The most picturesque villages in England

Castle Combe

Castle Combe, photo by Martin Pettitt/flickr

Getting bored of the urban everyday stress? If you decide to spend your holiday in a peaceful place, I suggest you should choose one or even more of the most picturesque English villages. England has some of the finest villages in the whole world. As we all know, the country owns a rich cultural and also historical heritage. There are several beautiful towns with gorgeous cultural attractions and fine villages with spectacular landscapes, peaceful, narrow streets that evoke the medieval English life. The country houses are some of the most beautiful ones of England, the streets are clean and the locals are very friendly. All in all, visiting an English village can be the perfect holiday for you and your family!

 

Castle Combe

 

Castle Combe is a small village in Wiltshire, in the south-western part of England, having a population of about 350. The village is adjacent to the villages of Grittleton, Ford, Nettleton, Tiddleywink and the town of Chippenham. It is considered England’s most beautiful village, being famous for its attractiveness, fine buildings and peaceful atmosphere. The fame of the village goes back to the 14th century. It has been an important medieval market cross. The attractions of Castle Combe include St. Andrew’s Church, The Market Cross, The White Hart pub and the local museum. St. Andrew’s church houses the Castle Combe Clock, one of the very few English medieval clocks still in use. The village is also home to a famous motor racing venue, Castle Combe Circuit. As you can see, it has several attractions that make it the perfect choice for your peaceful holiday. As for the accommodation, there is the 4-star Manor House Hotel which was built in the 14th century, having today 48 rooms and about 1.5 km2 of gardens.

 

Castle Combe

Castle Combe, photo by Martin Pettitt/flickr

 

Clovelly

 

The village is situated in the Torridge district of Devon, on the Hartland Peninsula. It used to be a fishing village. Being one of the most picturesque villages of England, it is a major tourist attraction, also famous for its history and beauty. Its attractiveness is represented by the extremely steep car-free main street, its location looking out over the Bristol Channel, the spectacular pretty houses, the Kingsley Museum and Clovelly Court Gardens. You can also ride a donkey in the village or make a walk on the coast. Don’t forget your camera at home, because Clovelly is the perfect place to make some fantastic photos!

 

Bibury

 

Bibury is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, being located closely to Gloucester and Oxford. The village is separated in two parts by the River Coln which flows alongside its main street. It is certainly one of England’s most picturesque villages. One of the attractions of the village is its parish church. The artist and craftsman William Morris called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England” when he visited it.It has fine honey-colored stone cottages which were built in the 17th century. Bibury was used also as a film and TV location, among others for the films “Stardust” and “Bridget Jones Diary”. Bibury can be your most memorable holiday destination.

 

Cottages at Bibury

Cottages at Bibury, photo by crabchick/flickr

 

Lacock

 

A popular and beautiful National Trust village, Lacock is located in Wiltshire, about 5 km from the town of Chippenham. One of the most scenic villages of the country, Lacock has appeared in many films. It is home to Lacock Abbey, a medieval cloistered abbey founded in the 13th century, which was one of the locations for the Harry Potter films. The fantastic village has plenty of pubs, tea rooms and shops. I recommend you wander around the village and visit all of its attractions. It’s worth it! This small village has wonderful buildings and idyllic streets. Besides the Lacock Abbey, there are other attractions in the village, such as St. Cyriac’s Church and Lacock Tithe Barn and Lock Up.

 

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey, photo by Neosnaps/flickr

 

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