The Rudloe is the perfect base for exploring the region...

 

Bath

The City of Bath is a short drive from The Rudloe Arms.

We recommend that if you have the time spare you take a trip to visit this wonderful historic city, with plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

The Roman Baths are one of Bath's most famed attractions, being one of the most popular and one of the most visited heritage attractions in the UK.

We recommend that you allow 2 hours to visit the Baths; this will ensure you get the most out of your visiting one of the most historical sites in Northern Europe.

With over one million visitors per year, there is so much to see and do. You will be sure to enjoy The Roman Baths and the historical stance it has to offer.

For further information and to book tickets click here.

Situated in the centre of Bath, you will find Thermae Bath Spa, famed for its award-winning Natural Spa where you can bathe in Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago.

Thermae Bath Spa is a wonderful place to relax either by day or by night. Why not enjoy the indoor Minerva Bath or the stunning open-air rooftop pool with breathtaking views over the city of Bath?

At Thermae Bath Spa you can now enjoy so much more, why not experience the aroma steam rooms or book a treatment or spa package?

For further information or to book tickets book here.

The Royal Crescent is a spectacular landmark forming a crescent of 30 Grade 1 Listed Terrace Houses, being one of the most breath-taking forms of artwork in the UK. The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775 and designed by John Wood the Younger.

The Royal Crescent overlooks Victoria Park with the Crescent being arranged by a truly manicured lawn. The Royal Crescent has attracted a range of famous people to stay at either the hotel or live as a resident in one of the terraced houses due to it being built over 230 years ago.

The Crescent now features a five-star luxury hotel, The Royal Crescent. There is also the Museum of Georgian Life at No.1 The Crescent, plus a range of private housing.

The Royal Crescent is still a very popular location for film-makers and TV period dramas including Persuasion and The Duchess.

This world-famous landmark is definitely worth a visit. Click here for further information.

Bath Racecourse is open from April to October and is located on Lansdown Hill, holding the title of the highest racecourse in Britain, it sports great views of the Roman City of Bath.

The racecourse has premier hospitality facilities and is known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Enjoy a variety of weekday, weekend and evening fixtures. A trip to Bath’s historic racecourse truly is an unforgettable experience and you can make your day a casual or formal occasion.

You are also very welcome to bring your family; there is a playground for the young ones and all children under the age of 18, free at the racecourse.  

For more information click here.

Bath Rugby is an English professional rugby union club, it’s a very well-known and respected team located in the historic city of Bath. The rugby team play in the Aviva Premiership league.

The club was founded in 1865, known then as Bath Football Club and is now one of the oldest and successful rugby clubs.

Bath (Bath Rugby) is based at ‘The Rec’ also known as the Recreational Ground, located in the heart of the city by the River Avon. The capacity of the club was expanded in 2009-2010 to 11,700 and Bath plays all of their home matches during the club season.

The club has won England's domestic competition, the Anglo-Welsh Cup, the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup.

For those of you who are keen on Cricket, the club is transformed into a cricket ground in the summer and is used by Somerset Country Cricket Club.

For further information or to purchase tickets click here.

Castle Combe Circuit is one of the longest established racing circuits in the UK; the circuit is the most popular in the South West and is currently owned and run by the Strawford family since 1976. The circuit is renowned for holding an excellent reputation providing a great day out for car lovers and racing enthusiasts.

The facilities at the circuit are modern for its spectators and competitors, there are also now a range of special Action Days and Experiences that can be purchased that can be used at the Circuit.

So, why not treat yourself to an exhilarating day at one of the best circuits in the UK!

And reminisce at the circuit where so many famous drivers tackled the circuit in their careers such as Formula 1 World Champions: Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Jody Scheckter, Alan Jones, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill.

For more information click here.

Bristol

The City of Bristol is a wonderful harbourside city, definitely worth a visit.

Have a look at the wonderful attractions we have for you to visit, perfect for any age!

The SS Great Britain has had a long and hard-working life from 1845-1933 thanks to Brunel’s engineering skills. The events and memories of those involved in this epic salvage of her are captured in the animated film ‘The Incredible Journey’.

She was transported on an 8,000-mile journey back to Great Britain and arrived back in Avonmouth Docks in Bristol; there, the epic restoration work began on 19 July 1970 - back to the dock in which she was built, exactly 127 years to the day after her launch in 1843.

