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. 🇬🇧

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Here are 17 of the most beautiful villages in the UK

1.) Bibury, Cotswold, England

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Bibury is a gorgeous little place that’s nestled within the stunning Cotswolds. The whole area is incredible to explore. Just make sure to stop off at Arlington Row, too. It’s so picturesque.

Read more: How to get to Arlinton Row

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

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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.

See more places to see across Scotland, here

4.) Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England

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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.

See more about visiting Castle Combe, right here

5.) Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England

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Another gem in the Cotswolds is Bourton-on-the-Water. Make sure to rent a (or take your own) car and discover this pretty place. It’s perfect on a lovely sunny day.

Read more on visiting Bourton-on-the-Water, here

6.) Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England

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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

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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

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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.

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See some of the best castles to see in Cornwall, here

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.

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10.) Plockton, Loch Carron, Scotland

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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.

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Read more on what to do in Plockton, here

11.) Beddgelert, Snowdonia, Wales

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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.

Read more: The best places to see in Wales

12.) Crovie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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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.

Follow our 1-week itinerary for the Scottish Highlands, here

13.) St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales 

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The biggest thing in St Davids is the Cathedral and a place you should definitely see.

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This grand and historic place is so beautiful and steeped in history.

14.) Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, England

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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

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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.

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Follow our 1-week itinerary for the Scottish Highlands, here

16.) Cushendun, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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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.

Read more: Best places to see across Ireland

17.) Portmeirion, Wales

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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.

Read more: The best places to see in Wales
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