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A visitor’s guide to Chipping Campden

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About Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden sits in the centre of the North Cotswolds, making it the ideal place from which to explore. This picture-perfect market town dates back to the 7th century and was once one of the most important wool towns in Europe. It’s also recognised as the centre of the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts Movement. Explore the elegant high street lined with mellow honey-hued Cotswold stone buildings now home to artisan food stores, ancient inns, independent shops and some fabulous eating establishments. Taking centre stage in the town is the 400-year-old, Grade I listed Market Hall. Still in use today you can almost hear the shouts of the traders echoing down through the years.        

There is plenty to keep you entertained with events and festivals throughout the year including the historic Cotswold Olimpick Games, which takes place on nearby Dover’s Hill and is a unique combination of early rural sporting events that includes Putting the Shot and Shin Kicking. Chipping Campden is also the start (or finish depending on your view) for the Cotswold Way walk, which meanders for 102 miles through the Cotswolds to the Roman city of Bath and there are some glorious local walking trails to discover.   

  1. Hidcote Manor Garden
  2. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
  3. Batsford Arboretum
  4. Dover’s Hill
  5. Broadway Tower
  6. Little Oak Vineyard
  7. Chipping Campden to Broadway Walk
  8. Sudeley Castle
  9. Kiftsgate Court Gardens
  10. St. James’ Church
  1. Snowshill Manor
  2. Gordon Russell Design Museum
  3. The Cotswold Distillery
  4. Court Barn
  5. The Gallery at the Guild
  6. Sezincote House and Garden
  7. Chastleton House
  8. Dormy House Spa
  9. Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection
  10. Cotswold Distillery

Broadway Museum and Art Gallery
11-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This hidden gem is a community museum that works in conjunction with Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and features permanent exhibitions about the history of Broadway, including a colony of American artists and writers who worked here in the late 19th century, plus also hosts a number of visiting collections throughout the year. 

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection
25-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Take a nostalgic journey back in time with a visit to the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection. With over 40 cars, vintage caravans, and classic motorcycles on display as well as motoring paraphernalia from a bygone era and a fabulous toy collection, this is a fun day out for petrol heads of all ages.

Court Barn Museum
Chipping Campden

In 1902, architect, designer and leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement, C. R Ashbee moved from London’s East End to Chipping Campden. The Court Barn is where you can discover the stories of the craftspeople and artists that have worked in the north Cotswolds from the 1900’s to the present day.

The Gallery at the Guild
Chipping Campden

The Gallery at the Guild is a co-operative of 28 artists, ceramicists, designers, furniture makers, metal workers, photographers, sculptors and wood and stone carvers. Housed in the Old Silk Mill, this co-operative brings a varied blend of contemporary and traditional craftspeople together and gives opportunity for the public to meet them.

Gordon Russell Design Museum
11-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Celebrating the life and work of Gordon Russell the museum is in his original workshop and showcases a unique collection of furniture encompassing many styles from the Arts and Crafts period through to the luxury post modernism of the 1980’s. The collection is complemented by an extensive archive of original drawings, notebooks, and catalogues.

Snowshill Manor and Garden
12-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Managed by the National Trust, Snowshill is the eclectic home of Charles Wade. He was an architect and artist with a passion for the unusual. His collections are quirky and avant-garde and as you wander through the atmospheric rooms, you’ll find thousands of objects from the tiniest of toys to genuine Samurai armour.

The Big Feastival
August

This fabulous three-day festival brings together Michelin star chefs, award-winning food producers with street food, supper clubs and unique pop ups, plus fabulous family activities and some of the biggest music artists in the UK. Set on Alex James’ farm in the heart of the Cotswolds, enjoy the best food and music against a memorable backdrop. 

Broadway Arts Festival
June

The Broadway Arts Festival is a biennial event that celebrates the unique, artistic heritage of the village, forged by the famous colony of American writers and artists who found inspiration here during the late 19th century. Encompassing different locations throughout the village you’ll find workshops, outdoor theatre, exhibitions, talks, live music and garden tours.

Cheltenham Festival
March

Be part of Britain’s finest jump racing over four exceptional days. Cheltenham racecourse is regarded as one of the best in the country, surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside. Whether you are a keen lover of horse racing or just looking for a wonderful experience with family and friends this will be a memorable day for all.

Cheltenham Literature Festival
October

Bringing together some of the biggest names in the literary world, the Cheltenham Literature Festival is a must-do event for book lovers of all ages. Listen to your favourite author reading extracts from their work, answering Q&A sessions and discover what makes them tick. Younger reader can enjoy sessions with authors of their beloved bedtime stories.