Now you can see her restored into her former glory and discover the life of this amazing ship.

Click here to book or for further information.

If you are a zoo lover then this is the place for you!

Bristol Zoo Gardens has been operating since 11th July 1836 making it the fifth oldest zoo in the world. The zoo is still as popular as ever and has greeted over 90 million visitors since it first opened. It now boasts an award-winning education team teaching children about wildlife, the value of nature and the impact today’s society affects the world we live in.

As well as saving over 175 species from extinction in human care and in the wild and are continuing to work on conservation projects across the world today.

Click here to book tickets or for further information.

At-Bristol is a science centre and charity aiming to make ‘Science accessible to all’. The centre first opened in 2000 and specialises in the latest multimedia techniques to inspire visitors of all age’s ideas and develop their leaning.

It boasts a fantastic 3D Ultra High Definition Planetarium which is the only one of its kind in the UK, visitors can also fly through the universe through the comfort of their own seat and discover experimental data visualisation with the joint Date Dome Project.

Since opening in 2000, At-Bristol has welcomed over 4 million people through its doors and launched hundreds of exhibits. 

The science centre creates a great learning experience focusing on science, arts, culture, industry and the community. There are also live shows which explore the current world we live in.

If you love science then this is the place for you, a great day out for the whole family!

Click here for further information or to book tickets.

Chippenham

Chippenham is a pretty historic market town located just over 5 miles away from The Rudloe Arms.

Originally a settlement, dating back to since before Roman Times it is thought that the town was originally established by crossing the River Avon. 1841 saw the Great Western Railway being built, now Chippenham is mainly used as a commuter town but does have a number of places of interest for all ages to enjoy.

The museum features the story of the historic market town of Chippenham from prehistoric times to today. Located in a beautiful 18th Century Grade II listed building. 

You will also learn more about the town's history, its villages and the local areas by viewing its extensive collections plus you will be given the opportunity to meet some of the former residents as they take you through the history of Chippenham and the local areas.

There is plenty to do with a full programme of temporary exhibitions, children’s activities, special events, walks and talks.

For further information or to book tickets click here.

M4 Karting is a fun packed indoor Karting and Mini Moto Centre.

There is a range of options that we have from large/corporate events, Stag and Hen Parties, Kids parties or for the individual karter who just wants to come and enjoy the track and have some fun with time trials!

Whatever the reason for your visit you will be sure of an experience to remember.

For further information click here

Bowood's House & Gardens, Adventure Playground, Soft Play Area and Tractor Ted’s Little Farm opens again on 25th March 2016. 

The House is a beautiful stately Georgian House located within hundreds of acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, Wiltshire. The House comes with a wealthy and very interesting history, where the Lansdowne family have lived for over 260 years. 

Visitors can use the grounds surrounding the house and is perfect for a range of visitors including families, specialist horticultural and garden enthusiasts, historians, schools or if you are on holiday and fancy a wonderful day out.

The amazing gardens were awarded the HHA/Christies Gardens of the Year in 2014, this is a truly stunning sight and is a definite recommendation for you to visit and enjoy what the talented gardeners and landscapers at Bowood have achieved.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of the House and explore areas of the family home with a range of fascinating artefacts.

For the younger visitors, there is Tractor Ted’s Little Farm and you can also arrange your child's Birthday Party at Bowood! 

At the end of your visit why not relax and enjoy a delightful refreshment or snack in the Treehouse Cafe. 

For further information click here

Swindon

Just over 30 minutes away from The Rudloe Arms is Swindon.

Swindon is a large town, located in the country of Wiltshire, it is also very well known for its excellent proximity situated between Bristol and Reading and is also renowned for having very good transport links. There is lots to do in Swindon so whether its a day at Swindon Designer Outlet Centre, visiting the Steam Museum or going to a show at the Theatre, you'll be sure to have a great time!

Swindon Designer Outlet is located just on the outskirts of the beautiful county of Wiltshire.

The outlet has just over 90 stores and there is something for everyone from lovers of designer brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss to high street brands such as Fossil and Superdry, no forgetting the Nike and other retailers for our sports clothing and equipment fanatics. Once you have finished your shopping why not sit back and relax in one of the great eateries! 

Click here for further information and opening times.

If you love the theatre you will love the Wyvern Theatre!

