Chipping Campden

(Last Updated On: 17th January 2019)

A Visitor’s Guide to…Chipping Campden

Renowned as one of the finest market towns in the Cotswolds, Chipping Campden has it all: picture-perfect streets lined with traditional Cotswold stone homes, a vibrant independent retail scene and a plethora of fantastic cafés and restaurants. Originally established back in the 7th Century, the town rose to prominence in Medieval times as one of Europe’s most important wool towns. Testament to this is the iconic 17th-century Market Hall, standing proudly in the heart of the High Street, and St James’ Church, one of the town’s most famous landmarks, which enjoys a reputation as one of the greatest ‘wool’ churches in the Cotswolds.

Brilliantly placed for exploring the North Cotswolds, Chipping Campden has more than enough to keep visitors entertained. A fantastic selection of eateries, both relaxed and formal, offer foodies the chance to indulge no matter what the time of day, with a host of great shops, delis and food-related events throughout the calendar year. Anyone visiting will have no problem understanding why historian G.M. Trevelyan has described it as, “the most beautiful village street now left on the island.”

Sightseeing & Activities

History buffs will have more than enough on the doorstep to keep them entertained in Chipping Campden. Start off with a wander down the High Street to take in the magnificent, traditional Cotswold stone houses lining the streets, many of which date back to the 14th Century. A visit to the 17th-century Market Hall is a must (now under the care of the National Trust), then head to St James’ Church, famed for having one of the oldest altar tapestries and largest brasses in England. The Court Barn Museum, located just around the corner from St James’ Church, was described by Country Life magazine as “surely the most delightful small museum in England,” and brings to life the work of talented designers and craftspeople from Chipping Campden and the wider Cotswolds area.

After a busy day exploring the streets of Chipping Campden, a visit to nearby Broadway (10-minute drive) is a must. Here, you’ll find The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, a community museum which tells the town’s history through art, as well as Broadway Tower; a spectacular monument atop an ancient beacon site overlooking the town from its 65ft vantage point. The National Trust property Snowshill Manor is also nearby for those in search of a stately day out.

For Kids…little and big

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

https://www.sudeleycastle.co.uk/

Rated amongst the top attractions in the Cotswolds, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. The castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200-acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walk ed upon the original Tudor Parterre. The Pheasantry at Sudeley houses a collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from around the world as part of Sudeley’s programme of breeding and conservation.

Cotswold Falconry Centre

cotswold-falconry.co.uk

(15-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

The perfect place for inquisitive minds and nature lovers alike, Cotswold Falconry Centre gives you a fantastic insight into the world of birds of prey. Located near Moreton in Marsh, you’ll have the chance to see daily flying displays and over 130 different birds of 60 different species, including those on the Critically Endangered list.

All Things Wild

allthingswild.co.uk

(10-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

An all-weather nature centre for all the family to enjoy, All Things Wild gives all ages the chance to learn about a host of brilliant animals at first hand, getting up close with reptiles, lemurs, meerkats, armadillos and more. Enjoy pond dipping, bug hunting, discovering fossils and heading into Dino Land on the train, where you’ll step back in time to uncover the secrets of these incredible animals.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

(15-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. There is plenty to do all year round, whatever the weather, with an adventure playground, Farm Safari, Maze, Tractor School, Sand pits and Jumping pillows, providing entertainment for children of all ages. Adam’s Kitchen cafe/restaurant and the Farm Park shop are both open to the public, so you don’t even need to buy a ticket to the Farm Park. 

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

(35-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns, walk with lemurs, ride on the train, explore the adventure playground and meet the farm animals up close. The park also has a thriving education programme, numerous endangered species breeding programmes and several vital conservation projects in the wild.

Broadway Activity Park

www.broadway-cotswolds.co.uk/childrens-activity-park

(15-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

A 3-acre recreation ground has been turned into a state-of-the-art Activity Park to be used and enjoyed by the whole community. The park is divided into 4 specific areas for different age groups and the distance between these areas is open grassland. There is lots of great play equipment including a see-saw, climbing poles, twin fly spinners, climbing towers a skate ride simulation and lots more.

Time To Relax…

The Spa at Dormy House

dormyhouse.co.uk/spa

(5-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Renowned UK-wide amongst spa aficionados, this ultra-luxury spa at the wonderful Dormy House Hotel offers award-winning relaxation in a spectacular setting. Indulge in some serious R&R courtesy of the spa’s serene pool, terrace hot tub, Scandi-style thermal suite and programme of luxurious therapies for the face, body and mind. Non-guests of the hotel need to book a day spa pass to access, but we promise you it’s well worth it.

