Castle Combe Village
Castle Combe Village
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,410 contributions
    Pretty Cotswold Village
    Beautiful Cotswold village with medieval market square and ancient church. Often called one of the prettiest villages in England. If touring in the area, definitely worth stopping to experience. You probably only need about an hour to enjoy the village as there honestly is not a lot to see or do in the village unless you plan to have a meal or picnic. Only a few shops. Keep in mind that this is a real life village and not Disneyworld which is what makes it special and authentic. Also beware that it is an extremely popular place for tourists, and the village can get swamped with people especially during the summer when coaches arrive. We arrived by car later in the day after 4pm on a weekday in September and it was very quiet. There is a carpark that is a 15 min walk north of the village although in retrospect that was not necessary as there were many parking spots along the road leading into the village. You should avoid trying to park right in the village which would distract from the beauty of the place. Make sure to stroll down to the bridge over the brook and go inside St Andrew's Church dating back to the 13th century. Beware that there are limited options to eat when arriving this late in the day. The Little Picnic Shop and The Old Stable Coffee Shop were closed. The White Hart Pub doesn't serve meals until after 6pm. If you do arrive earlier in the day, the Little Picnic Shop looked like an attractive option. You preorder a picnic basket of food and if it a nice sunny day, you can stroll down to the brook and find a nice place away from the crowds to enjoy a picnic lunch.
    Visited September 2022
    Written February 28, 2023
  • mikeandtraceyball
    Derby, United Kingdom52 contributions
    Beautiful
    Beautiful picturesque village with plenty of photo opportunities. Car park was very cheap which was a welcome change! It was up the top of a steep hill with no footpath which meant dodging traffic for the 10 minute walk to the village itself. There isn't many facilities there so worth spending an hour or two not all day.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Andy B'Stard
    Abergavenny, United Kingdom695 contributions
    Beautiful Place to Visit
    Took time out to visit this lovely little village. Has been the backdrop for some famous films - well worth a visit. Its less than a 10 minute walk from the car park to get there and well worth the effort.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 22, 2023
  • user123456
    United Kingdom1,295 contributions
    Stunning
    Castle Combe is as picturesque in real life as it looks online. Truly the prettiest village I have visited. Quiet & peaceful; mostly privately owned & residential homes to people so I’d hope people respect this. The river is beautiful, the buildings are stunning, the roads are quiet yet small, so drive carefully through the village. I managed to find a parking space on the hill, which was free, although there is also a pay and display car park at the top of the hill. There are no pavements on the way down.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Chelsea A
    Columbus, Ohio194 contributions
    Picturesque
    A very adorable village that is fun to stroll around for an hour or so. We parked in the lot at the top of the hill (would recommend getting there early, before 10 or so, as it really filled up by the time we left). A short but pretty walk down the hill to get to the town cross and to the old church to explore. The church was very interesting to look in and walk around. A walk down the main street leads to a pretty little bridge and river, which makes for some great pictures. There were a couple of cute places to get tea/coffee/baked goods and there was a market going on the day we were there. A worthwhile stop if you time it correctly before the crowds get there
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 1, 2023
  • gregory_justina
    Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
    You can go into the side gate
    Obviously, a fabulous historic and picturesque ancient village but what many visitors don't realise, there is a pedestrian side gate beside the automatic main gate leading to the hotel that allows access to the row of cottages that belong to the hotel, the spacious grounds, the river and the weir. Fabulous photo op, especially for newly-weds. Park at the top of the hill and walk down to the village - nicer for everyone if there isn't a lot of traffic cruising around the village looking for parking.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 17, 2023
  • A C E
    8 contributions
    Lovely village - worth a visit
