The pride of Britain lies within it’s country side and there are fewer places in the UK to get an truly authentic experience of British life than in its villages. These villages are very (VERY) tiny and, as a result, have some of the most intimate and friendliest communities across the UK! What these villages lack in size (there are sometimes just hundred of people living in these villages), they more than make for in charm, warmth and pretty good British food.

It’s safe to say most people haven’t heard of a lot of these places (kudos to you if you have – seriously, huge kudos!) and even people who live in the UK are constantly (pleasantly) surprised when they happen upon some of these quaint and idyllic villages. Next time you’re visiting the UK, or perhaps if you live in the UK and are looking to explore more places outside of your norm, set some time aside to explore as many of these villages as you can – you’ll definitely be glad you did.

London, Edinburgh, et al are great cities but they most certainly offer a very different aspect of British life than these villages do, so for a more well-rounded and truly British experience, head out to the countryside! And if have been to any of these villages (or indeed if you live in them), do share your experiences below! 🙂

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain!

Here are 17 of the most beautiful villages in the UK

1.) Bibury, Cotswold, England

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (3)2.) Eton, Berkshire, England

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (9)3.) Crail, Fife, Scotland

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (7)4.) Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (4)5.) Bourton-On-The-Water, Gloucestershire, England17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (5)6.) Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (6)7.) Yalding, Kent, England

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (17)8.) Polperro, Cornwall, England

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (12)9.) Lacock, Wiltshire, England

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (11)10.) Plockton, Loch Carron, Scotland

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (10)11.) Beddgelert, Snowdonia, Wales

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (2)12.) Crovie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (15)13.) St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales (The Smallest)

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (14)14.) Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, England

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (8)15.) Tobermory, Isle Of Mull, Scotland

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (16)16.) Cushendun, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (1)17.) Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales

17 Of The Most Beautiful Villages To Visit In Britain! (13)

Beautiful villages in Britain

 


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  • HandLuggageOnly

    They really are. This is why I love the British countryside.

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Wow! That’s amazing! You’ll love it here! The Cotswolds is a great place to start.

  • these kind of posts remind me how UK is not just London. it is so great to see that someone is writing something different. I would love to visit all of them. But, the reason why I actually wanted to leave a comment is because the villages reminded me of criminal/detective British series I used to watch with my mum when in high school. thanks for recalling these memories. 🙂
    have a nice day!
    katinha

    http://www.cafecortado.net

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Absolutely! There’s so much more to the UK thank London!

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  • beautiful places!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you think so too, Tanja! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I absolutely can’t believe I’m only finding out about this blog now! It’s wonderful, I love it! I am very much a village lover and all for the not-so-obvious attractions of a city! =) There’s a chance I’ll come back every day!!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! Thanks so much!! You’ve made our day… seriously, thank you! 🙂

      So glad you like it, Shell – we’ve got a pretty big soft spot for British villages!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • Jessica Tribolet

    Any chance that any of these 17 villages have accessible accommodations? I’m traveling to Great Britain next month with my aunt. She uses a wheelchair so we need a first floor twin room and accessible toilet for her. She’s eager to see a small village with homemade food and small shops and I’m willing to roll her from the bus stop so she can enjoy such a pleasure but need these accessibles when we arrive. Any information posted would be so appreciated.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Most of the villages will have small guest houses, although in larger places like Bath you’ll find larger (better equipped) hotels. It’s always best to check with hotels directly but there is a law in place to make sure that certain standards of accessibility are prevalent for every business.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • A Woman Afoot

    What a great list! I haven’t seen much in the UK, I’ve been there only once for a month in Scotland… but hiking so slow travel on my side! But I hope to see much more of the British land and those villages look like the perfect stops on any trail!

    Happy travels!
    Ioanna (A Woman Afoot)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      There are so real gems, Ioanna – especially in The Cotswolds. 😍

      Lloyd & Yaya xx