Turkdean: Namechecked In Raiders of the Lost Ark (2023)

Misty morning fields, sheep grazing on dewy grass, peaceful countryside


Turkdean is a picturesque village in the Cotswolds, an area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966.

In the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford’s character, Indiana Jones, mentions Turkdean’s Neolithic barrow during a university lecture.

The 12th century church is striking to see and worth visiting. Unfortunately, during renovations in 1967, the restorers painted over (and destroyed) early 14th century wall paintings and it was determined they were beyond restoration.

If you fancy your hand at something different, the Cotswold Clay Club (clay pigeon shooting with shotguns) is just down the road.

Heathrow Airport to Turkdean takes about an hour and a half by car.

The nearest towns to Turkdean are Northleach, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular tourist destination with attractions including the Cotswold Motoring Museum, the Model Village, and Birdland Park and Gardens.

But all offer a range of attractions, including historic buildings, museums, art galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Other nearby attractions include the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Blenheim Palace, and the city of Oxford, all of which are within easy reach of Turkdean.

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.

From the historic Battle of Tewkesbury site to the ancient Roman amphitheater at Cirencester, the Cotswolds is a region that’s full of fascinating historical sites and artifacts.

If you liked reading about Turkdean, you may find Compton Abdale and Avening interesting or go to www.travelcotswolds.com for information on other towns and villages in the Cotswolds.

Contact: hello@travelcotswolds.com

Scroll to Top