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Malmesbury

Malmesbury has a rich history as England’s oldest borough and is the location for the stunning 12th Century Abbey still very much in use today. However, there is so much more to discover in this charming market town. Visit the original Market Cross, the Norman Abbey with its tomb of King Athelstan and the free Athelstan Museum, there is lots to see and do here. Alongside Malmesbury Abbey, you will find the beautiful Abbey House Gardens. The gardens are home to over 1,000 years of history and straddle the River Avon. Over 2,000 different roses, 100,000 tulips and 10,000 different plants can be found here offering visitors constant colour from March to November. The hilltop contains several freshwater springs, which helped early settlements. It was the site of an Iron Age fort, and in the Anglo-Saxon period it had a monastery famed as a centre of learning. The town is listed in the Burghal Hidage as one of Alfred the Great's defended burhs assessed at 1200 hides, its Iron Age defences helping to provide protection against Viking attack. The town was described in Domesday Book as a borough. Alfred's grandson, Æthelstan, the first king of England, was buried in Malmesbury Abbey in 939.

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