    Beautiful village. Was only passing through this time but will come back for a walk around the country paths. Great that they keep cars from parking in the village. Maintains the look of the place. Not a lot to do in the village itself. A couple of artisan coffee and cake shops. However, that doesn't matter when it is such a pretty village. walk along the High Street is about two minutes, so not a massive amount of time needed to see everything.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,039 contributions
    Like Stepping Back in Time
    Castle Combe is literally like stepping into a time portal and arriving in a simpler, more quiet time. The village is a postcard from days gone by. Take your time and stroll this lovely, tiny place while soaking in the ambiance of a time gone by.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • TravellingTeacherL
    Brisbane, Australia316 contributions
    Picturesque village
    This is a quaint and picturesque village on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. It lives up to its reputation as being the prettiest. The village is tiny, lovely to just enjoy the stroll. Would recommend parking in the dedicated parking zone just on the outskirts of own, there is no parking in the village. It is a lovely stroll into the village centre. There is a store that sells picnic boxes to enjoy sitting by the river. This is my favourite town in the Cotswolds.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Gordon S
    Sheffield, United Kingdom500 contributions
    Beautiful places
    Great historic village. Been seen in so many movies. My uncle painted the village from the bridge back in 1971 and we still have the painting up at home. It was great to finally see what he saw all those years ago. Also had a great lunch at the Castle Inn
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 25, 2023
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Liv B
Truro, UK457 contributions
Dec 2019
This place is just divine. Not surprising that almost every year it gets voted the most picturesque village in Britain. If you are a photographer, I assure you this place does not have a bad angle. However, I do recommend coming here as early as possible to avoid crowds. We narrowly avoided a tour group which would have made the photos a little less magical I'm sure! Also, please be respectful - these are people's homes afterall and they deserve peace and quiet and privacy.
There isn't much to do, per se. And walking around will take you all of 15 minutes. But that's why it's such a perfect stopover if you are on your way to Bath or Bristol, or if you are exploring the rest of the Cotswolds too. Public toilets are just over the bridge and are clean and most importantly, FREE.
Written January 3, 2020
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Khan q
27 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
If you are taking the train from Bristol Meads get off at Chippenham and take the bus to Castle combe village.
The bus will drop you to the village center by the church.
Visit the church first as it has useful touristy stuff like fridge magnets, post cards and walking tour pamplets for a nominal cost.
The other great thing about the church is the local history and remarkable architecture and breathtaking stainglass windows.
The village was the filming location for Dr Doolittle and The War horse.
The back of the churchyard pathway leads up to the backlane leading up to a beautiful open meadow with towering trees overlooking the ivy covered Manor House.The Manor house has a very elegant parlor and tearooms with fabulous views and is also a hotel.
From the Manor house are stone steps leading up to some quaint gardens, laid beautifuly on the gentle hill rising above the Manor.
You can amble along the different walking trails and pathways, and stop by the wayside "honesty boxes" to enjoy a bite from local ladies who whip up some great goodies and handmade stuff and you could take what you want and leave the money in the honesty boxes for your purchase.
There is a lovely restaurant in the village center offering some great local fare. It has outdoor seating with a great view of the main street.
Please be mindful that the village is home to very friendly people, but please respect their privacy and space too.
The last bus from the village leaves at 5 pm so ensure you are at the village center where the bus stop is.
Carry water and wear comfortable shoes and check the weather before you sally forth.
Be safe and enjoy the lovely village.
Written June 22, 2022
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MERLION04
Bristol, UK627 contributions
Apr 2021
Pretty little village. We visited late afternoon, very few people around so very peaceful & good opportunities for photographs.
We also walked along the Macmillan Way, which you can join at the lower end of the village, on the left past the public toilets, take the little bridge over the Bybrook river.
This was very pleasant & helped to make more of our visit.
No parking in the village but there is a good size free carpark at the top end of the village.
