10 Picturesque Cotswold Villages (2023)

When it comes to picturesque Cotswold villages, there are some that are on every visitor’s list. Bourton on the Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway, Bibury, Chipping Campden and more frequently make the list for the best places to visit.

All these villages are the embodiment of old-world charm, and home to modern attractions like award-winning restaurants, destinations for shopping and enchanting accommodation options.

However, if you are looking for a unique experience and the chance to visit less touristy places, look no further!

Here is our list of 10 picturesque Cotswold villages we consider being hidden and quaint gems rich in history and beauty, and offering magical and memorable experiences.


10 Picturesque Cotswold Villages

Village NameCountyUnique FeaturesNearby Attractions
Great TewOxfordshireThatched cottages and picturesque village greenCotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Broughton Castle
NauntonGloucestershireTranquil village with beautiful church and peaceful riverCotswold Farm Park, Sudeley Castle, Bourton House Garden
SnowshillGloucestershireIdyllic setting, National Trust-owned Snowshill Manor, stunning views of surrounding countrysideBroadway Tower, Hidcote Manor Garden, Cotswold Lavender Farm
StantonGloucestershireQuintessential Cotswold village with honey-colored stone houses and picturesque churchCotswold Falconry Centre, Cotswold Motoring Museum, Cotswold Distillery
PaxfordGloucestershireSmall village with traditional Cotswold stone houses and lovely pubChastleton House, Cotswold Farm Park, Cotswold Cheese Company
EbringtonGloucestershireCharming village with thatched cottages, medieval church, and popular pubHidcote Manor Garden, Cotswold Falconry Centre, Broadway Tower
BagendonGloucestershireHidden gem with ancient history, Roman ruins, and beautiful countrysideChedworth Roman Villa, Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester Amphitheater
BatsfordGloucestershireArboretum and stunning gardens, surrounded by beautiful countrysideCotswold Falconry Center, Cotswold Lavender Farm, Broadway Tower
BladonOxfordshirePeaceful village with historic church and final resting place of Sir Winston ChurchillBlenheim Palace, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
LechladeGloucestershirePicturesque village on the River Thames with a medieval bridge and charming market squareCotswold Water Park, Buscot Park, Kelmscott Manor
10 Lesser Known Picturesque Cotswold Villages

If you were to look on the map, you can see these villages are spread out and you’ll need 2-3 days to get to see them all.

picturesque Cotswold villages

Road Tips

In England, remember they drive on the left road and it is important to remember in The Cotswolds, as many of the roads are winding and narrow. There are many blind bends too.

The road etiquette is to follow behind farm vehicles or big trucks and wait until you can get past safely. Often, heavy vehicles will know traffic behind them and will make way when it’s safe to do so. Do not beep them.

However, if you are cycling or on a motorbike, farm vehicle and truck cabs are often high up, making it difficult to spot road vehicles with a low profile.

It is also essential to obey all speed limits when traveling around the Cotswolds, and carry your driving license and international license, proof of insurance in case you get stopped by the police or have an accident.

One other thing. If you find yourself on a narrow road and there’s an oncoming vehicle, you’re both meant to get by each other or wait for the other to pass by. A friendly wave goes a long way!

Remember, if you drink, don’t drive!

Lesser known picturesque cotswold villages

The Cotswolds is home to countless picturesque villages that are just waiting to be discovered.

If you are looking for places that are off the beaten track, then the 10 hidden gems mentioned above are perfect for you.

These villages offer unique experiences, stunning landscapes, and peaceful atmospheres that you won’t find in the more touristy villages.

So, grab your camera and your walking shoes, and get ready to discover the charm and beauty of these lesser-known Cotswold villages.

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 TravelCotswolds.com website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

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