Bibury from Bath takes around 1hr 15 minutes in one of our taxis. It slots into almost all sightseeing tours into the Cotswolds from Bath. And sits inside the heart of the Cotswolds and should not be missed on any tour.
Bibury, what’s there?
I think the first thing to mention is of course Arlington Row, this iconic row of cottages is said to be the most photographed row of cottages in the Cotswolds. They were built in 1280 and surprisingly were built for storage and not to be lived in. However people do live in them now and no Cotswolds tour from Bath would be complete without a visit to them.The cottages sit facing Rack isle which like the row is protected by the National trust for its Rare species of insect and animals. Next to that is the scenic river Coln with ducks and swans who won’t say no to some free food. At the end of rack isle is a souvenir shop, cafe, trout farm and the old mill which Was once an integral part of Bibury and it’s wool industry.
One hidden gem in the village is the church of st Mary’s. There has been a church here since the Saxon period although the current church is mostly Norman in Construction. Some bits worth noting on the exterior are the Norman door way arches, a Saxon gravestone inserted into the exterior wall and also some of the best condition examples of barrel top tombs in the country.
The interior has a 13th century font and chancel and a very good conditioned 15th century timber ceiling. Probably the real gem of this church is the stain glasses window designed by Karl parsons in the early 20th century. It featured in a Royal Mail Christmas stamp collection in 1992. Bibury is a must on any tour from Bath into the Cotswolds. Book a tour to Bibury