Marlborough – originally Merlin’s Barrow, is an archetypal English market town that used to be on the main road from London to Bath. Famous for its broad high street that hosts a lively market every Wednesday and Saturday as well a host of other local shops and famous brands. It nestles into a landscape that is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is quite unique.
It is also famous for its schools, with both the world renowned public school Marlborough College and St John’s International Academy which serves the educational needs of the rural communities of much of north-east Wiltshire.
Marlborough is a place where coins were minted in Norman times, Tudor kings hunted for deer and
where coaches travelling between London and Bath stopped to feed and water their horses. The neolithic mound that was Merlin’s Barrow is in the grounds of Marlborough College – follow the road west and you discover other ancient sites including The Sanctury, West Kennet Long Barrow, England’s largest stone circle at Avebury and Europe’s rival to the Great Pyramid – Silbury Hill.
Rossendale B&B is the perfect launch pad for discovery of this ancient town either by car, or by bicycle using the dedicated cycle track that runs from outside Rossendale through The Ogbournes to Marlborough.