Bisley: A Beautiful Village in The Cotswolds (2023)


This small village is in the Cotswolds, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Bisley sits on the edge of the Golden Valley and is known for its historic buildings, beautiful countryside, and lively cultural scene.

One of the village’s most notable landmarks is the Church of the Holy Trinity, a historic church that dates back to the 12th century and features several interesting architectural features, including a 17th-century pulpit and a beautiful collection of stained glass windows.

Bisley is also known for its beautiful countryside, offering a range of opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. The village is near several nature reserves and parks, including the Woodchester Park, which features a stunning collection of lakes, woodlands, and gardens.

The Bear Inn offers fantastic locally sourced and home cooked food, Sunday roasts, afternoon teas, and evening dinners washed down with cask ales, beers, ciders, wine, spirits, and soft drinks. Inside or outside in the beer garden, the Bear Inn is family and dog friendly, so there’s no reason to skip a visit!

There’s also the delightful Stirrup Cup, an inn and restaurant with a cosy log fire and beer garden where you can eat delicious traditional food with ales, beers, draught lagers and ciders. Both The Stirrup Cup and Bear Inn occupy honey-coloured stone buildings.

Besides its natural beauty and historic landmarks, Bisley is also home to several local businesses, including shops, restaurants, and pubs. The village is a popular destination for visitors looking to explore the Cotswolds region, with several walking and cycling routes available in the surrounding countryside.

The Cotswolds has a strong tourism industry, with many visitors attracted by the area’s beauty and charm. This popularity has helped to create a thriving film industry, with many productions using the Cotswolds to showcase its beauty to audiences around the world.

Bisley and other villages were used in the TV series ‘The Casual Vacancy’ to represent the fictional village of Pangford, scenes from the mini-series of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” were shot nearby at the Cheltenham Town Hall and, more recently, ‘Downton Abbey’ featured exterior shots of Bampton just up the road from Bisley.

If driving, Heathrow Airport to Bisley takes just over 90 minutes by car and you may want to visit the nearby villages of Miserden, Chalford, Painswick, Stroud, and Sheepscombe.

Overall, Bisley is a beautiful and peaceful village that offers visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty and rich history of the Cotswolds region. Whether you’re interested in exploring historic landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or simply relaxing in a beautiful setting, Bisley is a great destination to visit.

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, we created the website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

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