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25 Most Beautiful Villages in England to Visit

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There is nowhere on earth that is quite like an English country village. Long the inspiration of poets, writers, and artists, the bucolic beauty of “England’s green and pleasant land” makes for a special getaway. These are the most beautiful villages in England.

Dry stone walls punctuate rolling hills and pastures. Historic stone cottages appear to be fit only for Hobbits. Discover the ancient architecture and manicured gardens in bloom.

Find delight in the thatched roofs, narrow country lanes, cobbled streets, and babbling brooks. Enjoy rambling walks through areas of dream-like allure. Feel the sea air on your face in ramshackle fishing harbors.

Experience the romance of a bygone age in sleepy settlements that time forgot. Pick up a unique souvenir from any of the quirky shops. And finish it all at a quaint pub supping a hand-pulled ale before falling asleep at a welcoming country inn.

When exploring the most beautiful villages in England, there will be moments when you believe you have stepped into a painting.

If you’re wondering where to start, look at our selection of the 25 prettiest villages in England to visit. But note that this list isn’t exhaustive. You can practically put the little Google Map man down in any English village and find a beautiful spot, particularly in places like the Cotswolds, the Lake District, and the Yorkshire Dales.

How do I get through this article without tearing up from homesickness?

Most Beautiful Villages in England to Visit

1. Ombersley, Worcestershire

Ombersley is a historic, charming village nestled between the Shropshire Hills and Malvern Hills in the county of Worcestershire. Yes, the place where the unpronounceable sauce comes from. It is known for its beautiful black-and-white Tudor architecture and is surrounded by several other attractive hamlets.

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ombersley is the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy fishing, golf, walking, and cycling. There are three conservation areas for nature lovers, and history buffs can also enjoy around 150 listed buildings in the region.

The village is easy to reach and is located around 2.5 hours from London and 1.5 hours from Oxford. And the cathedral town of Worcester is just 16 minutes away if you’re ever looking for more to do.

Ombersley is the perfect weekend getaway destination for your family, and you should try this charming vacation home with a terrace garden for a cozy place to stay.

2. Snowshill, Gloucestershire

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Snowshill is known for its stone cottages, charming Victorian church, and Manor House. Surrounded on three sides by the Cotswold Hills, this unspoiled village offers breathtaking views over the Severn Vale.

The undoubted highlight of this quaint English village is the 16th Century Snowshill Manor. Owned by the National Trust, it is open to the public and contains a fascinating display of eclectic objects. Collected by architect Charles Paget Wade during the 1900s, you can find toys, musical instruments, furnishings, and other curiosities housed within.

Don’t miss a visit to Cotswold Lavender when in season. This family-run lavender farm boasts 70 acres of 35 varieties of lavender. You can purchase local crafts, plants, and lavender products. And you’ll be able to snap some beautiful photographs when the light hits just right.

With original wooden features, a patio, and a sun terrace, Broughwood Cottage is the perfect retreat when you’re visiting the area. Alternatively, this hidden gems of the Cotswolds tour depart from nearby Moreton-in Marsh.

3. Muker, North Yorkshire

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In the iconic Yorkshire Dales National Park, Muker is surrounded by beautiful green fields, dry stone walls, and protected wildflower meadows. This gorgeous village in North Yorkshire is a haven for hill walkers and ramblers, as it sits on the legendary Coast to Coast and Pennine Way routes.

Perfect as a romantic getaway, this quaint village dates back to medieval times. You’ll find traditional village pubs, a tearoom, a craft shop, and an art gallery. The stone cottages have attractive slate roofing, which is typical in these parts, and they have barely changed in hundreds of years.

Muker civil parish also includes the hamlets of Keld, Angram, Birkdale, Thwaite, and West Stonesdale. But perhaps its most famous landmark is the Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in England.

And if you stay anywhere in the region, it might as well be Tan Hill, just 20 minutes north of Muker. The delightful Harriet’s Cottage is a great choice if you’d rather stay in the village.

4. Broadway, Worcestershire

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Broadway in Worcestershire is one of the larger villages on our list and features charming architecture and an art scene that attracts tourists from across the globe. Known as the “Jewel of the Cotswolds,” this is a contender for the most beautiful village in England and offers everything you need for a romantic escape.

