From the blissful serenity of its glorious countryside, picture-perfect villages, and ancient woodlands, the Cotswolds are one of the most picturesque places to enjoy a holiday. For those in search of Instagram inspiration, this breathtaking region will not disappoint. You can discover your inner artist and celebrate this wonderful corner of England with a camera in your hand. Here is our selection of the most Instagrammable places in the Cotswolds.
1. Castle Combe
Often named the ‘most beautiful village in England’, Castle Combe is a quintessential Cotswolds village. The historic village is located in the south Cotswolds in the beautiful county of Wiltshire, and it is ripe for many great photo opportunities. You should pay particular attention to the village’s sleepy chocolate box cottages, which are bound to be appreciated for their beauty and romance.
2. Bourton-on-the Water
Dubbed the “Venice of the Cotswolds”, this stunning village sits on the River Windrush. Instagram lovers often post pictures of the five low, arched stone bridges that cross the river. The village boasts some of the greatest tea rooms and cafes in the Cotswolds. So you could also find a great opportunity to post a pic of the perfect scone. Some great things to Bourton-on-the-Water include visiting the Cotswold Perfumery and Birdland.
3. Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
The landscaped gardens of Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe are also an Instagram lover’s dream. Eminent landscape designers including Lanning Roper, Rosemary Verey, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, Charles Chesshire, and more recently, Sir Roddy Llewellyn, have all been involved in the design and layout of the Castle’s majestic gardens. The castle itself possesses an incredible 1,000 year old history, which you can explore in person. Its chapel, St. Mary’s Sudeley, is the burial place of Queen Katherine Parr (1512–1548), the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII.
4. Cotswold Lavender
To get those Instagram ‘likes’, your content should certainly be original and inspiring. There’s nothing more ‘WOW’ than a seemingly never-ending field of lavender. But that’s exactly what’s on offer at Cotswold Lavender Farm in Snowshill, Worcestershire. Of course, the lavender doesn’t flower until mid-June, and the best time to see them is early-mid July. But when you get there, you won’t be disappointed. Entry is only £5.00 for adults.
5. Snowshill Village
Once you’ve posted from Cotswold Lavender, you can head into the village of Snowshill for another digital take on Cotswold village life. The honey-coloured stone architecture, quaint little cottages, and peaceful rural life have to be seen to be believed. And you and your followers may also recognize Snowshill from the movies. It was covered in fake snow for the filming of the film Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2000. The village location was home to Bridget’s parent’s house. You might also recognize St Barnabas Church, which is one of the most Instagrammed churches in the Cotswolds. Snowshill Manor is a wonderful National Trust property and another nearby point of interest.