brilliant play area for children and a mini land train, the Hooter Express. Find Swindon Designer Outlet off junction 16 of the M4 and junction 11a of the M5. Open 364 days of the year, seven days a week.

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Visit Malmesbury DESTINATIONS

Experience the past coming alive in England's oldest borough. Steeped in history, this vibrant market town is home to many famous and popular musical, cultural, and festival events throughout the year.

Malmesbury is a vibrant market town that has stood the test of time. With its rich history and unique charm, it's a must-visit destination. And if you're planning a trip to Malmesbury in 2024, you're in for a real treat, with a special programme of events to mark the town's illustrious past.

One of the highlights of the year is the Devereux Weekend, taking place on 4-5 May. Visitors can experience the 1640s with a real-life replay of the last battle for Malmesbury between the Roundheads and Cavaliers of the English Civil War. It's a unique opportunity to step back in time and witness history come alive.

Another significant event is Athelstan 1100, which runs from June to October. This year marks 1100 years since Athelstan became the first King of England, and he is buried

in Malmesbury Abbey. The town is celebrating with a series of events, including the 'Malmesbury's Big Athelstan Dig', where visitors can mingle with community archaeologists.

There are also live performances in Malmesbury Abbey, an Anglo-Saxon Fair and children's Big Athelstan picnic, and a large-scale re-enactment village to explore.

Visitors can browse the charming streets and High Street with unique independent retailers, or stop at one of the lively cafes, restaurants, pubs, and bars. And if you're looking for an exciting programme of words, music, walks, and more, don't miss Wessex Week from 19-26 October. Malmesbury is the perfect place to visit for a unique and historic destination in the heart of the British countryside.

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The Roman Baths

Located in the heart of Georgian Bath, the Roman Baths is one of the finest spas of the ancient world

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of the Romans at the Roman Baths, an incredible spa that boasts some of the finest examples of ancient Roman architecture. The natural thermal springs that still flow today were the site of relaxation, socialising, and worship for the Romans. As you walk around the Great Bath, you'll be transported back in time on ancient Roman pavements.

The East and West Baths, and Roman Gym are brought to life with modern projections, showcasing how the Romans once relaxed and exercised. The museum collection next to the bathing complex is home to the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva and a stunning gilt bronze head of the goddess. A modern projection brings the Temple Pediment to life, with the Gorgon’s head at its centrepiece. You'll also find the Beau Street Hoard collection of 14,000 coins and the Curse Tablets, which

were thrown into the Sacred Spring to ask the goddess for revenge. Complimentary audioguides in 12 languages are available to help you explore the site, and costumed characters around the Great Bath show you how Romans would have lived and worked. If you're visiting during the summer months, stay until sunset and witness the magic of the Roman Baths. As the torches flicker and light up the site, you'll feel transported back in time to experience the Roman way of life.

Don't forget to stop for a bite to eat at the Pump Room, where you can enjoy breakfast, brunch or a delicious afternoon tea. If you're looking for a unique souvenir to take home, visit the Roman Baths shop, where you can find a variety of gifts inspired by the Roman period, including jewellery, pottery, and books.

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TAIL WAGGING ADVENTURES

Looking to bring your dog on holiday this season? The Great West Way offers a range of dog-friendly things to do, places to eat and accommodation perfect for you and your furry friends

THINGS TO DO FOR A WOOF-TASTIC TIME!

Stretching from London to Bristol and with three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty on route, there are an abundance of walking trails on the Great West Way ready for you and your dog to explore. Plus, with a range of pet-friendly attractions, restuarants and more, you can enjoy pawsitively perfect days out. Here's our selection of some of the top dog-friendly attractions...

Cheddar Gorge

Situated in the depths of the Mendip Hills and within easy reach of the Great West Way, Cheddar Gorge is one of England’s most spectacular natural landmarks. The stunning gorge boasts awe-inspiring cliffs, holding fascinating secrets of prehistoric times. The gorge has a large variety of attractions within it, accompanied by plenty of trails to explore on foot and a twisty road to discover by car. Venture up Jacob’s Ladder with your furry friend, a 274-step climb offering rewarding panoramic views of the Somerset Levels. Here, you can continue your hike along the Cliff-Top Walk, a 3-mile circular route. You might even be

lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Cheddar’s famous goats along the cliffs!

Horse-Drawn Boat Trips

For a truly authentic dog-friendly experience, the Kennet Horse Boat Company offers relaxing boat trips down the famous Kennet and Avon Canal. Their horse-drawn boat tours offer a unique and environmentally friendly journey as you explore Berkshire’s beautiful countryside. With few left in the UK, this historic experience showcases horses walking alongside the canal, slowly guiding you downstream.

The tradition of horse-drawn boats dates back as far as 1760, when it was commonplace for horses to pull boats. While some may be able to drift on their own, the boats would often come upon stretches of water that required an extra bit of power to sail through. As such a simple and effective method of transportation, horse-drawn barges continued well into the 1960s, speaking to its popularity. Dogs can be brought along providing they’re well-behaved and kept on a lead, but it’s worth noting that they admit them at their discretion.

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Stonehenge

The fascinating monument that keeps on giving. Every few years we seem to learn something new about its mesmerising history, and it continues to puzzle even the greatest minds. The world-famous stone circle is a truly wonderful sight to behold and will certainly get you thinking about its purpose and history. You might ask yourself how the stones got from their original location to the circle just outside Salisbury, or how they managed to balance the huge stones so perfectly that they’ve remained in place for thousands of years.

When you’re out in the field admiring Stonehenge’s construction, the good news is that your furry friend can be right by your side. While they’re not allowed to be present in the Monument Field itself, they are permitted throughout any of the National Trust’s Open Access fields, with the exception of certain designated areas where sheep may be grazing.

Vale of Pewsey

If you’re looking to visit quaint historic villages and majestic landscapes, the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire is an excellent

destination. The history of the fascinating vale dates back to the 6th century, with some settlements thought to be even older. There are plenty of authentic local pubs, shops and cafes to choose from as you explore its vast network of ancient footpaths. Or perhaps you’d prefer to head straight to the most well-known attraction in Pewsey – the White Horse carvings. Your dog is sure to appreciate the natural paths and will certainly be tired out after your day of exploration.

Windsor Great Park

Part of the Windsor Estate, Windsor Great Park offers 4,800 acres of ancient Royal landscape, featuring forests, grasslands, lakes, and gardens. Here, you will discover 1,000 years of history with the company of your furry friend.

Stretch your legs across the Long Walk, a tree-lined avenue over 2.5 miles with the ancient fortress of Windsor Castle at its end. Venture inside the Deer Park, home to the largest population of ancient oak trees in Europe! Take in breath-taking views at Virginia Water, featuring stunning lakeside reflections and hidden gems amongst its woodland shores.

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DOG-FRIENDLY PLACES TO STAY

Spend as long as you like along the Great West Way with a range of dog-friendly accommodation. From fancy hotels and countryside inns, cosy self-catering cottages and narrowboats, there are plenty options to suit you and your furry friend.

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‘You will find the Rose and Crown at the foot of the rolling countryside... expect a traditional village inn where... Europe’s oldest road – the Ridgeway – runs nearby’

Whatley Manor Hotel, near Malmesbury

Whatley Manor is a luxurious, quintessentially English Wiltshire hotel with a number of dog-friendly ground floor rooms. Set in 12 acres of grounds, and located on the edge of the Cotswolds near Malmesbury, you can be sure of plenty of pretty Great West Way walks for you and your fourlegged friends to enjoy in the surrounding countryside. Well trained dogs over 6 months are welcome to stay if booked in advance, with a £30/night supplement. You will find a luxury dog basket, food, treats, poo bags and a toy for your companion waiting in your room on arrival.

Herongate Apartments, Hungerford

Book a stay at the pet-friendly Herongate Apartments during your Great West Way journey. There are four apartments to choose from, all conveniently located just a few minutes' walk from Hungerford High Street and the beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal, with dogs welcome for a charge of £20 per dog per night. Guests can enjoy complimentary access to the gym and pool at nearby Herongate Club, or explore Hungerford itself for independent shops and friendly pubs.

The Rose & Crown, Wiltshire

You will find the Rose and Crown at the foot of the rolling countryside of the Lambourn Downs in the charming village of Ashbury. Expect a traditional village inn where young children and dogs are both welcome. Europe’s oldest roadthe Ridgeway - runs nearby, offering brilliant views and great dog walks.

Bath Self Catering, in and around Bath

Want to stay in or around Bath as part of your Great West Way adventure? Bringing your dog? Bath Self Catering can help. This association of high quality, luxury self-catering holiday cottages and apartments includes many pet-friendly options. There are lots of options for you and your dog to choose from, including modern city-centre apartments or cosy countryside cottages within striking distance of the city.

Devizes Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Wiltshire

Experience the rural charm and beauty of Wiltshire at Devizes Camping and Caravanning Club Site, an ideal place to stay if you’re travelling the Great West Way route by campervan.

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Pets are welcome at the site, and there are even designated enclosed dog-walking areas where you can exercise your canine companion. The location of the site alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal also means you will have lovely dog walk options along the towpath; head East along the canal to reach the spectacular Caen Hill Locks after around two miles. This staircase of locks carries the canal up and over a hill in an impressive feat of 19th century engineering.

The Queens Arms, near Hungerford

Explore the lovely countryside near Hungerford during a stay at the Queens Arms, an award-winning hotel, pub and restaurant situated in the beautiful village of East Garston in West Berkshire. There are 12 bespoke bedrooms, a selection of which are dog-friendly. If you're looking for local dog walks during your stay, you will be spoilt for choice; the Queens Arms is set in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surrounded by stunning Berkshire countryside.

Manor Farm Courtyard Cottages, near Newbury

The four luxuriously-appointed self-catering cottages at Manor Farm Courtyard Cottages in the little Berkshire village of Hampstead Norreys welcome well-behaved dogs. These 17th century former barns and stables provide everything you need for a luxurious stay, with a village shop and cafe a stone's throw away and lots of lovely dog walks on the doorstep.

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Honeystreet Boats, Wiltshire

Why not stay on a beautiful canal boat on the Kennet & Avon Canal as you explore the Great West Way? Enjoy an all-inone option for both fun transport and cosy accommodation with Honeystreet Boats, based in the beautiful Vale of Pewsey. Their lovely narrowboats are all dog-friendly. Sit back and relax as you set a leisurely pace floating along the canal, moor up for a while at a canalside beer garden, or take your canine friend for a brisk walk along the towpath.

The Royal Oak, Yattendon, Berkshire

Dog owners will love the Royal Oak at Yattendon - a charming and characterful country inn at the heart of a pretty Berkshire village where you can enjoy a comfortable stay and a delicious meal. There is a £10 surcharge per dog if you are bringing a four-legged friend with you for your stay, and you can be sure of a warm welcome for the whole family. What's more, Yattendon village boasts a large network of local footpaths and bridleways for you and your dog to explore.

The Roseate Villa Bath

Overlooking the tranquil Henrietta Park, the Roseate Villa Bath is moments from the centre of the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. The Roseate Villa Bath welcome dogs with open arms - in fact the hotel even has its own dog, Muttley!

Bath itself has many great dog walks to enjoy, including the National Trust's Bath Skyline walk with impressive views over the city

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EXPERIENCES

The Stonehenge Tour

Journey back in time and explore the magic of Stonehenge – an unmissable experience on the Great West Way

Embark on a journey of discovery with the Stonehenge Tour, an experience that will take you to walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge –one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.

From the moment you step aboard the tour bus, you'll be transported back in time to an era when the world was a little more mysterious and magical. Operated by Salisbury Reds, the Stonehenge Tour is the perfect way to explore the famous ancient site, that has fascinated visitors for centuries.

As you travel through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, you'll have the opportunity to hop on and off at your leisure and take your time exploring the stunning surroundings of Old Sarum before moving on to the stone circle. Step into a Neolithic village and find out if you have what it takes to move a mighty Sarsen stone, come face to face with a

5,500-year-old man in the exhibition and get up close to the iconic Stone Circle to take the perfect picture.

As you journey through time to discover the secrets of Stonehenge, you'll be captivated by its mysterious allure. Feel the history come alive as you wander amongst the giant stones, soaking up the magical atmosphere that surrounds you. The Stonehenge Tour is a truly unforgettable experience, one that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted long after your visit.

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore one of the world's most breathtaking monuments. Book your seat on the Stonehenge Tour and experience the wonder and enchantment of this ancient site firsthand. The Stonehenge Tour is a journey of discovery that will take you on a magical and inspiring adventure.

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Fisherton Mill

An award-winning café and the South West’s largest independent art gallery, Fisherton Mill is the jewel in Salisbury’s crown of independent shops.

Housed in a charmingly converted Victorian grain mill, this iconic destination is just a stone's throw away from the city centre and the train station. It offers an ideal space for leisurely browsing, shopping, and dining, making it the perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family. Whether you're in the mood for a quick visit or hoping to stay a while, you'll find plenty to enjoy at Fisherton Mill.