Golden limestone buildings line the picturesque streets and house independent stores. Horse chestnut trees dot the roadside.

Around every corner, you’ll find cute tea rooms, galleries, and cozy country pubs. Antique and bargain hunters will love the quirky shops. And when you’re done roaming the village, Broadway is an excellent base from which you can explore the Cotswolds.

The many local attractions include the Gordon Russell Museum, the Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, the Broadway Tower, and the Tudor House. As a result, Broadway remains one of the most popular villages in England to visit, and you should include it on your itinerary.

And if you want to visit in style, the historic Lygon Arms Hotel boasts over 600 years of fascinating tales and colorful characters in a luxurious setting.

5. Bibury, Gloucestershire

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Sitting in a picturesque location on the River Coln, Bilbury is considered by many to be the most beautiful village in England. The gardens and greenery along the waterfront enhance its natural charm, and its medieval buildings attract thousands of visitors.

Its most famous street is undoubtedly Arlington Row, a collection of honey-colored 14th Century buildings which people use as cottages today. Built for weavers working at the Arlington Mill, these dwellings have become a symbol of the Cotswolds and are even to be found printed on some UK passports.

The village is particularly popular with tourists from Japan since a former emperor stayed here when touring the country. And if you are visiting for a short time, this small-scale group tour of the Cotswolds departs from London and includes a trip to Bibury.

If you would rather stay in the area, the stunning Swan Hotel is beautifully designed, elegantly decorated, and covered in ivy. You might never want to leave the premises.

6. Beesands, South Devon

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A large shingle beach dominates the tiny fishing village of Beesands and offers exceptional views of Start Bay. While not necessarily regarded as one of the best beaches in the UK, it is still a popular spot to get your seaside fix.

Beesands is mainly a crab and lobster fishing location and boasts two excellent gastropubs known for mouth-watering crab sandwiches. You can work up an appetite by getting out onto the water, with sailing, windsurfing, and surfing the most popular activities.

Other local highlights include an Anglican church, coastal strolls, and a freshwater lake called Widdecombe Ley behind the beach. The area features an abundance of flora and fauna, and nature lovers will be in their element.

And a short walk will lead you to the ruins of Hallsands – an abandoned fishing village that was swept into the sea in 1917. Try the Cricket Inn for a perfectly-located beachfront stay in one of the most beautiful villages in England.

7. Grasmere, Cumbria

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Once home to the famous poet William Wordsworth, Grasmere is a picturesque village in the heart of the English Lake District. Situated adjacent to the banks of Lake Grasmere, old William’s popularity has made it one of the most visited English villages in the country.

And there is plenty to see and do in the region for anyone willing to “wander lonely as a cloud.” Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum is a big tourist draw. There are beautiful 17th Century cottages to admire. The village has a unique handmade chocolate boutique and a famous gingerbread shop for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Hikes around the lake are an excellent way to see the stunning countryside, and the walk is not too taxing. More challenging routes are available, such as the hike to Helm Crag, which rewards ramblers with beautiful panoramic views.

This day trip from Manchester is a great way to explore some of the most popular parts of the Lake District National Park and includes a stop in the beautiful village of Grasmere. Come and see why this region was so popular with the romantic poets.

8. Broad Campden, Gloucestershire

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This delightful English village has a population of less than 100 people, but it is still well worth a stop. Broad Campden is located close to its more famous neighbor Chipping Campden, in the rolling Cotswold countryside.

Known for its enchanting thatched cottages, this picturesque village offers unspoiled tranquility. You will find a village church that has roots in the 12th Century with its notable bell cote. The Bakers Arms is the only pub in the village, providing food, fine ales, and a warm welcome.

The region is popular with hikers thanks to the abundance of walking trails. Broad Campden is also home to the oldest meeting house still in use in England. Some of the village’s buildings are often used as filming locations for popular British TV shows.

While there are no hotels in the village, there is a selection of vacation rentals. Little Lamb Cottage looks idyllic, with its exposed stone walls and wooden beams.

9. Kingham, Oxfordshire

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Country Life once dubbed Kingham “England’s Favorite Village.” That’s high praise from the “voice of the countryside” that has been running for over 125 years.

