Quenington: A Village Nestled In The Cotswolds (2023)


This a picturesque village is nestled in the very heart of the Cotswolds (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966) and is along the banks of River Coln, 8 miles east of Cirencester and 2 miles north of Fairford.

Quenington, a little gem of a village in the Cotswolds along the banks of the River Coln, is a sight to behold. Whether you are a history buff, an art enthusiast, or just someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, this village has something for everyone. From the intriguing St. Swithin’s Church to the lush gardens of The Old Rectory, there is an abundance of things to see and do in this quaint village.

St. Swithin Church, Quenington
St. Swithin Church, Quenington

First stop, St. Swithin’s Church. This delightful church, built around 1100, is a Grade I listed structure that has stood the test of time. It is home to many interesting artifacts from centuries past, including two stunning 12th-century doors, one of which depicts the Harrowing of Hell, and the other has one of Europe’s oldest known Coronations of Virgin carvings. The church is well maintained and well worth a visit.

Taking place every two years in the internationally acclaimed Fresh Air Sculpture exhibition (Sunday 16th June—Sunday 7th July 2024) and experience a unique blend of traditional, modern and innovative sculptures set against a stunning Cotswold village backdrop. Ticket prices: single, £10, under 18s, FREE and season tickets, £20.

The exhibition is held in the expansive organic garden of St. Swithin’s church and is a must-see for any art lover and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon in the beautiful countryside.

Just a short walk from the church is The Old Rectory, with its stunning gardens and features expansive lawns connected by a bridge over the River Coln, hidden walkways through trees, grand greenhouses, and stunning flower and vegetable plots. Visitors can relax amongst the beauty of the gardens and even enjoy some artwork on display by Sarah Strachan, Sally de Courcy and Ai Hashimoto.

If you fancy something a little more active, Quenington has a host of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Take a walk along the River Coln, meander through the surrounding countryside, or even spend an afternoon fishing in the picturesque waterway. There’s something for everyone, from the keen angler to those who just want to take in the breathtaking views.

Finally, finish your visit by enjoying traditional Cotswold cuisine at the Keepers Arms accompanied by a selection of locally brewed beer in a warm and inviting atmosphere and plenty of seating.

The library in Quenington with the pub behind
The library in Quenington

The pub is easy to spot; look for an old red telephone box converted into a library and behind is the pub.

Quenington is a charming Cotswold village that offers an array of activities to suit a variety of tastes.

Whether you are looking for historical treasures at St. Swithin’s Church, contemporary art at the Fresh Air Sculpture exhibition, or simply to indulge in the village’s tranquility and its surroundings, Quenington is a must-visit destination.

Add to that the delicious Cotswold cuisine and the welcoming pub, and you’ve got a recipe for a fantastic day out.

A word of warning, Quenington, like other villages near rivers and streams, suffers from dense fog and the winters can mean roads are blocked by snow. There are no shops in this village.

Heathrow to Quenington takes 80 minutes.

The Cotswolds is a region that’s renowned for its picturesque landscapes and charming villages, and Quenington offers the chance to relax and recharge. The nearest places to stay are 2 The Old Dairy, The New Inn or Slait Barn B&B all in Coln St Aldwyns,

Check out Poole KeynesWeston-sub-EdgeWillersey or go to www.travelcotswolds.com for more information on towns and villages in the Cotswolds.

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