Charming Small Towns You Don’t Want to Miss in the Heart of England
For many, a trip to England primarily entails taking in the awe-inspiring sites of London. After all, England’s history is much older than that of the United States, and who can resist the towering spires, magnificent castles, and other grandeur found in London, York, and Bath? However, the beauty of England is not limited to its larger cities. In fact, rural England offers charming villages full of enchanting cottages, the occasional castle, historic pubs, and a great opportunity to experience the country without all the crowds and traffic at major tourist sites. When planning your next trip, why not consider a jolly jaunt into England’s heartland. You’ll experience the charm of England in a way most tourists will miss. Check out the towns listed here as a place to start.
Noted as one of the “world’s most picturesque villages” by Fox News, Bibury is well worth the effort it takes to get there. Trains from London take you to neighboring Kemble and regular bus service goes to Cirencester. Taxis are readily available from either town to then take you to your must-see destination. What makes Bibury so charming? Long before Fox News existed, William Morris called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England.” You’ll have to be the judge of that as you wander the streets of Bibury, taking in the picturesque weaver’s cottages along Arlington Row, stroll along the River Coln, tour the 1902 trout farm, and explore the beautiful Saxon church known as the church of St. Mary. You will also want to take a short trip to tour the magnificent birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace.
Make sure to include Avebury in your travel plans. It is truly a place of rustic charm, complete with fascinating, thatch-roofed houses; the Avebury Stonehenge; and the Alexander Keiller Museum, full of intriguing history of this ancient megalithic site. Staying in the area is a real treat; a host of lovely cottages, farms, and country inns offer true English hospitality.
To truly enjoy the ethnic diversity of England, you will want to take a quick day trip to Slough. Key attractions in this Berkshire suburb include the various ethnic festivals throughout the year as well as an array of shops and restaurants representing the various ethnicities.
Chipping Campden, Cotswold
The last village on our list takes us back to Cotswold, this time to Chipping Campden. Beautiful stone homes are the theme, but the architecture throughout the village is exceedingly diverse, representing the many the centuries of history found here. With the Almshouses dating back to 1612, merchant homes dating from the 14th to the 17th centuries, the silk mill, the landmark St. James church (15th century), and the Woolstaplers Hall from 1340, the range of history in this village is mindboggling. Picturesque and quaint, Campden is also not far from Blenheim Palace and other sites.
Chris Turberville-Tully works with ESA, Executive Serviced Apartments throughout the Thames Valley. With their serviced apartments, Slough visitors enjoy a hotel-alternative while participating in the various festivals held throughout the year.