Last Updated on 28/04/2021
The Cotswolds is a rural area of south-central England renowned for its pretty medieval villages. Spanning almost 800 square miles, the area has a lot to offer visitors. We’ve put together a handy guide to 7 of the prettiest Cotswolds villages to help you plan your visit.
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7 Pretty Cotswolds Villages
Below we’ve listed 7 of the prettiest Cotswolds villages. These villages are located in the north of the region and are easily accessible from places such as Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick, and Leamington Spa.
Broadway is a beautiful historic village. The high street features pretty thatched shops and buildings built in the traditional Cotswolds stone. Broadway is a stunning picture-postcard village.
The village gets its name from the wide main street which is lined with shops, cottages, hotels, and restaurants. The village is the ideal place to pick up gifts from the independent shops and take in picturesque landscapes. You can also visit the impressive Broadway Tower and country park.
The charming village of Snowshill is just a short drive from Broadway. Much of the village centers around the striking St Barnabas Church. This Grade II listed building is deceiving though; despite its much older appearance, the church is Victorian and was constructed in 1864.
Snowshill is one of the most photographed villages in the Cotswolds. It is a popular destination due to its unspoiled charm and pretty cottages. Although it has a tiny population of fewer than 200 inhabitants, Snowshill attracts visitors from around the world!
Stow-on-the-Wold is a bustling market town. While is it now renowned as a famous center for antiques, a large market square still dominates the town center. This was the sheep trading center of the Cotswolds and at one time, up to 20,000 sheep were herded into the square for sale.
Today, while you’re exploring the many antique shops and art galleries, you can also pick up a souvenir or grab a coffee at one of the many local coffee shops.
Despite the name, which derives from ‘miry place’ or ‘muddy place’, the slaughters are some of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. The name is the result of the little Eye stream, which connects Upper and Lower Slaughter.
Upper Slaughter has a tiny population of fewer than 200 inhabitants. It is one of only 14 villages in the UK that can consider itself a doubly thankful village. This means that, during both world wars, no soldiers from Upper Slaughter were lost.
You can find St Peter’s Church at the heart of the village. This 12th Century church can be spotted, peeking down a winding, tree-lined path. It is the perfect centerpiece to this sleepy little village.
Lower Slaughter is considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. The village itself is one of the most photographed villages in the Cotswolds and it is frequently used for filming thanks to its beauty.
Here, the village is built either side of the River Eye, which can be crossed by footbridges. The river is beautifully framed by quaint cottages and pretty houses. At the end of the village, there is an impressive mill with a functioning waterwheel.
Upper and Lower Slaughter are located only a mile apart, and you can take a picturesque walk from one to the other. The walk will only take about 20 minutes and allows you to take in the peace of the Cotswolds countryside.
The teeny village of Adlestrop has a population of 120 according to the 2011 census. Adlestrop owes its recognition to the much-loved poem by Edward Thomas. In commemoration of the poem, the village has a bench which proudly displays the name that represents both the poem and the place.
Yes. I remember Adlestrop –
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.Edward Thomas
Although Adlestrop is small, it has some beautiful buildings. The village post office is an unusual-shaped thatched property. There are also many pretty cottages and a striking church.
Chipping Campden is often considered the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Cotswold towns. It is one of the best-preserved and historically important towns in the Cotswolds.
Chipping Campden has been an important area of trade since the late 12th Century. The town’s market hall was built in 1627 and still stands today.
The town is most noted for its long and wide High Street, dating from the 14th century. Today, you can walk the attractive high street while browsing independent boutique shops and cozy cafes.
7 Pretty Cotswolds Villages
So we’ve outlined 7 of the prettiest Cotswolds villages, but which ones are on your must-see list? Let us know in the comments!