Enjoy a wide range of concerts, comedy, dance, drama, musical theatre and local amateur productions.

Opened by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip in September 1971, the theatre is going from strength to strength entertaining audiences with its wide variety of entertainment.

To book tickets for a show or for further information click here.

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, is located in a wonderfully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works.

All visitors will have the opportunity to climb aboard the famous trains!

Why not have a go at changing the signals, being an engine driver and even walk underneath the 80 ton Caerphilly Castle, this is truly a great day out for the whole family young and old to enjoy!

To book tickets or for further information, click here.

Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a very special place and an area of outstanding natural beauty. It also is a World Heritage Site.

The area of Wiltshire has a vast historical background with the Romans, Normans and Saxons all leaving there mark the counties towns and countryside. There are a wide variety of places to visit, so come and visit this most enchanted county.

Located in the picturesque setting of Salisbury, the museum is situated in the medieval King’s House, within the beautiful area of the Cathedral Close. If you love museum’s then this is the place for you! With a range of wonderful collections, and with exhibitions and events all year round you’ll be sure to learn a great deal.

Why not visit the new world-class gallery of archaeology houses with one of Europe’s most extensive collections of Stonehenge and prehistoric artefacts.  You will learn all there is to know about the local areas.

After your visit to the museum why not relax and have a bite to eat in The King’s House Café.

For further information and for tickets, click here.

If you love car racing then this experience is perfect for you!

The Ultimate Car Race is the latest experience to hit the South West. The fantastic purpose-built facility, providing the very latest in full motion race car simulators.

There is an excellent choice of cars from the 2015 F1 McLaren MP4-30 to a GT40 or a sporty MX5 you will be able to then experience racing on the laser-scanned tracks in the UK and around the world. 

The race is available to anyone over the ages of 12 years and you 6 of you can race against each other at any particular time. If you prefer to race by yourself or like to compete against the clock then you can take part in their races if you would prefer.

Upon racing, it is ensured that you will experience a cost-effective, fun, safe and environmentally friendly environment,

For further information and to book tickets, click here.

Do you love Safaris, have you always wanted to explore Salisbury Plain but are unsure of how to do it? This activity is perfect for you!

Using luxury Land Rover Defenders 110 to host the tours, up to 6 people can attend a tour showing you Wiltshire, Salisbury and Stonehenge.

It is up to you what you would like to view so we tailor the tours on either Nature and wildlife, history, the military and off-roading.

You will also get the chance to get out of the vehicle within the tour to explore the area, have refreshment and take some photos.

The beauty of the Safari tour is that you will be able to access parts of Salisbury Plain that cars and buses cannot reach.

For further information or to book a Safari visit: www.salisburyplainsafaris.co.uk

Local Attractions

Whilst staying at The Rudloe Arms why not explore the beautiful local town of Corsham.  

With a wide variety of places of interest to visit, it's the perfect place to learn about the local history and treat yourself to some retail therapy!

Just under 2 miles away (a five-minute drive) from the Rudloe is the beautiful historic town of Corsham on the edge of the Cotswolds in Wiltshire. It boasts a mixture of 16th, 17th and 18thcentury buildings. The quiet town has an array of beautiful historic buildings and traditional village way of life. The town is famous for its peacocks which roam around the town freely.

Corsham has a very healthy economy mainly started from its wool trade and quarrying of the ‘Golden Bath Stone’ known as limestone which was used for its historic buildings, the stone was uncovered when the ‘Box Tunnel’ was built for the Great Western Railway enabling it to be quarried and sol to be used in other villages and towns all of the UK.

The town is steeped in history and owes much of its prosperity to local families from centuries ago; still, family names live on in the town such as the Methuen family who live at Corsham Court.

Additionally, Cosham has been the location for many films, television dramas and photoshoots including the recent series of ‘Poldark’ and ‘Harry Potter Films’.

For more information, click here.

This privately-owned historic house is currently owned by the Methuen-Campbell family who still resides there now. Cosham Court with is famed for its large art collection is open to visitors. The earliest known information of the house dates back to 978.

There are now special guided tours of the Breakfast Room and Library enabling visitors to view these collections.

For further information call: (01249) 712214 / 701610 or email: staterooms@corsham-court.co.uk.

