Spend A Day in B-o-A
Bradford-on-Avon is a beautiful, historic town on the edge of the Cotswolds facing the River Avon. B-o-A is just two miles from Burghope Cottage and with plenty of delightful independent shops, restaurants, cafés and bars, combined with the river, canal and amazing architecture, you’ll sure want to spend a day visiting this characteristic and pretty destination. Read on for a guide on how to make the most of your day in Bradford-on-Avon.
But first, breakfast.
Kick-start a busy day of exploring with a delicious breakfast or brunch. The Lock Inn is a family run café, home to the famous all-day Boatman’s Breakfast. The café is perfect for all seasons with their newly refurbished sheltered outdoor area, enjoy the view of the active Bradford-on-Avon lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Timbrell’s Yard has a great breakfast menu and The Weaving Shed offers mouth-watering brunch options too, i.e. American style pancakes, bacon, eggs AND maple syrup! If you’re after a snack or groceries, Christine’s Sustainable Supermarket on Silver Street sells Bertinet and Hobbs House bread, croissants, cakes and more.
Walk, cycle or canoe? The Kennet and Avon Canal.
Celebrate the Kennet and Avon Canal with a stroll or bike ride that combines natural beauty and Georgian engineering. Rent a bike from TT Cycles and enjoy the peaceful waterside, pretty picnic spots, and plenty of pub stops en route where you can grab a well-deserved glass of something cold! If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, canoes are available to rent from The Lock Inn all year round (weather permitting). Their Canadian canoes offer a fun, safe and affordable way to explore the canal. Click here to download your free local map of Bradford-on-Avon Wharf.
The history and architecture.
Discover the history and heritage of Bradford-on-Avon by taking a leisurely stroll through the town, starting with The Shambles; once a medieval market place in the centre of the town. This pretty street is full of charm and character, it even features one of the only timber-framed buildings in Bradford-on-Avon, many others date in part to the 15th century. Now you can find local shops and cafés including Leaf & Bean, Strawberry Blue and The Shambles Coffee Shop.
The Town Bridge
From The Shambles, walk towards the iconic town bridge; a small section dates back to the 14th century, before it was widened in the 18th century. The small building on one of the cut-waters was originally a chapel but became the town ‘lock-up’ in the 17th century, where prisoners would be held before they went before a magistrate.
The Tithe Barn and Barton Farm
Bradford-on-Avon’s spectacular 14th century Tithe Barn is one of the largest medieval barns in England. It was built to serve Barton Grange, a manor farm which belonged to Shaftesbury Abbey in Dorset, the richest nunnery in medieval England. Around Barton Farm you’ll find more outbuildings converted into shops, cafés, artists workshops, and galleries at The Granary and Tithebarn Workshops. Click here to read more about the history of the Tithe Barn.
There’s a cuisine for everyone in Bradford-on-Avon! Italian, Spanish, Thai… and so much more. Let your taste buds come alive at Pablo’s Bistro with their freshly prepared, traditional Spanish vegetarian and vegan tapas dishes. Enjoy a delicious pub lunch at The Barge Inn, or pick up a Grab ‘n’ Go box from Granny Mo’s Deli ready for a picnic to enjoy in this picturesque town. Olea Mediterranean is a lovely restaurant next to the river Avon overlooking the town bridge, the chef combines classical food with Mediterranean twists to create a dining experience guaranteed to please. For drinks, we recommend The Dandy Lion; a cosy pub in the heart of Bradford-on-Avon. More options available on the Explore BoA website.
Shop ’til you drop.
Bradford on Avon is full of lovely independent shops and businesses. Ready for a cheese and wine night after your day exploring? Head to The Cheese Shop and Cru Wines. Looking for the perfect gift or souvenir to take home? Wyld Rose Holistics, Quercus Gallery and Stone Paper Scissors, are worth a visit. Mary at Stone Paper Scissors painted the Burghope Cottage bedroom furniture, and it’s gorgeous!
Double winner of the UK Tea Guild’s ‘Top Tea Place’, The Bridge Tea Rooms is one of the UK’s finest spots for afternoon tea. Step back in time as you walk into the Hansel and Gretel-style building. This quirky tea room is full of character and dates back all the way to 1502. (Reopening on Monday 17th May 2021).
If a relaxing and restorative massage or a rejuvenating facial is what you’re after, visit Vitality Relaxation and Day Spa in the heart of Bradford-on-Avon. The family run business offers a range of ‘Express’ treatments too, if you’re rushed for time.
Looking for somewhere special for an evening meal? Ravello’s is a restaurant that is proud of its traditional Italian influences, techniques and its use of fine local produce, it can tempt and delight anyone looking for fantastic fresh food. Please note: Ravello’s will be opening on May 17th but you can pre-book your table now. The Bunch of Grapes reopening on 19th of May is another great option, or enjoy a taste of Thailand at The Thai Barn, currently open for outdoor dining. If you’d prefer a takeaway, we recommend Pizzeria Amici.