Written April 30, 2021
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Ismael
Baku, Azerbaijan393 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Amazing small little village sitting along the brook in a hilly area covered in forests. Good lication to drop by if you travelling along M4 to Bath or Bristol (20-30 min extra hook) Great views over pretty houses and church. There are also walking paths there, so add extra 30 min or 1 hour to your visit, so it is not only village itself that is quite small. Public toilet is closed due to COVID, so only way is to buy smth in the pubs on the main square and get access to toilets. Sad that no hot provided anywhere, only sandwiches in the best case. Some places closed, like Old Stables takeaway, I took pucnic takeaway at the Little Picnic Shop. Access to the hotel and golf club is also prohibited to visitors. I parked my car along the road, many do like this, make sure you do not obstruct the way.
Written September 2, 2020
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Ash2980
London, UK68 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Beautiful place which needs no introduction....every word of praise fells short once you see it in person. Visiting on a weekday and just coming out of lockdown made this place accessible without any tourists around.....
Written July 28, 2020
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WarrenSparrow
Andover, UK146 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a really beautiful little village. We went early on Sunday morning and it was still very quiet, but it did become busier as the morning progressed. There are public toilets available, but only the wheel chair one was open when we visited. The one down side is that everything only opens at 12:00 for lunch and most of the shops are not open at all. There was also a wedding on, so we were not allowed to go into the manor at all which was disappointing. I had read that people complained about the walk from the car park. Although steep it took about 15 minutes.
Written August 8, 2021
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Ian C
Salisbury, UK1,170 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Like most other reviews it's hard not to find the quaint feeling of this village somewhat nostalgic with a glimpse into the past. However it is just a short visit. We parked in the free car park and walked down the reasonably steep hill, note no footpath, and through the centre to the river and back, takes less than hour unless you visit a cafe or pub. Worth a quick stop once though.
Written September 6, 2020
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,410 contributions
Sep 2022
Beautiful Cotswold village with medieval market square and ancient church. Often called one of the prettiest villages in England. If touring in the area, definitely worth stopping to experience. You probably only need about an hour to enjoy the village as there honestly is not a lot to see or do in the village unless you plan to have a meal or picnic. Only a few shops. Keep in mind that this is a real life village and not Disneyworld which is what makes it special and authentic. Also beware that it is an extremely popular place for tourists, and the village can get swamped with people especially during the summer when coaches arrive. We arrived by car later in the day after 4pm on a weekday in September and it was very quiet. There is a carpark that is a 15 min walk north of the village although in retrospect that was not necessary as there were many parking spots along the road leading into the village. You should avoid trying to park right in the village which would distract from the beauty of the place. Make sure to stroll down to the bridge over the brook and go inside St Andrew's Church dating back to the 13th century. Beware that there are limited options to eat when arriving this late in the day. The Little Picnic Shop and The Old Stable Coffee Shop were closed. The White Hart Pub doesn't serve meals until after 6pm. If you do arrive earlier in the day, the Little Picnic Shop looked like an attractive option. You preorder a picnic basket of food and if it a nice sunny day, you can stroll down to the brook and find a nice place away from the crowds to enjoy a picnic lunch.
Written March 1, 2023
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antoncarth
High Wycombe, UK620 contributions
Dec 2020
Castle Combe is a beautiful small village in countyside. The houses are build with the traditional yellow limestone, who makes village looks like postcard place.
Because roads are narrow and there is almost everywhere the double yellow line, it's impossible to find a place to park your car nearby village's centre. You would rather park your car in the free park area, located on the hill at the edge of the village. It's almost 15 minutes walk from the centre of the village.
Written December 20, 2020
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MadamJosephine
Melbourne, Australia1,311 contributions
Jul 2022
Castle Combe is the quintessential beautiful English village with its stream running through town, it's medieval market square and ancient church. Inside the Church is the tomb of a Crusader Knight from 1270 with his legs crossed, meaning he went on 2 Crusades. We were staying in Stow in the Wold, so included CC with a trip to Painswick Rococo Garden and Lacock National Trust Village and Abbey. An excellent day out.
Written July 23, 2022
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