Updated: Jul 16, 2019
Less than one hour's drive from Bath are 2 beautiful villages that have changed little over the centuries. Walking around these tiny villages can make you feel like you have stepped back in time which explains why they have become popular destinations for shooting period films.
Named after the small stream that runs through it, the village of Lacock is full of characterful buildings - the oldest dating back to the early 1200s when King John used to hunt in the nearby forest. Until 1944 the village was owned and managed by the families that lived in Lacock Abbey. Residents would pay them rent in the form of labour and produce. The 14th Century Tithe Barn where these rents were collected can still be seen today. The village is now owned by the National Trust who continue to manage and preserve the picturesque village. The village has been used for numerous films including Harry Potter and Downtown Abbey.
The tiny village of Castle Combe is a classic example of a traditional Cotswold village. During the medieval times the village prospered under the wool trade - its famous red and white chequered cloth being sold throughout Europe. Weavers would work in the cottages and weekly fairs would take place by the village market cross. When the water mills closed down it became a sleepy village and today it still retains that peaceful charm. Fans of Dr Doolittle, Stardust and War Horse may recognise some of its streets and buildings.
To help you explore and enjoy these charming villages I have created an afternoon private tour from Bath. After collecting you from your hotel in Bath we will first visit the village of Lacock before continuing to Castle Combe. There will be plenty of time to take photos and I will share stories about their fascinating past and residents. As an additional twist the tour ends with the chance for you to try one of England's famous treats - the classic English Cream Tea. For more information on my Lacock and Castle Combe tour, please visit the tour page here.