Melksham is a small town in Wiltshire. It is not most people’s idea of a tourist destination. Originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement (milk town) Melksham became one of Wiltshire’s industrial towns and grew on the back of the Avon (locally pronounced as Avun) rubber factory.
Most of the interesting buildings in the area where demolished when the Avon factory expanded and in the re-development of the town centre in the 1960s, which has left Melksham a pretty bleak place.
It is by population (23,000) the 5th largest town in Wiltshire after Swindon, Salisbury, Chippenham & Trowbridge, but it has few amenities.
Melksham is situated on the main North/South A350 trunk road. It can be reached by leaving the M4 at J17 and following the A350 south for approx 10 miles (16 km).
1 Melksham station is served by 2 trains per day on the Swindon – Southampton line. The train station is commonly known as ‘the bus stop’ due to its small size and appearance of a bus shelter.
Melksham is served by buses from Bath, Chippenham, Trowbridge & Devizes on a regular basis.
The nearest airport to the town is 1 Bristol Airport (BRS IATA). 1 Heathrow Airport (LHR IATA) is 1 hr 30 min away.
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