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May 22, 2018 — Chipping Campden and Broadway (the UK one)

Chipping Campden and Broadway are quintessential Cotswold villages, thoroughly lovely


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Chipping Campden Village Hall and War Memorial on High Street

Chipping Campden Village Hall and War Memorial on High Street

Up early for a long trip. We decided on Chipping Campden today so left as early as we could. We fought traffic through the A350 construction but after that it was smooth sailing and in slightly under two hours, we arrived and found a parking place on Market Square. You are limited to 2 hours and 20 minutes so we set off on our walk that was supposed to be an hour and we usually take longer.

Driving into Chipping Campden

Driving into Chipping Campden


We walked through Chipping Campden taking many photos. At one point a man stopped us for a chat which was fun. We found St. James Church and got photos, skipped the Crafts Museum and checked all the menus on the way, finally deciding on the one that had been recommended. Good menu; good prices, but we needed to move the car so we’d have time to eat.

The Market Hall in Chipping Campden

The Market Hall in Chipping Campden

The Market Hall in Chipping Campden

The Market Hall in Chipping Campden

A Play on Yankee Doodle? Store on High Street in Chipping Campden

A Play on Yankee Doodle? Store on High Street in Chipping Campden

Riding past Lloyds Bank in Chipping Campden

Riding past Lloyds Bank in Chipping Campden

Grevel House

Grevel House

House across from St. James Church

House across from St. James Church

St. James Church in Chipping Campden

St. James Church in Chipping Campden

St. James Church, Chipping Campden

St. James Church, Chipping Campden

Interior of St. James Church in Chipping Campden

Interior of St. James Church in Chipping Campden

St. James Church and Campden House Gates

St. James Church and Campden House Gates

Campden House Gates

Campden House Gates

Almshouses near St. James Church

Almshouses near St. James Church


We finished our walk and went back to the car. Ed had noticed some free parking on the hill up to the church (Cidermill Lane) so we drove up and got the last place. Hooray! Walked on to the Eight Bells Inn and opened it at noon. It’s very nice and the staff was fantastic. Ed got the fish cake special and I got the lamb shank special. Both were excellent and we washed them down with a dark ale. We both got ice cream for dessert and I got an espresso. Eight Bells Inn, Church St, Chipping Campden GL55 6JG; tel: +44 (0)1386 840371; Click here for the Eight Bells Inn web site

Eight Bells Inn (count them)

Eight Bells Inn (count them)

Eight Bells Inn

Eight Bells Inn

Eight Bells Inn

Eight Bells Inn

Entrance to the Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden

Entrance to the Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden

Insignia at the Woolstapler's Hall

Insignia at the Woolstapler's Hall

Wool Market in Chipping Campden

Wool Market in Chipping Campden

Shop Window in Chipping Campden

Shop Window in Chipping Campden

Reminds me of France but it is Broadway in the Cotswolds

Reminds me of France but it is Broadway in the Cotswolds


Walked back to the car and left for Broadway. It was a more rural drive but not too bad and we pulled right into long-term parking and set off for downtown. Broadway is a lovely Cotswold village with lots of cute shops, tea rooms, benches, pink chestnut trees and grass. Charming! We walked through town and turned up Church Street to check out the church. As we opened the church door, an alarm went off scaring both of us. We soon determined it was a house across the street and not us so we walked through the rather spare church. Returned to the main street and started back to the car. Broadway was full of tourists on this lovely afternoon so we had lots of company.

Village Scene - Broadway

Village Scene - Broadway

Village Scene - Broadway

Village Scene - Broadway

Sign for The Swan Pub

Sign for The Swan Pub

The Swan Pub and Restaurant

The Swan Pub and Restaurant

St. Michael and All Angels Church

St. Michael and All Angels Church

St. Michael and All Angels

St. Michael and All Angels

St. Michael's and All Angels CE Church

St. Michael's and All Angels CE Church

St. Michael and All Angels Church

St. Michael and All Angels Church

Pretty garden beside the church

Pretty garden beside the church

Village Scene - Broadway

Village Scene - Broadway

Broadway Green

Broadway Green

St. Patrick driving out the serpents

St. Patrick driving out the serpents

Thatched House in Broadway

Thatched House in Broadway

Hawthorne blooming in the hills outside of town

Hawthorne blooming in the hills outside of town

Except for construction traffic, it was a beautiful but very long drive. Most pleasant day.

Posted by Beausoleil 16:33 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged uk broadway cotswolds gloucestershire chipping_campden

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What a lovely day, and beautiful weather for your outing. Broadway is very touristy - judging by your photos you seem to have caught it on a relatively quiet day! I'm guessing it wasn't a weekend :)

by ToonSarah

Sarah, you are correct. It was a Tuesday. We thought it was quite busy but I can imagine a weekend would have many more visitors especially younger ones. We saw mostly pensioners but of course, they don't have to work during the week. ;)

by Beausoleil

Lovely to see and read your impressions of Chipping Campden - it is one of the Cotswolds villages I Know and like best. We still have many relatives and friends living there including a grandson and his family. For this reason photographs never featured on my VT pages!

by ExRanger49

Thank you Barbara. We loved Chipping Campden. It would be lovely to have a grandson there; hence, an excellent reason for many return visits. We didn't have much time for the Cotswolds so chose our towns carefully.

by Beausoleil

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