We have seen it all over our beloved Instagram; slow-travel through the English countryside in a pink Nissan Figaro, scenes right out of a Jane Austen novel (minus the dramatic lovers’ reunion in the distance), old stone cottages lined with gleeful flowers. But amongst countless villages to visit on your trip to the Costwolds planning you visit can come across as slightly overwhelming. This is why we have listed some of the 7 most Instagramable Cotswolds Villages to inspire you to take your holiday to the next level. 

1. Castle Combe

Often named the “prettiest village in England”, Castle Combe is not only a place of historic diversity but has also been the location for film set such as Spielberg’s War Horse and the original Doctor Doolitle. The cottages feature a slight yellow tint due to their stones that are typically found in the region. As you make your way through the iconic bridge which hovers over the Bybrook river, you’ll see a Market Cross and St Andrew’s Church which dates from the 13th century. The Church is home to what is said to be one of the oldest working clock in the country. How’s that for timeless history?

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2. Stow-on-the-Wold

This town has topped our list as it is full of jovial character. While it is larger than your traditional one-street-only Cotswold village, it has kept its charm made of historic buildings, main market square and grand church. Standing at 800ft above sea level, it is the highest town in the Cotswold and moreover it is located on the Roman Fosse Way, a Roman road built in Britain during the first and second centuries AD which linked a multitude of regions. Built in 947AD, the Porch House is definitely our go-to for a well deserved pint of local ale after a wonder around the historic streets of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Bonus: A local legend states that the door at St Edward’s Church, lined by two Yew Trees, would have inspired J. R. R. Tolkien to create the Doors of Durin in Lord of the Rings.

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3 & 4. The Slaughters

Upper and Lower Slaughter share quite the odd name but not one that would prompt you to visit anytime soon! However, we could never be more wrong. The two villages are linked my the River Eye. Whereas Upper Slaughter remains your go-to location for memorable cottage-lined, winding streets, Lower Slaughter boasts remains of a 12th century castle as well as the old mill and its museum. The ford Upper Slaughter welcomes one of our favourite Instragram moments where you can pose just at the water’s edge.

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5. Bourton-on-the-Water

Just south of The Slaughters and built on the banks of the River Windrush, Bourton-on-the-Water is mostly known for it’s multiple, lower-than-usual bridges built between 1654 and 1911. It is a village that vibrates with community flair and serves anyone walking through with iconic scenes of yellow-stones cottages. We recommend heading there in the morning and enjoying a warm breakfast in the cozy Bakery on the Water. For those who solely want a jump start to the day, then settle for a coffee to take away as you watch ducks paddle away just outside the coffee shop. This is definitely one of our favourite and most Instagramable Cotswolds villages.

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6. Snowshill

This quaint little village is known for its exceptionally unspoilt beauty as well as the expansive views over the Severn Vale. While you wonder, make sure you visit the 16th-century Snowshill Manor. Currently owned by the National Trust the house boasts terrific gardens which look just absolutely magical in peak spring time. Currently one of our favourite most Instagramable Cotswolds villages.

Bonus: Did you know the Bridgette Jones’s Diary‘s winter scene were filmed here!

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7. Broadway

Our choice for your winter wonderland Instagram grid shot. Often referred to as the jewel of the Cotswolds, this village just glistens under a think layer of fresh snow. It sets the scene for amorous walks with better halves and enjoying mulled wine in front of a roaring fire. The name Broadway derived from its large street that passes though the village; it accommodated so much traffic back by 1736 that Broadway became the ideal for travellers coming from London on their way to Worcester. At its peak, the village offered over 30 coaching inns for travellers to rest in. Nearby, Broadway Tower is absolutely worth the detour, offering a scenic view over sixteen counties.

village snow cotswolds
Photo credit: www.cotswoldsadventures.co.uk

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Published 25th February 2022
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