Athelstan Museum

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The Town Hall Cross Hayes
SN16 9BZ

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Malmesbury is a beautiful hilltop town on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, built to a Saxon road plan round a Norman abbey. Archaeological digs have shown there was a Neolithic fort here around 2,500 BC - people have lived here for four and a half thousand years, so Malmesbury may be the oldest town in the country. This small local museum has an interesting tale to tell, full of lots of fascinating people: Athelstan, first king of all England; Eilmer, our flying monk of a thousand years ago; Thomas Hobbes, the famous philosopher; Walter Powell, the M.P. who vanished at sea in a hot air balloon - and lots more. Artefacts on display include bicycles, a Roman coffin, wonderful pictures of the area and our renowned Malmesbury lace collection.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun 10.30-16.30


All Admission Free

Travel directions:

Malmesbury is situated just five miles north of Junction 17 of the M4 motorway. The museum is located within the Town Hall to the rear of the Tourist Information Centre, at the northern edge of the Cross Hayes short stay car park.

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Facilities and services


  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan


  • General audio-guide available
  • Information point provided
  • Public access available to collections information

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