With its traditional village greens, quaint cottages, and Cotswold views, Kingham is an ideal location to escape it all. Set in the beautiful Evenlode Valley, plenty of walking and biking routes are available to explore the surrounding countryside.

Aside from its storybook aesthetic and peaceful location, Kingham is also within easy reach of London. Its train station is about a mile from the center, but private day tours from nearby Oxford are also popular.

This gorgeous little village has two outstanding pubs offering delicious fare and local ales. Don’t miss the Wild Rabbit and The Kingham Plough during your stay. And speaking of staying, Pear Tree Cottage is a delight.

10. Mousehole, Cornwall

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Here is a top tip before you visit one of the most beautiful villages in England. Mousehole is pronounced “mowzel.” That bit of knowledge might save you some blushes when conversing with the locals.

Mousehole is a pretty village and fishing port located in Cornwall, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Famous for its rich history, festivals, and narrow streets, the best way to explore is with a guided walking tour.

Filled with independent shops, cafes, quaint pubs, and galleries, it’s a joy to wander Mousehole’s historic streets. Explore the traditional harbor, “chocolate box” houses, and sheltered beach. And don’t miss the Mousehole Bird Hospital where they take care of our feathered friends.

For a place to stay, the famous Ship Inn overlooks the harbor and features oak beams, open fires, and gorgeous sea views. They even have “Dylan’s Corner” where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas used to drink, as he considered Mousehole to be the “loveliest village in England.”

11. Stanton, Gloucestershire

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Stanton’s stone houses are carved from honey-colored Jurassic limestone. Located around 30 minutes drive from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, it is a sleepy, idyllic village with its timeless charm intact.

Set in peaceful surroundings, one of the most attractive elements of this beautiful village is that there’s not much to do. Often overlooked for more popular tourist destinations, Stanton has a real “off-the-beaten-track” vibe.

There are no shops, galleries, or cafes, but the village is a popular stop for walkers and cyclists passing through on any number of routes in the area. Horseriding is also available close by.

A must-visit is The Mount, a 17th-century pub where English meals are accompanied by locally brewed ale and mesmerizing views of the Vale of Evesham. Perfect for supping an ale as the sun goes down. And try the Old Cider Press if you want to stay in a beautiful thatched cottage.

12. Hope Cove, Devon

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Located in the South Hams district of Devon, Hope Cove is a seaside retreat and one of the best coastal villages in England to visit. It attracts tourists for the clean sandy beaches, crystal clear water, thatched holiday cottages, and laid-back vibe.

This historic village consists of two communities – Inner Hope and Outer Hope – with a lively community spirit. Sheltered by the Bolt Tail headland, Hope Cove offers stunning coastline views and is an ideal location for watersports.

The beaches are excellent for families, sunbathing, rock pooling, and sandcastles. And there are several other picture-perfect villages along the south coast of England, so consider taking a boat trip in summer to explore the rugged landscape of the “English Riviera.”

Try the Cottage Hotel for a highly-rated place in Hope Cove with breathtaking sea views.

13. Polperro, Cornwall

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Undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall, Polperro is a picturesque location. It is a maze of ancient fishermen’s houses that cling to the steep hillside around a charming, sheltered harbor.

This historic small village dates back to the 12t Century and gained notoriety as a smuggling port. There’s a Heritage & Smuggling Museum where you can learn about Polperro’s seedy past.

There are seafood restaurants, shops, and art galleries. You can enjoy spectacular views of the beaches from the coastal footpaths. And it is an ideal destination to travel to with kids, with the Polperro Model Village helping you explore all the myths and legends of Celtic Cornwall.

There are some delightful places to stay for accommodation, including hotels, vacation rentals, and quaint B&Bs. The House on the Props is one of the best options, located right on the harbor, with cozy rooms and sea views.

14. Castle Combe, Wiltshire

Castle Combe, Wiltshire

Castle Combe is one of England’s most picturesque villages for a reason. This Wiltshire hamlet will make you believe you’re stepping back in time. The old cottages have been built from pale local stone and provide the village with that quintessential Costwold appeal.

There are two parts of the village. The first is a narrow valley of the By Brook River and the other is the Upper Castle Combe, on the higher ground to the east. Both are easy to explore on foot. You’ll find plenty of tearooms, a medieval cross, a small parish church, and a charming walk along the river.

