The Cotswolds is one of England’s favourite destinations, famous for its rolling hills and idyllic villages. The quintessentially English towns that dot the region boast fairy-tale names like Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh, with Chipping Campden always on the tourist route. You’ll also find thatched cottages, twisting footpaths and honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting filled with fabulous country house hotels .
Plan Your Visit
Plan ahead for your visit to this part of the English countryside. You can walk over hills or through idlyllic villages and head out on cycle paths with the family. Stop at a Cotswold pub for lunch or browse outdoor foodie and artisanal markets before returning to your idyllic country house hotel for a great meal and a good night’s rest.
This part of the gently undulating and seemingly evergreen countryside is enough to send Anglophile tourists into rapture
However, long before the tourist invasion, the Romans left their legacy in Cirencester, and the remains of villas and forts can be seen from Bury Hill to Woodchester.
Chipping Campden – a great Cotswold Village
Chipping Campden is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Cotswolds . It is ideal for that short break. The location in the North Cotswolds is an ideal base for your accommodation for a touring break.
You can enjoy this charming old wool merchants’ town, and the nearby surrounding shire counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
Every year, the scenery around Chipping Campden delights visitors to this ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds‘. From snowdrops pushing through the snow in winter; bluebells in the woodland in springtime; to the fields carpeted with poppies in early summer. As summer progresses, you can take some short walks around the hills surrounding Campden and view the fields of lavender. Finally, Autumn sees the fields of bales of hay and trees and fields turn gold.
“Chipping” means market or market place from the old English “Ceping”. Campden was already established in the 7th century and derives its name from the Saxon “Campa-denu” or “Campadene”, meaning a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land.
Chipping Campden was a rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages enjoying the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. Today it is a popular Cotswold tourist destination with old inns, a country house hotels, specialist shops and restaurants. The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from Cotswold stone, and boasts a wealth of fine architecture. In the town stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627. In 1970 the High Street and much of the rest of the town was officially designated a conservation area to preserve the ancient town for centuries to come.
Other attractions include the grand wool church of St James – with its medieval altar frontals and vast and extravagant 17th-century monuments – as well as the Court Barn near the church is now a museum celebrating the rich Arts and Crafts tradition of the area
There are two famous and historic gardens nearby: at Hidcote Manor Garden, owned and managed by the National Trust, and at Kiftsgate, privately owned but open to the public.
As you can see, the Cotswolds and the area around Chipping Campden make a perfect place to visit. Whether in summer or winter, there’s always something to fascinate you.