map from bath to Castle combe

Castle Combe, should you go ?

Should you make the effort to travel to Castle Combe, (according to national press) the prettiest village in England. The answer is a resounding yes without question.Therefore if your visiting this hidden away gem you would be hard pushed to disagree with the national press. In fact my wife actually says that it’s her favourite village in the Cotswolds. And I have to say I am inclined to agree with her as well. Book a Bath to Castle Combe taxi now if you have already made your mind up.

Castle Combe
Castle Combe village

Where is Castle Combe?

travel from Bath to Castle Combe takes around 20-25 minutes. A local taxi from Bath would cost you around £40. And you would be making a big mistake to not visit while staying in the wonderful world heritage city of Bath. You should also note that it’s only around 20 minutes from Lacock Abbey and museum as well. So the two destinations compliment each other if you are on a Tour from Bath. Book a taxi from Bath with Roman Bath Private Hire.

So what is here ? Well as you drop into the bowl or “combe” as the namesake says you are met with a beautiful little stream to your right. The Cotswold stone Weaver cottages are then the first thing you will notice.  Along with their  stone tiled roofs which really are a signature of the cotswolds.The further you delve into this beautiful little village the more you feel like it’s a film set rather than a village. In fact films such as the “the war horse” and also the 1967 “Dr dolittle” were filmed here.

The centre of this village and at the very heart is the Market cross. This dates back to the medieval period and would of been used to host the market.  All the nearby farms and villages would sell cheeses and milk around it. Directly behind the market cross you will find the Castle inn which is a great place for a spot of lunch. To the right of the cross is another pub called the white hart. Although I have to confess I have not tried the food here yet.

St Andrews should not be missed..

St. Andrews church which is to the left of the market cross is a definite must for any visitor.This 13th century church boasts one of the oldest working clocks in the country inside.

Also particular attention should be paid to the tomb of Walter Dunstaville. He was the baron of Castle Combe and died in 1270. His legs are shown as crossed which is an indicator that he went on two crusades. Above his tomb is the Scribe family coat of arms in the stained glass window. They prescided over castle combe for some 400 years. One other thing worth noting is “The War horse” display which shows how they transformed the village during the filming of this Hollywood block buster. Various souvenirs can be purchased in the church such as postcards and key rings. These are bought on an honesty basis.

Roman history

To the north of the village is the Manor House which is now a hotel and golf course. In fact on part of the course you can find some but not many stones from the original castle. Hence the name Castle Combe. Unfortunately they are not worth investigating and the Manor House is private and for guests only. The original castle was built in 400 AD which replaced a Roman villa that had fallen into direpair. So Castle Combe has been a settlement for quite some time.

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