For the more adventurous, there’s the Castle Combe Motor Circuit on the edge of the village. Aside from a regular program of racing events, you can take to the track yourself if you book in advance.

This wonderful Stonehenge tour departs from nearby Bath, explores one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks, and finishes in the village of Castle Combe. If you’d prefer to stay there, the five-star Manor House is a stunning 14th-century building that needs to be seen to be believed.

See Related: How to Take a Day Trip from London to Stonehenge

15. Hawkshead, Cumbria

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Located in the heart of the Lake District, Hawkshead is one of the prettiest villages in England. Its buildings, a jumbled mix of whitewashed houses, courtyards, and archways, date back to the 17th Century, but it has ancient roots.

The traffic-free village center features tearooms, winding streets, old pubs, and unique gift shops, making it one of the most beautiful Lake District villages. A tourist hot spot, visitors will delight at the choices on offer, without having to worry about passing vehicles.

It also has an interesting literary history, as William Wordsworth went to school here, and Beatrix Potter lived nearby. The Beatrix Potter Gallery is a local attraction, and Beatrix Potter Tours are popular in the region.

One of my earliest memories was taking a boat trip with my father on nearby Lake Windemere. This half-day Lake District tour includes a cruise on the lake and stops in Hawkshead. And for a place to hang your hat, try the sustainable Mere Lodge Bed & Breakfast.

16. Burford, Oxfordshire

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Known as the “Gateway to the Cotswolds,” Burford was once a wealthy wool trade center. It now attracts visitors worldwide thanks to its pubs, antique shops, surrounding countryside, boutique country inns, and charming cottages.

It is one of the prettiest villages in England and has picture-perfect architecture from the 15th Century. Half-timbered buildings, limestone houses, and a steep high street walk leading down to the River Windrush.

There are several things to see and do in Burford, including the Tolsey Museum, a Burford walking tour, Kilkenny Lane Country Park, and the Church of St Oswald. Nearby, the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens is a popular attraction for the kids.

If you’re visiting from London, try this full-day Cotswold tour, which takes in Burford and several more beautiful villages in the area. And if you plan on staying, try the charming Priory Tearooms, or the Prince of Burford for a classic 18th Century English inn.

17. Staithes, North Yorkshire

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My first and only visit to Staithes came as a child sometime in the late 1980s, but it left an indelible impression on me to this day. Located in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, this tiny collection of hillside houses was once one of the largest fishing harbors in the North East.

Considering how tightly it appears to be packed in its sheltered cove, you might find that hard to believe. Offering some outstanding cliff-top walks, Staithes is a joy to get lost in and around. Its tiny streets are still confusing to the Royal Mail, and it even lays claim to having the narrowest alleyway in the world.

Staithes is best accessed from the popular seaside town of Whitby, which is a short 20-minute drive away. Explore the Staithes Story at the charming village museum. Taste some of the finest fish & chips on the planet. And bask in the magic of a traditional English coastal village.

I’m sure the sights, sounds, and smells of Staithes will captivate you as much as it did me all those years ago. And if you’re not staying in a fisherman’s cottage, you’re doing it wrong!

18. Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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Located in ancient Dorset, the village of Cerne Abbas is famous for a 180 ft naked giant carved in the chalk landscape nearby. However, there is more to this charming destination than a well-endowed hill painting with “Britain’s most famous phallus.”

The village centers around the ruins of the 10th-century abbey and is packed with interesting architecture and country pubs. Cerne Abbas Brewery is essential for anyone interested in tasting locally brewed ales. And for outdoor enthusiasts, Hendover Coppice Nature Reserve is a tranquil place to stroll.

Fishing is popular in the region, and there are many hiking and biking trails. But the main attraction is pretty hard to miss. Owned by the National Trust, the mysterious Cerne Giant is worth some of your time, especially if you’re staying close by.

Sitting right in the heart of the village, The New Inn offers comfortable lodgings with a restaurant, garden, and terrace. But try the beautiful Little Thatch if you’d prefer that quintessential English country cottage experience.

19. Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire

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Located on the River Windrush, under an hour from Oxford, Minster Lovell looks like something right out of a fairytale. One of the most beautiful villages in England, there are ivy-covered cottages surrounded by thatched roofs running along its single, narrow street.

