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Marlborough

4.5
Flea Markets · History Museums · Forests
Marlborough is a market town and civil parish in the English county of Wiltshire on the Old Bath Road, the old main road from London to Bath. It boasts the second widest high street in Britain, after Stockton-on-Tees. The town is on the River Kennet.HistoryThe earliest sign of human habitation is a 62ft high prehistoric tumulus in the grounds of Marlborough College. Recent radiocarbon dating has found it to date from about 2400 BC. It is of similar age to the larger Silbury Hill about 5mi west of the town. Legend has it that the Mound is the burial site of Merlin and that the name of the town, Marlborough comes from Merlin's Barrow. On John Speed's map of Wiltshire (1611), the town's name is recorded as Marlinges boroe. The town's motto is Ubi nunc sapientis ossa Merlini ("Where now are the bones of wise Merlin"). More plausibly, the town's name probably derives from the medieval term for chalky ground "marl" – thus "town on chalk".Further evidence of human occupation comes from the discovery in St Margaret's Mead of the Marlborough Bucket, an Iron Age burial bucket made of fir wood with three iron hoops, a top bar and two handles; it also sports bronze bands decorated with human heads and mythical animals, and is now on display at the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes.
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Hidden gems in Marlborough

Wiltshire Walks ©
Historic Walking Area
Wiltshire Walks
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Crofton Beam Engines ©
History Museum
Crofton Beam Engines
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
St. George's Church
Church
St. George's Church
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
West Woods ©
Forest
West Woods
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Marlborough

Hawk Conservancy Trust ©
Zoo
Hawk Conservancy Trust Weyhill
4.9
Duration: 6 hours
Stonehenge ©
World heritage site
Stonehenge Amesbury
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Westonbirt Arboretum ©
Garden
Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
Avebury Stone Circle ©
World heritage site
Avebury Stone Circle Avebury
4.6
Duration: 4 hours

Popular things to do in Marlborough

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The Merchant's House ©
Architectural Building
The Merchant's House
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Devils Den ©
Ruin
Devils Den
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
White Horse Gypsy Caravans ©
Outdoor Activity
White Horse Gypsy Caravans
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Marlborough High Street
Flea Market
Marlborough High Street
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Marlborough

Chisbury Chapel ©
Church
Chisbury Chapel
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
St Mary's Church ©
Church
St Mary's Church
3.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Marlborough

Savernake Forest ©
Forest
Savernake Forest
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Marlborough

Marlborough Golf Club ©
Golf Course
Marlborough Golf Club
3.1
Duration: 4 hours

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