|With one of the widest high streets in England and a church dating to the 15th century, this delightful market town lies on the banks of the River Kennet close to the North Wessex Downs and the ancient Savernake Forest.|
Its public school,
Marlborough College, has produced a wealth of
talented individuals including William Morris
and Sir John Betjeman.
Maerl's Barrow in the college grounds is one of several reputed burial places of King Arthur's wizard, Merlin.
The restored Merchant's House dates to the mid-17th century while the Alexander Keiller Museum is now an important centre for the archaeology of Avebury.
It also houses a collection of prehistoric relics.
The prehistoric sites of
Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow and
Avebury lie just a few miles away.
Avebury Manor and Gardens, built on the site of a former abbey, date to the 16th century.
The gardens were redesigned in the last century.