Stunning thatched cottages, lovely main street, history
Not many restaurant choices.
A nice little neighborhood.
Another Cotswold Village, and more thatched roof Cottages.I wandered around, enjoying these beautiful home's, and then I noticed these were a little different.Located on top of the roof on several home's, were thatched Bird's!I wondered what the purpose was, just for show or to keep Bird's away or something else?The answer was....The ornament “it...more
Just 3 miles east of Chipping Campden is Hidecote Manor Gardens, a National Trust site but well worth a visit if you a keen gardener or garden lover. There are extensive gardens that will take a couple of hours to get around and appreciate.Originally the work of American Major Lawrence Johnston he gave the gardens to the National Trust in 1948 and...more
Just a couple of miles south of Chipping Camden is the interesting and picturesque little village of Blockley, often overlooked by its more famous (and prettier) neighbours, Chipping Camden and Broadway. Its worth a detour though as its another Cotswold village with its own character and being set in the bottom of a small valley quite different...more
Visibly from nearly everywhere, St. James Church towers impressively on top of a hill in the middle of Chipping Campden. The church was built from the 13th century on on the site of a former Norman church. It is a good example for England's Perpendicular style which was popular at the time the wool business flourished in the Cotswolds. You can find...more
Chipping Campden's High Street is the place to be. The street is lined with typical Cotswolds houses which appear very neat and original. This is due to the Campden Trust, a lobby group that aims to preserve the local properties as beautiful as possible. Therefore, "intrusive modern shopfronts" are not allowed, and neither are telegraph and power...more
Just 2 miles west of Chipping Camden is the 18th century folly of Broadway Tower. One of the highest points on the Cotswolds the views are truly outstanding here. The tower is part of a country park that includes a herd of deer. You can enter the tower for a fee but the views are just as good from the hill it stands on.Nearby at the car park there...more
This is one of England's great gardens. It is actually more like a complex of several garden areas in one location, each section with its own personality. Tall hedges and walls separate the gardens into what seem like rooms full of different textures and colors. Some are more formal than others, some have water features, but all are interesting....more
We just returned from a trip to London. We wanted to go to the Cotswolds, but we didn't want to relocate, so we made a day trip. We took a train from Paddington Station to Cheltonham Spa, about two hours. There we were met by David Walker (http://www.tour-cotswolds.co.uk/index.html) who drove us for the day at a cost of ninety pounds for the two of...more
The is the most fabulous palace in all of England, or so I'm told...and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The grounds are fabulous and enormous and the tour of the castle is free!! The Duke of Marlborough is actually still in residence. There is a beautiful lake with an awesome bridge, a boathouse, a waterfall, and much more. You can spend a...more
We were on our way out, heading north to Dethick in the Peak District but, in usual Ian Smith can't-go-past-anything-remotely-interesting-without-taking-a-picture mode, I stopped. Actually, I knew I was going to stop some minutes before. Any church with a steeple that stood out as this one did had to have some history. One is never disappointed as...more
I took a photo of this building without knowing what it was. I simply thought it was lovely: it looked really ancient - made of stone and with a stone porch, a clock and many other interesting features. Back at home I tried to find its characteristic shape on the Internet - in vain. Instead, I found a link to the Campden Archives where they invited...more
The Catholic Church of St Catharine was built in 1891 in the Victorian Gothic style, but with some arts and crafts touches, e.g. woodwork, carving, stained glass windows. The land for the site was provided by the 3rd Earl of Gainsborough, Charles William Francis Noel, whose father had converted to Catholicism, so there was a need for a Catholic...more
The High Street of Chipping Campden is lined with many superb Cotswold stone buildings. Varying in style, they were built by wealthy merchants between the 14th and 17th centuries. At its north end is the 14th century Grevel House, the oldest house in the town, with its beautifully decorated windows, gargoyles and a sundial set in one of the walls....more
