Down Ampney: A Delightful Village In The Cotswolds (2023)

Down Ampney

This delightful village in the Cotswolds (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), is situated on the River Ampney, a small tributary of the River Thames, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Down Ampney dates back to the medieval period, and many of its buildings and landmarks reflect this long and fascinating history.

One of the most notable landmarks in the village is the Church of All Saints, which dates back to the 13th century and features beautiful stained glass windows and intricate stonework.

Another notable aspect is its connection to the famous composer Ralph Vaughan Williams whose works included operas, ballets, orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, during more than sixty years.

During World War II, RAF Down Ampney, a nearby airfield, played a significant role on D-Day, Operation Market Garden (Arnhem) and the Rhine Crossing. There’s a memorial near what used to be the southern runway and along an unnamed road.

Nearby villages include Bibury, Cricklade, Fairford, Kempsford, and Lechlade and attractions are Cotswold Water Park (has over 150 lakes), Cirencester Park, Highgrove House and Gardens (King Charles’ official residence), and Westonbirt Arboretum.

The Cotswolds is a place where you can find a sense of peace and tranquility that is hard to find in our busy lives.

The quiet villages, winding country roads, and stunning landscapes create a serene atmosphere that is perfect for those seeking a break from the chaos of the modern world and Down Ampney is a must see place to visit.

Heathrow Airport to Down Ampney takes 90 minutes by car.

If you like visiting gardens, then the Cotswolds will be right up your garden path! Apart from the beautiful (and free) countryside views, the region is home to plenty of National Trust gardens, and stunning private gardens in the country.

Discover the best gardens in our guide browse for more ideas of places to go.

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