Villages of Great Britain: 10 beautiful places for a summer holiday

By Alina GoncharovaJul 18, 2023 09:31 AMUK
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Villages of Great Britain: 10 beautiful places for a summer holiday
Typical English houses. Source: Image Albrecht Fietz/Pixabay

As soon as the sun starts to shine more intensely, the temperature rises, and you immediately have an irresistible desire to travel somewhere on the coast, enjoying the pleasant sea breeze and incredible views. However, it is not necessary to go to another corner of the world, because there are so many villages in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that are happy to welcome guests. Ancient castles, authentic houses, cobbled streets, incredibly beautiful beaches, and delicious local cuisine are the minimum that awaits travellers.

There are so many wonderful locations located on the coast, so in order to quickly choose a destination for your trip this summer, we recommend that you read the following list of the most beautiful villages in the UK.

1. Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Villages of Great Britain: 10 beautiful places for a summer holiday
The sea coast of North Wales. Source: Image David Lloyd/Pixabay

One of the most beautiful villages in the UK is located in Gwynedd, North Wales. Porthmeirion is a great choice to spend a relaxing weekend. The Italianate-style coastal village was designed by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925 and completed in 1976. This is a great example of how architecture can harmonise with the beautiful British countryside, only complementing it.

Porthmeirion has pastel buildings, the Gwyllt Japanese Gardens and the square, as well as great views. In particular, we recommend visiting the nearby Snowdonia National Park. You can stay at the luxurious Portmeirion Village & Castell Deudraeth, which is located on a private island with hectares of lush forest, a beer bar, spa and views of the Dywryd Estuary.

2. Castle Combe, Cotswolds

If you want to get to know the typical villages of England with stone houses, lush greenery and picturesque streets, then Castle Combe, located in the beautiful Cotswolds hills, is the perfect place to start your journey. This beautiful area inspires long walks.

One of the most beautiful villages in England is home to several exceptional churches dating back to the 13th century, cosy B&Bs and, of course, traditional pubs. The charming region has repeatedly attracted the attention of filmmakers due to its tranquil atmosphere. In particular, such blockbuster films as War Horse and Stardust were filmed here.

If you are planning to stay in Castle Cob overnight, we recommend choosing a rustic holiday home called the Old Museum. It includes one bedroom, a seating area and a fully equipped kitchen. The location is also conveniently close to the key attractions of this beautiful village in England.

3. Whitby, North Yorkshire

The list of the top 10 most beautiful villages in England includes Whitby, located in North Yorkshire. Its quaint streets are full of charm and character. The spectacular landscape of Whitby is shaped by the North York Moors National Park and the Gothic Abbey on the East Riding.

This beautiful seaside village in the UK was featured in Bram Stoker's Dracula. In the summer, Whitby's golden beaches attract a large number of visitors enjoying the sapphire sea or simply relaxing after the 199 steps of the abbey, which used to symbolise the test of the Christian faith.

4. Port Isaac

Among the most beautiful villages in England is the 14th-century fishing harbour of Port Isaac. White cottages and narrow winding streets became famous thanks to the filming of the popular TV series "Doctor Martin". Port Isaac is a great place for boat trips along the coast, fishing or just a beach holiday. The high cliffs of Cornwall contrast with the electric, charming boutiques and friendly locals. Numerous traditional restaurants and bars serve delicious and fresh seafood.

The most beautiful countryside in England also offers a variety of accommodation options. For example, you can stay at the Port Gaverne Hotel, which is located within walking distance of Isaac's Port. The coastal accents used in the décor, as well as the 17th-century bar and restaurant, allow you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of an ancient fishing village in Britain.

5. Tobermory, Isle of Man

Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull and one of the most beautiful villages in the UK. Located in the western part of Scotland, the area is surrounded by dense forests. A special feature of Tobermory is the rainbow houses that abound along the waterfront, invariably attracting attention. To see the main gems of the region, we recommend taking a boat trip along the island's coast.

If you want to spend more time in a beautiful village in the UK, it is worth staying at the Western Isles Hotel, which offers fantastic views of the harbour. It is possible to book a spacious double or family suite; breakfast is included in the price.

6. Cockington, Devon

The most beautiful village in England is located next to the popular resort of Torquay on the so-called "English Riviera". Cockington is like a trip back in time. A water mill, a cricket ground, Norman churches - you can feel the authentic atmosphere of traditional English charm here. Don't forget to enjoy Devon cream tea at The Drum Inn.

It is also impossible to imagine the beautiful countryside in England without the old cottages with thatched roofs that are often depicted on postcards. If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, we recommend staying at Orestone Manor, which is located next to a private sandy beach, a 15-minute drive from the centre of this lovely village in England.

7. Portrush, County Antrim

This is one of the most beautiful villages in the UK, located in County Antrim. Although Portrush is more of a town, it is a very tranquil place, with idyllic white beaches and pastel houses built on a mile-long peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Once a nondescript fishing community, it has become a famous village in England, serving as a base for exploring the Coastal Path and the Way of the Giants. That is why it is quite crowded in high season. Another reason for its popularity is that the medieval ruins of Dunluce Castle featured in the Game of Thrones series.

You can stay at the Elephant Rock Hotel, which is just 800 metres from Waitrocks Beach. Set in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK, the complex exudes Irish charm. There is a bar, a cosy terrace and private lounge areas with sea views.

8. Lavenham, Suffolk

Villages of Great Britain: 10 beautiful places for a summer holiday
Suffolk's top ten buildings. Source: Image Siggy Nowak/Pixabay

One of the best preserved and most beautiful medieval villages in England is located in Suffolk. The location consists of dense forests, 15th-century churches and old wooden cottages. The Market Square features orderly Tudor architecture with independent local shops where you can buy quilted jackets and important historical monuments.

England's finest village also played the role of the Hogwarts Hollow in the Harry Potter universe, providing a magical backdrop with a traditional town hall, slightly crooked houses and cosy tea rooms.

9. Portree, Isle of Skye

Some of the most beautiful villages in England are located on islands. For example, the capital of Skye is Portree. This village is located in a cosy bay, surrounded by a beautiful lake and hills. There are many hiking trails on the island, so you can spend more than one weekend here.

Rainbow stone cottages line the harbour of this pretty village in England. On the waterfront, you can rent a boat to explore the island's coastline with its amazing rock formations and enjoy the beautiful views.

10. Hay-on-Wye, Powys

This beautiful village in England is a real paradise for collectors, bibliophiles, and book lovers. Hay-on-Wye is known as the "town of books" and is located on the border between Wales and England. Here you can find not only more than 20 second-hand bookshops, but also a pleasant stroll along the charming streets, visit galleries and the famous Hay Castle.

In addition, there is a cultural centre on the River Wye in the midst of the most beautiful countryside in England, as well as a variety of antique and second-hand bookshops open all year round. We definitely recommend reading in the open air, as there are secluded places in the beautiful nature of Hay-on-Wye nearby. You can also book a room at The Old Black Lion Inn, which features stone fireplaces, wooden beams and bookshelves.

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