Chipping Campden is one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswolds, if not the country, and is a gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftmanship.The main street curves in a shallow arc lined with a succession of ancient houses each grafted to the next but each with its own distinctive embellishments.
As the name suggests (“Chipping” means market or market place from the old English “Ceping”). Chipping Campden was one of the most important of the medieval wool towns and was famous throughout Europe. This legacy of fame and prosperity helps to mould the town’s character.
Chipping Campden offers the visitor a wealth of things to do and places to visit. It has the second highest density of listed buildings of any town or city in England and it’s gently-curving, mainly 15th century, honey-coloured High Street is rightly renowned.
A world-class Music Festival is the highlight of a thriving cultural scene throughout the year. Campden has been a centre of creative activities since the arts & crafts movement and there are a number of traditional and historic activities including Dover’s Olimpick Games and Morris Dancing.
The stunning countryside around the town provides plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities including, of course, walking – Chipping Campden is the start and finish of the Cotswold Way – and there are a number of nationally-famed gardens very close by.
The town provides an ideal base for enjoying the Cotswolds, local National Trust properties and other historic houses, whilst Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford are all within easy reach.
The town itself boasts a very high standards of places to eat, drink and sleep, so do visit, but don’t come for just a day. To appreciate all that Campden has to offer, rest awhile and savour the unique atmosphere of this very special place.