The Gallery Café is a must-visit spot providing mouth watering lunches and scrumptious homemade cakes alongside a state-of-the-art barista bar. The focus on seasonal dishes and quality ingredients ensures that every meal is fresh, delicious, and satisfying.

If you're in need of some retail therapy, the Gallery Shop is an absolute gem. With a curated collection of ceramics, textiles, jewellery, and glassware, as well as unique gifts and

greetings cards, you'll find an eclectic mix of beautiful items that you won't want to leave behind.

The courtyard and first floor are home to a variety of boutique Studios, where you can find lovely handmade items for sale and see the artists at work. With their unique styles and techniques, the studios are a treat for the eyes and a source of inspiration for anyone who appreciates creativity and craftsmanship.

With regular exhibitions in the Main Gallery and a dynamic programme of creative workshops, there's always something new and exciting to see and do at Fisherton Mill.

Fisherton Mill is open Monday to Friday from 9.30-5pm, Saturdays 9.30-5.30pm. Find them at 108 Fisherton Street Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7QY.

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TIMELESS CHARM OF RICHMOND UPON THAMES

A guide to exploring the rich history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture of the beautiful borough of Richmond upon Thames on the Great West Way – more akin to a village than a town.

Named after Henry VII’s favourite Earldom, Richmond in Yorkshire, the borough of Richmond upon Thames is steeped in history and offers an array of open landscapes, beautiful royal parks, a unique selection of bars and restaurants along the River Thames, and plenty of things to do.

From wildlife and parks to historic houses, museums and galleries, theatres, and the Thames Path National Trail, there is something for everyone in this beautiful borough.

Wildlife and Parks

The London Wetland Centre, located in Barnes, is a 105-acre nature reserve that is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including ducks, geese, swans, otters, and even flamingos. Visitors can explore the reserve’s boardwalks, hides, and wetland habitats to observe the wildlife and learn about wetland conservation.

Richmond Park, a former hunting ground of King Henry VIII, is a 2,500-acre royal park that is home to over 600 deer. Visitors can walk, cycle, or horse ride through the park’s open spaces, woodlands, and gardens, and enjoy stunning views of the city skyline from its highest point, King Henry’s Mound.

The Deer Park, located in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, is a 700-acre park that is home to herds of fallow and red deer. Visitors can take a guided tour of the park to learn about its history and wildlife, or simply enjoy a peaceful stroll through its ancient woodlands and grasslands.

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Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the world’s largest collection of living plants, with over 50,000 species. Visitors can explore the gardens’ glasshouses, galleries, and landscapes, and learn about the vital role that plants play in our lives.

Terrace Gardens Richmond is a hidden gem located behind Richmond Hill. It is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in a peaceful oasis surrounded by flowers, trees, and water features.

Historic Houses

Hampton Court Palace, located in East Molesey, is a magnificent Tudor palace that was once home to King Henry VIII. Visitors can explore the palace’s state apartments, kitchens, and gardens, and learn about the lives of the Tudor monarchs who once lived there.

Ham House, located in Ham, is a 17th-century mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Stuart architecture in England. Visitors can admire its fine interiors, including its richly decorated rooms and beautiful gardens.

Kew Palace, located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a small but perfectly formed royal palace that was once the home of King George III and Queen Charlotte. Visitors can explore the palace’s elegant rooms and learn about the lives of the royal family who once lived there.

Museums and Galleries

Museum of British Military Music and Kneller Hall, located in Whitton, is a fascinating museum that tells the story of British military music from the 16th century to the present day. Visitors can learn about the history and traditions of military music, and see a collection of instruments and uniforms.

Orleans House Gallery, located in Twickenham, is a stunning Georgian mansion that is now a public art gallery. Visitors can admire its fine collection of paintings, sculptures, and prints, and attend exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Twickenham World Rugby Museum & Stadium is a Great West Way must-visit for all rugby fans. Visitors can learn about the history of the sport, see a collection of memorabilia, and take a tour of the stadium.

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‘Hampton Court Palace... is a magnificent Tudor palace that was once home to King Henry VIII... explore the palace’s state apartments, and learn about the lives of the Tudor monarchs who once lived there.’

Theatres

Richmond Theatre is a beautiful Victorian theatre that is renowned for its high-quality productions of plays, musicals, and operas. Visitors can enjoy a night of entertainment in this historic venue, which has hosted performances by some of the world’s greatest actors.

The Puppet Theatre Barge Richmond, located on a converted barge on the River Thames, is a unique and magical theatre that is loved by children and adults alike. Visitors can watch puppet shows on the barge’s tiny stage, and enjoy the stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside. The Hammond Theatre, located in Hampton, is a modern theatre that showcases a wide range of productions, from drama and comedy to dance and music.

Thames Path National Trail

The Thames Path National Trail is a 184-mile walking trail that follows the River Thames from its source in the Cotswolds to the sea at the Thames Barrier.

The section of the trail that runs through the Great West Way includes Richmond upon Thames, and is one of the most beautiful and peaceful stretches of the river. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk along the riverbank, taking in the stunning views of the city and the countryside along the way.

Whether you are a nature lover, a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply looking for a peaceful escape from the city, Richmond is a beautiful borough that offers a wealth of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture.

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Henley-on-Thames

Henley unfolds as a tapestry of experiences, inviting you to immerse yourself in its cultural richness and natural beauty.

Henley-on-Thames is a charming town that offers much more than just its prestigious rowing event. Whether you're a family looking for fun activities or a culture enthusiast, Henley has a lot to offer. Take a stroll through the town's picturesque walks and enjoy the beautiful scenic cycle routes. Families can have a great time playing the new adventure golf, which features miniatures of the town, or explore the soon-to-be-opened adventure playground that promises endless joy from June onwards.

If you're a history buff, then Henley-on-Thames is the perfect destination for you. The town's rich history can be seen in its architecture and landmarks, such as the beautiful St Mary's Church and the Henley Bridge. You can also explore the River and Rowing Museum, which showcases the town's strong connection to the river and its rowing heritage. There's always something new to discover in Henley, making it an

ideal destination for a weekend getaway or a day trip.

The town's vibrant calendar is always packed with exciting events, from Art Trails to the world-renowned Henley Festival and the enchanting Traditional Boat Rally. If you're looking for something more holistic, the Wellbeing Festival, which is set to launch at the end of May, will add a unique touch to the town's diverse offerings. Henley is also home to one of the country's oldest theatres that hosts regular comedy nights.

Explore the abundance of independent shops and boutiques that offer unique items and souvenirs. Enjoy outdoor dining in the Market Place or along the riverside, where you can enjoy the beautiful view while indulging in delicious food. Picture a perfect day with a picnic in Mill Meadows, accompanied by live music from the bandstand and a steady stream of boats gliding past.

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Galahad Tours

Explore the Great West Way in style with your own private driver-guide on an award-winning sightseeing tour in a luxury Mercedes vehicle

Galahad Tours offers privately guided sightseeing tours on the Great West Way. The business is owned and operated by Matt, who offers a doorto-door service in a luxury Mercedes vehicle. By booking Matt you put the fun into seeing the Great West Way's highlights by taking the hassle out of touring.

"I’m exactly the same as my clients", says Matt with a knowing smile. "When I travel, I don't want to worry about driving on the wrong side of the road, navigating unfamiliar routes and planning itineraries. So, I always hire a private guide to guarantee a memorable experience - now I offer that same service to others!"

Matt's tours have received nothing but glowing 5-star customer reviews since launching in 2022. He provides entertaining commentary, historical context, and tasty lunch stops to ensure a memorable experience for his clients.

Matt's award-winning privately guided sightseeing tours cover destinations including Bath, the Cotswolds, Stonehenge, Highclere Castle, Blenheim Palace, Avebury, Glastonbury, and Wells.

"Bath is a special place because it's one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Cities in Europe" explains Matt. "You leave London behind and suddenly this incredible region just opens up to you."

Galahad Tours has amassed nothing but glowing 5 star customer reviews since launching in 2022, "My tours are a carefully curated selection of my very favourite places", explains Matt. "You can sit back and watch the stunning scenery unfold as I provide the entertaining commentary, historical context and stops to see some of the Great West Way's most amazing places.”

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Windsor and the Royal Borough

Spring is here and there's always something fresh and exciting to discover, and with new attractions, there is never a better time to visit.

Come for the day, or better still stay longer and discover more in ’24. In Windsor and the Royal Borough there is accommodation to suit all budgets and styles, including luxury and boutique properties, historic inns and family-friendly hotels.

New for this spring, The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort open their Woodland Village and thrilling race-themed rollercoaster Minifigure Speedway, bringing fresh excitement to the park.

Longer evenings and warmer days breathe new life into Windsor Great Park and The Savill Garden, where magnolia and blossom can be enjoyed in abundance, and the incredible

Adventure Play offers unique adventures for younger families. The River Thames is at its glorious best in spring; there are multiple ways to enjoy it in the Royal Borough, from scenic cruises, rowing boat hire or how about booking a family kayak or sampling a sunset paddle board experience?

Windsor and the Royal Borough boasts several awardwinning restaurants including The Loch & The Tyne in Old Windsor and the many culinary delights of Bray Village. El Cerdo, Sauce & Flour and Seasonality are top independent eateries in Maidenhead which complement existing family favourites and local treasures – you won't be disappointed!

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Bradford on Avon is perfectly set in the dramatic Avon valley in Wiltshire and only a few miles from the World Heritage City of Bath; it is a combination of river, canal and architecture of true character. From small weavers’ cottage to grand clothiers’ houses; handsome public buildings, medieval barns, ancient places of worship and meandering alleyways making it the perfect place to explore!

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The Greenlands Hotel is set within the 30 acre Henley Business School Estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside along the Great West Way, providing well-appointed accommodation, Fine Dining or Afternoon Teas on the banks of the River Thames.

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BEST HOTEL STAYS BY THE RIVER

Want to slow down your pace and find your own story on the Great West Way with a hotel stay near the river? With so many absorbing things to see and do along the Royal River Thames, from watching the historic tradition of Swan Upping to splashing about in boats, you may well wish to stay longer than a day...

1THE MITRE

The Mitre Hotel is a historic hotel located by the river Thames in the charming town of Hampton Court. The hotel is known for its stunning views of the river and the iconic Hampton Court Palace. If you are looking to spend a relaxing day by the river, you can take a stroll along the scenic riverbank, enjoy a picnic or try some water activities such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. The Mitre Hotel also offers a variety of activities such as guided tours of the palace, cycling and walking tours, and even hot air balloon rides!

The hotel's restaurant offers delicious cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and the bar provides a wide range of drinks to enjoy while taking in the beautiful views.

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SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN HOTEL & SPA

The Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa is a luxurious hotel comprising of several characterful buildings clustered around a historic cobbled street by Eton Bridge and Windsor Castle, with a gym, spa treatments, outdoor whirlpool and sauna. The hotel is named after the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, who designed many iconic buildings in London, including St Paul's Cathedral. If you are looking to spend a relaxing day by the river, you can take a stroll along the Thames Path, which passes right by the hotel, or you can take a boat trip along the river and enjoy the beautiful views of Windsor Castle and the surrounding countryside. The hotel also offers a range of activities such as cycling, golfing, and horse riding, which you can enjoy in the nearby Windsor Great Park. Additionally, the town of Windsor has a rich history and many attractions to explore, including Windsor Castle, the Windsor & Eton Brewery, and the Windsor Guildhall, which is famous for hosting weddings of the British royal family.

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THE CASTLE HOTEL

The Castle Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Windsor, situated amongst some of the most historic examples of architecture in the UK. The hotel itself dates back to the 1600s and sits opposite the magnificent Windsor Guildhall, with royal attractions such as Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel both within easy reach. There's a range of luxurious rooms, each individually styled with a unique blend of contemporary design and classic charm. A walk along the Thames Path is highly recommended – the path passes right by the hotel and offers stunning views of the river and the countryside.

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4RUNNYMEDE-ONTHAMES

Runnymede-on-Thames is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the River Thames, located on the banks of the river in Egham just a short detour from the Great West Way. The hotel offers a range of activities for guests to enjoy on the river, including boat tours, paddleboarding, and fishing. It also has its own private jetty for guests who want to bring their own boats or yachts. The hotel's riverside restaurant, The Lock Bar and Kitchen, offers stunning views of the river and serves delicious food and drinks. The hotel also has a spa, gym, and indoor and outdoor pools for guests who want to relax or stay active during their stay.

