Visiting All The English Counties 13/48 – Bibury, Gloucestershire

Visiting Bibury in Gloucestershire was on my bucket list so it seemed only right that I visited the village as part of my 2016 New Year’s Resolution!  The village is one of the most photographed in the whole of England and there’s even a picture of Arlington Row inside the UK passport (that’s your fun fact for today).

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

We were staying at the Crowne Plaza Oxfordshire property for a long weekend so in my mind, I was going to get up early and head to Bibury before every Tom, Dick and Harry turned up…I slept in, then went for a late breakfast and turned up in Bibury with Tom, Dick, Gary, Jeff and Harry it seemed.

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

Bibury is a tiny little village and famous for a row of gorgeous little cottages, Arlington Row which are totally worth a visit if you’re in the area.

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

Be warned, there are tourists everywhere trying to get photos of the cottages…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…but it’s actually fun to watch everyones faces as they see Arlington Row for the first time…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…you just need to wait and you may get that moment when you get the spot to yourself…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…if not, look at the gorgeous features of each individual cottage…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…rambling flowers around colourful doors…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…seemed wrong not to include No. 6 Arlington Row as well!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

What I didn’t realise was that these cottages fall under the National Trust and you can now stay in one for a few days…if only I had known (there’s a link to the cottage in my travel tip section so keep reading!).

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

Now just to burst the “it’s so perfect” bubble…there is a banana mobile that you won’t be able to avoid; unless the owner has gone to do his grocery shopping.  Apparently tourists and photographers are up in arms over the car however the villagers think the car is just a storm in a teacup…hmmm…either way, it seems to be a very English problem!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

You know how they say that you should never work with children or animals in film…well I tried to get the cottages with the swans in front…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…and you know how I’m scared of birds (this includes man  / lady eating swans).

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…seriously, I tried to do some swan whispering to get this damn bird to look up to get a photo while walking as it was floating down the river…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…honestly this is why I don’t like birds….

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…in the end we got there but I’m pretty sure that bloody swan did this on purpose and it was given a number of spirited names during the process!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

^^I even managed to photograph the black swan…why hello Natalie Portman!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

^^Thought it was time to drop in a Bibury shoefie…my stomach muscles had a work out trying to get my feet into the photo…plus I was trying not to fall off the wall as well…I didn’t fall just in case you were wondering!

There is more to Bibury than just Arlington Row even though it is the main drawcard and what everyone comes to see…there are some beautiful homes that you’ll want to move into…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…with beautiful doors of course…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…more cottages covered with rambling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…and tiny little cottages!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

After a nice little wander up and down Arlington Row, I felt the need to do some gluten free research in Bibury so popped into the William Morris Tea Room…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…I just wanted a cool refreshing drink BUT ended up having a gluten free coconut kiss…mwah!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

^^It reminds me slightly of an odd shaped boobie!

The Swan Hotel seems to a be where all the cool bloggers stay…and with good reason…you can get up early and take photos around the village before all the tourists arrive and they offer afternoon tea as well…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…plus it looks absolutely stunning.  I’m slightly confused if I would want to stay at The Swan Hotel or the National Trust Arlington Row cottage if I ever went to stay in Bibury…which one would you choose?

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

Travel Tips for your trip to Bibury, Gloucestershire

  • Parking is almost non-existent especially on the weekends so park at the top of the hill and walk down…it only takes 5-10 minutes (dependent on how many times you stop to photograph random doors!)
  • The Swan Hotel and the National Trust Arlington Row cottage seemed to be your best accommodation options in Bibury however there are a few B&B options as well
  • The William Morris Tea Room had one gluten free cake option if you’re a tad peckish 
  • Either arrive extra early or late to Bibury to hopefully avoid the crowds; I visited around 11am and there were already a number of coaches parked up.
  • There are a number of signs up (in various languages) asking you not to enter private property, please respect these requests and don’t enter a persons garden without permission…I saw this happen and was flabbergasted!
  • On my weekend in the Cotswolds I also visited Great Tew in Oxfordshire which is a hidden gem in the Cotswolds and definitely worth a visit before it becomes a super popular destination like Bibury.  Plus if you’re thinking of visiting Gloucestershire for a whole weekend then check out my postwhere you can even stay in a castle for a night!
  • Check out the Visit England page on Gloucestershire to see what other cool places there are to visit in the county

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

So have you visited Bibury in Gloucestershire, what did you think of this beautiful village in the Cotswolds?

