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Last updated: 20 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Ask an American to describe a traditional English village and they’d probably describe Castle Combe. Ridiculously pretty, this perfectly preserved slice of medieval life had a starring role in War Horse, and the cluster of stone cottages, edging a winding High Street, almost have the feel of a film set.

The Market Cross, at the village centre, dates back to the 14th century and the White Hart pub has been open for more than 500 years.

If you only visit one village in the Cotswolds – make it this one.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Driving from London to Castle Combe takes around 2.5 hours. Chippenham station is approximately 1.5 hours from London Paddington, and 5 miles from Castle Combe – taxis are available at the station.

When to do it

Castle Combe is at its most atmospheric and beautiful in the autumn months. Summer (July to August) sees hordes of international tourists.

Destination guides

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