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5THE HAND & FLOWERS

The Hand & Flowers is the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars. Located in the beautiful town of Marlow, with welcoming staff and award-winning food that Tom Kerridge is renowned for. While visiting The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, you can take advantage of the beautiful river that runs through the town. There are many ways to enjoy the river, whether you prefer a relaxing boat ride, a peaceful walk along its banks, or even a spot of fishing. If you're interested in taking a boat ride, you can rent a rowing boat or a motorboat and explore the river at your own pace. Alternatively, you can take a guided boat tour and learn about the history and wildlife of the area. You’ll find the rooms in nearby cottages almost as sensational as the fine dining, with their 4-poster beds and deep, double-ended baths.

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MONKEY ISLAND ESTATE

The Monkey Island Estate is located on a picturesque island (in the River Thames) in the historic village of Bray in Berkshire. The island has a rich history, centuries old, and has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals. The two Grade I listed heritage pavilions which form the property were originally commissioned as a fishing retreat in 1723 by the third Duke of Marlborough. These have been completely restored and renovated by YTL Hotels, with beautifully landscaped gardens and picturesque views of the River Thames. Set across seven acres, Monkey Island Estate features 27 exquisite guestrooms and three sumptuous suites, plus, there are six private residences, all named to reflect their individual nature and a floating spa.

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HENLEY GREENLANDS HOTEL

Once home to the WH Smith family, this 30 acre estate enjoys both views of the river, and the glorious Oxfordshire countryside. Less than 3 miles from the centre of Henley-on-Thames a market town full of historic buildings and home to the famous annual event the Henley Royal Regatta, 5 miles from the riverside Georgian market town of Marlow and a short car journey to Windsor and the University City of Oxford.

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Pewsey Vale

Rich in history and heritage and with two white horses carved into the downs, there are plenty of interesting and quirky landmarks and stories to discover in this wonderful ancient landscape in Wiltshire

Nestled in the North Wessex Downs, the Vale of Pewsey is a picturesque area with plenty of activities and events. Visit Wilton Windmill, the only working windmill in Wessex, or Crofton Beam Engines, a 19th century pumping station on the Kennet & Avon Canal. Located in the North Wessex Downs the landscape is rich in wildlife covering around 700 square miles of designated National Landscape.

The Vale is accredited as a Walkers are Welcome area, the Crop Circle Visitor Centre is a must-visit attraction and the 77-mile long Pewsey Vale Circular Way is perfect for a long-distance cycle ride. Pewsey itself is a pretty village with free parking, a variety of independent shops, cafes and pubs, and is home to the Pewsey Heritage Centre.

Quintessential England, home to the Kennet & Avon Canal and the ancient Ridgeway, Pewsey Vale is a perfect destination for walking or cycling, as well as boat hire from Bedwyn Wharf and Honeystreet Mill.

There are two mainline stations in the Vale – one at Great Bedwyn and one at Pewsey – from which Wiltshire Connect's on-demand bus service can then take you around the area or to visit local market towns like Devizes, Marlborough and Hungerford.

The Vale of Pewsey is a wonderful destination for anyone exploring the Great West Way and a must-visit location for anyone travelling through Wiltshire. Visit in September and enjoy the Pewsey Carnival, the oldest carnival in the county.  Click here to find out more

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ATTRACTIONS

University of Bristol Botanic Garden

With its unique collection of plants and fascinating displays, you'll be sure to find something to marvel at in this enchanting garden!

Located in the heart of Bristol, the University of Bristol Botanic Garden is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature and plants. The garden is spread over four and a half acres, featuring over 4,500 different plant species from around the world.

The garden is divided into different zones, each showcasing a unique collection of plants. The Evolution Dell is a prehistoric landscape that tells the story of plants' evolution from water onto land. Here, you can see a diverse range of plants that existed over 350 million years ago - from giant ferns to towering horsetails. Another fascinating zone is the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden, which displays the

traditional uses of plants that span over 3,000 years.

The garden also features a glasshouse with four climatic zones, where you can experience the heat and humidity of the rainforest, the arid conditions of the desert, and the temperate climate of the Mediterranean.

In addition to its stunning displays, the University of Bristol Botanic Garden hosts a range of events and workshops throughout the year. Guided tours are also available, so whether you are new to plants, waiting to discover them, or are a plant enthusiast, you will find something to enjoy by visiting this wonderful natural world.

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Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein ATTRACTIONS

Discover this multi-award winning, multi-sensory museum that tells the story of author Mary Shelley and the legacy of her infamous creation.

Brimming with unusual items, visually sumptuous imagery, ominous soundtracks, bespoke smells and special effects, the House of Frankenstein delivers an original, illuminating and entertaining experience. It also features rooms dedicated to popular culture; an intimate screening room showing the first ever Frankenstein silent movie from 1910; a hyper-realistic 8ft animated recreation of “The Creature” as Mary imagined him; two themed Escape Rooms and, for the braver visitor, a horror walkthrough experience in the basement.

Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein is open Sunday–Friday 11am–5pm, and Saturdays 10am–6pm. Extended opening hours during UK holiday periods.

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REME Museum

Embark on an exciting Great West Way adventure and discover the intriguing history of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) at the REME Museum in Lyneham, Wiltshire.

Since World War II, REME has been ensuring that the British Army's state-of-the-art equipment is always battle-ready, and the museum's interactive galleries showcase a wide range of exhibits from rare recovery vehicles to a tiny toothbrush made by a Prisoner of War. Take a journey through time, starting from the beaches of Normandy, and uncover fascinating stories of skill, innovation, and bravery, including the REME Officer who saved Volkswagen from the ruins of war and the intrepid mechanic who powered the first overland crossing of Antarctica.

Recently awarded the VisitEngland Gold Accolade in 2023, the museum is a perfect destination for a fun-filled day out for all ages. Experience life in Wartime Britain, get

up close with Daleks at Sci-Fi Day, or explore miniature scenes at the Model Show during the various events hosted throughout the year. Moreover, the museum offers a range of activities for families to enjoy during school holidays. In 2024, visitors can look forward to a collaborative art exhibition between the REME Museum and the REME Officers’ Mess, providing a rare opportunity to view their collections together.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the 'Dig for Victory' vegetable patch, wildlife garden, and the Garden of Remembrance while you're there. After a day of exploring, replenish your energy with a hot drink and freshly cooked lunch at Crown’s Café located on-site.

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TOWN AND CITY STAYS

Explore the towns and cities of the Great West Way by rail with the Great West Way Discoverer pass – allowing you unlimited off-peak train and bus travel between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, with options to branch off in the Thames Valley, Cotswolds and Wiltshire – all with just a single ticket.

Ah, the romance of the railway. The sound of the whistle that announces the train’s departure, the clack-clack rhythm of the rails as they pass beneath the wheels, and the ever-changing view that passes by the window. Settling in to a railway carriage is a treat – one that heralds adventure and can be accompanied by a steaming cup of tea or a cooling bottle of beer, no driving required.

Seeing the towns and cities of the Great West Way by train means becoming a part of its history. Trains have chugged and steamed along this route for over 175 years, bringing produce to market and business to towns, holidaymakers to the countryside and rural folk to the capital. Join the story of England’s railways on a journey along the Great West Way with the GWR Great West Way Discoverer Pass. With the GWR Great West Way Discoverer Pass you can hop on and off at any station around the route – Reading, Swindon, Chippenham and Bath Spa, or London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central.

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One of England’s great long-distance railway lines, the Great Western Railway runs along the full distance of the Great West Way – from London’s Paddington station to Bristol Temple Meads. It’s chief engineer was Isambard Kingdom Brunel and you’ll travel the course he plotted back in the 1830s, including his Box Tunnel, infamously said to be impossible to build. Before he built it.

In one go, the journey takes just 1 hour 40 minutes, but stopping en route to explore the Great West Way is far more fun, so why not take the opportunity to visit and discover the bright lights beyond London?

EAST OF THE GREAT WEST WAY ROUTE

LONDON'S ICONIC LANDMARKS

If you are starting your Great West Way journey in London be sure to visit its iconic landmarks and cultural hotspots. You might like to start with a feast for the senses at some of London's world-class museums: Strawberry Hill House & Gardens, a stunning Gothic Revival villa perhaps, and a visit to admire masterpieces at the National Gallery. Explore the life and works of J.M.W. Turner at Turner's House, or observe the diverse wildlife at WWT London Wetland Centre. Marvel at the opulence of Apsley House and Wellington Arch, or delve into the fascinating world of ancient civilizations at The British Museum.

Take a stroll through the picturesque Marble Hill or gaze at the stars at the Royal Observatory. And don't forget to visit the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, and the Queen's House – all located at the heart of Greenwich's UNESCO World Heritage Site. With so much to see and do, London is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories at the start, or end, of your Great West Way adventure.

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The historic Prime Meridian of the World at Royal Observatory, Greenwich Strawberry Hill House & Gardens

THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF WINDSOR AND MAIDENHEAD you can use your Discover pass to travel from London Paddington to Windsor and Eton Central in less than 40 minutes. And, we like to think of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead as ‘London’s Country Estate’ – a relaxing haven, near enough to enjoy the hustle, bustle, sights and sounds of the capital.

Windsor Castle dominates our skyline and a visit should be top of your list. It’s a breath-taking place to explore – no wonder it was the recent setting for two royal weddings.

You can’t say the word Windsor without conjuring up images of the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle, royalty, horse racing, Changing the Guard, the River Thames and Eton College. Windsor thrives on its royal patronage, rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture and beautiful natural scenery. Add to this an abundance of quaint oneof-a-kind shops and culinary scene headed by the likes of Heston Blumenthal and you’ll have a reasonable idea of the treats in store for you in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Windsor Castle is one of the official residences of His Majesty The King as well as a venue for ceremonial and state occasions. The castle spreads over the equivalent of 269 tennis courts and is more like a fortified town. It contains magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection and St George's Chapel, a Royal Peculiar and one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England. It is the burial place of 11 monarchs including Queen Elizabeth II, Henry VIII and Charles I.

Windsor is the only place outside London where you can watch Changing the Guard, the process where a new Castle guard exchanges duty with the old guard. Usually

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accompanied by a band, it takes place throughout the year, weather permitting and except Sundays (check the schedule which changes month by month). Outside of the castle, the best viewing point is the Corn Exchange at Windsor Guildhall at around 10.50am. From inside the Castle, you can watch the actual changing ceremony outside the Guardroom in the Lower Ward at 11am.

The Royal Borough is a truly tasty destination with a wide range of fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes. The village of Bray may be small but it packs a culinary punch as it is home to a selection of restaurants and pubs boasting seven Michelin stars between them! Think of the Roux family and Heston Blumenthal and you’ll find them both here in the Waterside Inn and the Fat Duck respectively.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is also home to not one but two famous racecourses – Ascot and Royal Windsor – putting racing very much at its heart and soul. Queen Elizabeth II had a lifelong passion for horses and so it follows that racing and other equestrian events are hugely popular in the Windsor area.

While out riding, Queen Anne (subject of the recent film The Favourite) noticed the potential that the open heathland around Ascot, not more than 5 miles from Windsor Castle, would be ideal for “horses to gallop at full stretch”. She subsequently founded the world-famous racecourse here in 1711. Today Royal Ascot, is a national institution and centrepiece of the British social calendar. The royal party attends each day, arriving in horse-drawn carriages.

There is yet more to discover just across the bridge in Eton. Famous of course for its boys’ school which dominates the north end of the town, there is much to discover. Take a stroll along the High Street and back and

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you will find hidden gems such as an original marker for the first-ever modern marathon route from Windsor to London from the 1908 London Olympics, Sir Anthony Gormley’s Edge II statue attached to Common Lane House and Timbralls where James Bond creator, Ian Fleming, lived during his time at Eton. Coincidentally the lamp post outside the house is numbered 007!

And if shopping is more your thing you’ll find variety, choice and quality in the Royal Borough with a fantastic range of independent stores as well as top High Street names and international brands.

PLACES TO STAY EAST OF THE THAMES

Great Northern Hotel, London

The Great Northern Hotel's location is a major draw, as it is situated just a few steps from King's Cross St. Pancras Station, offering easy access to all of London's major attractions. Originally opened in 1854, it was the first great railway hotel in the capital, serving as a gateway to the north of England. The hotel has been carefully restored to its former glory and offers a unique blend of Victorian elegance and contemporary luxury.

Cliveden House Hotel, Berkshire

This luxurious five-star hotel is situated in a magnificent Grade I listed stately home that dates back to 1666, set in

376 acres of stunning National Trust gardens and woodland. The hotel is renowned for its rich history, elegant design, and impeccable service. The hotel features a state-of-the-art spa, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and the hotel's award-winning restaurant, The Andre Garrett at Cliveden, serving delicious contemporary British cuisine, using seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers.

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Pennyhill Park, Bagshot

There are only a few places able to offer such a diverse range of experiences as Pennyhill Park. Set in 123 acres of Surrey countryside with a host of individual experiences, the hotel offers exceptional overnight breaks, Michelin starred dining, family celebrations and an award-winning spa.

