Castle Combe, a Fairytale Village in the Cotswolds

Castle Combe is a picture perfect village in the region of Cotswolds in England.
Castle Combe Nissan Figaro


Having a car has given the boyfriend and me the freedom to explore further than we normally would. For my birthday weekend we booked a lovely cottage on airbnb (get £30 off here) in Batheaston, a village near Bath, and drove over from London. Before buying a car we would have had to stay in the centre of town and probably wouldn’t have ventured very far out, but this time we decided to enjoy driving the tree-lined country roads and visit the Cotswolds.

I’d been wanting to see Castle Combe for a long time (it’s all over Instagram!) and it was only a short drive away from our cottage so it made for the perfect excursion.

Castle Combe is often called the prettiest village in England, and it’s easy to see why. Every cottage in the village looks like it could be on a pretty postcard. Don’t expect to see an impressive castle here though; little remains of the one the village gets its name from.

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Castle Combe Cotswolds Nissan Figaro

How to get to Castle Combe:

The village is a 25 minute drive from Bath, or a 10 minute drive from Chippenham. If using public transport, get bus 35 from Chippenham train station.

There are free parking spaces at the top of the hill, North of the village.

Castle Combe
castle-combe cakes

“It’s run on trust”. This baker is counting on people to put money in the letterbox if they want to buy any cake. Very sweet to see!

Castle Combe door
Castle Combe houses
Castle Combe road
Castle Combe bridge

Things to do in Castle Combe:

  • Go for a walk along Bybrook river
  • Visit the tea room – contact them before you go as they don’t have regular opening times
  • Alternatively, have afternoon tea at the luxurious Manor House Hotel
  • Have a pint at The White Hart, a 14th century pub
  • Take pictures by the bridge – obviously!

Question is: where should we drive to next?

  • Nerissa
    March 11, 2017

    Such a pretty place! I’ve always been wanting to go there everytime I go back to England, but since I heard it will be easier to come with a car, so I haven’t managed to visit until this day.
    They look like a postcard place.

    • Anne-Sophie ~ City Cookie
      March 13, 2017

      Hi Nerissa, it’s definitely more convenient to have a car but you can actually get a train from Bath or even London to Chippenham and then get the bus. You should do it next time!

  • Rosalie
    March 14, 2017

    God, it’s such a pretty place, I’m so bummed I didn’t get to go on my last Cotswolds trip. And your car!! I’m in love haha
    Rosalie //

  • Claudia Padgett
    March 14, 2017

    Oh Im in love with this cute little town. What a great choice to celebrate your birthday! And that little bakery shop is ultra cute, you dont see much of those anymore

  • Megan Indoe
    March 16, 2017

    Wow, you’re not kidding what an incredible storybook village. I have a fascination with storybook villages and thanks for introducing me to Cotswolds, it’s being added to my list! Loving that car too! What a photogenic little place!

  • Victoria J. Yore
    March 16, 2017

    Wow these photos are on point! Just featured Cotswold as a fairytale village to visit in Europe as well 🙂

  • Samantha Elisabeth
    March 20, 2017

    Whelp, I’m pretty sure I found out where I want to live for the rest of my life. What a charming place! I wish I had know Cotswold existed when I visited England as a student, but it’s #1 on my return trip. I’m such a sucker for fairytale and storybook-like places.

  • Becca
    May 31, 2017

    Wow, this is so lovely!! I dream of one day visiting England….this looks like such a beautiful place!

    • Thank you Becca! You should definitely visit England one day, there are so many beautiful towns to see here!

  • oh, so pretty!

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