Cotswold House Spa

bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse

(Chipping Campden High Street)

Handily located in the heart of the High Street and open to residents and non-residents alike, Cotswold House Spa is the ideal spot to unwind with some serious R&R. With seven treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, aromatic steam room, relaxation room and programme of therapeutic and holistic therapies, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to pampering. 

For Nature Lovers

Hidcote Manor Garden

nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote

(10-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

One of the finest arts and crafts gardens in the country, Hidcote was created by American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston circa 1905. Divided into a series of garden ‘rooms’, each garden boasts its own character, intertwined with narrow pathways, beautiful views and plants bursting to life at every turn. A must-visit for the green fingered.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

kiftsgate.co.uk

(10-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Found on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, this family-run garden has been carefully cultivated by three generations. Featuring beautiful, revolving blooms which burst to life throughout the year, visitors can discover the garden’s wild garden, orchard, mound and avenue, plus a fantastic water garden and elegant fountain.

Cotswold Lavender

cotswoldlavender.co.uk

(10-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Located on Hill Barn Farm on the outskirts of the pretty village of Snowshill, Cotswold Lavender bursts to life every summer to offer nature lovers and flower fans alike a beautiful day out like no other. Head to the farm to stroll through fields and fields of vibrant lavender before it’s harvested to make a range of bath, skincare, wellbeing and home products, finding out about how it’s used before heading to the on-site shop to stock up on heaven-scented goodies. 

Batsford Arboretum

batsarb.co.uk

(10-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

The 56-acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just one mile west of the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, in the heart of the Cotswolds. A former home to the famous Mitford family, interest in the arboretum begins in late winter when the snowdrops, aconites and early flowering daffodils spring into life, followed by magnolias, hellebores, fritillaries and the beautiful Japanese ornamental cherries – stars of the show from late March until mid-April. The handkerchief tree is another show-stopper in May, as are the beautiful wildflower meadows which bloom in high summer.

Walking

Useful Links:

Chipping Campden Walkswww.chippingcampden.co.uk/contentok.php?id=174

Cotswolds AONB- www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visiting-and-exploring/walking

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 famed Cotswold Way, a glorious 100-mile walk stretching from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath, giving you the chance to discover beautiful Cotswold villages, rolling landscapes and incredible views along the way.

In Chipping Campden itself, there is a host of fantastic walks available to suit everyone, from gentle strollers to dedicated ramblers. For an easy walk, try the Chipping Campden town walk – a 2-mile stroll taking in the town’s key historical sites, found within the town guide (refer to the Cotswolds AONB, above, for walk details.). For a slightly more challenging ramble, the Cotswold Way Circular Walk from Chipping Campden covers 4.5 miles, taking you through shaded woodland, gentle hills and rewarding you with unbeatable views across the surrounding Cotswold landscape. For further details on the many walks available in the area, check out the links above.

Events

Chipping Campden Music Festival

campdenmusicfestival.co.uk

First held in 2002, Chipping Campden’s annual Music Festival has grown into an internationally-recognised celebration of musicians from around the world. Held each year in May, events are held throughout the town, with tickets available to pre-book via the website.

Chipping Campden Literature Festival

campdenlitfest.co.uk

Another annual May celebration for the town, the dedicated Literature Festival gives bookworms the chance to hear from a selection of renowned authors and get involved with enlightening literary debates. Tickets for events are available to pre-book via the website.

Cheltenham Festivals

cheltenhamfestivals.com

(35-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Cheltenham Festivals is a charity running outreach programmes throughout the year, culminating with the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz (May), Science (June), Music (July), and Literature (October) Festivals over a total of 36 days. The four festivals feature nearly 1,000 events, with 25% of their programme free to enter. Bringing in world-famous acts, performers, experts and authors year on year, the town well and truly comes to life during the Festivals. Head to the website to see if your stay coincides with one of the above but, be warned, tickets can be snapped up months in advance for the most popular events.    

Cheltenham Racecourse

cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk

(35-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Cheltenham racecourse, the jewel in Jump racing’s crown, plays host to the best horse jumping action in the world from 350 spectacular acres in the lee of the beautiful Cotswold hills. Whether you’re here on a crisp bright October day or a balmy evening in May, you’ll feel that unmistakable Cheltenham magic. There are 16 days of top-class Jump racing in the Cheltenham race calendar, with hundreds of thousands of racing fans visiting every year. Spectators can enjoy a wide variety of race experiences from the relaxed meetings in October and April to the exciting November Meeting and family fun on New Year’s Day. But the real focus of the Jump season, is of course, The Festival™ presented by Magners, taking place over four days in March with the backdrop of the magnificent Cotswolds.