Royal Berkshire, Ascot

Royal Berkshire is a country house with a private walled garden and a beautiful fountain plaza. Guests can enjoy a delicious array of dining treats, from club sandwiches and juicy steaks in FORK or in the lounge and bar, to an afternoon tea or deckchair picnic out on the lawns to celebrate a special occasion.

The Queens Arms, East Garston

The Queens Arms is perfectly placed for a stop off on the Great West Way, located between London and the West Country in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty. An award-winning hotel, pub and restaurant with its own private lodge with high oak beamed ceiling. There's a large friendly bar with log fire and cosy dining room, a south facing patio and a large enclosed garden – ideal for alfresco dining.

READING

From London the first stop is Reading, near the centre of the Great West Way, making it a great base from which to explore the many delights of the route. Reading offers the excitement of a modern city blended with an unexpected slice of English heritage, all located between the rivers Thames and Kennet.

In the core of Reading’s Abbey Quarter, the extensive Abbey Ruins tell the story of 900 years of history. Founded by King Henry I of England and also his burial place, visit the spot where Henry I was buried or where Jane Austen went to

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school six hundred years later and where Oscar Wilde was imprisoned in the late 19th century.

Reading is a waterways town – take a cruise on the River Thames, a stroll through Caversham Court Gardens and the chance to watch a professional football match at Reading FC’s Majedski Stadium.

Visit one of the town's free museums; see the only fullsize replica of the Bayeux Tapestry the Reading Museum or The Museum of English Rural Life, also known as the MERL – the national museum dedicated to food, farming and countryside.

Watersports fans can also hire a SUP or kayak, go open water swimming or enjoy a dine and swimming package at the restored Edwardian Thames Lido or picnic in the meadows alongside the Thames.

For fans of a faster lifestyle, go shopping in one of the country’s top ten retail capitals, dine your way around the world, check out Reading’s vibrant nightlife or search Reading’s brand new online cultural hub - whatsonreading.com.

And if you’ve been thinking of planning a trip to explore the region, you’ll find Reading the ideal touring base. Henley, Windsor, Oxford, and a host of lovely Thameside villages, are all within easy reach – creating magical experiences to treasure forever.

PLACES TO STAY IN READING

The Roseate, Reading

Described as 'The UK's Sexiest Townhouse Hotel' by The Evening Standard, The Roseate Reading is an artful luxury hotel that prides itself on it's attention to detail, to the facilities available to make a stay cherished and memorable.

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Hilton Reading, Reading

Ideally located off junction 11 of the M4, the hotel offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. All rooms feature air conditioning, wired and wireless Internet access, laptop safes, mini bar, on-demand movies, a spacious workdesk and famous Hilton Serenity bed system, plus access to the 24-hour LivingWell Health Club.

Novotel Reading Centre, Reading

Novotel Reading Centre sits in the heart of the town –Reading train station is just a two-minute walk away. Many of Reading's best restaurants, bars and shops are just a stone's

throw from the hotel. Thames Valley Park is also just a shuttle bus away. Family rooms can accommodate two adults and two children comfortably and there's a sauna, steam room, and indoor heated pool. The Gourmet Bar and Restaurant serves tempting food and drinks from an internationallyinspired menu - the perfect place to unwind after a busy day.

Bird in Hand at Knowl Hill, Reading

The Bird In Hand is a delightful 14th Century Inn with a rich history that spans 600 years. Recently acquired by Wiltshire brewer Wadworth, this inn offers a unique glimpse into the past while providing all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Whether you're looking to enjoy a delicious meal, relax with a pint of locally brewed beer, or explore the surrounding countryside, the Bird in Hand is the perfect destination.

NORTH OF THE GREAT WEST WAY ROUTE OXFORDSHIRE & BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Trains between London Paddington and Reading call at Twyford, where you can change onto the line to Henley-onThames, home to the famous regatta and plenty of messing about in boats. Discover the history of Henley, rowing and the Thames at the River & Rowing Museum, or join a sightseeing cruise along the Thames with Hobbs of Henley.

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Marlow is without a doubt one of the loveliest locations on the River Thames. Situated on a broad sweep of the river between Henley and Windsor and alongside the woodlands of the Chiltern Hills the charming Georgian market town is made up of historic streets, boutique shops and plenty of character. Visitors will recognise Marlow for it’s iconic suspension bridge which, originally built in 1832 spans the River Thames and provides a grand entrance in to the town.

Further north, don’t miss the learned university city of Oxford. Of course, it’s not all lounging around in the Bodleian Library, pretending to study. Discover some of the city’s more unexpected attractions too, like the Pitt Rivers Museum, full of alarming anthropomorphic artefacts, or The Eagle and Child pub, where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien used to meet and swap stories. There’s also bikes, board game cafés and strange sculptures to find – including a curious headless shark.

WILTSHIRE

Next stop from Reading taking the north west route is Swindon, home to STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway. Here you’ll see famous locomotives from throughout the railway’s history, drive a train simulator and work the signals in the interactive GWR signal box. Right next door is the McArthurGlen outlet shopping village, where

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more than 100 brands are on sale at up to 60% off.

Armed with your new skills – and perhaps a souvenir or three to take home – head next to Chippenham, a historic market town in the rural county of Wiltshire. On the banks of the River Avon, Chippenham is a flourishing small town, with an enticing market to explore on Fridays and Saturdays on the High Street and plenty of proper English pubs.

If you’re in the mood for more city sights, Salisbury, just off the touring route is a city that embraces everything arts and culture. Visit Mompesson House, the 18th-century property featured in the all-star film version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1995).

There’s also Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Museum and Salisbury Cathedral – or pop into the Old Sarum Airfield Museum where you can sit in more aircraft cockpits than anywhere else in the UK! And of course those sacred stones aren’t too far away…

In between and around the big cities sit lots of other interesting towns – their smaller size making them easy to explore on foot in a spare morning or afternoon.

Be sure to stop off at the Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford on Avon, double winner of the UK Tea Guild's 'Top Tea Place', and one of the UK's finest spots for afternoon tea with a list of regal afternoon teas including the Queen Victoria.

A Hansel and Gretel-style exterior leads onto the cosiest of

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dining rooms, filled with homely trinkets, hefty wooden beams and the soft chink of fine bone china.

Bradford on Avon is a rare combination of river, canal and architecture from the Romans, Saxons, Normans, Georgians and Victorians, who have all left their mark.

The Vale of Pewsey on the banks of the Kennet & Avon canal, is a tranquil, mystical sort of place with two Wiltshire White Horses, Pewsey and Alton Barnes. Stop for a cup of tea and you’re bound to have some illuminating conversations.

PLACES TO STAY NORTH OF THE ROUTE

Courtyard by Marriott® Oxford South

This family-friendly hotel has 170 spacious guest rooms, with the option of connecting rooms, complimentary car parking, and free Wi-Fi. All rooms are fitted with rainfall showers, Hypnos Beds, and luxury toiletries. The Oxen Restaurant is the signature restaurant with open kitchen and urban lounge bar.

Greenlands Hotel

Greenlands Hotel is a magnificent Grade II Listed Building steeped in history dating back to 1480. Situated at the foot of the quintessential Chiltern Hills, the hotel is less than 3 miles from the centre of Henley-on-Thames, home to the famous

annual event the Henley Royal Regatta. It is also 5 miles from the riverside Georgian market town of Marlow and a short journey to Windsor and the University City of Oxford.

The Langley

The Langley is a grand country manor amidst acres of formal gardens and parklands. The hotel has a boutique selection of 41 exquisite rooms and suites designed by Dennis Irvine Studio with sophistication and refinement in mind. The Langley Spa, a world-class wellness centre, features an indoor and outdoor pool, thermal area, and five expansive treatment rooms.

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The Old Bell in Malmesbury

The Old Bell is a remarkable Grade I-listed hotel that has a rich history dating back to the 13th century. It was originally built to serve as a residence for visitors to the nearby Malmesbury Abbey, which was one of the most important religious centers in medieval England. The hotel has since been beautifully restored and renovated to provide guests with a unique and luxurious experience that blends the charm of its historic past with modern amenities and comforts.

The Manor House and Golf Club

The Manor House and Golf Club is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the Cotswolds. The hotel has exclusive bedrooms, all individually styled with their own special features, perfectly demonstrating five-star luxury.

Woolley Grange Hotel

Woolley Grange Hotel is a Jacobean Manor House, ideal for a family adventure on the Great West Way. The hotel offers complimentary childcare at Woolley Bears Den, so little ones can get stuck into seasonal activities while adults head off for a well-deserved spa treatment.

WEST OF THE GREAT WEST WAY ROUTE BERKSHIRE

The next stops from Reading taking a directly west route are Newbury and Hungerford. You’re travelling through the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty here so press that nose up against the window and pick out the perfect place for a stroll.

There are several short loop walks from Hungerford (an ancient town also known for its antique shops) or you could walk the nine miles to Newbury along the canal.

Once you’re in Newbury you could stop for a flutter –there’s a world-class racecourse here.

BATH AND BRISTOL

Your final calling point en route to Bristol is the beautiful city of Bath. Only around 15 minutes apart by train, Bath and Bristol are very different. Bath is known for its Roman Baths and Georgian architecture, while Bristol is famous for its street art and music scene. You’ll want plenty of time in both cities. In Bath, take a stroll past honey-hued Georgian buildings and a dip in the natural hot springs that bubble up from the ground. Don’t miss the original Roman Baths, too, not to mention the Jane Austen Centre, where afternoon tea is served Regency style.

Bristol, where the Great West Way starts or ends is a vibrant city where you can climb aboard the last Concorde ever made (built right here in Bristol) at Aerospace Bristol, and discover the ship that changed the world at one of Brunel’s other famous creations, the SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner.

Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge is here too, beckoning you on along the River Avon and out to Avon Gorge. Set foot atop this world-famous bridge and quietly thank Brunel for the journey he made possible – along the Great West Way by rail.

PLACES TO STAY WEST OF THE ROUTE

Royal Berkshire

A country house located in Ascot, with charming grounds, 66 luxury rooms, and a range of dining options, including club sandwiches and juicy steaks in FORK or an afternoon tea on the lawns.

The Chequers Hotel

A Grade II listed, 18th century Coaching Inn in the heart of Berkshire, where charm and magnificent surroundings meets modern boutique interior design. The Chequers Hotel has modern bespoke interiors and an in-house restaurant, The Smoke House - and is located in the historical town centre of Newbury is easy walking distance of the many shops, bars and restaurants.

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Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel

The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two historic buildings with Georgian and Victorian facades in the heart of Bath. Named after the artist Thomas Gainsborough, the luxury hotel is welcoming and elegant, with views across the city to surrounding countryside. The Spa Village Bath features natural thermal pools, saunas, steam rooms, and 11 treatment rooms for indulgent pampering.

The Roseate Villa

Located in a quiet corner of Bath, a moment's walk from the city center overlooking Henrietta Park, The Roseate Villa is a boutique hotel with 21 rooms featuring exclusive amenities such as flat-screen TVs, goose down duvets, and Egyptian cotton linen. Enjoy locally sourced breakfasts and homemade afternoon teas in the private garden.

Bristol Wing

A boutique hostel in Bristol city center, located in the Grade II listed old Police Headquarters building. We offer great quality and value accommodation, with original wooden and stone floors, and an eclectic mix of artwork donated by UWE Bristol's MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking students and alum. Meet new people in our communal hang-out areas, exchange stories, and find travel tips.

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Arts and Events Cultural Calendar

As well as its natural scenery, cultural scene and lovely locals, the Great West Way is known for its many festivals and events

MAY 2024

ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW

▶ 1–5 May 2024

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is a prestigious annual equestrian event that takes place in the grounds of Windsor Castle. It is one of the most popular horse shows in the world, attracting top riders and horses from around the globe. The event features a wide range of competitions, including show jumping, dressage, endurance riding, and carriage driving, as well as displays of traditional British horsemanship and other equestrian entertainment.

PUB IN THE PARK, MARLOW

▶ 16–19 May 2024

Pub in the Park is set to return to Marlow in Buckinghamshire for 2024, bringing together some of the country's top chefs and musicians for a weekend of culinary delights and live entertainment. Visitors can sample delicious food and drink from top-notch restaurants, watch cooking demonstrations, and enjoy live music performances throughout the day and evening. The festival has become a must-attend event for foodies and music lovers alike, and 2024 promises new chefs, new artists, new dishes, new mainstage moments, new drinks, new areas and new experiences.

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HIGHCLERE SHOW

▶ 26–27 May 2024

The estate better known as Downton Abbey, Highclere is host again in 2024 to one of England’s best country shows, with falconry, gundog displays and the chance to have a go at clay shooting. Whether you’re looking for fantastic live arena entertainment, high-octane performances or a bit of live music whilst sampling some fabulous food and drink, there’s plenty to do and see at Highclere.

