This picturesque hilltop
market town near Swindon is virtually
surrounded by water and bridges.
One of the oldest boroughs in England with a charter dating to the 9th century, it is dominated by the gaunt ruins of Malmesbury Abbey containing the tombs of King Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, and its 8th century founder, the Saxon abbot St. Aldhelm.
A surviving part of the
abbey, now the parish church, possesses a
medieval manuscript bible.
‘Hobbes Cottage’ is said to have been the birthplace of the 16th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679).
The town centre has a 40ft high Tudor market cross.