History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Blockley is a "jaw-drop pretty" Cotswold village with a striking church.
There ought to be a law that villages can't look as pretty as this! It's a lucky thing that I didn't cause an accident when I first came around a corner on the road from Moreton in Marsh and spied the tower of St Peter and St Paul peering above the greenery that encompasses Blockley. If first impressions count for anything, Blockley is guaranteed a spot on my top 10 Cotswold villages list. Blockley has been called one of the Cotswold's best kept secrets.
You won't find Blockley mentioned in many guides to the area, which is a bit of a mystery considering what a lovely village it is. Certainly there are none of the drawbacks of more "tourist-oriented" Cotswold villages. You will see no "Ye Olde Shoppe" here, and the experience for those who take the time to make the short drive from nearby Moreton in Marsh is all the better for it.
The parish church of St Peter and St Paul was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The architecture is a mix of Norman and Early English and the tower dates to 1180, with much 18th century restoration work.
Beyond the undoubted natural attractions of the village setting and the historic architecture, the only other place in Blockley that qualifies as a visitor attraction is Mill Dene Garden, a delightful 2 1/2 acre garden built upon a number of shallow terraces. Blockley is approximately halfway between Chipping Campden and Moreton in Marsh, on the B4479.
Address: Blockley, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Mill Dene Garden - 0.2 miles (Garden)
Batsford Arboretum - 1.4 miles (Garden)
Bourton House Garden - 1.4 miles (Garden)
Sezincote - 2.1 miles (Historic House)
Chipping Campden Market Hall - 3 miles (Historic Building)
Longborough, St James - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Chipping Campden, St James Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Broadway Tower - 3.4 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Blockley:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Cotswold District Council Offices
Tel: 01608 650 881
Fax: 01608 651 542