Bibury Village is situated on the River Coln some 7 miles from the market town and former Roman town of Cirencester, the Capital of the Cotswolds. Cirencester is one of the most popular of the Cotswold towns with a beautiful cathedral, historic buildings, regular markets and boutique shopping.
On balmy Summers days, Bibury is busy with tourists from around the world appreciating the historic buildings and enjoying the picturesque backdrop of the River Coln which flows gently alongside the main street.
The village was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as 'the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds' and it more than lives up to this description. The village centre clusters around a square near St. Mary's, a Saxon church (the churchyard of which can be accessed through a gate in the gardens of Bibury Court). Some of the Saxon remains inside the church are replicas as the originals are housed in the British Museum.
The most popular tourist spot is Arlington Row, a group of ancient cottages with steeply pitched roofs (due to the weight of the slate). These 17th century cottages were converted from an original hall (used to store wool) into weavers' homes. Just opposite is a water meadow called Rack Isle, a protected wildfowl breeding ground. Awkward Hill rises behind Arlington Row. It, too, is covered with cottages in warm Cotswold stone.
Another highlight of the village is Bibury Trout farm, open all year round, and very popular with tourists and locals alike. Bibury is arguably the finest jewel in the Cotswolds villages crown. On Boxing Day, the village hosts the locally famous large, Duck Race where villagers, locals and guests gather for this exciting annual event.
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