Just beneath the town are the historical Corsham Tunnels.  Much of what remains today reflects the Tunnels’ service as a nuclear bunker – ‘Burlington Bunker’, as it was code-named – you will also see evidence of their earlier roles as well.

As the threat of nuclear war was a high risk in the 1950s, the Tunnels became an underground facility for the potential relocation of Government in time of crisis. This role was retained until 2004 when, the Cold War has ended, the site was declassified, though still remaining part of the Ministry of Defence estate.

For further information click here.

The Almshouse and Schoolroom is a characterful and unique area featuring several buildings dating back to the seventeenth century.

The complex is very much alive today. Guides welcome visitors from all over the world.

For further information click here.

This is a busy arts establishment based in Corsham, delivering performances, workshops, cinema and more for all ages.

Also, you can view the art gallery with 3 resident artists which is defiantly worth a visit. To finish off you can benefit from some delicious refreshments from the café. 

For more information http://www.poundarts.org.uk/pound/default.aspx.

This spectacular golf club is the second oldest in the West of England and was founded in 1880 and enables you to play all year round due to its great drainage.

The golf course features the Downland course known for its wonderful views, lovely fairways and its excellent greens.

For more information click here.

Avalon Heritage Tours is a great local tour operator offering a variety of popular local tours of the Wiltshire area.

Avalon has great reviews and is extremely focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction.

Visit Avalon Heritage Tours website for their latest tours, click here.

Arts & Culture

There is plenty of Arts and Culture surrounding the area of The Rudloe Arms. 

Whether you are interested in Fashion, History or the Arts we have it all here for you to visit, only a short travelling distance away!

Visit the only museum of Americana outside the United States!

This wonderful museum takes you through the history of America, from the early settlers until the 20th Century.

Enjoy this very special collection of folk and decorative arts, the museum shows a very diverse and the complexed nature of American traditions.

Click here for further information or to book tickets.

Bath Abbey is a popular place for both Pilgrims and visitors for hundreds of years and is now one of the top places to visit in the South West of England.  

The Abbey sees 420,000 people visitors every year, but the great aspect of the Abbey is that every individual has their own beliefs and purpose for their visit.

Click here for further information or to book tickets.

The Fashion Museum welcomes around 130,000 visitors each year ranging from tourists to fashion specialists. The museum is located in the stunning Assembly Rooms and holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress.

The Fashion Museum was previously called The Museum of Costume and was opened in the Assembly Rooms on 23 May 1963. Founded by Doris Langley Moore, a designer, collector, writer and scholar she generously gave her famous private collection of costumes to the city.

The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress and is housed in the magnificent Assembly Rooms.

Click here to book tickets or for further information.

The beautiful Museum and Abbey are steeped in historical culture, Laycock has pretty old fashioned streets and is a popular location for TV and Film.

Laycock Abbey is situated in the middle of the village, surrounded by woodlands, the lovely Country House which used to be a nunnery. The Fox Talbot Museum commemorates the achievements of former Laycock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his invention of photography.

As a visitor of the Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum, you will be able to view the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, there is enough to see and do for a whole day out.

Additionally, why not explore the lovely village of Lacock with picturesque shops and fabulous eateries. Click here for further information or to book tickets.

For Families

There are lots of family activities and places to visit near toThe Rudloe Arms. 

From boating to exploring we have lots of fun-filled activities for you and your family to enjoy!

Enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family at Woodland Adventurers, your day will be spent playing woodland games, building a den and lets the kids learn about and feed the wonderful farm animals such as pigs, rabbits, ducks, sheep and many more.

The beauty of this adventure is that it lets your kids explore the outdoors, builds there confidence and develops there team working skills.

Why not try some of the other fun activities of offer such as climbing assault courses, survival, bushcraft and much more!

Click here for further information.

For all spies out there! You have been given a mission… Complete the Treasure Trail!

You have as much time as you like…

Follow the directions around the given route; be sure to take special note of the signs, buildings, monuments and plaques

Your mission is to find the clues and complete the trail.

This is perfect for children ages 6+, ideal for the whole family to take part in, watch out for the extra hard clues for the adults!

Click here for further information.

Why not enjoy the perfect day out for the whole family and spend it on the river!

There is a range of boats and canoes for you and your family to choose from enjoy the great scenery and spectacular wildlife on route. And the river is usually nice and calm so its boating made easy!

Click here for further information.