Swell: A Superb Village In The Cotswolds (2023)


Located in the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, Swell is a small, picture-perfect village surrounded by stunning countryside, with an idyllic village green with many charming stone cottages and renowned for its historic buildings made from local limestone. Swell is on the River Dikler and about 2 miles southwest of Stow-on-the-Wold.

One of the most notable features of Swell is its historic church, the Church of St. Mary, which dates back to the 12th century and features a beautiful Norman doorway, as well as a 14th-century tower and spire. The church is also home to several notable monuments and memorials, including a 17th-century monument to Sir William Jones.

There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities in the area and plenty of walking and cycling routes are nearby, including the Cotswolds Way, and perfect for dog owners who love to explore the great outdoors with their furry companion.

Visitors to Swell can also explore the nearby town of Stow-on-the-Wold, which is known for its charming shops, historic buildings, and lively pubs and restaurants and is just a short drive away.

Overall, Swell is a charming and peaceful village that offers a glimpse into the natural beauty and rich history of the Cotswolds. Whether you’re interested in exploring the area’s historic landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or simply taking in the stunning natural scenery, Swell is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the Cotswolds.

Other attractions nearby include:

  • Bourton-on-the-Water: a charming village that is known for its picturesque bridges, quaint shops, and beautiful gardens. Visitors can explore the Model Village, the Cotswold Motoring Museum, or take a stroll along the River Windrush.
  • Chastleton House and Garden: a historic Jacobean mansion that dates back to the 17th century. Visitors can explore the beautifully preserved interiors and gardens, and learn about the history of the house and its former residents.
  • Cotswold Farm Park: A working farm that offers a range of family-friendly activities and experiences. Visitors can meet the farm animals, enjoy tractor rides, or explore the farm’s gardens and playgrounds.
  • Broadway Tower: a historic landmark that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower, explore the nearby exhibitions, or enjoy a picnic in the beautiful gardens.

Heathrow Airport to Swell takes 90 minutes by car.

If you enjoyed reading about Swell, then click on these mini-guides for Bourton-on-the-Water, Bredon, Lower Slaughter and many others plus guides, itineraries and more.

Scroll to Top