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Best Villages in Gloucestershire

Jul 06, 2022
Best villages in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire is home to some of the most picturesque villages in the UK, making this a highly sought-after area. From remote Cotswolds villages to those on the outskirts of larger towns and cities like Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud, there are plenty of quaint locations to explore in this stunning part of the South West.

Here we’ve picked some of the best villages to live in Gloucestershire, whether you're a growing family or a couple looking for a countryside retreat.


Brockworth is a large village just 5 miles from Gloucester, making this the ideal location for those who want to experience village life and have the convenience of the city on their doorstep. Multiple primary schools, churches, shops, restaurants and other amenities make this a thriving community. Take a short drive into the Cotswolds to explore the many countryside walks, historical sites and family-friendly activities.

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Coln St. Aldwyns

This picturesque Cotswold village is situated on the River Coln, near the towns of Fairford, Bibury and Cirencester. Coln St. Aldwyns has minimal amenities besides a village shop but boasts a 13th-century church and an outstanding country pub. You'll find a primary school in the neighbouring village of Hatherop, making this an excellent location for young families moving to the area.

Frampton on Severn

If you're looking to relocate to a quaint English village, Frampton on Severn could be the perfect location. The village has some stunning architecture, including Tudor and Georgian properties, two pubs and a large village green where locals play cricket during the summer. Situated ten miles south of Gloucester, between the River Severn and River Frome, there are plenty of opportunities to walk and enjoy nature.

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This charming village is nestled in the Cotswold hills, five miles south of Chipping Campden. With pretty yellow Cotswold stone buildings, a church and a pub, Snowshill is a peaceful and attractive place to live. On the outskirts of the village is the 16th-century Snowshill Manor and Gardens, a National Trust property, so there's plenty of history to explore here.


Didbrook is a small village on the edge of the Cotswolds, just eight miles northeast of Cheltenham. There are few amenities, but the primary school and 13th-century church make this a quiet yet welcoming community for families or couples. The ancient Cotswold Way walking trail passes between Didbrook and the neighbouring village of Stanway, making this the perfect spot to enjoy some of Gloucestershire's best walks.


This village is situated in a valley between the larger market towns of Dursley and Stroud. Just outside the village is the Uley Bury Hillfort, once the site of a Roman temple and now a popular viewpoint and walking spot. Despite its small size, Uley has many amenities, including a primary school, arts centre, brewery and pub, making it a popular choice for families and couples.


Blockley sits between two Cotswold towns: Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden. The village has a long and intriguing history, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Norman Invasion, the English Civil War and the 18th-century silk trade. More recently, it has become associated with the BBC television series Father Brown, as the church and vicarage are featured. However, it is still largely unspoiled and incredibly peaceful, with just two pubs, a café, a village shop and a primary school.

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