Dotted across the lush English countryside lie quaint, timeless relics of an era gone by. In a time when travel is challenging and the new normal feels so uncertain, what could be better than exploring the prettiest English villages and getting lost in Britain’s rich history? We’ve reached out to some of the best travel bloggers in the industry to bring you this definitive list of the most picturesque villages in all of England. Complete with cobbled streets, cosy traditional pubs and thatched cottages, these villages can be enjoyed on a day trip or serve as a charming base for a longer English holiday.
Whether you’re looking to relax in a country pub, hunt for gems at local shops, uncover some English history or hike through the rolling countryside; these postcard-perfect villages will have something for everyone.
It would’ve been impossible to create any kind of hierarchy when it comes to the prettiest English villages. They’re all so unique and spectacular in their own ways, how could we ever pick a favourite?! Instead, we’ve listed them *very* roughly geographically – from north to south. We say very roughly as they don’t fit neatly into regions! However, hopefully, this will help you plan a trip to see more than one village at a time!
By far one of the prettiest English villages to visit in the Lake District, if not England as a whole, is Coniston. This village is located in the south of the Lake District near Coniston Water, the third-longest lake in the Lake District. The charm of Coniston is its countryside scenery, nearby walking trails and quaint tea rooms.
When it comes to pretty villages in England, nothing can beat the ones in Yorkshire! Malham is located near Skipton, about 1.5 hours away from Manchester by car. It’s quite a secluded place and you will need to have your own vehicle to get there. The village features beautiful limestone walls and idyllic houses. It’s such an authentic and relaxing place!
Helmsley is the only historic market town in the North Yorkshire National Park. Its medieval charm and surrounding protected countryside results in Helmsley being one of the prettiest English villages. Quaint tea rooms, beautiful award-winning small shops and boutique galleries surround the market square in a traditional formation, with a grand statue of the 2nd Baron Feversham taking centre stage.
Staithes has a unique charm with its huddle of cottages clinging to the steep coastal hillside. Once one of the largest fishing ports in the North East, remnants of its past are still visible around the village. Take time to wind through its jumble of cobbled streets or explore its clifftop paths for some spectacular views.