Gateway to the Cotswolds

Highworth is an ancient hill top market town situated on the edge of the Cotswolds only four miles from the River Thames and close to Swindon and its many facilities.

John Betjeman said, “l have never seen Highworth given due praise in guide books for what is one of the most charming and unassuming country towns in the West of England.”

The town centre is a remarkable conservation area containing 84 listed buildings plus a Grade l listed church.

There are numerous stories and events and people that contribute to Highworth’s unique and special character.

They include being a cavalier stronghold during the civil war, having a postmistress with a pivotal role in the British Resistance movement during World War II, running the official ABBA fan club from a house in Sheep Street, the mystery of the secret tunnels under the market place and not forgetting the many sightings of the ghostly monk!

The town boasts many pubs, restaurants and artisan shops, plus a regular Farmers Market. Pentylands Country Park is a lovely green space and Wrag Barn Golf Club offers a picturesque eighteen-hole golf course.

Highworth is a ten-minute drive from Swindon, Wiltshire’s biggest town. Oxford is 26 miles away, Bath 46 miles, Bristol 50 miles and London 92 miles.



Visitor Centre
7 High Street,

Tel: 01793 764440

Opening Times

Opens daily 10am - 3pm, except Saturdays 9am – 2pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.