The most beautiful villages in England

Prawle East

Set on the beautiful, toned coastline of South Devon, East Prawle is surrounded by rural farmland and feels like it’s been a trip to the end of the world, but in the best possible way. The independent Pigs Nose Inn is not only an excellent pub, but also a notable music venue, with artists like the late reggae innovator Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry gracing their stage. Pick up pies and pastries from the family-run Piglet shops and cafes and take them down to nearby Lannacombe Beach, a sandy and rugged outcrop perfect for a paddle.

Ripley Harrogate North Yorkshire, EnglandCW Images / Alamy Stock Photo


Not to be confused with Ripley in Surrey – although that’s also damn cute – this North Yorkshire idyll is a gem. It was rebuilt in the 1830s by the Ingilby family with an all new design based on a French model village with great Gothic touches everywhere you look. Not far from equally impressive Harrogate, Ripley Castle is one of England’s finest stately homes and is worth a visit for the only walled garden. Shop for desserts at the Ripley Ice Cream Shop, famous throughout the county for its sweet and creamy cones.

Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby, North Yorkshire, Englandfunkyfood London – Paul Williams / Alamy Stock Photo

Robin Hood Bay

Six miles south of Whitby is a fishing village with a difference. Robin Hood’s Bay is a glorious maze of intricate cobblestone streets set around a picturesque historic harbor, giving you a glimpse into its fascinating history as a smuggler’s paradise. Shop for authentic nautical clothing at Berties of Bay, drink Baytown Brewery beer, take part in one of the regular folk music nights at one of the many welcoming local pubs, and stay at the clifftop Victoria Hotel , who appeared in the famous Daniel Day 2017- Lewis film, Phantom wire.

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