Gloucestershire village tops list of hidden gem holiday destinations in the UK

With its limestone buildings, traditional pubs and stunning scenery, Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds secures the top spot in a list of the best hidden holiday destinations in the UK's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds is the best hidden holiday destination in the UK's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, according to new research from HomeToGo.

Known for its terraced high street and honey-hued limestone buildings, the picturesque village of Chipping Campden has secured the top spot on a list of the UK's best hidden gem holiday destinations in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

In the latest edition of its annual guide to the UK's most stunning under-the-radar holiday destinations, global holiday rental marketplace HomeToGo revealed the top 50 destinations from across the country — from the Peak District to Cornwall — with the pretty Cotswold town in first place. 

It used exclusive search and inventory data alongside local activities, weather, pubs and photography hot spots to build the list, with each destination being given points in categories including an under-the-radar score; a weather score; a pubs score; a things to do score; and a scenic score.

Chipping Campden achieved the highest in total, with its best scores being in the pubs and weather categories. HomeToGo also highlighted its multitude of historic listed buildings, cute cafes and tea rooms and the village's natural ampitheatre, Dover's Hill, made famous by the wacky but wonderful Cotswold Olimpick Games.

The Cotswold village fought off competition from the likes of Hathersage in the Peak District; Bala in Snowdonia; Bushmills on the Causeway Coast; and Edale in the Peak District.

While all the small towns and villages ranked are situated in highly sought-after settings, none of them appear on the list of the 1,000 most searched-for destinations for summer — providing fresh inspiration for staycationers and holidaymakers from abroad. 

If that wasn't enough reason to visit, Chipping Campden's spectacular scenery has also featured on film and TV, with an inclusion in SoGlos's list of film locations you can visit in Gloucestershire, too. 

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