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

xx

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18 Comments

    • August 19, 2016 / 9:54 AM

      It’s such a hard decision…there are so many great options in the Cotswolds xx

  1. August 19, 2016 / 2:31 PM

    This place is just the cutest! It’s one of my favourite villages in the Cotswolds and you clearly went at a great time of year as it looks so beautiful full of colourful flowers :)

    • August 19, 2016 / 4:01 PM

      Ditto Ayla…it’s so pretty in Bibury! It was a fab time to visit and highly recommend a visit to Great Tew as well as that village is just stunning as well xx

  2. August 19, 2016 / 5:56 PM

    Glad you got that swan to co-operate in the end! I reckon a NT cottage mini break sounds just the ticket. I wonder how expensive they are – an arm and a leg or an arm, leg and a kidney?

    I can’t believe folks just wander into other people’s gardens. So outrageous.
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    • August 19, 2016 / 6:54 PM

      It’s absolutely crazy and it’s not like the sign wasn’t translated into various languages either!
      It wasn’t too badly priced however I think the Swan Hotel would have greater availability now hehe! xx

  3. August 20, 2016 / 9:24 AM

    I love your little adventures; makes me want to explore more the uk-maybe next year. It looks beautiful, and Gloucester isn’t far from me…

    • August 20, 2016 / 10:13 AM

      Awww thanks Kelsey and you should as there are so many delightful spots especially if you’re close to Gloucester! Xx

    • August 21, 2016 / 12:15 PM

      Haha thanks Jessi! The cottage does look absolutely amazing doesn’t it especially with the history xx

  4. August 22, 2016 / 10:04 AM

    Your photos are so lovely! (LOL – I know exactly what you mean about the abdominal workout that is attempting to get your feet in a shot while stabilizing with your core! Done it many times!!) Bibury was a last minute addition on our week-long Cotswolds tour in 2015 and I’m so glad we got to see it. We went on a weekday in September and didn’t have to deal with crowds. In fact, were it not for a very large family that had to take a picture of each person in front of each door, we would have had Arlington Row to ourselves! I was very proud of myself for staying patient. I set up my camera on the tripod and just waited half an hour until they were all done and then furiously began clicking because I was worried more people would show up. They didn’t, and I’m quite proud of how my photos there turned out!

    • August 22, 2016 / 11:23 AM

      Haha I’m glad you know what I’m talking about Sarah! You lucky duck to have Arlington Row to yourself, that’s just amazing. I need to search your blog for your photos xx

    • September 3, 2016 / 6:14 AM

      Isn’t it funny how we forget to play tourist in our own areas! Ohhh no that doesnt sound good and after reading your latest blog post I see that you had a car accident you poor thing, I hope you’re okay! xx

  5. Chloe
    March 9, 2017 / 7:52 AM

    Lovely pictures! I treated my boyfriend to a birthday weekend here. I splurged on the Swan Inn- did you know they have cottages attached to the hotel too! We had a gorgeous cottage (with parking) and a hot tub to ourselves. Breakfast included and beautiful stroll to Arlington Row & then we spent the rest of the day visiting Gloucester Docks. A stunning few days, we didn’t want to leave.
    This was Febraury- not overrun with tourists but hit and miss with weather.
    There’s also a nearby Trout Farm in the area. Looked pretty, but we gave it a miss!

    • March 26, 2017 / 5:43 PM

      Awww thanks Chloe for the sweet comment!
      That is definitely a wonderful treat, you are a keeper of a girlfriend…I didn’t realise they had cottages which would be amazing. I would love to stay there and there is nothing wrong with February…less tourists is always wonderful in my books.
      Where are you going to visit next?
      xx

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