If a quaint picturesque village in the Cotswolds is on your list, then Bibury is your place to go! It wields its magical charm as the “Most Beautiful Village In England” as per William Morris, a British artist. Located in “Gloucestershire Cotswolds” and at a distance of a short drive from Cirencester, this village shines its essence in the form of wonderful stone buildings along the banks of the River Coln. Peculiarly known for its honey-hued 17th-century stone cottages with steeply pitched cottages, this village exudes a rich history.


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History of Bibury

Bibury witnessed the descendants of Romans, later owned by Earl Leppa and St Mary’s Church around the 8th century. Around 1380, it received its iconic landmark, the Arlington Row. They consisted of a gorgeous set of cottages, initially used as a wool storehouse and later converted into weavers' cottages around the 17th century. Around 1921, the Japanese Emperor, Hirohito visited this place and since then, it has been viewed as a spiritual place as well. Hailing from the Iron Age, this place is imbued with untouched heritage and is as perfect as a postcard.

Things To Do In Bibury

1) The Footbridges Over The River Coln

The settlement of Bibury is a set of two villages, Bibury and Arlington, which are separated by the River Coln. There are a series of footbridges that allows you to cross over the Coln from Bibury to Arlington. The “Old Row Bridge” is the most scenic one with the view of old weavers' cottages. Whereas, The “New Wooden Foot Bridge” is an arched bridge by the Swan Hotel and the “Old Row Bridge”.

2)The Arlington Row

The most iconic Instagram-worthy street of Bibury is the “Arlington Row”. Transforming from a storehouse to weavers' cottages, the Royal Arts Society preserved this area and was renovated further by the National Trust. One of the most highly depicted pictures in the world, it holds major attractions for tourists and has some tenants residing currently. 9 Arlington row has traditional pubs and tearooms with meadows spawning across the cottages and abundant wildlife as well. The historic town of Cirencester and Chedworth Roman Villas are nearby as well.

3) The Rack Isle

The Rack Isle is a boggy meadow at the heart of the village which serves as an important habitat for wildlife and also unusual species of plants and creatures. Be it kingfishers, grass snakes, water voles, or dragonflies, distinctive Belted Galloway Cows It is opposite Arlington Row and has been allotted to the National Trust since 1956 to take care after. One can stroll around here and enjoy the lush nature

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4) The Bibury Trout Farm

One of England’s working trout farms, the Bibury Trout Farm was founded in 1902 by the naturalist, Arthur Severn. Farmland with a space of 15 acres almost, it has a trout hatchery that produces 6 million trout ova every year. The famous Fish BBQ is something to try or else one can catch their own trout and have it cooked for dinner. It also has a Trout Farm Gift Shop which is quite well known for Cotswolds Souvenirs.

5) The Swan Hotel

Sitting on the River Coln is tranquil seclusion from the busy routine. Their inns are refreshing, romantic, quaint, well-equipped, and peaceful with good food and wine alongside impeccable service. There are almost 22 bedrooms, out of which four are garden cottage suites. The latter provides extra luxury and privacy and is available for weddings, conferences, and other important events as well.

6) The Anglo-Saxon Church of St.Mary

Built in the 11th century, this Anglo Saxon church is in the Cotswold village of Bibury, Gloucestershire UK. Originally, it was owned by the Abbey of Osney until the dissolution of monasteries. It is a limestone building, consisting of naves with north and south aisles; meanwhile, the interior furnishings included memorials from several centuries. The doorway is a carved piece of Norman craftsmanship. There is a Saxon stone grave slab as well and the Victorian Restoration was undertaken in 1863, also later in the 19th century.

7) Arlington Mill

Arlington Mill is currently a private residence that has been transformed into a Holiday Home that can be rented. Although, it was a corn mill and later was used for wool trading. It also housed the museum of Arlington Mill featuring machinery, clothing, and documents of the Victorian era. As a Holiday Home at present, it has 5 bedrooms, a kitchen and a setting area with good services. This place has a lovely café and also pubs nearby.

8) The Catherine Wheel Pub

Located a little ahead of Arlington mill, this was a 15th-century building with a backyard and orchard. It is a 17th-century pub in the historic village of Marshfield. The chefs are highly regarded for food and there are also available accommodations. In retrospect, this was a place for shoeing horses and making cartwheels initially. By 1856, this place was opened to the public and the visitors enjoyed the quaint feeling of this structure later, it was sold to Nailsworth Brewery Company in 1899. The new owners transformed this place into a well-known restaurant and pub.