THE BATH FESTIVAL

▶ 17–26 May 2024

This multi-arts festival in the beautiful city of Bath has been running since 1948. It features a diverse agenda of music, literature, and performance events. The festival takes place over two weeks and attracts a wide range of performers and artists from around the world. Visitors can enjoy classical music concerts, jazz performances, contemporary dance shows, and theatrical productions, as well as talks, debates, and workshops on a variety of topics. The festival also features a range of family-friendly events and activities, making it a great event for all ages. The Bath Festival is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the arts and culture.

THE BLENHEIM PALACE FOOD FESTIVAL

▶ 25–27 May 2024

This annual event held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is a celebration of food and drink, featuring a wide range of local and international producers, as well as cooking demonstrations, tastings, and entertainment. Visitors can sample a diverse selection of food and drink, including artisan breads, cheeses, chocolates, wines, and more. There are also live music performances, children's activities, and plenty of opportunities to learn about the latest food trends and cooking techniques.

JUNE 2024

UPFEST FESTIVAL

▶ 17 May–2 June 2024

Instead of the usual weekend festival in the park, Upfest will return in 2024 in a new guise, with new artworks being painted across 2 weeks. UPFEST PRESENTS...will pop-up at multiple venues across Bedminster and wider BS3 with free to attend workshops, live painting, artist talks, arts activities, panel discussions, theatre, comedy and tours exploring the area. painting, music, food, and other entertainment.

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ROYAL ASCOT

▶ 18–22 June

Arguably England’s most famous – and grandest – horse racing event, with four days of races, Royal Ascot is a must on your Great West Way experiences list. The highlight of the event is the royal carriage parade that marks the beginning of each day's races. Attendees get to wave at the royal family and flaunt their fashionable hats. It's an event that promises a memorable experience for everyone who attends.

CHELTENHAM FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

▶ 21–23 June 2024

Pamper your palate and join family and friends in a celebration of good food, good wine, and great times. Enjoy live music, free wine tasting talks, cheese tasting, artisan food producers, along with a myriad of demonstrations from some of the country’s leading chefs.

HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

▶ 26–30 June 2024

Taking place in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, the Henley Royal Regatta is one of the world's most prestigious rowing events and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The regatta

is held over five days, and features over 200 races for rowers from around the globe. The event is known for its strict dress code, with rowers and spectators alike dressing in traditional boating attire – so be sure to dress to impress!

BRISTOL PRIDE

▶ 29 June–14 July

Bristol Pride is an annual festival that celebrates LGBTQ+ culture and diversity. It features a variety of events, including live music, performances, art exhibitions, and a parade. Pride Day will take place on Saturday 13 July, last year scissor sisters front man Jake Shears was the headline together with international icon Natalie Imbruglia making a performance. Headliners for 2024 are yet to be anounced.

JULY 2024

KEW THE MUSIC

▶ 9–14 July 2024

The stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, Kew Gardens hosts six nights of laidback picnic concerts, from big names in every genre of music from pop and rock to classical and jazz. The first artists have been announced, with Mika headlining

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the concert series 9 July, Passenger 11 July, and JLS on 12 July. You can enjoy an evening in conversation with Monty Don and see multi-award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Ronan Keating, who first rose to fame as part of the iconic boyband Boyzone in the early 1990s.

Established as one of the most spectacular summer concert venues in the UK, the shows are a hit amongst all generations of music lovers. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink or can enjoy the open-air bars and street food stalls.

THE BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL

▶ 19–21 July 2024

This cultural celebration is one of the largest free festivals in the UK, taking place in Bristol it attracts over 250,000 visitors each year. The festival features a variety of activities, including live music performances, street theater, dance, circus acts, and other outdoor performances. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of food and drink stalls, as well as a range of family-friendly activities such as face painting and storytelling – and of course the habour itself, watching the boats and ships, and enjoying water-based activities, or taking part in boat rides.

ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO, FAIRFORD

▶ 19–21 July 2024

More than just an airshow, The Royal International Air Tattoo is a three-day event that will overwhelm your senses. From the roar of jet engines ripping through the air to the cheer of the crowd line – it’s an experience like no other with sights and sounds that will leave your heart racing and raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

One of the world’s greatest airshows, over 300 aircraft typically take part in the flypasts and aerial acrobatics.

WOMAD FESTIVAL

▶ 25–28 July 2024

Global fiesta of music, dance, art and food taking place in Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Line-up for 2024 includes Young Fathers, Amadou & Mariam, Gogol Bordello, Sampa the Great, Alison Goldfrapp and Baaba Maal. Wander through the festival and discover little known gems to musical legends. With over 50 countries represented at WOMAD, you never know who you will find. Once the sun goes down head to one fo the late night venues, the d&b Soundscape, Molly’s or Disco Bear and keep dancing ’til dawn.

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AUGUST 2024

BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA

▶ 9–11 August 2024

This iconic event has been a steadfast in the UK’s event calendar for more than four decades. With the city of Bristol playing the best matched host as the birthplace of ballooning in Europe, and now the capital of the sport worldwide. The fiesta is a free to attend three-day event that celebrates the city and its heritage links to the remarkable world of hot air ballooning. The rolling hills of Ashton Court on the outskirts of the city of Bristol are home to a temporary playground of entertainment, and a stage set ready and waiting for over 100 hot air balloons to take flight.

READING FESTIVAL

▶ 21–25 August 2024

One of England’s biggest and best-loved music festivals, featuring big-name acts from around the world. The festival will return to Reading's Richfield Avenue (and Leeds' Bramaham Park) with Liam Gallagher, Blink 182, Gerry Cinnamon, Lana Del Rey, Catfish and more.

SEPTEMBER 2024

THE WINDSOR FESTIVAL

▶ 14 September–1 October

The Windsor Festival was first held in 1969 and has since become one of the UK's leading cultural events, attracting top musicians, artists, and performers from around the world. The festival takes place in the town of Windsor featuring a wide range of events, including classical music concerts, jazz performances, literary talks, art exhibitions, and more. Many of the events take place in Windsor Castle and St. George's Chapel, making it a unique and special experience.

DEVIZES CONFETTI BATTLE AND COLOUR RUSH

▶ 14 September

A celebration that dates back over a century, no one can remember the first official battle but its roots date back to the old Devizes Carnival in 1913, where confetti and rose petals were thrown by the crowd at people in the procession. Devizes Carnival’s Confetti Battle is surely the most fun you can have with torn up bits of coloured paper. Colour Rush, a friendly charity raising fun-run takes place on the same day.

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HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

▶ 6–15 September

England’s largest festival of history and culture takes place across England, celebrating the country's rich cultural heritage and history. During the event, thousands of historic buildings, heritage sites, and landmarks open their doors to the public for free, giving visitors the chance to explore and learn about England's past. The event is held over four days and features a wide range of activities, including guided tours, exhibitions, talks, and special events. Highlights along the Great West Way include Reading Synagogue, Sevington Victorian School in Wiltshire and the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust in Bristol - with many more besides!

HENLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL

▶ September 28–6 October 2024

Celebrate the written word in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. The Henley Literary Festival features talks, readings, and Q&A sessions with a variety of authors, ranging from established names to emerging talents. The festival also includes workshops, interactive sessions, and family-friendly events.

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S ON

▶ greatwestway.co.uk/see-and-do

The soft sunshine of British spring and summer time heralds the biggest festivals and events along the touring route. But year-round there’s a fun mix of oneoff and regular events to keep you entertained too, from vintage fairs to food festivals and traditions. Make sure you check back for updates to our listings, and also ask around locally – there’s always something new going on. For exciting events just around the corner, take a look at what's on this week and what's on this weekend for some fun last-minute plans.

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Ways to travel the Great West Way

It’s fun to travel under your own steam. Welcome to a journey through time – an adventure across England by car, rail, boat, foot, bike or a combination of all. Start planning your journey of discovery here...

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Hiring a bike and cycling along the canal, countryside paths and trails, taking a walk through picturesque villages and visiting our three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three UNESCO World Heritage sites by foot is a beautifully scenic experience.

Whether you’re up for a lengthy hike in the Cotswolds, a cycle ride racing down the 13.7km (8.5 miles) steeply twisting Swinley Red trail with its berms, drops and white-knuckle descents, or just fancy a potter around some village antique shops, walking and cycling is a wonderful way to explore.

You can cycle the entire length of the Great West Way via National Cycle Route 4, which links up regional cycle routes such as the Thames Valley Cycle Route and the Kennet & Avon Cycle Route. The National Trails website gives details of longdistance walking trails along the route: The Cotswold Way, The Ridgeway and the Thames Path.

Go to Sustrans for more (shorter) cycle routes on the National Cycle Network, in and around the touring route. There are also some excellent routes along the Wiltshire Cycleway, including a picturesque 15.3k between Corsham and Bradford on Avon.

Be sure to read the Information Points page to find out where to pick up local maps and walking trails. Plus, download our Great West Way map before you set off.

Did you know? Bristol was officially Britain’s first cycling city. Join the locals with a ride on a TIER bike, hire an electric bike or scooter and go on a tour of Bristol's best landmarks.

BY BOAT AND ON WATER

The Kennet & Avon Canal is a wonderful way to travel along part of the Great West Way. This ribbon of beauty and history stretches between Reading and Bristol and is looked after by the Canal & River Trust. Slow down and enjoy all 87 miles of the Kennet & Avon Canal as part of your Great West Way adventure, using our Kennet & Avon Canal map

Hire a boat or hop on a barge tour for the ultimate experience in slow travel. Multiple companies operate along the River Thames and the Kennet & Avon Canal. Visit Thames and The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust are useful places to start.

You can canoe, kayak or book one of the numerous boat trips. Passing through countryside, market towns and picturesque villages, the canal offers an abundance of natural beauty, fascinating wildlife, outstanding canal structures, fabulous vistas and heritage galore. The lazy pop pop pop of the engine while you travel slowly through attractive towns like Hungerford, quaint villages such as Wootton Rivers and architectural masterpieces like Bath.

Of course, the famous Caen Hill Lock Flight in Devizes is a real wow – look up from the bottom of the 16 locks that form the main ‘staircase’ – now that’s one way to get boats to travel uphill.

Take a look at our Marina page for hire boats and boat tours and find details of river transport options in the capital on the Transport for London website.

Did you know? Queen Elizabeth II reopened the Kennet & Avon Canal in 1990 after a passionate band of volunteers gave it an impressive revamp.

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A road trip adventure along the Great West Way allows you to linger as long as you want in each destination, and even venture off on a complete tangent if the mood takes you – take a look at our suggested itineraries to help you make a start.

The main road between London and Bristol is the A4 Great West Road, based on an ancient horse track and later, one of King Charles I’s Great Roads, which facilitated the establishment of the British postal service – The Royal Mail.

The A4 cuts a fairly direct path between the two cities, allowing you to travel the distance in less than 2 hours 30 minutes if you wanted to. Of course, if you’re travelling by car, half the pleasure is being able to pull off and explore whenever you like.

Wherever you decide to base yourself along the touring route, there’ll also be charming country lanes and winding rural roads to enjoy. Jump in the car and see where you end up.

You may find the AA’s Route Planner tool useful for planning your road trip. Also, our pages on car hire and travel tips could be of interest – especially if this is your first time driving in the UK.

If you want to hire a car for your Great West Way adventure, you’ll find plenty of car hire companies in just the places you’d expect – airports, larger train stations, cities and towns, for example Auto Europe and Practical Car & Van Rental.

Did you know? The first mail coach was introduced between Bristol and London in 1784.

BY TRAIN

Making tracks on the Great West Way can point you at endless amounts of history and fun facts to be discovered along its length from London to Bristol. In one go the journey is just 1hr 40min, but by stopping off you can explore the route in your own time turning it into a holiday adventure of a lifetime.

Relax and journey along the Great West Way using the Great West Way Discoverer pass. It includes unlimited Off-Peak train travel from London Paddington with Great Western Railway along the route to Bristol Temple Meads via Reading and Swindon, or Newbury and Pewsey, with options to branch off towards Salisbury via Westbury (or London Waterloo to Salisbury with South Western Railway). It also includes unlimited travel on listed bus services along the routes. The rail route is marked on the map with a green line. Choose from an East, West or Global one-day or seven-day ticket to enjoy your Great West Way adventure.

You can purchase the Great West Way Discoverer pass online at GWR.com or from your local station. They come in the form of a standard orange ticket, clearly showing the route you have purchased and whether it is valid for one day or seven. If you are travelling from overseas, international passes (similar to a BritRail pass) can be purchased online at ACPRail.com or via your travel agent, where discounted international rates apply and with no offpeak travel time restrictions.

Did you know? The Great Western Railway runs along the full distance of the Great West Way – from London’s Paddington station to Bristol Temple Meads, and further.

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BY BUS AND COACH

If you’d rather someone else was driving, or aren’t able to drive, the extensive bus and coach services along the Great West Way will come as a relief. They can also be a very cost effective choice, useful for budget travel.

