If you want to get a glimpse of the gorgeous English countryside, then you should definitely plan a trip to some of the most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds. The latter are a cluster of villages in southwest England and they can be seen on easy day trips from London.
Bourton-on-the-Water is beyond words pretty and it is one of the largest villages in the Cotswolds. The picturesque village is also known as Venice of the Cotswolds due to the fact that the River Windrush runs through it and there are many beautiful stone bridges crossing it.
Tiny Bibury is the most photographed of all the Cotswolds villages. It is considered the most beautiful village in England and for good reason. A stroll along the super quaint Arlington Row and its picture-perfect cottages is enough to make you fall in love with Bibury.
Castle Combe is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds not only because of its incredible looks but also because it’s super easy to get to by London, Bristol and other major cities. Castle Combe is a really romantic destination with honey-coloured cottages and unbelievably cosy pubs.
Lower and Upper Slaughter are two neighbouring villages which seem as though they have sprung straight out of the pages of a fairy tale. Lower Slaughter is larger than its sister village Upper Slaughter. The best thing to see there is the village’s 19th century flour mill which is now turned into a museum and coffee shop.
Upper Slaughter is less busy than Lower Slaughter and one of the most picturesque villages in England. It is built on the banks of the River Eye and it’s hands down one of the most Instagrammable places in the Cotswolds.
Burford is a beautiful town which feels a lot busier than all the other villages on our list. It’s home to a glorious High Street which is lined with quaint shops, cafes and tea rooms that will most definitely keep you busy for quite some time so make sure you’re not in a hurry when you visit.
The most hassle-free way to visit the Cotswolds and take in the beauty of the surrounding countryside is to join a one-day fully guided tour from London.