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Cotswolds - Photographing the English countryside

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

The glorious, famous honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds look as if they have strayed into the 21st century from another era. |The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Southern Cotswolds have their own distinctive look comprised of pretty honey-coloured stone villages, narrow lanes and stunning countryside. For that reason is the best area for a photography tour. Farming is still one of the main industries in The Cotswolds and the area is largely rural and agricultural. The local stone, used to build many of the houses you will see while exploring the Wiltshire Cotswolds, has been quarried here since Roman times. The wool industry-shaped past here is appealingly evident in striking wool churches and manor houses built by wealthy textile merchants. Flourishes of later heritage include a fine legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement.


The Cotswolds is home to over 3,000 miles of footpath – making it an ideal destination for walking. Many visitors to the area are attracted by the beautiful English countryside dotted with chocolate box villages and cottages. Below is a selection of some great photography destinations.



1. Castle Combe. It is my preferred one. It is often named as the ‘prettiest village in England.' Castle Combe has featured regularly as a film location, most recently in The Wolf Man, Stardust and Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse. It was also used in the original Dr Doolittle film.

reflection of cottages and bridge in Castle Combe, Cotswolds
Probably the best view of Castle Combe



the bridge and the reflection of Castle Combe and honey colored cottages

a street with aligned cottages in a village or town in Cotswolds

a cgroup of cottages in English countryside Cotswolds

home made pastries on sale near a house in English countryside
Self service open air micro local shop


honey colored l hotel in Cotswolds
A hotel near the village


2. Lacock Village. The village is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust and attracts many visitors by virtue of its unspoiled appearance. With its central grid of four streets, Lacock today looks much like it did 200 years ago. It's oldest house is older than the thirteenth century abbey but since the loss of the village's main source of income from wool in the nineteenth century, new development has been minimal. The village is a firm favourite for film and TV producers, most notably for its picturesque streets and historic cottages, untouched by modern alterations. The village’s most famous appearances include 'Downton Abbey', the BBC’s 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Cranford', and the films 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Wolfman'.



a classic car near old buildings in Cotswolds

Gloves on the steering wheel classic car

old building in the countryside Cotswolds

A car parked near a cottage

An old woman entering in the church

dishes on a small round table in a pub
A traditional English Pub

A men arranging beer bottles in a pub

Interior of Lacock Abbey
Inside the Lacock Abbey

3. Bibury is a charming, typically Cotswold, village and the cottages of Arlington Row are often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country - it even appears on the inside cover of UK passports!



group of aligned cottages in Cotswolds countryside


group of cottages in Cotswolds

Group of tourists in the summer at  Arlington row Bibury Cotswolds
It can be very busy in the summer

door with flowers at the entrance


4. There are many other beautiful locations to photograph in Cotswolds. Below is a sellections of phos taken in Chipping Campden, Tetbury, Stow on the Wold and Upper Slaughter


Buildings and a mill reflected in the water in the evening
The Old Mill

A collection of doors




Medieval old market building
The market in Chipping Campden

wooden door church entrance
Stow on the Wold

Old clock attached to the building

two woman with hats walking on the street
Street scene in Tetbury

tudor architecture houses
Tudor architecture in Tetbury


lots of vegetables for sale outside

Thatched roofs houses in Chipping Campden
Thatched roofs in Chipping Campden

 thatched house Cotswolds
Traditional thatched house

green rolling hills Cotswolds

medieval market building in Cotswolds

interior of a Anglican church in Cotswolds
Interior of a woolen church

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