Bibury - The Cotswolds
Voted one of the ‘worlds prettiest villages’
(Henry Ford wished to dismantle Bibury and ship it to the USA)
Take a peaceful walk along the banks of the river Coln watching the trout in their natural habitat and visit Arlington Row.
Arlington Row is one of Bibury’s main tourist spots - a terrace of ancient cottages with pitched roofs. Dating back to the 14th Century and overlooking a water meadow and the river. This perfect rustic sweep of cottages (a 14th-century wool store) is Bibury’s most famous attraction. It overlooks Rack Isle, a riverside wildlife refuge once used as a cloth-drying and cattle-grazing area. It has served as a backdrop for many films (most notably Stardust) and is thought to be a contender for Britain’s most photographed street.
Bibury Trout Farm -
Founded in 1902, is one of England's oldest working trout farms. A 'Catch Your Own' Fishery, the ideal chance to fish for your dinner or try a new hobby. Guides are on hand if you need them and they supply the equipment. Rainbow & Brown trout can be eaten in the village.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin
Located on the side of Bibury village on higher ground. The church is Saxon in origin, founded in the 8th century, although the surviving earliest feature from the 11th century.
Dates back to the 17th Century. It is now a private home, yet it houses the Arlington Mill museum. The museum has a collection of working machinery, period clothing and documents illustrating the Victorian way of life.
The cloth produced at the Arlington Row of weavers' cottages was sent to Arlington Mill for degreasing.
Bibury Restaurants, Hotels & Cafes
(A selection from those we recommend in Bibury area)
The Catherine Wheel Pub (serving wonderful food in the bar and restaurant.)
The 15th century Catherine Wheel has exposed original ship's timber beams, prints and photographs of Bibury of old. In winter they have blazing log fires.
We recommend the local trout or on a Sunday’s the traditional English Roast.
The Bar offers a choice of beers and wines.
The Swan Hotel
As well as eating in the bar or restaurant (The Swan Brasserie) the courtyard offers al fresco dining right in the heart of Bibury.
The Swan Brasserie is a relaxed, welcoming place in which to savour some of the best of local produce from their seasonally changing menus.
The brasserie and bar are a great place to relax and unwind. Take in the very best of the Cotswolds cuisine or a leisurely drink. Serving traditional dishes and European cuisine, you can opt to eat by the cosy fireside in winter or in the courtyard in summer.
Cabin Café (at the trout farm)
This is basically an outdoor terrace facility with partial covering. In good weather, it is a lovely place to sample a mouth-watering range of treats including Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
Note: - There are many other places to choose from within a 20-minute drive of Bibury. Our drivers will be happy to help you choose and to book a table if required.
Van Marle Chauffeurs recommends adding Bibury to any itinerary for chauffeur driven tours of the Cotswolds