The village is reputed to be one of the most haunted in the region. That’s largely thanks to the stunning riverside ruins of a manor house on the outskirts. Minster Lovell Hall dates from the 15th Century and has a chilling ghost story attached to it, despite its picturesque location.

The River Windrush runs alongside the hall to add to its romantic setting, with the medieval St Kenelm’s Church a stone’s throw from the ruins. As far as hidden gems go, a stop here is an absolute must.

The quaint village is unspoiled, and most of the idyllic stone houses are private residences. A traditional English pub called Old Swan offers good food and lodging in this dreamlike destination.

20. Cartmel, Cumbria

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The beautiful village of Cartmel is steeped in tradition and famous as a culinary hot spot. Located just outside the southern border of the Lake District National Park, it’s a charming collection of medieval dwellings sitting on the River Eea.

Known for its 12th Century priory, Cartmel has developed as an off-the-beaten-track tourist destination in recent years. In town, you’ll find several welcoming pubs and inns, as well as tearooms, and world-class dining options. Cartmel even boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Enclume, which offers a culinary experience to delight all the senses.

A famous racetrack is also located nearby, and hikes in and around the racetrack woodland are popular. For horse lovers, there’s a Friesian sanctuary one mile from the village, where you can spend time with these beautiful black creatures with a variety of horse-related activities on offer.

And you’ll be spoilt for choice regarding accommodation in Carmel. Try The Cavendish Arms for a 450-year-old coaching inn with a warm welcome.

21. Clovelly, North Devon

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Have you ever visited a privately owned village? Clovelly is surrounded by woodland and perched on the side of the Devonshire coast. Dating back to the 14th Century, this beautiful village was once owned by the Queen of England but is now in the care of the Hamlyn family.

Clovelly features cobbled streets that are steeply integrated into the cliffside. Due to the gradient of these “roads,” donkeys were used to pull goods up from the harbor. The animals have since been replaced with sleds, but you can still visit the donkey stables today.

The tiny harbor is still in use, and no motorized vehicles can access the village center. Explore Clovelly’s rich maritime history in the Fisherman’s Cottage & Kinglsey Museum. Walk to the Clovelly Beach Waterfall, and enjoy the many shops, tearooms, and art galleries in the village.

The Red Lion Hotel is the most famous place to stay in the area. Offering stunning sea views, the restaurant serves the freshest fish that was caught the day you eat it. Note that there is a charge to enter Clovelly, and you need to book tickets before you visit.

22. Amberley, West Sussex

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Historians and nature lovers rejoice! One of the most historic and prettiest villages in England sits at the foot of the South Downs. Amberley has over 70 listed buildings, with thatched cottages, a duck pond, and a 900-year-old church.

The surrounding countryside of the South Downs National Park is stunning, and multiple walking and cycling routes are available to explore it. The nearby town of Arundel boasts a magnificently resorted medieval castle. This day tour from London is a great way to visit.

Amberley Museum is perfect for families. Located in a former chalk quarry, you can learn about the region’s history at its open-air exhibits. And it includes a narrow-gauge railway that kids will love.

Amberley has its village castle, although much of it has been converted into a luxury hotel. Still, who hasn’t wanted to stay in a medieval fortress? Check out Amberley Castle Hotel for accommodation that’s fit for royalty.

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23. Flamborough, Yorkshire

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Outdoor enthusiasts should visit Flamborough on England’s wild North Sea coast. A popular spot for Yorkshire schools to bring their students, the nature preserves in the area offer plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities.

Situated on Flamborough Head, a rocky outcrop in the North Sea, the village is surrounded by distinctive white cliffs. A birdwatcher’s paradise, puffins are among several species that call this part of the world home.

Walking the coastal paths is a wonderful way to explore the region and try to spot the rich flora and fauna you can find here. Although it’s not the prettiest village on our list, Flamborough’s stunning location more than makes up for its lack of thatched cottages and winding streets.

And it’s a must-visit location if you’re a fan of lighthouses. Although you can’t stay in either of them, the Light House cottage in the village boasts a wonderful location and a maritime theme.

