Discover the Great West Way
Great West Way is a new 125 mile touring route between London and Bristol based on ancient routes, roaming through idyllic countryside, quaint villages and elegant towns.
Marlborough is ideally situated on this route, and in the days of coach and horses was an important stop on "The King's Road" as attested by diarist Samuel Pepys, who stayed at the Hart in Marlborough on 15 June 1668. He wrote... “a pretty fair town for a street or two” giving mention to “their houses on one side having their pent-houses supported with pillars, which makes it a good walk”. Historians continue a discussion as to which White Hart he may have referred, but you'll find a commemorative blue plaque at the side of 114 High St where a White Harte can be found even today in a pent-house supported by pillars, now inside the Conservative Club.
We're proud that historic Marlborough is part of this touring route and hope our ideas of what to see and do will help our visitors make some happy memories in our corner of Wiltshire.