Five of the UKs Prettiest Villages

If you're looking for somewhere pretty, relaxing and with plenty of things to do; then head towards some of the prettiest villages in the UK. We've searched long and hard to bring you what we consider to be the best places to enjoy your holidays here at home.  It was difficult to choose but these five villages topped our list. 

Hawkshead - flckr - Paul Moon PhotographyHawkshead, Cumbria
Hawkshead is an unspoilt village in the middle of the Lake District National Park with strong literary connections. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday destination with stunning views, Hawkshead ticks all the boxes.  It's surrounded by amazing views.  To the east of the village is Windermere, the largest lake in the Lake District.  To the South-West is Grizedale Forest, an ideal spot for strolling with the family, especially if you have young children.  All around it are stunning views of the fells of the Lake District.

Its narrow streets and higgledy-piggledy houses and archways had inspired the famous literary icons; Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.  Cars are not allowed in the village, making the streets quiet and safe for pedestrians.


IMG_1405.JPG - flckr - bobba_dwjLacock, Wiltshire
Located in rural Wiltshire, this village is owned by the National Trust.  Lacock is a charming village that has been beautifully preserved.  This untouched village retains its original 13th century character.  If you want a glimpse of the past, then, Lacock has a lot to offer.  You can explore Lacock Abbey which is located in the heart of the village and is a prime example of medieval architecture.  If architecture does not interest you, the abbey's Victorian woodland garden will not fail to delight you.  Spring time is the best time to visit, as the grounds are carpeted with a magnificent display of spring flowers.


Averbury, Wiltshire
Averbury is a picturesque village that is enclosed by the largest and oldest henge monument in the world.  It is believed that these stone monuments are older than the Egyptian pyramids.  Averbury is awe inspiring and the henge that surrounds it gives the village a sense of mystery.  Until now, archeologists and historians can only guess as to the reasons why it was built. 

Visiting the village inspires a sense of wonderment.  It makes you ponder on how past civilizations have shaped the world. Averbury is prettiest on warm summer evenings, when these massive ancient stone monuments, cast beautiful shadows with dramatic effects. For something to eat, the village pub is known to serve delicious lunches.


Mevagissey Cornwall 08-10-2007 15-54-54 - flckr - Martin PettittMevagissey, Cornwall
Mevagissey is probably one of the most beautiful fishing villages in England. The tight bundle of houses and the working boats crammed around the harbour, give this village a very cozy feel.  Its charm is heightened by the warmth of the locals.  The village is beautifully located near an attractive stretch of coastline.  Towards the north is the long sandy beach of Pentewan and to the south is the cove of Portmellon. 

Christmas and New Year is a great time to visit the village.  It always has a great display of Christmas lights and New Year is celebrated with almost everyone wearing fancy dress.  At the end of June, Mevagissey is filled with locals dancing in the streets as they celebrate Feast Week.


Bourton full of people - flckr - The_AdmiraltyBourton-on-the-water, Gloucestershire
Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds Hills, Bourton-on-the-Water is an attractive little village.  The houses in the village are built of yellow sandstone, radiating a warm, friendly ambience.  Due to the shallow Windrush River that slowly flows through the middle of the village, Bourton-on-the-Water is dotted with small quaint arched footbridges to allow you to cross it.   The river lends the village a laid back atmosphere. You can spend your time just simply sitting by the river, relaxing and enjoying the tranquil atmosphere that the sound of the flowing water evokes.  The riverbanks are perfect for a picnic in the summer, too.  In the autumn, the trees around the river look magnificent in varying shades of red, orange, yellow and brown.  Bourton-on-the-Water is unquestionably one of the prettiest villages in England.

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Blog Comments

24th February 2011 Karyn Rolston wrote:

I just saw the little pic of Bourton on the Water, and read your comments. I have visited this lovely village many times as a child growing up in the 60s. Unfortunately, I have not yet repeated the pleasure of returning the visit. I remember the quaint little village shops, and the warm and friendly people who live there. I will have to go there again, perhaps this summer. Thank you for bringing back some lovely memories.
Best Wishes, Kaaryn.

[bookcottages: That's a pleasure Karyn, glad you enjoyed the article]

24th February 2011 Mike Patterson wrote:

Quite a nice choice of villages, but Avebury is mis-spelt as Averbury!

[Bookcottages: Thanks for pointing that out, no one had spotted that here!!!]

24th February 2011 ANGELA wrote:

Looks lovely, but look how many people are spoiling it! Always the same in the south. Too crowded!

[Bookcottages: Lovely places do attract lots of people, but you need them so you can have all the lovely tea & bun shops :)]


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