This lively town boasts many of the benefits of our larger cities, including stately Georgian and Victorian architecture (a legacy of its cloth weaving heritage) but offers a much more relaxing experience, away from big city crowds. It combines some beautiful green spaces with a good blend of big name retailers and interesting independents, with a particularly strong range of high street fashion brands. There are three shopping centres: The Gateway, The Shires and Castle Place (with a daily indoor market), and the retail offer continues in the pedestrianised Fore Street , Market Street & Silver Street. The Street Market in and around Fore Street every Wednesday goes from strength to strength, and is well worth a visit.
Trowbridge Museum, in an old weaving mill, tells the story of the town once known as the “Manchester of the West” and its people. Housed in a former cloth mill, the museum has working textile machinery, a Spinning Jenny (one of only five left in the world) a weaver’s cottage, a children’s history hunt and a mouse trail, and there are often special family activities.
Behind the magnificent town hall on Market Street is the enchanting Community Sensory Garden, and beyond that is the town’s beautiful, spacious park . The Information Centre, in the Civic Centre beside the Town Park, is also a popular agency for travel and events tickets, and friendly advice from local people who know their stuff!
This year Trowbridge has been celebrating its history as one of the baronial towns involved in the inception of the Magna Carta in 1215