Chipping Campden is a small market town known for its long elegant curved High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century. Beautifully preserved and full of history, in the centre of the High Street stands the iconic Market Hall built in 1627, now in the care and ownership of the National Trust.
Once of the most celebrated previous residents was a gentleman called Sir Baptist Hicks. He was an extremely wealthy silk merchant, it is said that during his life he loaned the royal family money. Hick's invested a huge amount of money into the town, building a cart wash, a collection of alms-houses for the poor along with investing money in St James' Church. St James' Church is the town’s most visible landmark, is one of the greatest ‘wool’ churches in the Cotswolds, built with money from the medieval wool trade. In 1613, Sir Baptist Hicks began work on a wonderful manor house in Chipping Campden. Unfortunately not long after the building was complete, Royalist soldiers during the Civil War were ordered to march on Worcester, to join the battle (which became the last battle of the English civil war) they had been staying at the manor house however repaid Sir Baptist Hicks hospitality by burning the house to the ground.
The Arts & Crafts movement also had a positive impact on Chipping Campden, you can visit the Court Barn Museum near St James Church & the Old Silk Mill in the centre to learn more about CR Ashbee & the Arts & Crafts movement. Chipping Campden also hosts some unusual events, the most famous being the Cotswold Olimpicks. Founded by Captain Robert Dover in the 17th century and still celebrated every year at Dover's Hill on the outskirts of the town. The Cotswold Olimpicks (& yes that's the right spelling!) is a mix of quirky sports & games.
The great news is there is a fantastic selection of hotels & B&B's in Chipping Campden & Cotswolds Guided Tours also offer a free collection & return service here too!
places to stay in chipping Campden
A wonderful selection of places to stay can be found in the historic market town of Chipping Campden, we have listed some of our favourites. In alphabetical order: Firstly you have Badgers Hall,
dating from the 15th century with mullioned windows and exposed beams. Badgers Hall is best described as the quintessential English Guest House offering traditional Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Paul & Karen are relaxed & friendly hosts, who have a passion for baking delicious mouth-watering treats. The Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, is an award winning Grade II listed town house, complete with a tranquil spa, with 28 rooms, a relaxed bistro & formal dining.
Kings Hotel, a charming 18th century town house boasting distinctive and stylish, boutique bedrooms, cosy atmosphere and the outstanding service of their friendly team. There is seasonal 3 AA Rosette restaurant food & relaxed bar complete with log burner.
Noel Arms, has 28 guestrooms featuring LCD television, complimentary WiFi, private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. There is an on site restaurant & bar, complimentary English breakfast is included with your stay. Old Bakehouse Bed & Breakfast, a warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The Old Bakehouse B&B. The property is thought to be one of the oldest houses in Chipping Campden and dating back over 600 years. There are two ensuite guest rooms, one with twin beds and one with a king size double, both are individually decorated with their own ensuite facilities. Woolmarket House, luxury award-winning boutique-style bed and breakfast accommodation in Chipping Campden. Full of period charm, the four rooms feature designer fabrics, treasured-antiques, large comfy beds, in-room entertainment, contemporary ensuite bathrooms and gorgeous eco-friendly products to pamper yourself with, the perfect country escape.
Please Note, Cotswolds Guided Tours is providing accommodation options as a guide only these are not recommendations but for information purposes, it is not an exhaustive list and we advise you seek out reviews before booking to ensure you are happy with your selection