For Bigger Kids Only

Broadway Golf Club

broadwaygolfclub.co.uk

(5-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Located atop an escarpment with wonderful views across the Vale of Evesham is Broadway Golf Club; an 18-hole, par 72 course, offering excellent golf for all abilities. Open to members and visitors alike, the course is characterized by its undulating fairways, dry-stone walls and small, contoured greens. With all 18 holes open year-round, please be advised that there is a strict no 3-wheel single seat buggy rule in force.

Naunton Downs Golf Club

nauntondowns.co.uk

(20-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Naunton Downs Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 71 golf course, situated in a beautiful area of outstanding Cotswold countryside just a few miles from Bourton-on-the-Water.  The course was designed keeping the natural features and landscape in mind and offers a challenge to suit golfers of all ages and abilities. Naunton Downs Golf Club has thriving men’s, ladies’, senior’s and junior’s sections.  All 18 holes are open with main greens in use.  Trolleys and buggies are allowed. Naunton Downs is dry and playable during most of the winter period and is rarely closed.

The Cotswolds DistilleryCotswolds Distillery

cotswoldsdistillery.com

(25-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

The Cotswolds Distillery is the first-ever full-scale craft distillery within the Cotswolds’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They produce a range of “Outstanding Natural Spirits”, including the first-ever Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, featuring Cotswolds-grown barley. They also produce the award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin, featuring local lavender from Snowshill, along with a range of small-batch brandies and liqueurs. They’re located in the unspoilt North Cotswold village of Shipston-on-Stour, with tours and tastings every day of the week (advance booking required).

Ian Coley Shooting School

iancoley.co.uk

(35-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Arguably one of the best shooting grounds on UK shores, Ian Coley Shooting School boasts 24 different shooting stands with a minimum of two traps each, three high towers (up to 120ft), Down-the-Line and much more. Perfect for shoot enthusiasts or beginners wanting to test their talents, the range of covered stands set within mature woodland mean that you’ll have fun whatever the weather. The ground is available for individual practice with self-timer release clay traps, or tuition (in groups or individually) with one of the team’s fully-qualified coaches. Pre-booking essential.

Eating

Despite its small size, Chipping Campden and its surrounding villages are jam-packed full of wonderful cafés, delicious delis and award-winning restaurants to satisfy your appetite at all times of the day. Here is a selection for you to try:

Bakeries & Snacks

Huxleys

huxleys.org

High Street, Chipping Campden T: 01386 849077

An intimate café and bar boasting a refined, elegant menu which pairs English charm with Italian flair. Head here for tasty antipasti, fresh breads, cured meat, vibrant salads, authentic Italian mains and (naturally) freshly-baked cakes.

Campden Coffee Company

campdencoffeecompany.co.uk

Sheep Street, Chipping Campden T: 01386 849251

Homemade cakes, delicious breakfasts, hearty lunches and arguably the best coffee in Chipping Campden, all available at Campden Coffee Company. 

Badgers Hall

badgershall.com

High Street, Chipping Campden T: 01386 840839

A traditional English tea room can be found at Badgers Hall in the heart of the High Street, offering freshly baked scones, sumptuous homemade cakes and mouthwatering sandwiches, plus all the tea you fancy. A great choice for those in search of a quintessentially British experience.

The Tea Set

theteaset.co.uk

Broadway- 10-minute drive from Chipping Campden T: 01386 859090

A must-visit for fans of afternoon tea, Broadway’s The Tea Set (sister café to the one in Chipping Norton) offers indulgence and elegance in equal measure, boasting beautifully-prepared afternoon tea, the finest china, delicate teas and a glass of bubbly (if you fancy) in refined surroundings.

Lunch & Dinner

The Seagrave Arms

seagravearms.com

Weston-sub-Edge T: 01386 840192

In the pretty village of Weston-sub-Edge you’ll find The Seagrave Arms, an elegant gastropub with a stylish, upmarket feel. The perfect choice for foodies, only the finest ingredients are used to create each of the elegant dishes on the menu. Their award-winning chips, named the best in the UK in 2015, are a must-try; best enjoyed when the sun shines in their pretty pub garden.