Chipping Campden Music Festival
May

Widely recognised as one of Great Britain’s leading music festivals the appeal is far reaching, attracting visitors and musicians from across the globe. Performances take place in the glorious setting of St. James’ Church and showcase a programme of superb breadth and diversity and hosts a line up featuring some of the world’s most exciting artists. 

The Cotswold Olimpicks
June

The Cotswold Olimpick Games are a celebration of early rural sporting events for amateurs. Events include King of the Hill, Championship of the Hill and the crowd favourite, Shin Kicking. The sound of the band and the glow of the flaming torch procession will linger in your mind long after the last shin has been kicked.   

Moreton-in-Marsh Show
September

Enjoy Cotswold life at its best with a fun-filled day out for the whole family at the Moreton Show. The showground is packed with things to see, do, and buy with everything from wellington boots to combine harvesters! See livestock displays and show jumping along with ‘best in’ flower, vegetable, and flower displays.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
16-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

All Things Wild
10-minute drive from Chipping Campden

With a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities there is plenty to keep your little ones entertained. Meet the farm animals, go bug hunting, and ride the Dino Land Train, back to a land that time forgot where you can see Diplodocus, Triceratops, T-Rex, Stegosaurus and more in the Dino Field.

Batsford Arboretum
13-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This stunning Arboretum is a wonderful spot to let off steam. Follow the woodland trails (there’s a trail especially for children with a prize at the end), through the beautiful estate surrounded by clouds of wildflowers, trees, and plants. Batsford is always beautiful, but it really comes into its own during the spectacular Autumn months.

Bourton-on-the-Water
25-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This picture-postcard village lies offers a wealth of attractions including Birdland Park and Gardens, the Model Village, Dragonfly Maze, and the Cotswold Motoring Museum. Wander alongside the riverside walk, the River Windrush flows through the centre of the village, before refuelling with a cream tea in one of the lovely independent cafes.

Cotswold Falconry Centre
13-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Next door to Batsford you’ll find the Cotswold Falconry Centre. Home to over 130 birds of 60 different species including vultures, falcons, eagles, and owls, it’s also common to see the native birds in flight and there is always something different to see. There are daily flying displays and aviaries to explore. 

Hidcote
11-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This Arts and Craft-inspired garden is just a short drive from Chipping Campden and full of surprises. There is plenty for children young and old to explore with a maze of narrow pathways, secret gardens and wilderness areas. There are some tranquil spots too and you might spot woodpeckers and buzzards soaring high overhead.

Badgers Hall Tearoom
Chipping Campden
Perfect for: afternoon tea

Sit back and relax over that very English of pastimes – afternoon tea. The building is rich in local history with exposed beams and mullion windows. The experience is relaxed and informal with an excellent reputation for their freshly made cakes and AGA baked scones. Friday and Saturday only.

Hook
10-minute drive from Chipping Campden
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

Hook is a sublime seafood-inspired restaurant at The Fish, part of the renowned Farncombe Estate collection. With delights such as Fowey mussels and Porthilly oysters and a distinctly ‘fishy’ menu you could almost imagine you’re by the coast… almost.

Maharaja Indian Cuisine
Chipping Campden
Perfect for: dinner, takeaways

Located in The Volunteer Inn, The Maharaja restaurant offers tasty, freshly cooked authentic dishes from across India and the Asian sub-continent; perfect for those in search of a little spice. Eat in and takeaway available.

Market Pantry
11-minute drive from Chipping Campden
Perfect for: breakfast, brunch, lunch

This pretty café is situated on the High Street in Broadway serving up quality dishes from local and seasonal ingredients. There’s a comprehensive breakfast and lunch menu plus a great range of tea’s, coffee and freshly made cakes, tray bakes and cookies.  

Michael’s at Woolmarket House
Chipping Campden
Perfect for: brunch, lunch, dinner

This lovely Cypriot restaurant offers traditional Greek and modern Mediterranean dishes including fresh fish and seafood in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. In the winter months there are cosy open fires, during the summer you can dine on the pretty terrace.

MO
5-minute drive from Chipping Campden
Perfect for: dinner

MO is the fine dining chef’s table style experience offered by the wonderful Dormy House Hotel. Cooking is creative showcasing forward thinking culinary styles and just a hint of theatre. The interactive eight-course menu is served to just eight diners at any one time with sustainability and seasonality taking centre stage. 

Russell’s Fish Chips
11-minute drive from Chipping Campden
Perfect for: lunch, takeaway

Excellent fish and chips from the award-winning kitchen behind renowned Russell’s of Broadway. Tucked away in a side alley off the High Street, the menu has all the usual suspects plus small plate delights such as salt and pepper squid and battered halloumi.

