Devizes is a lively market town built around a centuries-old Norman castle. The town received a royal charter in the 1100s and features a characterful centre filled with heritage-listed buildings. Tour an iconic British brewery, travel along one of the longest lock systems in England and visit a museum dedicated to the town’s ancient past.
Things to do in Devizes
Handsome historic buildings line the bustling High Street. Browse a mix of independent businesses and big-name brands. A weekly market pops up in the main square and attracts vendors from across Wiltshire. Devizes Castle towers over the town and recalls its ancient past. Constructed in the 11th century, the castle is an imposing Norman stronghold. The castle isn’t open for tours but is visible from most parts of town.
Narrowboat rides are the best way to experience the famous Caen Hill Locks. With 29 individual locks spread over more than three kilometres, it’s one of the longest lock systems in the country. From start-to-finish, you’ll cover a total elevation change of more than 70 metres.
Go behind the scenes of Wadworth Brewery, which has been bottling award-winning ale since 1875. The famous 6X premium ale is brewed using a 100-year-old recipe and will tantalise you with fruity notes and a malty finish. On certain days you can meet the beautiful Shire horses that deliver fresh beer to local pubs.
See treasures from throughout the centuries at the Wiltshire Museum. The award-winning museum showcases one of the largest collections of ancient gold in England, including relics from Stonehenge. Items used by Bronze Age priests and chieftains are just some of the treasures on display.
Getting around Devizes
Devizes is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is in Wiltshire, a 40-minute drive from Bath and one hour from Bristol. Trowbridge Railway Station is a 25-minute drive or 40-minute bus ride from Devizes. Bristol Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.