If you are a British lover, you should not miss the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful towns in the south of England. They are those of the English countryside , which is how we designate an area that in the United Kingdom is known as Cotswold. Why that name? Through the Cotswold or Cotswolds mountains , a bucolic place where it is possible to find many villages that seem out of a story.
Some of those towns, which in my humble opinion are the most beautiful, you can see below. I recommend you visit them all if you are going to spend a few days in those parts, since you will be able to disconnect and you will get an idea of the beauty that the English countryside treasures.
It is a must-see town, especially if you are one of those who enjoy seeing antiques. One of its main attractions is the medieval-style bridge that allows you to cross the River Windrush. The houses, built in the 17th and 18th centuries , are not only precious for their architecture, but also for the flowers and plants that dress their façade. Burford’s main street is a great place to find antiques that you can take home with you.
We are talking about a bucolic town where there are some that attracts attention for the beauty of its streets, which, how could it be otherwise, are surrounded by vegetation. The famous William Morris came to describe it as the most beautiful town in England, so prepare your camera and don’t tire of taking spectacular photographs. The facades of their houses and the steep roofs will not take long to arouse your interest.
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It barely has 200 inhabitants who are used to the visits of tourists who come wanting to see something that has nothing to do with the big city. The main attraction of the town is a feudal house from 1557 , although there is also a church and a pub. Of course, do not be afraid to lose yourself in its streets because there is only the main one. The rest are small trails that lead to charming houses.
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" The Venice of the Cotswolds " has not earned that nickname by chance. Numerous bridges allow you to cross the Windrush River, which is the one that crosses it. Unlike other towns on this list, there are about 3,000 people living there, so we could say that there is some atmosphere. Its stone houses, built centuries ago, are cause for admiration.
To speak of Lacock is to speak of a town with a lot of history. It was founded in the 13th century and is one of the most exploited by the film and television industry. Without going any further, some of the scenes from the films of the Harry Potter saga have been recorded at Lacock Abbey. There is also the Museum of Photography, where the achievements of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), who is the inventor of the negative-positive photographic process, are displayed.
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It is one of the most visited by those seeking peace and quiet. Being in the Windrush Valley , away from the hustle and bustle of a city like Cheltenham, allows you to offer the best of breaks surrounded by nature. It is ideal for a picnic overlooking the Cotswolds, although you should know that there is little to see beyond that. There are no stately homes or museums to spend a few hours a day in.
Not to be confused with the famous avenue in New York. On Broadway, which is also known as ‘ the jewel of the Cotswolds ‘, you can get an idea of what awaits you in the English countryside before starting your route. It was founded in Roman times and is as beautiful as it is historic. The Broadway Tower, which is the second highest point in the Cotswolds, deserves more than one photograph. They built it in 1798 thanks to the architect James Wyatt. You can go shopping, eat in restaurants and do outdoor activities such as horseback riding.
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For many it is among the three best towns in England without question, which is not surprising for its limestone houses or the plants that adorn the facades. It has appeared in films such as Warhorse and Stardust , mostly thanks to the town’s bridge and its medieval church. There are about 350 people living there who do not understand the meaning of the word stress.
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