There are multiple coach services between London and Bristol by companies including National Express, Megabus, Stagecoach and Eurolines. Once you’ve reached your destination, you can access various local bus servicessome travelling to fairly remote rural locations. Download the Tootbus app and enjoy hop-on hop-off flexibility in Bath and Windsor.

DISCOVER OUR THREE AREAS OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY ON THE ROUTE

North Wessex Downs

Marvel at the prehistoric stones of Stonehenge and Avebury, the Wiltshire White Horses and the White Horse at Uffington. Take time to visit Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed, and get lost in the mysterious hillforts, neolithic burial mounds and genteel country houses.

The Chilterns

Characterised by neat farmland, ancient woodland and chalk downland. The Chilterns is a haven for wildlife including red kites. Explore the fabulous trails of The Ridgeway and the Chiltern Way Circular passing sparkling-clear chalk streams.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds Way starts in Bath and follows north for 102 miles, to the well-to-do market town of Chipping Campden. Explore Corsham, Castle Combe and Dyrham Park, or just take in the views: gentle hills, sweeping valleys and summer wildflower meadows dotted with warm limestone homes. This is England at its prettiest.

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From the wild creativity of Bristol’s street food scene, to the glamour of London’s high profile restaurants, there’s a tantalising buffet of food and drink experiences along the Great West Way.

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Michelin Starred and Fine Dining

Sit down to a meal of gastronomical delights at one of the award-winning fine-dining establishments along the Great West Way. Sample sumptuous tasting menus created by Michelin-starred chefs, innovative dishes featuring local produce, and traditional English delicacies cooked to perfection.

The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire

Not only is The Vineyard a luxury five-star hotel and spa, it also has a fine dining restaurant and 30,000-bottle wine cellar. Head chef Robby Jenks is at the helm of this 3AA Rosette restaurant. Diners can choose from an à la carte or tasting menu where they can enjoy dishes such as veal sweetbread ravioli with pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin and brown butter sauce or roast brill, brassicas, caper berries and almond.

 Stockcross, Newbury

Bulrush, Bristol

One of the recent additions to the Michelin Guide, Bristol-based restaurant Bulrush is certainly on many a foodie’s ‘must visit’ list. Chef Proprietor George Livesey’s imaginative and well-balanced menu is chock-full of seasonal ingredients which are either organic or have been foraged.

 21 Cotham Rd S, Bristol

Olive Tree Restaurant, Bath

Located in the renowned Queensberry Hotel, Olive Tree is a 3 AA Rosette restaurant in the heart of the beautiful city of Bath. It is a contemporary British restaurant offering informal fine dining under the direction of award-winning head chef, Chris Cleghorn. This is the only restaurant in the city to be awarded a Michelin Star. Chris’ menu is quintessentially British with Mediterranean influences.

 4-7 Russell St, Bath

The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire

If you love theatre, Heston Blumenthal’s renowned eatery in Bray offers the perfect destination, serving innovative modern British cuisine. Heston has been described as the ‘WillyWonka of British gastronomy’ and diners who would like to eat at his three-Michelinstarred wonderland pay £325 up front for a ‘ticket’ –providing them with access to the 17-courses on offer that showcase his multisensory cuisine.

 High St, Bray

The Dining Room, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Ricki Weston, Executive Chef oversees all food and beverage offerings at the Whatley Manor, including Michelin-starred The Dining Room with accomplished cooking and very creative dishes. Whilst Grey’s, offers a welcoming neighbourhood restaurant experience featuring delicious set lunch and A La Carte menus. Ricki and his team have also achieved the Michelin Green Star in The Dining Room recognising Sustainable Gastronomy.

 Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Easton Grey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Abbey Row, The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury

The on-site fine dining restaurant to The Old Bell Hotel, Abbey Row, is headed up by their ever talented and multi award winning Executive Chef, Leigh Evans. With hyper seasonal and local ingredients being his biggest inspiration, Leigh has the privilege of working directly with The Old Bell Hotel’s gardeners who grow much of the kitchen’s produce from their stunning kitchen garden at Abbey House Manor.

 Abbey Row, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

THE PIG-near Bath

You don't have to be staying at THE-PIG-near Bath to book a table at their impressive Kitchen Garden

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restaurant where they rear their our own chickens and pigs for eggs and pork. Home to quite a few fourlegged and feathered friends, it is the farm to fork experience that has made the PIGs so successful.

 Hunstrete, Pensford, Bath

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, South Oxfordshire

Described as ‘Oxfordshire heritage meets French flair’, Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred chic restaurant has earned itself a global reputation for fine gastronomy and creative cooking. Diners continue to be charmed by both the setting (country-house luxe) and the delicious treats on offer which includes the likes of spiced monkfish, ravioli of pumpkin and smoked trout amongst others.

 Church Road, Great Milton, South Oxfordshire

The Miller of Mansfield, Berkshire

Despite its intriguing name, the Miller of Mansfield is situated in the sweet village of Goring-on-Thames. This 18th-century country pub has been given a contemporary twist and can be defined as ‘Modern European’ which has earned two AA Rosettes and offers refined modern British dishes from the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.

 High Street, Goring on Thames, Reading

The Hand and Flowers, Marlow

The Hand and Flowers is the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars and with celebrated chef Tom Kerridge at the helm it is easy to see why. The restaurant has a rustic feel which is complemented by the refined British cuisine on offer.

 126 West St, Marlow

Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire

Chef André Garrett’s innovative dishes, meticulous preparation and elaborate finishes showcase his

exquisitely crafted creation. Produce is locally sourced and is highly seasonal – guests can choose between an à la carte menu or an eight-course tasting menu.

 Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Berkshire

Paco Tapas, Bristol

An ever changing menu combining traditional tapas with personal interpretations from Michelin starred Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. Staying true to the vibrant and comforting flavours of his heritage, with jamón ready to carve, padrón peppers roasting over the wood fire and sherry straight from the barrel.

 3a Lower Guinea Street, Bristol BS1 6FU

Queens Arms, East Garston, Berkshire

Perfectly placed as a stop-over destination within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This award winning, pub, restaurant and hotel (with its own private lodge) serves seasonal British cuisine.

 East Garston, Berkshire

The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire

Bray is the place for foodies to be! The Waterside Inn which is under the leadership of chef patron Alain Roux has held three Michelin stars for over thirty years. Expect the most exquisite Classic French cooking coupled with the most impeccable service.

 Ferry Rd, Bray, Berkshire

Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury

Husband and wife team, Guy and Brittany Manning modestly describe themselves as “just a couple of chefsworkingto create a placewith real soul”. Sourcing from the best possible producers, talent and hard work has earned the duo, and their team, one Michelin star status and a restaurant “where the food has personality,the surroundings are relaxed andthe hospitality iswarm and sincere”.

 East Chisenbury, Pewsey, Wiltshire

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THREE MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS

The Great West Way is the only place where you can experience all five of the UK's Three Michelin Starred restaurants.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Royal Hospital Road, London  gordonramsayrestaurants.com/ restaurant-gordon-ramsay

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester Park Lane, London

alainducasse-dorchester.com

Sketch – the Lecture Room & Library

9 Conduit Street, London

sketch.london/the-lecture-room

The Waterside Inn

Ferry Rd, Bray

waterside-inn.co.uk

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck High Street, Bray

thefatduck.co.uk

MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS

The Dining Room, Whatley Manor

Easton Grey, Malmesbury

whatleymanor.com

Red Lion Freehouse

East Chisenbury, Pewsey

redlionfreehouse.com

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Dining Restaurants

You’ll find many of the restaurants along the Great West Way are dining rooms within our Ambassador hotels. You’ll also find several celebrity chefs including Rick Stein, Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White.

Abbey Hotel Kitchen, The Abbey Hotel Bath

Under the helm of Head Chef Marcus Bradley, Abbey Hotel Kitchen is in the perfect central Bath location. This relaxing and vibrant space offers high energy, attentive service and delicious fresh food and drinks

 abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

The Orange Artichoke, Apex Hotel, Bath

Perfectly placed in the heart of Bath, you’ll never be far from the action when you eat at The Orange Artichoke. Allow them to curb your cravings with locally sourced food, drink and delicious delicacies in contemporary, chic surroundings.

 apexhotels.co.uk

Beau’s Bar and Restaurant at Donnington Grove Hotel & Country Club

Set amidst beautiful parkland with the River Lambourn winding through the grounds, this Newbury restaurant has large picture windows to make the most of the picturesque river views.

 donnington-grove.com

The Brasserie at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel

With glorious river views and a stunning bar and terrace, The Brasserie offers upscale dining in the heart of Windsor. Large windows let you watch boats and swans glide down the Thames as you enjoy the delicious all day menu and fine wines.

 sirchristopherwren.co.uk

Cedar at the Langley

Dining experiences here are inspired by the bountiful English countryside. Savour delicious cuisine in our elevated restaurant overlooking the grounds, featuring sumptuous meals crafted with natural ingredients.

 marriott.com

Clayton’s Kitchen

Uncomplicated dishes that explore and showcase the freshest and very best ingredients. Chef Patron, Robert Clayton ensures that every dish is prepared, cooked and presented to perfection.

 claytonskitchen.com

Cloisters Restaurant, Bailbrook House Hotel

Tucked away in the historic mansion is Cloisters restaurant where the heritage of this country house hotel in Bath really comes into its own, with original archways made from traditional Bath stone.

handpickedhotels.co.uk

Cricklade House & Spa

The chefs at Crickdale are passionate about using great local produce and change their menu monthly. Enjoy a three course meal, a traditional Sunday Roast or Afternoon Tea of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and cream and a selection of cakes.

 crickladehotel.co.uk

The Gainsborough Brasserie

The Restaurant with its Georgian architecture, original artwork and impressive wine wall is open to hotel guests and non-residents. Enjoy contemporary British cuisine inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients in a stylish and relaxed environment.

 thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

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UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCES

There are many ways to sample the best local cuisine on the Great West Way, from city tours and hands-on cookery classes to nostalgic river cruising.

FOOD & DRINK TOURS

A Taste of England

atasteofenglandtours.com

Bristol Food Tour

bristolfoodtour.co.uk

Savouring Bath

savouringbath.com

COOKERY SCHOOLS

Vaughan’s Kitchen

White Horse Business Centre, Devizes

vaughanskitchen.co.uk

RIVER CRUISE DINING

Hobbs of Henley

hobbsofhenley.com

Bristol Packet Boat Trips

bristolpacket.co.uk

Thames Rivercruise

thamesrivercruise.co.uk

French Brothers

frenchbrothers.co.uk

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The Restaurant, No.15 by Guesthouse, Bath

Open for a show-stopping supper or lovely lunch while you’re exploring the city of Bath.

Seasonal local meat, fresh fruit and veg are sourced from Buxton Butchers and family-run grocers, Lovejoys, and as for bread and baked goodies, there’s nowhere better than beloved Bath institution, Bertinet Bakery.

 guesthousehotels.co.uk

Montagu’s Mews, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

Award winning dishes are created with passion and served with pride by award-winning Head Chef Martin Blake and his team.

 royalcrescent.co.uk

Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant, Chippenham

Set in a lovely old house with its own kitchen garden and orchard the pretty dining room restaurant offers a menu of finely cooked modern British cuisine.  guyershouse.com

Heyworth Restaurant, Henley

Greenland’s Hotel

Here you can enjoy an evening meal prepared by passionate chefs with menus designed using seasonal produce and locally sourced ingredients.

 hospitalityuor.co.uk

Leafat The Castle Hotel

From comforting classics to light bites and delectable vegan options, British artisan cheeses and local beers visit Leaf, serves dishes made from the finest locally sourced produce with a wide-ranging, modern menu.

 castlehotelwindsor.com/dining/

The Moonraker Hotel Brasserie

Like the seasons, menus change as Xavier and his team use fresh local produce to create and showcase some old-fashioned classics, putting the hotel Brasserie firmly on the culinary map. They have a walled garden used as the setting for their smokery which they use to smoke their meat and fish.

 moonrakerhotel.com

The Old Bell Hotel, Saints & Sinners

Home to some of the most delicious food in the Cotswolds serveing a menu of dishes made from deliciously fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

The Old Bell Hotel is a Grade I listed hotel, rumoured to be England’s oldest hotel, located next door to Malmesbury Abbey.

 oldbellhotel.co.uk

Plum + Spilt Milk, Great Northern Hotel

An award-winning restaurant in the heart of King's Cross, offering a beautiful seasonal modern-British menu, with locally sourced ingredients. In an elegant yet cosy atmosphere, surrounded by the views of King’s Cross and St Pancras.

 plumandspiltmilk.com

Rick Stein, Marlborough

Rick Stein’s Marlborough restaurant brings a taste of Cornwall to the Great West Way. Located on Marlborough High Street, serving a combination of classic seafood dishes, excellent wines and with plenty of coastal charm.

 rickstein.com

The Roseate Hotels, London, Reading and Bath

All three of The Roseate Hotels, Roseate House in London, near Hyde Park, The Roseate in Reading and

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VINEYARD TOURS

Discover crisp, white, award-winning bubbly varieties

Alder Ridge Vineyard

Between Hungerford and Marlborough  alderridge.co.uk

Aldwick Estate Vineyard

Nestled beneath the famous Mendip Hills

 aldwickestate.co.uk

Bluestone Vineyards at Cholderton

Rare Breeds Farm

10 acre on-site boutique vineyard on the McConnell family farm in Wiltshire

bluestonevineyards.co.uk

BREWERY TOURS

Enjoy wine tastings, taprooms and tours

Bristol Brewery Tours

Mardyke Wharf, Bristol

bristolbrewerytours.com

Bristol Hoppers

Walking Tours of Bristol's Craft Beer Scene

bristolhoppers.co.uk

The Bath Brew House

14 James Street West, Bath

thebathbrewhouse.com

Wadworth Brewery

Northgate Brewery, Devizes, Wiltshire

wadworth.co.uk

West Berkshire Brewery

The Old Dairy, Yattendon

wbbrew.com

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The Roseate Villa in Bath, located in a quiet corner of the city, offer exceptional dining in their restaurants.

 roseatehotels.com

Shelburne Restaurant, Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

Laid-back, countryside dining with picture perfect views. The Two AA Rosette Shelburne Restaurant serves delicious food from seasonal menus every day. From long, lazy lunches to romantic moments over cocktails, you will enjoy a range of mouth-watering dishes prepared with passion and served with flair.  bowood.org

The Red Lion Freehouse

An idyllic 18th century country pub restaurant set in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, conveniently situated for those looking to visit Stonehenge.

