Earlier this month I escaped to the Cotswolds again for some family time and relaxation. No matter how many times I visit I am always blown away by its beauty. The open countryside, the idyllic cottages and the abundance of absolutely gorgeous vintage shops. It’s no wonder people take the time to venture an hour or more out of the capital to visit the quaint, picturesque villages of the Cotswolds.
Although it’s only a little part of the UK, it can feel like quite a big place to explore in just a couple of days or less. So below is a list of curated villages you should visit, have a cream tea in and take some time to admire the honey-coloured stone cottages.
The most beautiful towns/villages in the Cotswolds
Located in the north west of the Cotswolds, this is somewhere I visited for the first time on my recent visit. Brimming with antique shops and cosy pubs, its fast becoming one of my favourite places in the countryside.
Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, this village in the middle of the Cotswolds is a little gem. One of the first villages I ever visited in the Cotswolds and still one of my favourites. As you can imagine, most of the attractions are centered around the canal but make sure you visit a cosy tea room called Smiths of Bourton that is tucked away down one of the side streets. The Bakery on the Water is also worth a visit for some fresh pastries or bread.
A little tip if you want to visit Bourton-on-the-water – make sure you visit in the morning or late afternoon as lunchtimes get busy with coach loads of visitors.
One of the most photographed places in the Cotswolds but if I am honest, there isn’t much to do in Bibury. Having said that, how can you forego taking a snap of Arlington Row! Again this place gets busy so it’s best to visit early in the morning.
Again, one of the most picturesque villages but it has little attractions or facilities within it. It’s somewhere I would recommend driving through and perhaps stretching your legs in for a few minutes.
Located on the west side of the Cotswolds, this town was one I stumbled upon and it is lovely. It has a wide range of pubs, restaurants and antique shops that you can hop between. Well worth spending a few hours in.
These two villages are beautiful and make a lovely countryside walk from Bourton-on-the-Water. The perfect place to visit for a family day out or if you need to clear you head.
There still more of the Cotswolds for me to explore but everywhere I have been lucky enough to visit so far has been beautiful. I look forward to returning and discovering more.
What’s your favourite place in the Cotswolds? I’d love to hear some recommendations for my next visit.