The Market Hall, in the centre of the High Street, is probably the best known building in Chipping Campden. It was constructed in 1627 by Sir Baptist Hicks, Viscount Campden, to give shelter to market traders. Sir Baptist Hicks is renowned for his generosity to the poor and needy. In 1612 he founded the Almshouses where twelve poor men and women...more
Part of the church was granted by the town's people to house the grave of Sir Baptist Hicks and his wife. The huge marble mausoleum (see next tip for pics) shows the pair in late Elizabethan/Jacobean clothing, and is similar in effect, but not in spirit, to the contemporary Tanfield mausoleum in Burford - the Tanfields were detested in Burford,...more
As with most villages if you take a walk around it's amazing what you come across.I found this tiny doorway outside a pub... I had to take a picture of it. Then I found this tiny road... photo two. I was always amazed at the little narrow streets all over Britain. What do they actually do if a car is coming the other way? It amazed me! I hung...more
During a recent trip to the Cotswolds, I stayed briefly in Chipping Campden. Having seen much of the...more
The Square High Street, Chipping Campden GL55 6AN, England
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Broad Campden, Chipping Campden GL55 6UU, England
Good for: Business
For the life of me I can't remeber the name of the pub, but it is on High St. and/or Park Rd and it has a large sign with a red coated soldier on it. I think it's The Volunteer Inn, but not sure.Otherwise a typical pub, friendly waitperson, reasonable prices. And of course, chips!!! The reason I mention it is I had one of the best lamb dishes ever...more
The Red Lion is a good and popular place in Chipping Campden. The building, like pretty much all of them in town, is historic and very charming. The interior has fireplaces and an comfortable, old feel to it. There is also a good sized patio in the back to enjoy a beer on a sunny afternoon.more
The Ebrington Arms is a charming and welcoming restaurant & pub near Chipping Campden. It was recommended to us by our B & B owners, who are frequent visitors there. During our stay in the area we went here for two meals, plus once during the day to get out of the rain. The atmosphere here is great: a pub room and a dining room, both with big...more
This is one of a few small pubs located on High Street in Chipping Campden. Of the couple I went to, this was my favourite. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, good food and good beer. I had a burger on ciabatta bread with chips and a salad. Very good. To drink I had an "Old Trip" ale, which was also very good.more
We ate in the pub of the Eight Bells. It was quite cozy in there. I had the special "Beef Stroganoff", it was kinda grisly. My husband had the "Bangers and Mash" and said it was really good. This is come as you are dress. There is also a proper dining room in the Eight Bells. Bangers and Mashmore
There is not much going on in this little town at night. Might as well go have a drink and people watch in this comfortable little pub. It's a bit ratty if you look close but a comfortable and friendly place to have a drink or something to eat.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Like many English towns, Chipping Campden has its War Memorial in the form of a stone cross. Such crosses were erected to commemorate those who fought and died in WWI, but after WWII many of them began to commemorate also the soldiers and victims of that war. We can just hope the list of casualties of war will not have to be extended any further.
Incidentally, the cross marks the start/finishing point of the famous Cotswold Way from Chipping Campden to Bath, a hundred miles in all, quite a challenge for hikers.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Kiftsgate Court Gardens is a series of interconnecting gardens each with its distinct character and secrets.
The garden is the creation of three generations of women gardeners. Started by grandmother Heather Muir in the twenties, continued by mother Diany Binny from 1950 and now looked after by Anne Chambers and her husband, plus a little help from their children.
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6LN
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Strolling along the main street is a recommended activity here. It has a slight curve so you're never quite sure of what may lay ahead and so much of it is interesting. I wished that I had allocated more time here as it wasn't until I reached the church on my way out that I started to really delve into the history of the place. With so much of it...more
Chipping Campden is often labelled the 'flower of the villages of all England'. Though the actual quote is not a modern one it certainly has some claims to that title.Truly unspoilt, it has many beautiful buildings and an impressive mostly 15th-century church, though bits of it are centuries younger and other pieces older. The long, curved and...more
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