Recognised in 2013 with a Michelin Star and Wiltshire’s only 3 AA Rosette Pub.

 redlionfreehouse.com

Woolley Grange Hotel

With so many ingredients plucked from their own kitchen garden, it’s more about wheelbarrow yards than food miles at Woolley Grange. Visit for fine dining or family dining.  woolleygrangehotel.co.uk

Mark’s Bar, Riverside Hotel, Salisbury

Mark’s Bar is truly a fabulous place to enjoy a relaxing drink, lunch or dinner with friends. Opening out on to a terrace overlooking the river and Salisbury Cathedral with a great choice of wines, Champagnes, premium spirits and cocktails.  riversidesalisbury.co.uk/salisbury-food-and-drink/

Pubs and Inns

From traditional thatched village inns to modern gastropubs with spacious beer gardens perfect for families to enjoy the summer sunshine

Red Lion Freehouse

East Chisenbury, Pewsey  redlionfreehouse.com

The Bear Hotel, Devizes

2-3 The Market Pl, Devizes  thebearhoteldevizes.co.uk

The Black Swan in Devizes

The Market Place, Devizes

blackswandevizes.co.uk

The Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill

Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Reading

butcombe.com

Crown & Anchor Inn

Ham, Wiltshire

crownandanchorham.co.uk

The Crown, Tolldown

Toll Down Way, Dyrham, Chippenham

butcombe.com

The George Inn, Norton St Philip

High Street, Norton St Philip, Bath

butcombe.com

Rose & Crown Ashbury

3 High St, Ashbury, Swindon

roseandcrownatashbury.co.uk

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BARS AND PUBS SERVING REAL ALES

Helen Browning’s Royal Oak

Cues Ln, Bishopstone, Swindon

helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk

The Newbury

137 Bartholomew St, Newbury

thenewburypub.co.uk

Queens Arms, East Garston

Newbury Rd, East Garston, Hungerford

queensarmseastgarston.co.uk

The Royal Oak Yattendon

The Square, Yattendon

royaloakyattendon.co.uk

The Royal Windsor Pub

Datchet Rd, Windsor

theroyalwindsor.co.uk

Old bell Warminster

42 Market Pl, Warminster

oldbellwarminster.co.uk

Three Tuns Freehouse

1 High St, Great Bedwyn, Marlborough

tunsfreehouse.com

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Tea Rooms & Cafés

Whether it’s a quick cuppa with breakfast or a full-blown afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches, indulgent cakes and tasty scones, you'll find plenty of lovely cafes and tea rooms to enjoy along the Great West Way.

The Six Bells Walborough

Traditional Tea Rooms in a lovely setting by the Kennet & Avon Canal. Leaf tea, cream teas, apple pie, canalman's lunch, whippy ice cream and more.

 facebook.com/aldermastontearooms

Canal Trust Café

A beautiful tea rooms and licensed cafe situated in Bradford on Avon along the Kennet & Avon Canal. with lovely gardens and delicious food and cakes.

 facebook.com/Canal-Trust-Cafe

Tea Shop by the Canal

Set in a unique grade II listed building by the Kennet & Avon Canal, blending the warmth of Italian culture, with fine and splendid rituals of English Cream Teas.

 teashopbythecanal.co.uk

The Bridge Tea Rooms

Housed in a former blacksmith's cottage dating from 1502, this quintessentially English tea room offers the very best in traditionally British afternoon tea. With delicate bone china, the finest leaf teas, and friendly staff in Victorian costumes serving homemade cakes, pastries and sandwiches.

 thebridgetearooms.co.uk

Honeystreet Mill Cafe

Situated in Pewsey Vale, Honeystreet Mill Cafe offers a range of delicious fresh and local food open for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. Treat yourself to

a chilled glass of prosecco on the terrace, and watch the world go by Wiltshire-style.

 honeystreetboats.co.uk

Spring's Café and Restaurant

Located at Thermae Bath Spa, Springs Café and Restaurant combines beautiful Georgian architecture with classic, contemporary style. Throughout the day and evening, spa users can enjoy delicious dishes and interesting drinks from an extensive menu.

 thermaebathspa.com/springs-cafe-and-restaurant

The Tutti Pole

A family run restaurant close to the Kennet & Avon Canal in a grade ll listed building, serving quality homemade food and luxury afternoon teas.

 thetuttipole.co.uk

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

During your visit to Westonbirt The National Arboretum stop off at the restaurant for freshly prepared hot and cold refreshments including soups, sandwiches, savoury snacks, cakes and pastries.

 forestryengland.uk/westonbirt/restaurant

Windsor Castle Undercroft Café

The first café for visitors to Windsor Castle has opened in Edward III’s medieval Undercroft, which for centuries served as the Castle’s main wine cellar and is one of the oldest surviving spaces in the 1,000-year-old royal residence.

 windsor.gov.uk/food-and-drink

Lido Spa & Restaurant, Bristol Lido

Spanish and Mediterranean menus, open kitchen with hot blazing Italian clay oven and bespoke charcoal grill by the grade 2 listed outdoor pool.

 lidobristol.com/restaurant-and-tapas-bar

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Abbey Hotel, Bath North Parade, Bath

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

Parade House Trowbridge, Wiltshire

paradehousetrowbridge.co.uk

The Bridge Tea Rooms

Bridge Street, Bradford on Avon

thebridgetearooms.co.uk

The Pump Room Restaurant

Searcys at the Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath

thepumproombath.co.uk

The Roseate Hotel, Reading 26 The Forbury, Reading

roseatehotels.com/reading/theroseate

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa 16 Royal Crescent, Bath

royalcrescent.co.uk

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa

Easton Grey, Malmesbury

whatleymanor.com

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Where to Stay on the Great West Way

Staying overnight on the Great West Way makes for a wonderful trip, whether on a romantic weekend away or a week-long adventure No.15

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BATH

Abbey Hotel, Bath

This charming hotel in Bath offers a blend of traditional and contemporary design, with comfortable rooms and modern amenities.

 abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

Bath Apartment Breaks

Looking for a home away from home in Bath? These apartments offer the perfect way to relax and explore the city at your own pace.

 bathapartmentbreaks.co.uk

Bath Area Self Catering

Enjoy the ultimate freedom and flexibility with selfcatering accommodation in the Bath area, perfect for families and groups.

 bathselfcatering.com

Brooks Guesthouse B&B

This cosy bed and breakfast in Bath offers a warm welcome and comfortable rooms, with a delicious breakfast to start your day.

 brooksguesthousebristol.com

Dukes Hotel

Experience luxury and style at this elegant hotel in Bath, with spacious rooms, fine dining and impeccable service.

 dukesbath.co.uk

The Apartment Bath

These stylish and modern apartments in Bath provide a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the city, with plenty of space and amenities for a relaxing stay.

 apartmentbath.com

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Immerse yourself in luxury at this stunning hotel and spa in the heart of Bath, with elegant rooms, a worldclass spa, and exceptional dining.

 thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

FEATURED

No.15 Great Pulteney

Indulge in the eclectic charm of this boutique hotel in Bath, featuring individually designed rooms, a stylish

ENHANCED LISTING

No.15 Great Pulteney

To be found at the heart of Bath’s fashionable society, No.15 Great Pulteney is an elegant and vivacious townhouse hotel on the very grandest street in Bath. Comprising 40 bedrooms, a cocktail bar, restaurant and boutique spa, No.15 exudes understated sophistication and luxury.

bar, and a unique Georgian townhouse setting.

 guesthousehotels.co.uk/no-15-bath

The Roseate Villa Bath

Discover the perfect blend of comfort and elegance at this beautiful Victorian villa in Bath, with spacious rooms, a tranquil garden, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

 roseatehotels.com/bath/theroseatevilla

Tucking Mill, Bath Apartments and Cottages

Enjoy the privacy and independence of self-catering accommodation at these charming apartments and cottages in the Bath countryside, surrounded by stunning scenery.

 tuckingmill.com

YMCA Bath Hostel

This affordable and friendly hostel in Bath offers a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the city, with modern facilities and a welcoming atmosphere.

 ymcabath.org.uk

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BERKSHIRE

Donnington Grove Hotel & Country Club

A luxurious hotel and country club located in a picturesque setting, offering guests a range of amenities including golf, spa, and fine dining.

 donnington-grove.com

Hilton Reading

A modern and stylish hotel situated in the heart of Reading, offering guests comfortable accommodations and easy access to local attractions.

 hilton.com/en/hotels

Manor Farm Courtyard Cottages

Charming and cosy cottages located in a peaceful countryside setting, offering guests a relaxing and memorable stay.

 stayatmanorfarm.co.uk

Novotel Reading Centre

A contemporary hotel located in the town centre, offering guests a convenient location and comfortable accommodations.

 all.accor.com/hotel

The Chequers Hotel

A historic and charming hotel located in the town centre, offering guests a warm and welcoming atmosphere and easy access to local shops and restaurants.

 chequershotelnewbury.co.uk

The Roseate Reading

A luxurious and elegant hotel located in the heart of Reading, offering guests a range of amenities including fine dining, spa, and stylish accommodations.

 roseatehotels.com

The Royal Berkshire Hotel

This luxurious country house hotel located just a short distance from Windsor Castle has stunning Georgian architecture, elegant rooms, a spa, and a range of outdoor activities, including tennis and croquet.

 exclusive.co.uk/royal-berkshire

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The Royal Berkshire Hotel

This stunning property is part of the Exclusive Collection, located in the heart of the English countryside and offers guests a unique and unforgettable experience. With its beautiful rooms and exceptional service, the Royal Berkshire Hotel is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Lainston House

Lainston House is a beautiful and historic property located in serene and picturesque countryside. The hotel offers guests a unique experience with its vintage furnishings and charming decor. The property is surrounded by lush gardens and grounds, perfect for leisurely strolls or picnics and has a well-stocked library where guests can unwind with a good book.

The Queens Arms Hotel

This charming and historic hotel is located in the heart of the picturesque town of Hungerford. With comfortable rooms, a cosy bar, and a restaurant serving delicious meals, it's an ideal choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the town's unique character.

 queensarmseastgarston.co.uk

BRISTOL

Brooks Guesthouse B&B

A cozy and charming bed and breakfast located in the heart of Bristol, offering guests comfortable accommodations and a warm atmosphere.

 brooksguesthousebristol.com

Rooftop Retro Rocket Caravans

A unique and quirky accommodation option located in Bristol, offering guests a memorable and fun stay on the rooftop of a building.

 brooksguesthousebristol.com

Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport

A modern and convenient hotel located near Bristol Airport, offering guests easy access to transportation and comfortable accommodations.

 hilton.com/en/hotels/hampton-bristol-airport

The Bristol Wing part of YMCA

A budget-friendly and centrally located accommodation option in Bristol, offering guests a simple and comfortable stay in a historic building.

 thebristolwing.co.uk

HAMPSHIRE

Lainston House

This luxurious country house hotel is part of the Exclusive Hotels collection located in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. Guests can enjoy elegant and spacious accommodations, exceptional dining experiences, and a range of activities such as horse riding, shooting, and falconry. The hotel also features stunning gardens and a spa for ultimate relaxation.

 exclusive.co.uk/lainston-house

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Pennyhill Park

Pennyhill Park is a luxurious hotel and spa. One of the key highlights of Pennyhill Park is its award-winning spa, which offers a range of luxurious treatments and facilities. The spa includes eight indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal suite, and various treatment rooms. The hotel also features several dining options, including Michelin-starred Latymer restaurant.

