From peacocks to Poldark, Corsham Court to Cotswold stone, there are many reasons to visit the historic market town of Corsham in Wiltshire.
Our boutique country hotels close to Corsham are an ideal place to stay when exploring the charming village and other nearby attractions in Wiltshire, with comfortable, spacious rooms, on-site restaurants serving meals made with local ingredients and an impressive range of award-winning Butcombe beers and real ales.
Places To Stay Near Corsham
With a history dating back more than 1,000 years, there is plenty to learn about Corsham. Many of our hotels are within close proximity to Corsham, offering the perfect place to rest in between exploring the quirky town centre, the magnificent Corsham Court or discovering more about the agricultural and wool trade of years gone by.
The Crown Inn
Just a stone’s throw from Dyrham Park and within easy reach of Bath, The Crown inn has 9 welcoming ensuite rooms, perfect for a sound night’s sleep after exploring the wonderful market town of Corsham. On the menu at the on-site restaurant, you’ll find a cracking selection of hearty pub classics, perfectly paired with a variety of Butcombe beers behind the bar.
The King’s Arms
The King’s Arms hotel is a charming 18th-century inn set in the heart of Melksham. Featuring 13 modern, comfy bedrooms, a pub-restaurant offering exciting takes on pub classics and an array of award-winning Butcombe beers behind the bar, The King’s Arms is the perfect option for a boutique getaway when visiting Corsham.
The Methuen Arms
Steeped in history and character, The Methuen Arms hotel started life as a nunnery before being converted into a brewery and coaching inn in 1608. The inn offers 19 newly-renovated bedrooms, a mouth-watering food menu created with ingredients sourced from its kitchen garden, and a cosy bar area and spacious beer garden perfect for enjoying the inn’s range of hand-pulled ales. Located in the heart of Corsham, it is the perfect place to stay when visiting the area.
The Northey Arms
Located in beautiful Box on the outskirts of Bath, The Northey Arms is a stunning pub and inn steeped in history, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With 13 ensuite bedrooms, The Northey is the ideal location for a rural retreat, family break or staycation, while exploring Bath and the historical market town of Corsham. We’re passionate about great food and drink, with an all-day food offer focused on seasonal, locally sourced produce and hearty pub classics. Behind the bar you’ll find plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer and cider, and a wide range of wine and cocktails.
The Quarrymans Arms
Located in picturesque Box Hill, The Quarrymans Arms hotel is a gorgeous country inn boasting sweeping views of the Box Valley. The inn offers the perfect boutique getaway with four flawlessly-decorated bedrooms, a delightful restaurant serving the finest, locally-sourced seasonal produce, and a fantastic selection of ales, craft beers, local ciders and fine wines to get stuck into. We are located just a short drive from Corsham, making The Quarrymans the ideal base for visitors to the town.
The White Hart
Situated in the heart of picturesque Wroughton, The White Hart hotel is a beautiful thatched pub and inn. With 10 beautifully-decorated bedrooms, extensive food menu of locally-sourced, seasonal classic pub dishes, and a stunning range of Butcombe beers to sample, this characterful inn has everything you need for a relaxing break in Corsham.
History Of Corsham
With Royal Saxon origins, Corsham was historically a centre for agriculture, but like many of Wiltshire’s towns, it developed a thriving wool industry during medieval times.
Even after the decline of the wool trade, the town maintained its prosperity through the export of Bath stone (also known as oolitic limestone). Initially quarried for local use, the stone was discovered in droves during the digging of the nearby Box Tunnel for the Great Western Railway, meaning there was not only enough stone to sell to other English towns, but also an easy way of transporting it thanks to the newly-built railway line.
Corsham has links to the literary world as the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ novel The Pickwick Papers, with the novel’s name is thought to be borrowed from Moses Pickwick – a Corsham local who ran coaches between Bath and London.
What To See And Do In Corsham
Corsham’s must-see attractions include Corsham Court – a Grade I-listed country house with a famous art collection and beautiful landscaped gardens. Elsewhere, the town’s historic High Street is home to an array of interesting and independent shops, mostly built from Bath Stone.
Other interesting sights include the Flemish Weavers Cottages – a row of Grade II-listed, 17th century houses situated at the end of the High Street. They were built for a group of Flemish weavers that had fled from religious persecution in their homeland and became integral to the town’s weaving industry. Corsham’s vibrant hub of music, theatre and art – The Pound – also shouldn’t be missed.
Visitors should also keep an eye out for Corsham’s famous peacocks, which roam freely from their home at Corsham Court throughout the town’s cobbled streets!
Belonging to the Methuen family for eight generations, Corsham Court is one of England’s finest stately homes.
Upon buying Corsham Court in the mid-eighteenth-century, Paul Methuen began transforming the Elizabethan manor into a setting for his collection of Italian and Flemish paintings. He commissioned Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to design a picture gallery, which still houses the famous Methuen/Sanford art collection to this day, and features Old Master works by Van Dyck, Carlo Dolci and Lippi.
Corsham Court is surrounded by stunning gardens and parkland, again designed by Capability Brown, as well as a 13-acre lake.
Corsham On The Big Screen
Corsham has provided the backdrop for a number of film and TV productions, including The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Larkrise to Candleford and The Remains of the Day.
Most famously, the town featured in the BBC hit drama Poldark starring Aidan Turner. The High Street was reimagined as an 18th century version of the busy Cornish town of Truro, with modern shop fronts and neat parking spaces replaced by dirt-covered roads, rickety carts and wandering horses!