With epic landscapes, village greens, quaint cottages, wood-beamed pubs, and countryside views, England has beautiful villages aplenty. Boasting traditional tea rooms, independent shops, and world-class walking routes, you can easily while away an afternoon in one of England’s great villages, absorbing its unique atmosphere and relaxing in picture-perfect surroundings. Here we take a tour of the prettiest villages in England. See if you agree.
William Morris once described the small Cotswold village of Bibury as “the most beautiful village in England”. It has often been used as a film and television location, and is home to Arlington Row – a row of Cotswold stone cottages, which is undoubtedly one of the most Instagrammed locations in the country. And so iconic is this spot in fact, that since 2010, people issued with UK passports have found an image of Arlington Row inside, next to other classic British landmarks such as Ben Nevis and the White Cliffs of Dover. Home to its own trout farm, and being in close proximity to Chedworth Roman Villa, are two more reasons why Bibury is such a popular tourist attraction.
Snowshill is also regularly deemed to be the prettiest village in England. Celebrated for its unspoiled charm, this quaint Cotswold village is located in Gloucestershire and is best known for St Barnabas Church, and Snowshill Manor – a National Trust property that was once home to the poet and architect, Charles Wade. The nearby attraction of Cotswold Lavender Farm is another reason why the village is so celebrated for its beauty. In the summer months, there’s not a prettier part of England.
Stanton is a village located in the North Cotswolds within an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Dating back to the 17th century, Stanton is so small it is technically classed as a hamlet. It’s known for its honey-coloured Cotswold stone cottages and its manicured shrubs, flower beds and tiered gardens. A stroll to the top of the village will give walkers a stunning view across this bucolic corner of the Cotswolds.
Another of the prettiest villages in England is Castle Combe. Home to fairytale, quintessential Cotswold stone cottages, the village’s centerpiece is its medieval market cross, found at the point where the three principal streets of the lower village converge. Located around 5 miles north-west of Chippenham in Wiltshire, the area of land above Castle Combe was once home to a 5th-century Roman Villa, and shockingly no new houses have been built in the village since 1617. Its stunning architecture remains well intact, so a visit to this beautiful village is well worth your time.
Broadway is a postcard-perfect village nestled in the heart of the Worcestershire. Its thriving high street is a big draw. Home to several art galleries, gift shops, tea rooms and a huge adventure playground, Broadway is an exciting place to visit as well as being easy on the eye. Broadway Tower is a unique Capability Brown Folly Tower open to those wanting to experience views of the region. On a clear day, it’s said you can view a 62 mile radius, and as many as sixteen surrounding English Counties from the top.