7 Pretty Cotswolds Villages You Need To Visit

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

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.

Snowshill

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!

When you visit Snowshill, you can include a visit to the National Trust owned Snowshill Manor. Also, if you are visiting in summer, be sure to explore the beautiful Cotswold Lavender farm.

Stow-on-the-Wold

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.

The Slaughters

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

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.

7 pretty Cotswold villages

Lower Slaughter

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.

7 pretty Cotswold villages

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.

7 pretty Cotswold villages

Adlestrop

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.

7 pretty Cotswold villages

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.

7 pretty Cotswold villages

Chipping Campden

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.

7 pretty Cotswold villages

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.

7 pretty Cotswold villages

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 Cotswold villages

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!

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53 thoughts on “7 Pretty Cotswolds Villages You Need To Visit”

  1. These villages look so picturesque and quaint! I would love to visit the lavender farm in Snowshill. It sounds like an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing these spots and a little bit of their history. Very interesting.

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    • The villages are stunning. I’m hoping we will have an opportunity to go back and see the lavender farm when it is in season. We’re glad you like the guide!

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  2. I’ve always dreamed of visiting the Cotswolds and I never realized how large it was! Lower Slaughter and St. Peter’s church as absolutely gorgeous. I would love to do a long road trip and visit all 7 of these villages.

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    • It is deceptive what a large area the Cotswolds covers! We’ve only scratched the surface on what they have on offer. Luckily these 7 are all located pretty close together, you could explore these in a couple of days and include some other villages in the area on a road trip. It would be a magical escape!

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    • They are so beautiful! I can’t wait to go back and explore some more of the villages they have to offer! I hope you get the opportunity to visit soon!

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    • Snowshill is adorable and the Slaughters are breath-taking. It is well worth spending a couple of days in the area driving around the adorable villages. I hope you get an opportunity to visit soon!

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    • We’re glad you like the guide! The Cotswolds are stunning, no matter where you go you either get picturesque countryside or pretty villages!

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    • I’m glad you like the guide! I love digging into the history of the places we visit. It’s fascinating to learn about their past. Especially in places like the Cotwolds that still look so historic!

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  3. I don’t travel down to the south of the UK often. The photos you’ve taken are almost Yorkshire Dales-esque!

    A great read, another one to add to the list of places to visit!

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    • I often find myself in London (for work) but I do have a soft spot for Stratford-Upon-Avon which draws us to the Warwickshire area every couple of years or so. Other than that I haven’t explored as much of the south as I would like but I’m hoping to see more of it over the next couple of years.

      The Cotswolds are beautiful and are reminiscent of the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales have a very special place in my heart but I’m a Yorkshire lass so I’m biased! We’ll be exploring the Dales in a few months so lots of exciting posts to come!

      I hope you get an opportunity to explore the Cotswolds. Thanks for taking the time to read the post!

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    • Some of the Cotswolds villages are ideal places to escape to. Although during summer some of them do attract big crowds. Visiting out of season is definitely the best way to take them in. We’re glad you like the guide and hope you get the opportunity to visit soon!

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  4. I’ve lived in the UK for 8+ years and have only visited the Cotswolds once, I definitely need to get back and this post is so inspirational!

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    • I’m glad you found it inspiring! Don’t worry, I’ve lived in the UK my whole life and this was my first proper visit to the area shamefully! Although I do have a return trip planned for next year and I can’t wait to see more of this beautiful area!

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  5. I absolutely love the Cotswolds. My favourites were Snowshill and Lower Slaughter, they’re just soooo pretty! We visited in the winter but I’m actually going back tomorrow and hoping to be able to visit the lavender farm 🙂

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    • Ooh I’d love to visit the lavender farm! We visited in December so didn’t have the opportunity to go but I bet it is beautiful! I want to co-ordinate a return visit so we can go!

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  6. Aw all of these villages look so cute! I guess I will be planning multiple trips to the Cotswolds very soon! Thanks for the guide, helping me plan my 2020 trips 🙂

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    • They are really lovely! I’m hoping to return next year to take more of them in because there are so many lovely villages to explore! At least the good thing to come out of 2020 is the opportunity to visit more places that are on our doorstep!

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  7. This is the cuttest article I’ve read for a while ! Those villages are so nice, they look so peacefull. Snowshill is definetely a must-seen !! It is way too cute !

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    • The Cotswolds are adorable! I love the little villages because each one has its own unique character! Snowshill is really sweet. It’s a great place to take a stroll and admire the scenery!

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  8. I wish I would have known about these cute town back when I was living in London. Adlestrop looks absolutely adorable. The next time I’m in the area I will for sure check these out. Thanks for sharing!

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    • They’re so adorable, aren’t they? Adlestrop was absolutely charming! I hope you get an opportunity to explore the Cotswolds soon!

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    • The Cotswolds are so quaint! It’s like stepping back in time! I hope you enjoy your visit! Thanks for reading!

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  9. I manage a hotel in Chipping Campden. Every day I travel from Bicester to this beautiful town. As the seasons change so does the scenery. Whatever time of year you come it is really special.

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    • Chipping Campden is such a beautiful place! How lucky thank you get the opportunity to enjoy it every day! I just spent my 30th birthday in Chipping Campden for a weekend break. It is such a charming place to escape to!

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