The pride of Britain lies within its countryside and there are fewer places in the UK to get a truly authentic experience of British life than in its villages. These villages are pretty small and, as a result, have some of the most quaint and friendliest communities.
What these villages lack in size (there are sometimes just hundreds of people living in these villages), they more than make for in charm, warmth and mounds of tasty British grub.
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!). 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 and Edinburgh, for example, 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. 🇬🇧
Here are 17 of the most beautiful villages in the UK
1.) Bibury, Cotswold, England
2.) Eton, Berkshire, England
Eton is a stunning place to visit, not too far from London. Make sure to wander around this historic place, take a tour of some of the older buildings and make a stop at nearby Windsor Castle.
You’ll love it.
3.) Crail, Fife, Scotland
The Kingdom of Fife is a great place to visit in south-east Scotland, with Crail being a little gem to see. Head to this older historic fishing town and make sure to grab a good fish and chips lunch.
You’ll find loads of delicious Scottish foods you should try, too.
4.) Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England
Castle Combe is a stunning village to visit in Wiltshire and a place that’s filled with charming buildings. Take a wander through the pretty streets and stop off at some of the local tea rooms for scones. They’re delicious.
5.) Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England
6.) Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England
Cene Abbas is a historic little place that even dates back to beyond the Pagan era. Make sure to visit the Pagan fertility hill statue that was created thousands of years ago and still exists today.
It really is a special place.
7.) Yalding, Kent, England
Not too far from London is Yalding. Nestled in the countryside, it’s a great little spot to visit. Especially if you’re wanting some time away from the big city.
8.) Polperro, Cornwall, England
Pop over to Cornwall and visit Polperro. Gorge on all the Cornish Pasties (they’re so amazing) and enjoy some of that well-known Cornish charm.
9.) Lacock, Wiltshire, England
Lacock is one of those villages that you should visit. Especially if you like crooked cottages and straw roofs, it really is so pretty and a total throwback to times gone by.
10.) Plockton, Loch Carron, Scotland
Plockton is one of those places where you’ll really enjoy some Scottish hospitality.
Make sure to head out onto Calum’s Seal Trips to see some of those cute locals! 😆 It really is a special place.
11.) Beddgelert, Snowdonia, Wales
Wales is a gorgeous country to visit, especially in Snowdonia. Pop over to Beddgelert and enjoy some tasty Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith with lashings of butter. They’re amazing.
12.) Crovie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
There’s so much to see in Scotland. It really is beautiful and I’ve no doubt you’ll love Crovie. Take a wander around the streets, pop into the local pub and see if you can spot some of the sea life from the shore.
13.) St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales
The biggest thing in St Davids is the Cathedral and a place you should definitely see.
This grand and historic place is so beautiful and steeped in history.
14.) Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, England
Yorkshire is amazing, there’s no denying it. And you know what, Kettlewell is a perfect example of where you should visit. It’s so charming.
15.) Tobermory, Isle Of Mull, Scotland
Tobermory is an old fishing town that’s great to explore. The whole region is stunning and a place you should definitely spend some time when in Scotland.
16.) Cushendun, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
There are loads to do in Northern Ireland, especially in places like Belfast. But make sure you don’t forget the smaller places like Cushendum with its epic coastline. It really is a natural beauty.
17.) Portmeirion, Wales
Wales is steeped in history but there are also examples of lovely places that are completely different and unique. Portmeirion is that place! This Italian town is actually based in the Welsh countryside. Though, you could be fooled into thinking you’re in Italy. It’s amazing.