Top 3 Picturesque Villages to Visit in the Cotswolds

The Working Backpacker - Cotswolds Cottages in Bibury

Where are the Cotswolds:

The Cotswolds are situated in the west of England; the large area covers five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire). The Cotswolds are easily identified by their sandy coloured bricks and lush green rolling hills.

The Cotswolds are heaving with English history and culture. The quintessentially English cottages are breathtakingly beautiful. There is so much to see and do in the Cotswolds because of the sheer size of the area and due to the conservation efforts to maintain the area.

What are the Cotswolds:

The Cotswolds are home to miles upon miles of walkways and bridleways, which is why its a hotspot for hikers and dog walkers alike. Most of the local hotels and accommodation providers can print out maps and suggested walks for their guests. Walking guided tours are available in the larger or more popular villages and towns. If you have a fear of getting lost or you are terrible with a map like me, this is a great option.

Castles and Palaces are scattered throughout the Cotswolds and make a great day out for all members of the family. Other attractions include markets, quaint shops, museums (so many museums), bird sanctuaries, a trout farm, pottery making and other crafts.

Last but not least you cannot visit the Cotswolds without taking a moment to sit down and unwind in a tea room. The tea rooms and pubs usually have a dog-friendly area, so you don’t have to eat outside if the weather isn’t on your side. A lot of the establishments allow dogs to stay (this can be dependant on the breed so make sure you check first) so there is no excuse not to take your fluffy family member away on holiday. [For more on booking a trip to the Cotswolds with a dog check out this page]


Top 3 most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds:


The Working Backpacker - Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, England
[Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, England]


I cannot find the words to describe how beautiful this village is! It is clear to see why it is regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England. The river Windrush slowly flows through the centre of the village surrounded by super cute bridges, restaurants, and tea rooms. Most of the food establishments allowed dogs in – this is practically unheard of in London ! It did get quite busy while we were there so I would recommend heading there early if you are looking to take that postcard shot. I completely and utterly fell in love with this village; it’s on my dream list for places to relocate to.

Things to do in Bourton -on- the -water:

There is so much to do in Bourton; there’s something for everyone! Attractions include; Walking Tours, Model Villages, Bird Sanctuary, Motor Museum, Brewing Museum, the list goes on. There are numerous places to eat, from pubs to restaurants, cafes, tea rooms, and stalls. You won’t go hungry in Bourton that’s for sure!

If shopping is your thing, then you are in luck as Bourton has tons of quirky shops and boutiques to keep you busy and satisfy all your retail needs.

The river that parts the village and flows under the bridges is a beautiful spot for lunch and to watch the birds swim past.


The Working Backpacker - Cottages in Bibury, Cotswolds, England
[Cottages in Bibury, Cotswolds, England]


Bibury is a small village located Glousteshire along the River Coln. The village was once called ‘The most beautiful village in England’ by William Morris. The chocolate box cottages are one of the most photographed places in the buildings and landscape in Bibury are truly beautiful. The quaint cottages line up against the river bank and up narrow pathways.

What to do in Bibury:

There are fewer things to do for tourists in Bibury in comparison to other villages in the Cotswolds, like Bourton-on-the-Water. Apart from admiring the picturesque buildings, you could visit the Trout Farm or pop into one of the two beautiful pubs or one of the few cosy cafes around to eat or drink.


The Working Backpacker - Painswick Village,Cotswolds, England
[Painswick Village, Cotswolds, England]


Painswick village is a charming historic village. The buildings and walls are made from a local sandy colour stone. The town is best explored by foot as there are historical notice boards scattered around the village. The notice boards detail what that particular part of the village used to look like and what the function of the local buildings was (this is my favourite part of the village).

Things to do in Painswick:

Your time in Painswick is best spent exploring the village and admiring the stunning buildings and streets. Along the narrow streets, you will find unique shops and art galleries. There are a handful of tea rooms and cafes to stop off for a munch, and the local pubs serve a variety of locally brewed ales. In the surrounding areas, there is a vast walking path network, which is excellent for those who enjoy being active.

How to book accommodation in the Cotswolds:

Travelling around the Cotswolds without a car is relatively tricky. I suggest staying in one of the larger towns if you will be without a vehicle. Not having a car will limit how much you could see in a small village. You will also need to think what activities you would like to do; you don’t want to end up miles away from an attraction or a village you wanted to spend a lot of time in.

Firstly, I start searching for rooms is checking Booking.com sheerly because of the number of rooms they have available. They have a vast range of filters to help narrow down selection. Once I have found a place that suits our needs (if I’m taking a dog) is to call the hotel and discover their full pet policy and if they are any hidden costs to bringing a dog. If ‘Im happy with the price I book it straight away as most places have free cancellations.

Top 3 Villages in the Cotswolds -The Working Backpacker
Top 3 Villages in the Cotswolds -The Working Backpacker




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