The Cotswolds is renowned for its charming villages that offer a glimpse into traditional English countryside life. Located really close to the outskirts of Cheltenham, you can find many quaint villages with cobblestone streets to explore. It is definitely worth a visit when staying at The Queens Hotel, enjoy tranquil walks in the countryside and take in the charming architecture and traditional thatched cottages.
It is easy to see why some many visitors are captivated by this area. Here are just a few of the villages we recommend you stop by and explore. Some are famous, while others may be lesser known but are are still well worth a visit.
Often referred to as the “Venice of the Cotswolds,” this popular village is known for its idyllic low bridges that cross over the River Windrush. Stroll along the river side paths and indulge in a quintessential English afternoon tea from one of the many traditional tea rooms. There is so much to see and do here, visit the intriguing Model Village to see a 1930s replica of the village itself, see how many of the 500 birds you can spot at Birdland Park and Gardens and find your childhood toys at The Cotswold Motoring Museum featuring vintage cards an a toy collection.
This historic market town has a traditional market square dominated by an ancient cross and is set up high on top of an 800-foot hill. Stow-on-the-Wold exudes a timeless charm with its historic buildings, antique shops, and a range of pubs and eateries, including one of the oldest pubs in the whole of the UK.
Often described as the “gateway to the Cotswolds,” Burford is famous for its High Street lined with medieval and Georgian buildings. Perfect for a day out, it has an old-world atmosphere, full of charm and beauty with plenty of antique shops and the magnificent St. John the Baptist Church to visit.
Nestled beneath Fish Hill at the foot of the rolling Cotswold hills, Broadway’s picturesque streets are adorned with honey-coloured stone houses, flower-filled gardens and independent shops. If you are looking for the perfect photo spot, the Broadway Tower atop the hill provides breath-taking panoramic views of the Cotswolds countryside.
While perhaps lesser known than some of the more famous villages in the Cotswolds, Painswick is a charming village with a rich history and often known as the “Queen of the Cotswolds”. Its narrow streets are lined with beautiful limestone houses and the Painswick Rococo Garden is a must visit for garden enthusiasts. In St. Mary’s Churchyard you will find a striking collection of 99 yew trees.
This tiny village is famous for Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property known for its eclectic collection of treasures gathered by its eccentric owner, Charles Wade. The picturesque setting and the manor’s unique charm make Snowshill are definitely worth a visit. It was used as a filming location for the romantic comedy Bridget Jones Diary.
Often considered one of England’s prettiest villages. This village has a less touristy feel to it and offers a real glance into a traditional English village. Castle Combe is like stepping into a fairy-tale. Its narrow streets, medieval architecture and rows of honey-coloured cottages extending from the 14th century market square creates an enchanting ambiance.
Known for Arlington Row, a row of weaver’s cottages dating back to the 17th century, that is arguably the prettiest street in all of England. Bibury can certainly be described as a postcard-perfect village. Its stone buildings and the nearby Bibury Trout Farm make it a charming stop.
Each of these Cotswold villages offer their own unique blend of historical significance, architectural beauty, and quintessential English charm. Hopefully, you will agree, a visit to any these villages promises to be an unforgettable journey into the heart of England’s rural heritage.
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