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Things to do in Bibury

A row of stone gabled cottages known as Arlington Row in Bibury, Gloucestershire
Arlington Row in Bibury | © National Trust Images / David Sellman

Bibury is a charming, typically Cotswold village. With its stone buildings strung out along the banks of the River Coln, it's easy to see why William Morris called it 'The most beautiful village in England'.

The Arlington Row cottages

Arlington Row was originally built in the 14th century as a monastic wool store. It was later converted in the 17th century into a row of weavers' cottages. The cottages are lived in by tenants, but you can book a holiday in number 9.

Rack Isle

The River Coln flows through Bibury, sandwiched between the main street and an expanse of boggy water meadow known as Rack Isle. The Rack Isle is so called because wool was once hung out to dry on racks after it had been washed in Arlington Row.

Water vole by a river bank
Water vole by a river bank | © National Trust Images / Richard Bradshaw

Wildlife by the water at Bibury

Bibury is an important habitat for wildlife and is home to many unusual plants and creatures. As well as water voles, you might see kingfishers, grass snakes and dragonflies.

Plant life is equally as abundant with swathes of pink ragged robin and yellow flag iris in early summer.

Grazing livestock

A small herd of Belted Galloway cattle graze the Rack Isle during late summer. They are very docile and are helping to conserve this important wildlife habitat by encouraging wild flowers to grow.

A row of stone gabled cottages known as Arlington Row in Bibury, Gloucestershire

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