The Back Garden
5-minute drive from Chipping Campden
Perfect for: dinner

Designed to celebrate the best of the back garden the concept here is simple: to showcase the very best of the Cotswolds on a plate. Expect a slow food philosophy, featuring high welfare rare breed meat and responsibly cultivated produce that ebbs and flows with the rhythm of the changing seasons.

The Campden Coffee Company
Chipping Campden
Perfect for: breakfast, brunch, lunch

A lovely spot with exceptional homemade cakes, scones, and sandwiches. They also offer hearty breakfasts and lunch options, and the coffee is often regarded as being the best in Chipping Campden.

The Churchill Arms
7-minute drive from Chipping Campden
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

A 17th century inn with an inglenook fireplace, flagstone floors and owned by a talented chef who trained under legendary chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsey.  Classic meals with a creative twist use quality, local produce, and there’s a carefully considered wine list plus local beers, ales, and spirits.

The Ebrington Arms
8-minute drive from Chipping Campden
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

If you like accolades this pub has them in abundance including The Times Village Pub of the Year. The reality is a superb village inn that serves up outstanding seasonal fare and pub classics. It’s been the heart and soul of Ebrington for more than 300 years and that’s unlikely to change any time soon. 

The Eight Bells
Chipping Campden
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

This charming Cotswold pub offers atmosphere, hearty homemade food, and a proper pint. The historical building dates to the 14th century (so named for eight church bells that used to be stored here) and is full of character. The menu uses seasonal, local produce along with a great range of real ales, lager, wines, and spirits.  

Broadway Golf Club
5-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Located atop an escarpment with wonderful views across the Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills and Black Mountains, the Broadway Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 72 course, offering excellent golf for all abilities. Open to members and visitors alike, the course is characterised by its undulating fairways, dry-stone walls, and small, contoured greens.  

Broadway Tower Country Park
10-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This iconic landmark can be spotted from miles around. It’s the highest point in the Cotswolds, and on a clear day you can see as far as Wales and the views are truly spectacular. E-bikes are available for hire or simply take your time exploring the 50-acre estate including a resident herd of red deer. 

Cotswold Lavender
9-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Cotswold Lavender is home to a patchwork of purple-hued fields that burst into life every summer. For a brief eight-week period the farm is open for you to stroll through the fragrant fields. Learn how it’s used and then pick up lavender scented goodies in the on-site shop before you leave.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens
11-minute drive from Chipping Campden

The vision and creation of three generations and found on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, this family-run garden features beautiful, revolving blooms which burst to life throughout the year. Visitors can discover the wild garden, orchard, mound, and avenue, plus a fantastic water garden and elegant fountain.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens
27-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This beautiful Grade I listed castle exhibits many fascinating treasures and boasts a history spanning more than 1,000 years. There are 10 beautiful gardens, unique treasures, and castle rooms to explore. St Mary’s Church is also the resting place of Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Katherine Parr.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens

Cotswold Luxe
Chipping Campden

Take a little piece of the Cotswold’s home with you from Cotswold Luxe, a stylish home interior showroom featuring handpicked pieces in Chipping Campden. The Grade II listed building is the perfect showcase for the wide selection of lifestyle and interior design items including lighting, furniture, and home décor.

Cotswold Trading
11-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This Broadway staple has been sourcing beautiful and stylish gifts and homewares for more than 20 years. Featuring iconic big-brand names such as Garden Trading, Neal’s Yard and Voyage Maison, along with an array of independent boutique designers such as Alex Monroe and Bronte by Moon, there is something here for all.

Daylesford Organic Farm
23-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds is where the Daylesford empire started. Alongside the highly regarded farm shop featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, a butchery and fresh fish counter, artisan bread and award-winning cheese, you’ll also find home and garden treasures to buy as well as a café, restaurant, and bar.

Hart Gold and Silversmiths
Chipping Campden

The last working remnant of the Guild of Handicraft established by C.R. Ashbee in 1888, Hart Silversmiths use methods and techniques from years gone by to create unique pieces of work. Call into the workshop, see the silversmiths at work and commission your own slice of Cotswold history.

The Cotswold Cheese Co
14-minute drive from Chipping Campden

For lovers of all things cheese a visit to the Cotswold Cheese Co is a must. Inside you’ll find a mouth-watering array of over 120 different farmhouse and artisan cheeses with a focus on those from local Cotswold producers as well as traditional British classics and favourites from further afield.  