24. Robin Hood’s Bay, North York Moors

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The atmospheric coastal village of Robin Hood’s Bay is one of England’s most beautiful villages. According to legend, Robin Hood set down here after saving a group of fishermen from pirates, and the rest is history.

Located in the windswept North York Moors, you’ll find pretty houses and labyrinthine alleyways clinging to a steep hill that sweeps to a wide shore. Littered with fossils, treasure hunters will enjoy beachcombing the sands at low tide. I still have a shard of an Ammonite I found here as a kid.

You can hike along portions of the North Yorks Coast Path that runs through the village, and visit the coastguard stations to learn more about the area’s history. The bay also offers several friendly pubs and restaurants offering delicious seaside fare.

For accommodation, don’t accept anything less than a dramatic sea view. Try Birtley House Bed & Breakfast which is very highly rated and sits overlooking the bay. Alternatively, you can visit the area with this private tour which departs from the historic town of York.

25. Aylesford, Kent

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Aylesford is on the River Medway in Kent, accessed by an ancient five-arch bridge. This beautiful medieval village is characterized by several historic buildings, including thatched barns and a monastery that’s been in use since 1242.

Boasting some of the most well-preserved courtyard houses in the country, Aylesford is famous for its rich history and picturesque setting. A tranquil haven, I highly recommend a visit to the historic Friars Monastery. Even if you’re not religious, its idyllic site and situation will calm a troubled mind.

And although Aylesford is classed as a village, you’re never too far away from larger towns and cities. Maidstone is just 11 minutes away, and the region offers plenty to see and do for all the family. Don’t miss the incredible Leeds Castle, one of the most popular attractions in the UK.

The gorgeous Quay Pottery is a must-stay location in this historic English village. Right on the Medway, it features serene views of the water and the bridge from the rooms and has a balcony to die for.

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Portree, Isle of Skye

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Portree is the capital of the Isle of Skye, located in the Inner Hebrides. It is one of the most charming villages in Scotland, famous for its rows of rainbow-colored houses.

A cultural hub, the village has an ancient fishing history, with a sheltered harbor surrounded by hills. As beautiful as Portree is, it makes for an excellent home base for exploring all that the world-famous Isle of Skye has to offer.

The iconic Old Man of Storr is located close by, and you can enjoy boating excursions, hiking, horseriding, and cycling, all within reach of Portree village center.

Day trips to Portree and the Isle of Skye are popular from Inverness. You can even make it a detour when 0030driving the NC500 – one of the world’s top scenic road trips. For a place to stay in the village, try the Royal Hotel, which offers loch views and local seafood dishes.

Portmeirion, Gwynedd

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Portmeirion is an Italian-style village that was designed by British architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the 20th century. Located in North Wales, Pastel-colored buildings and cobbles are clustered around a plaza, which accentuates its European charm.

Portmeirion is one of Wales’ premier tourist attractions, like something out of a picture book. Most of its whimsical structures are listed for their historical importance, and the village is particularly popular with children.

The surrounding rolling hills are worth exploring, and you can take a day tour that stops in the village on its journey along the spectacular Great Orme Road. The rugged coastline of North Wales is not to be missed.

As the whole area has been designed with tourism in mind, you’ll be spoilt for accommodation choices. This includes spas, luxury hotels, B&Bs, and holiday cottages. Stay in the heart of it all at the Portmeirion Village & Castell Deudraeth.

FAQ

What are some of the most picturesque English villages?

You can choose any number of the destination I’ve included here as the most picturesque villages in England. Some favorites include Snowshill, Kingham, Broadway, Staithes, Clovelly, Bilbury, and Castle Combe.

What villages are ideal for a romantic getaway or honeymoon?

Again, such is the beauty of these quaint villages in England that any one of them is an ideal honeymoon destination or romantic getaway. Grasmere, Broadway, Cartmel, Robin Hood’s Bay, Castle Combe, and Ombersley are particularly suitable for couples.

What are some of the best coastal villages with beautiful beaches and harbors?

Of all the beautiful villages in England, the coastal locations are the most beloved. Hundreds of gorgeous settlements are along nearly 8,000 miles of rugged English coastline. Try Robin Hood’s Bay, Mousehole, Clovelly, Farnborough, Staithes, and Polperro.

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