Explore the beautiful villages of England

Everyone has an 'ideal traditional English village' - even if they have never visited it!

For some it might be streets of thatched cottages, while others will picture houses of glowing yellow Cotswold stone alongside a quiet stream, and still more of us might picture a small Cornish seaside village nestled around a quiet harbour, a windswept hamlet high on the moors or a picture-postcard setting on the edge of a lake.

While we might not agree on which is the most beautiful village in England, there is one thing we can all agree on - traditional villages are the heart and soul of England, and exploring them is one of the most pleasant ways to enjoy the countryside and to picture ourselves in an England that no longer exists for most of us...

Some of our favourite beautiful English towns and villages

Villages are ordered by county, and are just a selection of some of our favourites. There is also a map showing the position of the villages further down the page.