Bampton: Experience The Charming ‘Downton’ Village (2023)


There are at least three towns of the same name. One in Canada, and two in England with one in Devon and and another in the Cotswolds, England. This page talks about Bampton, Cotswolds.

Welcome to Bampton, a charming market town located in the heart of the Cotswolds, England, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966. Sometimes called Bampton-in-the-Bush, the town name is commonly shortened to Bampton.

This historic town (many buildings are 300-400 years old) has a thriving medieval past and renowned for its Morris Dancing traditions and is one very few English towns with Morris traditions going back centuries. Read more at

At the time of the Norman Conquest, this was a prosperous market town, home to important salt works and based much of its wealth on wool. There is still a yearly fair and a vibrant art scene, with West Ox Arts Gallery showcasing a diverse range of exhibitions.

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin dates back to the 12th century and features a stunning 170ft spire, stunning stained glass windows, and intricate stone reredos. For a scenic walk, head southwest from Bampton and follow the Thames Path to Old Man’s Bridge and Radcot Lock.

This town became world famous because the popular TV drama, “Downton Abbey,” was filmed here. Fans of the hit TV series Downton Abbey will recognize Bampton as the idyllic backdrop for outdoor scenes, such as St. Mary’s Church and the library.

Visitors to Bampton can walk in the footsteps of their favorite characters from the show and explore the town’s many historic landmarks, including the old Grammar School Building, which served as the Downton Abbey hospital.

Bampton doesn’t have many accommodation options in the town itself apart from a self-catering cottage named The Plough (up the road near the River Thames, is another named The Plough Inn) and The Talbot Hotel, near the Market Square. Other places to stay are the four-star hotel, The Vines in Black Bourton and about 15 minutes drive away and the snazzily named The Double Red Duke in Clanfield.

For those interested in outdoor activities, there are several opportunities for fishing, horse riding, and golfing near Bampton and some of the best places to fish in the area include the River Windrush and the River Thames.

The stunning countryside around Bampton offers horse riding enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy the Cotswolds on horseback; check out the Cotswold Riding Centre, which offers guided trail rides and lessons.

Golfers can enjoy a round of golf at the Burford Golf Club or the Witney Lakes Resort, both located just a short drive away from Bampton. Note that it’s worth phoning or emailing these clubs before to check tee times, green fees, and more.

If you are driving from Heathrow Airport, the car journey takes around 1.5 hours to Bampton. If you’re just visiting, head to Market Square where there is free parking, shops, and places to eat and drink.

The nearest villages of note to Bampton include Burford, a charming town with a medieval bridge and a range of independent shops and cafes, and Lechlade, a picturesque town located on the River Thames.

Whether you’re a fan of Downton Abbey or simply looking to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds, Bampton is the perfect destination for your next getaway.

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, created the website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

Quick guides: Compton Abdale: A Village With Great Walks To Explore, , Daglingworth: A Peaceful Village With Traditional CharmBagendon: A Quaint Village in the Cotswolds, and Avening: Stunning Views Across Rolling Hills


*Photo of The Talbot, Stow-on-the-Wold

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