One hour in the quaint village of Bibury

Visited October 2020

We don’t have much to say about Bibury because we were only there for an hour, but it’s worth a mention because it had been on our radar for a while given its frequent appearances on “prettiest villages in England” lists, and we finally managed to make it there after almost 2 years. We tacked on Bibury as part of our Halloween getaway to Bourton-on-the-Water / The Slaughters, and we are glad it wasn’t the main part of our itinerary given that the weather wasn’t great and there didn’t appear to be too much going on. Perhaps one day we will be back to explore more thoroughly.

Arlington Row

The main attraction

Arlington Row

The star attraction of Bibury is of course Arlington Row, the strip of picturesque cottages lining an equally photogenic hill. Even on a bad weather day at the end of October during a pandemic, the location was quite crowded, and we had to wait around a while to snap a picture free of the swarms. We can’t imagine what it would have been like at the peak of the summer season! We also walked down to the Antiques Fair at the Village Hall and poked our heads into St Mary’s Church, but really we had come for Arlington Row, so quickly made our way back to the car and back to London once we had gotten a few different angles of the cottages.


Getting there

We stopped in Bibury on our way back to London from Bourton-on-the-Water, which was our second location of the day after Upper & Lower Slaughter. It’s “on the way” back to the capital, only about 20 minutes down the road from Bourton, so it’s easy to drive through if you are ending your journey in London (or on the flip side, going from London into the Cotswolds). There is parking in Bibury right near Arlington Row and across the bridge from the Swan Hotel, but it was packed. Instead we parked at the Trout Farm, which is hidden away just up the road past the Swan Hotel (away from Arlington Row). At the time of our visit, you could only use an app to pay.

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