Founded in Norman times, Devizes is a compact town and is easy to appreciate on foot. Some of Devizes’s 500 listed buildings survive from the 16th century though most were erected in Georgian times.
Devizes was a major centre for the construction of the Kennet and Avon canal, and especially the spectacular Caen Hill flight of 29 locks; this was a major engineering feat when it was built at the end of the 18th century. An easy walk from the Wharf to the top of the flight provides excellent views of surrounding countryside. The tow path in both directions from Devizes is well used by walkers, cyclists and fishermen.
We’re always on the look out for volunteers to join the branch with a number of different opportunities available. Everything from helping crew our boat to supporting our events. Please get in touch if you can help via the form below.
Our branch looks after a 38 seater passenger boat, Kenavon Venture which has a busy schedule of public trips and private charters from Mother’s Day to Christmas.
We are based around the Trust Headquarters building, an historic bonded warehouse on Devizes Wharf. On the upper floor, the Trust’s museum tells the tale of the construction, operation, closure and restoration of the canal.
We run social and fundraising events through the year with all proceeds going straight to the Trust. These include a “We’ve survived Christmas” party, and an annual skittles match against the local branch of the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust.
Throughout the year we try to have a stand at other local events to provide information about the canal, and to raise funds. In the past we have organised a major raffle in support of the Trust.
The Devizes Wharf Buildings
The Wharf building houses the museum and 2 rooms for hire.
The large Rennie Room upstairs has a kitchen area and toilet facilities. Studio 7 is a smaller room with exterior kitchen and toilet facilities. We also offer light refreshments for sale in the Galley room on the ground floor when the museum is open.