Things to see and do in Bibury Village, Cotswolds

Cotswolds guide to Bibury village

Even if you’ve never been to the Cotswolds or don’t actually live in England, chances are you have already seen photos on the web with Bibury village. If you do a Google search for English countryside villages, this beautiful and quintessentially English village is one of the most popular places you should find online.

This does make it extremely busy, especially since it’s so small, so try to plan your trip well and avoid weekends and school holidays if possible. But still go whatever the case,  you will not regret it for one second.

River Coln flows through the middle, making it the perfect place to dip your toes (and children) during warm Summer days.

The history of Bibury village goes way way back. But to give you a glimpse, the famous cottages on Arlington Row were built in the 1380s, in Arlington hamlet! They were first used as a monastic wool storehouse. Later on, in the 17th century, they got converted into weavers’ cottages. The entire region of Cotswolds is known for farming and especially keeping sheep. It still is to this day.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

CATHERINE WHEEL PUB

If you’re looking for a seasonal menu using organic produce from local farms including the famous trout from down the road, you need to check in to Catherine Wheel pub. I doubt it takes more convincing if you’re already planning your trip to Bibury. 

Village Post Office and Shop

When you’re visiting small villages like this one, a shop is a rare find, so one must enter. The Bibury post office was built in the 18th century so what a charming place to buy some postcards from!

WHAT TO DO

BIBURY TROUT FARM

Do you plan to visit with children? Want to experience something extremely fun with your family? How about catching your own fish dinner? Bibury Trout farm is actually one of England’s oldest working trout farms, founded in 1902. This is also one of the top things and attractions in Bibury.

Fish barbeque for dinner? Yes, please!

There is an entry fee, so don’t’ be surprised when you arrive. But for such a rare occasion, it is absolutely worth it! 

Click for all the information you need and their opening times

WILLIAM MORRIS TEA ROOM

You can find this place across The Swan Hotel. While I did not personally visit, the word on the street is that it’s quite overpriced for what it is and not at all family-friendly. So might be worth a visit just for its history, rather than the food?

We want to be honest here and not promise you incredible experiences where it might not be the case. So maybe take a photo or two but stop and eat at our next spot on the list instead…

WHERE TO SLEEP + EAT

THE SWAN HOTEL

One of the most popular and beautiful places in the village with a brasserie and bar, The Swan Hotel is not to be missed. It was 22 boutique rooms for an overnight stay and a prime view of the trout farm and Arlington Row. This is an experience in itself, so I can not recommend it more if you’re visiting from far away. 

You can BOOK A ROOM here.

SPINNERS COTTAGE

A charming 2 bedroom holiday home in Bibury, perfect for a couple or family (and a pet!), with an equipped kitchen. While in Cotswolds, you can have a proper Cotswolds stay in a traditional stone house. Really lovely and clean, highly rated by guests.
You can BOOK SPINNERS COTTAGE here.

SYCAMORE

Spoilt for choice, Sycamore is a stunning self-contained 1 bedroom holiday home, with beautiful features all around, an equipped kitchenette, and a terrace into the garden. Perfect location for a couple or if you travel alone!
BOOK YOUR STAY HERE 

FAMOUS FOR

ARLINGTON ROW – a line of Cotswolds stone cottages, known as one of the most photographed streets in England.

Two movies were filmed here ” Bridget Jones’ Diary” and “Stardust”

William Morris called it ‘the most beautiful village in England’ and we quite agree.

Henry Ford wanted to buy the entire Arlington Row cottages, dismantle them, and transport them to America, to rebuild on his estate. How crazy, right? Well, I guess this is the first sign of a true visionary. Luckily, he did not succeed.

Not quite sure you want to know that Bibury is also said to be haunted- like so many places I hear about in the Cotswolds. So if you happen to see a grey lady inside the Catherine Wheel pub, faces from the windows in Arlington Mill, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. And yes, you are probably seeing ghosts.


 

Now that you know what things to see and what to do in Bibury, what about some photographs to capture this beautiful and probably unique experience?

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