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A visitor’s guide to Bibury

PUBLISHED: 15:55 17 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 04 August 2017

Arlington Row © Jenifoto, Shutterstock

Arlington Row © Jenifoto, Shutterstock


Perhaps one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds, the quintessential cottages and pretty riverside location of Bibury are a must-visit on any trip to the region.

Places to stay in Bibury

The Swan: Nestled on the banks of the River Coln, this former coaching inn oozes Cotswold charm and bonhomie. There are 22 bedrooms overlooking the spectacular grounds of the hotel, each individually and tastefully decorated with antique furnishing and contemporary wallpapers. Best of all, your four-legged friends are invited along for a slice of Cotswoldian luxury too. It truly is the perfect weekend escape for the city dweller.

Bibury Court: It would be hard to find a more peaceful setting than Bibury Court. The Jacobean manor is surrounded by acres of remote countryside and breathtakingly beautiful gardens, making it a tranquil haven in the Cotswolds. There are 21 period rooms to choose from, each one sympathetically decorated and with its own ensuite.

Self catering cottages in Bibury Square: Have you ever found yourself wondering what it would be like to live in one of those famous quintessential Cotswold cottages? Well now’s your chance, and where better than in the quaint little village of Bibury. There are several eighteenth century listed cottages to choose from, providing a cosy base to explore this wonderful part of England (though we’ll doubt you’ll want to leave the house!).


The Swan, Bibury ©  Jenifoto, Shutterstock The Swan, Bibury © Jenifoto, Shutterstock

Places to eat and drink in Bibury

The Catherine Wheel: For a taste of the Cotswolds, head straight to The Catherine Wheel where locally sourced ingredients and regional ales can be found on the menu. This honey-coloured family-run pub is a fantastic place to catch up with friends and family over delicious food all in a relaxing setting. The service is top-notch and there is an extensive wine list to boot. What more could you ask for?


The Swan: Another mention for The Swan, but this time it’s for their tasty food and friendly service. Whether you’re after supper in a romantic restaurant, afternoon tea by the river or a pint of real ale in a quintessential pub setting, The Swan has it covered. The brassiere offers British classics with a sophisticated twist along with a new summer menu to explore. And the chef’s freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam are simply to die for. Those staying in the hotel should drag themselves from their comfortable beds for breakfast – the eggs royale is not to be missed.


Houses on Arlington Row, Bibury © elesi, Shutterstock Houses on Arlington Row, Bibury © elesi, Shutterstock

Things to do in Bibury

Bibury Trout Farm: Amongst 15 acres of Cotswold countryside you’ll find the crystal clear waters of Bibury Trout Farm where up to six million trout ova are spawned every year. There’s plenty of activities for the whole family; budding fisherman can use the ‘catch your own fishery’ and children can play in the play area while mum and dad enjoy tea and cake in the terrace café. There is also an onsite shop selling wines, delicious smoked trout and other deli products.

Admission is £4.50 for adults and £3.25 for children.


Arlington Row: Get your cameras ready as Arlington Row is a scene straight from a postcard. These are some of England’s most photographed houses and it’s easy to see why.


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