Old Bell Hotel
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Cotswolds Finest Hotels

The Old Bell

The Old Bell in Malmesbury is a unique and outstanding Cotswold hotel. Reputed to be England’s oldest with an impressive history of exceptional hospitality, dating back to 1220 (which coincidentally is about lunchtime!)

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MALMESBURY is a beautiful place set high up, around the curves of two rival river Avons and dominated by its Abbey. The town is kept young by WOMAD and its ‘real’ shopping High Street.

History here is profound and quirky. You’ll see the tomb of the first king of England, the grave of Hannah Twynnoy (a barmaid killed by a tiger in 1703) and learn of Brother Eilmer, the first man to fly. A short walk away, Abbey House Gardens feature first-rate planting – and occasional ‘clothes optional’ days.

Malmesbury tips from Simon Haggarty, General Manager at The Old Bell

American guests love the fact that the Washington Arms can be seen in the local church. Plus Abraham Lincoln’s family are traced back to Malmesbury.

There’s a great Farmers’ Market on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, just outside the hotel door.

Malmesbury is the perfect location for exploring the South Cotswolds, Bath and attractions such as Westonbirt Arboretum.

Guests are welcome to dine in the secluded garden in summer. Incidentally we’re very proud of our breakfasts – the best in the Cotswolds!

Abbey Row, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 0BW
01666 822344;
[email protected]

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Walk: Malmesbury and the Avon

2 miles (3.2km) | 1 hour
A dog-friendly, undemanding stroll around this Saxon hilltop town that passes the front door of The Old Bell. Kissing gates, riverside walking and Betty Geezers Steps.

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