LONDON

Roseate House London

This luxurious boutique hotel is located in the heart of London, near Hyde Park and Oxford Street. The hotel offers elegant and stylish accommodation, exceptional dining experiences, and has a spa. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's beautiful garden and terrace for a peaceful retreat in the bustling city.

 roseatehotels.com/london/roseatehouse

OXFORDSHIRE

Herongate Apartments

Situated in a charming and peaceful location, Herongate Apartments offer modern and spacious accommodations with all the necessary amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

 herongateservicedapartments.com

Oxford Marriott

This sophisticated hotel in the heart of Oxford offers stylish and modern accommodations, excellent dining options, and a range of amenities such as a fitness center and indoor pool.

 marriott.com/en-gb/hotels/oxford-city-centre

The Chilterns View

Nestled in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, this hotel offers stunning views and luxurious accommodations, perfect for a relaxing getaway. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's on-site spa facilities.

 thechilternsview.co.uk

The Greenlands Hotel

Set in a historic mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens, The Greenlands Hotel offers elegant and comfortable accommodations with easy access to scenic walks and local attractions.

 hospitalityuor.co.uk/accommodation/henleygreenlands-hotel

SURREY

Pennyhill Park

One of the Exclusive Hotels collection, Pennyhill Park is a luxurious country house hotel located in Bagshot. Set in beautiful grounds, it offers guests elegant rooms, a spa, and a range of outdoor activities, including golf and tennis. It's an ideal choice for those seeking a peaceful and indulgent escape.

 exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park

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Walton on Thames Camping and Caravanning Club Site

This picturesque campsite is situated on the banks of the River Thames. With a range of pitches available, it's perfect for those looking for a peaceful and scenic getaway in the heart of the countryside.

 campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

WILTSHIRE

Baker's Cottage at The Manor House

This is a charming cottage located within the grounds of The Manor House, an impressive historic building in the Cotswolds. The cottage has been beautifully restored and offers a comfortable and peaceful retreat.

 exclusive.co.uk/the-manor-house

Best Western Plus Angel Hotel

This hotel is situated in the heart of Chippenham. It offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant serving delicious meals, and a bar where guests can relax and unwind.

 angel-hotel-chippenham.com

Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Club Site

This is a popular campsite located near the village of Cheddar, famous for its cheese and stunning gorge. The site offers a range of pitches for tents, caravans, and motorhomes, as well as glamping pods and camping cabins

 campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

Church Farm Country Cottages

These charming cottages are set in the beautiful countryside of Wiltshire, close to the historic town of Bradford on Avon. They offer a peaceful and relaxing base for exploring the surrounding area.

 churchfarmcottages.com

Cliffe Farm Dairy

This is a family-run dairy farm in the heart of the Cotswolds. Visitors can take a tour of the farm and learn about the milking process, as well as sample some of the delicious dairy products made on site.

 cliffefarmdairy.co.uk

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The Old Bell, Warminster

The Old Bell Hotel is a charming 14th century coaching Inn located in the Wiltshire market town of Warminster, on the edge of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just a short drive to the beautiful city of Bath and a stone’s throw to Longleat.

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Mill Farm Glamping

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Mill Farm Glamping

Mill Farm is a charming luxury glamping site in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Unwind and get close to nature staying in one of the four luxury canvas lodges situated on a working farm offering guests a peaceful and relaxing retreat. The area is perfect for walking, cycling, and exploring the nearby villages and towns. The farm itself is home to a variety of animals, including cows, pigs, and chickens.

Cricklade House Hotel

This hotel is set in a beautiful country house surrounded by acres of stunning parkland. It offers comfortable accommodation, a restaurant serving delicious meals, and a range of leisure facilities including a golf course and spa.

 crickladehotel.co.uk

Cumberwell Country Cottages

These delightful cottages are set on a picturesque golf course in Wiltshire. They offer comfortable accommodation and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

 cumberwellcountrycottages.com

Devizes Camping and Caravanning Club Site

This is a peaceful and secluded campsite located close to the historic town of Devizes. It offers a range of pitches for tents, caravans, and motorhomes, as well as glamping pods and camping cabins.

 campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

DoubleTree by Hilton

This hotel is located in the heart of Swindon, a bustling town in Wiltshire. It offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant serving delicious meals, and a range of leisure facilities including a fitness center and indoor pool.

 hilton.com/en/hotels/doubletree-southampton

Holiday Inn Salisbury

This hotel is situated just outside the historic city of Salisbury, famous for its stunning cathedral. It offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant serving delicious meals, and a bar where guests can relax and unwind.

 ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/wiltshire

Mill Farm Glamping

Nestled in the heart of the countryside, Mill Farm Glamping offers a unique and luxurious camping experience. Guests can choose from a range of stylish and comfortable glamping pods, each with their own private facilities and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

 millfarmglamping.co.uk

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Pettifers Hotel

From the cozy lounges with roaring log fires to the delightful gardens and terrace, Pettifers Hotel provides the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the tranquility of the Wiltshire countryside. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or a dog friendly retreat, Pettifers Hotel is the ideal destination.

Pettifers Hotel

Nestled in the picturesque village of Crudwell, Malmesbury, Pettifers Hotel is a charming country house hotel that offers a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation with 14 individually designed rooms

 pettifershotel.co.uk

Pythouse Kitchen Garden

Set in the stunning surroundings of Pythouse Kitchen Garden, this restaurant offers delicious seasonal cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The beautiful gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and memorable dining experience.

 pythousekitchengarden.co.uk

RiverSide Hotel

Located just a stone's throw from the picturesque River Avon, the RiverSide Hotel offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Salisbury. The hotel is within easy reach of the city's famous cathedral and other historic attractions.

 riversidesalisbury.co.uk

Rose & Crown Inn, Ashbury

This traditional English inn is situated in the charming village of Ashbury, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The inn offers comfortable rooms, a welcoming bar, and a restaurant serving delicious home-cooked meals.

 roseandcrownatashbury.co.uk

Rowley Cottage at Iford Manor

This charming cottage is located within the grounds of the historic Iford Manor, surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland. The cottage offers comfortable accommodation and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

 ifordmanor.co.uk/stay

Salisbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site

This peaceful campsite is located just a short distance from the historic city of Salisbury, famous for its stunning cathedral and other attractions. The site offers a range of pitches for tents, caravans, and motorhomes, as well as glamping pods and camping cabins.

 campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/salisbury

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The Kingsbury @ No7 & No8

These luxurious apartments are located in the heart of Wiltshire, offering guests a comfortable and stylish home away from home. With modern amenities and elegant decor, these apartments are the perfect choice for those seeking a sophisticated and convenient stay.

 thekingsbury.co.uk

The Merchant's House Hotel

This historic hotel is located in the charming town of Marlborough, offering guests a unique and memorable experience. With comfortable rooms, a cosy bar, and a restaurant serving delicious meals, the Merchant's House Hotel is the perfect choice for those seeking a taste of old-world charm.

 themerchantshousehotel.co.uk

The Old Bell Hotel

Situated in the heart of Malmesbury, the Old Bell Hotel is a historic coaching inn that has been lovingly restored to offer guests a comfortable and stylish stay. The elegant rooms, welcoming bar, and restaurant serving delicious cuisine are perfect for those seeking a touch of luxury in the heart of the town.

 oldbellhotel.co.uk

The Manor House

This beautiful country house hotel is set in the picturesque countryside of Wiltshire, offering guests a tranquil and relaxing stay. With elegant rooms, a spa, and a restaurant serving delicious cuisine, the Manor House is the perfect choice for those seeking a luxurious and peaceful retreat.

 exclusive.co.uk/the-manor-house

Timbrells Yard

This charming pub with rooms is located in the heart of Bradford-on-Avon, offering guests a cosy and welcoming stay. With comfortable rooms, a welcoming bar, and a restaurant serving delicious meals, Timbrells Yard offers a traditional English pub experience.

 timbrellsyard.com

Totteridge Farm Camping Pods

These stylish and comfortable glamping pods are located in the heart of Wiltshire, offering guests a unique and memorable camping experience. With private facilities and stunning views of the surrounding

countryside, Totteridge Farm Camping Pods are the perfect choice for those seeking a luxurious and peaceful retreat.

 totteridge-farm.website/camping-pods

Troutbeck Guest House

This elegant guest house is located in the charming town of Devizes, offering guests a comfortable and stylish stay. With spacious rooms, a welcoming lounge, and a delicious breakfast served each morning, Troutbeck Guest House offers a relaxing and convenient stay.

 redlionfreehouse.com/troutbeck-guest-house/

Village Hotel Swindon

This modern and stylish hotel is located just a short distance from the centre of Swindon, offering guests a comfortable and convenient stay. With spacious rooms, a fitness centre, and a restaurant serving delicious meals, the Village Hotel Swindon is the perfect choice for those seeking a contemporary and stylish stay.

 village-hotels.co.uk/swindon

Woolley Grange Hotel

Set in the picturesque countryside of Wiltshire, Woolley Grange Hotel offers guests a luxurious and relaxing stay. With elegant rooms, a spa, and a restaurant serving delicious cuisine in peaceful surroundings, this is an indulgent escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

 luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk/woolley-grange

Plan your complete trip

One of the most exciting ways to travel the Great West Way is to stop somewhere new each night. The Great West Way caters to the desires of all travellers, with its mix of quirky glamping and camping sites, pretty countryside B&Bs, cool city hotels, traditional village pubs and even fancy castles and stately homes

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Prepare before you go

There’s nothing like a good map to make you feel like a true adventurer

This Way for a Journey of Discovery

Download our 'This Way for a Journey of Discovery' map of the Great West Way, and get a sense for the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. Will you venture out to explore the mysteries of the North Wessex Downs? Make a summer solstice pilgrimage to Stonehenge? Or set off to photograph the pretty villages of the Cotswolds?

Food and Drink Map

Food lovers can download our food and drink map for an overview of the incredible culinary delights available along the route, featuring local breweries, Michelin starred dining, farmers' markets, afternoon tea, food and drink festivals, quaint country pubs and more.

Kennet & Avon Canal map

Take a look at our Kennet & Avon Canal map to find out about travelling along the beautiful and historic canal that stretches between Reading and Bristol. Looked after by the Canal & River Trust, you can explore the towpath by foot or bike – or float gently along on a narrowboat, canoe or kayak.

Of course, while these maps will steer you towards incredible attractions, beautiful landscapes and top places to stay, eat and drink – you are ultimately your own tour guide. Please do wander off course and find things to see and do that are not marked on our maps. This dreamy part of England is set up for surprising discoveries.

Great West Way Discoverer Pass

Tickets for the Great Western Railway can be bought from ticket offices at stations along the route but for cheaper tickets and no queues we recommend buying in advance. There are three Great West Way Discoverer routes available, (East, West or global) giving you the opportunity to explore your chosen area in one-day instalments or over the duration of a week.

 Click here to download the Great West Way Discoverer Pass

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THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO’VE HELPED US ALONG THE WAY...

Aerospace Bristol

American Museum & Garden

Apsley House

Ascot Racecourse

Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum

Auto Europe

Avebury

Barrington Court

Bath Bus Company

Bath Curious Strolls

Bath Insider Tours

Bath Mozart Festival & Bach festival

Berkeley Castle

Best Western Plus Angel Hotel

Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa

Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve

Blenheim Palace

Bluestone Vineyard

Bodleian Libraries

Bombay Sapphire

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

Bowood House & Garden

Bozedown Alpacas

Bradford on Avon Town

Bristol Airport

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Community Ferry Boats

Bristol Packet Boats

Bristol Tandem Hire

Britains Best Heritage Tours

British Museum

Brooks Guest House Bath

Brooks Guest House Bristol

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Calne Town

Canal & River Trust

Carvers Hill Estate Winery

Castle Combe Circuit

Cheddar Caves

Cheddar Gorge

Chippenham Museum and Heritage

Centre

Chippenham Town

Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm

Church Farm Country Cottages

Classic Cottages

Clayton’s Kitchen

Cliffe Farm Dairy

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Corsham Town

Cotswold Water Park

Cricklade House Hotel

Crofton Beam Engines

Crown & Anchor

Crown Plaza, Reading East and

Marlow Cumberwell Country

Cottages

Devizes Town

Donnington Grove Hotel & Country Club

DoubleTree by Hilton, Swindon

Dr Chocs

Dukes Hotel

Dyrham Park

Exclusive Collection

Fashion Museum

Bath

First Travel Solutions

Fisherton Mill

French Brothers

Galahad Tours

Great Western Railway

Great West Way Official Tour

Operators

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton by Hilton Bath City

Henley Greenlands Hotel

Henley on Thames

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