Michael’s Mediterranean

michaelsmediterranean.co.uk

High Street, Chipping Campden T: 01386 840826

A small slice of Cyprus found just next to the old Wool Market, Michael’s offers wonderfully fresh traditional Greek cuisine in relaxed yet stylish surroundings. Run by namesake owner Michael Alexiou, the menu spans mezze dishes to fresh seafood and seasonal daily specials, with its renowned “Marathona” fillet steaks a must-try.

The Ebrington Arms

theebringtonarms.co.uk

Ebrington- 10-minute drive from Chipping Campden T: 01386 593 223

Named the UK’s number one village pub by The Times and boasting two coveted AA Rosettes, The Ebrington Arms is a fine example of excellent food in relaxed surroundings. Run by husband and wife team Jim and Claire Alexander, the award-winning restaurant serves up pub grub classics with a distinctly refined feel, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients; many of which are sourced locally. Wash it down with a Yubby Ale – the duo’s own craft beer range.

Eight Bells

eightbellsinn.co.uk

Church Street, Chipping Campden T: 01386 840371

Perfect for those in search of traditional pub fare, the Eight Bells offers good quality meals at a good price. Originally built in the 14th century, this historic inn offers local ales, fine wine and a hearty menu of pub classics, with plenty of local produce from across the Cotswolds gracing the pages.

The Churchill Arms

churchillarms.co

Paxford- 5-minute drive from Chipping Campden T: 01386 593159

A beautiful 17th century pub with exceptional, award-winning food, courtesy of head chef Nick Deverell-Smith. Specialising in clever twists on British classics, you’ll find a collection of ‘Churchill Classics’ like Churchill’s Fish Pie alongside changing, seasonal specials, making the most of local ingredients.

The Potting Shed

dormyhouse.co.uk/eat/the-potting-shed

Dormy House Hotel, Broadway

01386 896169

No visit to Chipping Campden should be complete without a visit to the beautiful Dormy House hotel, where The Potting Shed restaurant offers a distinctly stylish place to eat with the food to match. Seasonally-changing menus offer plenty of choice, all cooked expertly, with the relaxed setting meaning you needn’t dress up to the nines to experience the luxury that this hotel has to offer.

Takeaways & Late Dining

Maharaja Indian Cuisine

maharajacatering.net

St. Catharine’s Square, Chipping Campden T: 01386 849 281

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 take away available.

Russell’s Fish and Chips

russellsfishandchips.co.uk

Broadway – 10-minute drive from Chipping Campden T: 01386 858435

Excellent upmarket fish and chips courtesy of the award-winning kitchen team behind the renowned Russell’s of Broadway – fish and chips, but not as you know it. Eat in and take away available. 

Pubs

In addition to the above pubs in and around Chipping Campden, we recommend the following watering holes:

Red Lion Inn

theredlioninn.org

Lower High Street, Chipping Campden T: 01386 840 760

Traditional pub with hearty food for those in search of a friendly local.

Lygon Arms Hotel

lygonarms.co.uk

High Street, Chipping Campden T: 01386 840318

Small, family run hotel in the heart of the town dating back to the 16th Century, renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. 

The Bakers Arms

bakersarmscampden.com

Broad Campden- 5-minute drive from Chipping Campden | 01386 840 515

Another traditional pub with excellent food and great ales in the nearby village of Broad Campden, well-worth a visit.

The Lygon Wine Bar

lygonarmshotel.co.uk

Broadway- 10-minute drive from Chipping Campden | 01386 854418

Upmarket bar in the historic Lygon Arms hotel on Broadway’s main drag, great for a glass of wine and bite to eat.

Helpful Addresses/Links

Emergency

999 (toll free – police, ambulance & firefighters)  

Supermarkets

The Co-Operative Food – 12-14 High St, Chipping Campden GL55 6HB

Fillet & Bone – High St, Chipping Campden GL55 6AT

Warner’s Budgens- Russell Square, Back Ln, Broadway WR12 7AP

NISA Local- 3 Bibsworth Ave, Broadway WR12 7BH

Tesco Superstore – Worcester Rd, Evesham WR11 4XF

Morrisons- Davies Rd, Evesham WR11 1FN

The Co-Operative Food – 72-74 High St, Evesham WR11 4PA

LIDL – 2 Broadway Rd, Evesham WR11 1BH

ALDI – 4 Swan Ln, Evesham WR11 4PA

M&S Simply Food – 3 & 4, Evesham Shopping Park, Evesham WR11 4AB

 

Taxis

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden Cars- 01386 840111

Cotswold Private Hire- 01386 840500

 

Broadway

AJW Private Hire – 07930 868552                           QB Cabs – 07850 888565

Blue Cabs – 01386 858031                                       Delta Taxis – 07798 767688

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