Chippenham is a market town in the southwest of England, midway between Swindon and Bath. Its population has proliferated in recent years, and it is presently Wiltshire’s third largest town with 40,000 residents.
The accelerated expansion in the last decade can be attributed to the growth of the South West provincial economy as a whole, and especially to the new housing estates developed in Chippenham, such as the recent Capen Park South and North areas to the town’s west and the earlier Pewsham estate to the east.
How to reach Chippenham?
Chippenham is well served by trains for a city of its size, with trains every half hour to and from Bristol Temple Meads, London Paddington, Reading, Swindon, and Bath Spa.
Chippenham is served by various interurban buses. The leading operators are Faresaver and Stagecoach, the latter providing the 55 to Swindon, and the former providing the X31 to Bath and the X34 to Frome and Trowbridge.
Top Attractions in Chippenham
The town’s museum has displays of Chippenham from its cloth and corn industry and is worth a visit if you are fascinated by the history of the areas you visit. If you are more involved in knowing your own past, you can explore the Swindon and Wiltshire History Centre to use their archives for researching your ancestry.
The Western Arches are an impressive remnant of the industrial age. Isembard Kingdom Brunel designed them for the Great Western Railway. If the industrial account is your thing, see the oldest condensed milk factory globally – Avonbridge House and the Francis Holland tobacco factory.
Street markets are held on Saturdays and Fridays in The Shambles, and the Farmers Market is on the second Tuesday every month. Look out for discounts and local crafts and produce.
Near the market are the old Butter Cross and 16th-century Yelde Hall (now an impressive tourist information office), where you can see the original council chamber. Also nearby is Neeld Hall, where cheese and corn used to be sold in the past.
Chippenham boasts a friendly and famous folk festival that attracts top names and is incredibly popular. The town really comes alive and pulls numerous music lovers.
Not far from Chippenham are Biddestone, Castle Combe, and Lacock that are all pretty villages worth a visit if you have time. There’s also Bowood House and patios and Lackham Country Park less than 30 minutes away.
Where to eat and drink in Chippenham?
There are several places to eat in Chippenham, the most expensive and arguably the best being the Angel Hotel. There are the usual Subway and McDonalds. For the non-fast food eaters, head to Revolutions or Revo Lounge. They sell good affordable food and add a friendly feel to the restaurants.
Chippenham city center has an enormous range of pubs, including a Wetherspoon in the Borough Parade shopping center. As is common in the West Country, most serve an extensive range of local ciders.