Bibury, Gloucestershire - A sleeping gem among English villages, Bibury was once described as "the most beautiful village in England," and for good reason.
Braemar, Highlands - The home of the Highland Games is the epitome of a Highland village.
Bransgore, Hampshire - Unspoilt Hampshire village on the edge of the New Forest
Culross, Fife - The tiny Fife village of Culross is home to Culross Palace, which isn't actually a palace, but a prosperous merchant's house.
Diss, Norfolk - Old courtyards and twisty streets lend character to the old market town of Diss, in Norfolk.
Dunster, Somerset - a village steeped in history and charm.
Eyam, Derbyshire - The tiny village of Eyam in Derbyshire was the scene of historic drama during the Great Plague.
Goudhurst, Kent - a singularly beautiful village that was once a centre of the weaving industry.
Grasmere, Cumbria - Grasmere is set in beautiful Lake District scenery - a wonderful centre for walking and former home of poet William Wordsworth.
Hawes, Yorkshire - a bustlingvillage at the head of scenic Wensleydale.
Kendal, Cumbria - one of the most lovely of Cumbria's lakeland villages.
Lacock, Wiltshire - Lacock is a village lost in time, a beautifully preserved Cotswold village owned entirely by the National Trust.
Lavenham, Suffolk - a town famous for its half-timbered buildings and superb "wool church".
Llangollen, Wales - The scenic Welsh vilage of Llangollen is home to the International Musical Eisteddfod.
Lynton & Lynmouth, Devon - The twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth are charming reminders of Britain's past - for different reasons.
Ravenglass, Cumbria - the only coastal village within the Lake District national park.
Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire - this former smuggling centre is a labyrinth of streets and cottages piled on top of one another, clinging like wild goats to the cliffside.
Rye, East Sussex - once a bustling seaport, head of the ancient Cinque Ports.
Wedmore, Somerset - Perched high on a hill overlooking the Somerset Levels, Wedmore was the scene of high drama in the days of Alfred the Great.
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