The largest employer in the town appears to be Westinghouse, now a part of Invensys, who are quite busy with railway signalling work, as they have been for many years. Parts of their site are now occupied by a diverse range of other companies. There are a number of other industrial sites around the town.
The main street in town is pedestrianised, car parking is available at several sites around the centre. Short-term parking is free beneath the Somerfield supermarket. There are several pleasant cafes and other eating establishments, and the possibility of a stroll along the riverbank. There is also a nightlife scene, with the Rose and Crown and MadJacks being late-night venues, although many people travel to Bath.
There is not much tourist accommodation actually in Chippenham, but some within a few miles, particularly along the A4 Bath Road through Corsham and Box, or on several local farms. Search Google with Chippenham "Bed and Breakfast", you will find plenty.
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