13 Cozy Picturesque Villages in England

(Last Updated On: November 11, 2018)

England may have one of the most popular cities as its capital but the real pride lies within its picturesque villages. Steep pedestrian streets and old cottages like you have never seen before, are only some of the things you can find in the UK. So, if you are opting for an authentic experience then you should visit as many picturesque villages in England as you can.

1 | Radlett

Radlett is a beautiful small village north of London . I used to live there for a while and I had some great moments in Radlett. It is considered as one of the most prosperous places in England now and I am not surprised since it has great schools and transport links.

2 | Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is a fairytale village in the Costwolds with the River Windrush running through the center of the village. This is one of the most popular villages and it is also known as the “ Venice of the Costwolds” because of its small bridges.

3 | Birbury

Birbury is another village in the Costwolds and it is the most beautiful one in whole England. There are many movies that have been set in this village and the most famous one that made me fall in love with this place was Stardust from 2007.

4 | Canterbury

Canterbury is a historic town that had a major role during the Middle Ages as a pilgrimage site. At the heart of the city is Canterbury Cathedral which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5 | Castle Acre

Castle Acre is a small village that is believed to be founded in 1089. In this village you can find Castle Acre Priory, which is one of the best preserved monastic sites. The admission to this castle is free and you can find all additional information here.

6 | Clovelly

Clovelly is a village in Devon which is a tourist attraction thanks to its whitewashed houses and steep cobbled streets. You can see the traditional donkeys and sledges that are used for transporting goods in the village pedestrian streets.

7 | Cornwall

Cornwall is a county in the southwest of the UK, with some of the most beautiful villages like Fowey and Falmouth, just to name some. The Isle of Sicily is part of Cornwall and as you may know this is considered to be the home of King Arthur.

8 | Crail

Crail is a small fishing village in Scotland. This is a nice place to explore with some galleries and craft shops.

9 | Crovie

Crovie is another small village in Scotland which is situated on a narrow ledge so any car should be left at the south of the village.

10 | Polperro

Polperro is a small fishing village on the south east Cornwall.  A small harbor and beautiful cottages on a steep hill make this village spectacular.

11 | Sedbergh

Sedbergh is one of those villages that have the old world atmosphere. It is situated in Yorkshire Dales countryside and the town has one of the best golf courses in Cumbria.

12 | Studland

Studland is a village best known for its beaches and nature reserve. Once you are in Studland you have to see Old Harry Rocks, which are three chalk formations, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

13 | Uttoxeter

Uttoxeter  is a town in Staffordshire and it is located close to Derby and Lichfield. If you happen to be in this small amazing village we would advise you to visit the Redfern`s Cottage Museum of Uttoxeter Life, a small museum with couple of rooms representing different periods.

So, find a cheap flight on TripAdvisor and book your ticket today to one of these magical places and see it for yourself because as the Asian Proverb goes it is always: “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”

Where to stay while in England

If you are planning a trip to one of these beautiful places you can check availability on Booking.com since this is the best and the most reliable website that I always use for finding accommodation.


Another great option is to rent a place through Airbnb. You can find great rooms and apartments since there are a lot of great options. You can use this code to get $27 free AirBnb credit.

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Author: Elena

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