The building of a castle in Norman times dictated the layout of the town which is still visible in the ‘D’ shape plan today, now containing over 250 shops, 50 Heritage Plaques, 50+ eating places and tea shops, 14 traditional pubs, 5 pedestrian only shopping precincts, 3 ancient churches, 2 museums, including the awarding winning Wiltshire Museum, the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, the “Caen flight” of canal locks and a working Victorian (Wadworth) brewery that runs tours and tastings.
In 1141 the borough received a royal charter permitting regular markets, which are still held weekly in the open Market Place, one of the largest in the West Country.
The Town centre is a bustling hive of activity with over 500 listed buildings, a frequent Gold winner of South West in Bloom and holds Coach Friendly Town status.
Conveniently centrally located in the county, it is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside either on foot, cycle, car or water. Major retail centres are close at hand and attractions for all ages and tastes.
Devizes is seen as the focal hub for the surrounding villages of All Cannings, Bishops Cannings, Bromham, Cheverell Magna, Cheverell Parva, Easterton, Erlestoke, Etchilhampton, Market Lavington, Marston, Potterne, Roundway, Rowde, Stert, Urchfont, West Lavington and Worton
Throughout the year there are a series of festivals and street activities, many of which are free. The most notable are the Devizes Carnival in the summer and the Lantern Parade & Christmas Festival on the last Saturday in November.
Almost ever since Dr Beeching's report lead to the closure of Devizes Station there have been moves to try to reinstate a rail service to the town. The DDP along with other agencies is working on providing a rail station within the next few years.