Devizes is a charming historic market town, at the very heart of Wiltshire. Founded in Norman times at the boundaries (the Latin ‘ad Divisas’) of surrounding villages, the town grew up around the castle and keeps its medieval town plan. The town prospered in Georgian times when many of its finest buildings were erected.
Devizes is a bustling market town, and is lucky to have kept many small independent shops offering a wide range of goods not found elsewhere – with service to match.
Come and explore our Museum with the best Bronze Age archaeology collections in Britain. Trace the fascinating history of Wiltshire, its environment and its people over the last 6,000 years. Explore the finds from Bush Barrow, described as the Crown Jewels of the “king of Stonehenge”.
Learn the fascinating story of the pioneers who created the science of archaeology here in Wiltshire 200 years ago. See items from some of the very first archaeological excavations in the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.
Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre
Traditional brewery, free Visitor Centre, or go on a tour and see how traditional beer is brewed. Don’t miss the Shire Horses and finish your tour with some samples – including the famous 6X!
Kennet and Avon Canal
Explore the flight of 29 locks at Caen Hill and discover 200 years of history at the Canal Museum. Take a leisurely cruise on the canal from Devizes Wharf.