Cotswold Cheese Co

Chastleton House
22-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Thought to date back to 1607, Chastleton is a Jacobean country house and a time capsule of the last 400 years. The house remained within the same family for much of its existence and with little intrusion from the modern era. You truly feel like you are walking back through time. 

Sezincote House & Garden
16-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This traditional, family run estate sits in 3,500 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside but at its heart you’ll find a 200-year-old Mogul-inspired Indian palace topped with a Verdigris-hued onion dome. Romantic gardens are filled with temples, waterfalls, and grottos, evocative of a Moghul paradise garden.

The Rollright Stones
23-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This ancient site lies on the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire border and consists of three Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monuments. Traditionally a monarch and his courtiers turned to stone by a witch, the Rollright Stones consist of three groups. The Kings Men stone circle, the Whispering Knights burial chamber, and the single Kings Stone.

The Rollright Stones

Chipping Campden
You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in and around Chipping Campden thanks to its location at the northern-most tip of the renowned Cotswold Way, a glorious 102-mile walk that meanders through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath. Chipping Campden also sits on the Monarch’s Way, a 625-mile footpath walk which is based on the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after his defeat in the Battle of Worcester.

For more information about walking and cycling, take a look at our Walking and Cycling Guides online.

Bamford Wellness Spa
23-minute drive from Chipping Campden

The ultra-luxurious but perhaps lesser-known elegant Bamford Wellness Spa, is the holistic wellness arm to the Daylesford group which offers a nourishing space of self-reflection, understanding and rejuvenation. In addition to treatments and consultations there is a programme of yoga, Pilates, meditation classes and workshops hosted by visiting experts.

Dormy House Spa
5-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Winning awards since day one this blissful, ultra-luxurious spa boasts a spectacular setting in the North Cotswolds. Treat yourself to some serious pampering with a spa day taking in an impressive menu of treatments before indulging in the Scandi-style thermal suite, terrace hot tub and heavenly pool.

Spa on the Square
14-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This elegant spa sits in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh. Alongside a wide range of traditional beauty salon treatments, which are based on the natural skincare philosophy of Camela Rosbottom, Spa on the Square also offers a range of wellbeing and beauty packages in a serene and tranquil environment.

The Spa at Cotswold House
Chipping Campden

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the Spa at Cotswold Housel. Using Decleor holistic treatments the team of therapists create a truly personalised spa experience for every guest. Each treatment starts with a unique diagnostic massage, sending you into a state of sheer relaxation and allowing your therapist a wonderful insight into your state of wellbeing.  

Wyck Hill House Spa
21-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Set on a glorious 50-acre estate the spa at the Wyck Hill House Hotel offers 6 treatment rooms, sauna, spa, and steam room. The menu of treatments uses products including ELEMIS and VOYA and you can book specific treatments or indulge in a pampering spa day.

Wyck Hill House Spa

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
16-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

All Things Wild
10-minute drive from Chipping Campden

With a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities there is plenty to keep your little ones entertained. Meet the farm animals, go bug hunting, and ride the Dino Land Train, back to a land that time forgot where you can see Diplodocus, Triceratops, T-Rex, Stegosaurus and more in the Dino Field.

Cotswold Falconry Centre
13-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Next door to Batsford you’ll find the Cotswold Falconry Centre. Home to over 130 birds of 60 different species including vultures, falcons, eagles, and owls, it’s also common to see the native birds in flight and there is always something different to see. There are daily flying displays and aviaries to explore. 

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
37-minute drive from Chipping Campden

Home to one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and diverse gardens the park is home to more than 260 different species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild and it sits in 160 acres of landscape parklands and gardens. Daily activities include penguin feeding, and the Madagascar walk through.

Hidcote
11-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This Arts and Craft-inspired garden is just a short drive from Chipping Campden and full of surprises. There is plenty for children young and old to explore with a maze of narrow pathways, secret gardens, and wilderness areas. There are some tranquil spots too and you might spot woodpeckers and buzzards soaring high overhead.

Sezincote House & Garden
16-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This traditional, family run estate sits in 3,500 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside but at its heart you’ll find a 200-year-old Mogul-inspired Indian palace topped with a Verdigris-hued onion dome. Romantic gardens are filled with temples, waterfalls, and grottos, evocative of a Moghul paradise garden.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens
27-minute drive from Chipping Campden

This beautiful Grade I listed castle exhibits many fascinating treasures and boasts a history spanning more than 1,000 years. There are 10 beautiful gardens, unique treasures, and castle rooms to explore. St Mary’s Church is also the resting place of Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Katherine Parr.

Cotswold Farm Park

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