Wiltshire's county town, with many of the benefits of our larger cities, including stately Georgian architecture and a broad range of retailers, pubs and restaurants, but offering a more relaxing experience, away from those big city crowds. It also has some of the loveliest and most peaceful green spaces of any town along our line.
The Town Council's own website is the best source of information about the town www.trowbridge.gov.uk. The friendly Trowbridge Information Centre will happily send you free town trails and a map before your visit - call 01225 710535. It is also worth noting that they can sell you rail tickets.
Trowbridge's graceful elegance is a direct result of its cloth weaving heritage, and many of its most impressive buildings were built by or for wealthy clothiers.
The Towbridge Museum, in an old weaving mill, brings this industrial legacy vividly to life, and admission is (amazingly!) free. The museum nestles in the heart of The Shires, an excellent indoor shopping complex, just a stone's throw from the station. This is also the best way to enter the town - from the station car park exit, cross the main road and turn right, then cross again to enter via the Shires car park. The far exit from The Shires brings you right into the town centre. Trowbridge has a particularly splendid Town Hall. A right turn after this takes you down to the town's beautiful park where you can look back at the striking architectural asymmetry of the back of the building, a gift to the community from one of those wealthy clothiers. If you are there on a Tuesday or a Friday, you can go into the enchanting Victorian Sensory Garden - created and nurtured by local volunteers. The park is a haven of peace on a sunny day and you'll find the Trowbridge Information Centre here.
The gardens of Trowbrige station are looked after by Roger Newman, who also participates in the excellent Trowbridge PACT (Police and Community Together) initiative that has been very effective in keeping the station safer and more welcoming. In 2010 special floral displays from the Town Council, Roger and other local supporters won a Trowbridge In Bloom award. Roger also helps with passenger counts and other projects by the Community Rail Working Party.