I visited Burford last November 2012 which was still a part of the countryside day tour that I took from London. This was the second destination after we visited Bibury, an equally charming village in this region. Burford is about an hour and a half away from both London and Birmingham, easily accessible by car, train or bus service. I highly recommend for anyone to visit this place with a tour guide as this area is very rich in history, you don’t want to miss out on the great stories behind the buildings that you’re about to see in this place.
As soon as our tourist bus entered Burford, I felt like I was transported back to the 18th century. As we cruised along the high street with its stone houses, cottages and little shops – I was mesmerized by how different this place looks from the modern world that I’m used to seeing. It has been very well-preserved, I later found out that the area is actually protected by Cotswold Conservation Board.
Every single building appear to have had little or no change at all from the day it was built, most of which were built during the 17th to 18th century. We explored the whole area through its numerous alleyways only to reach a small and private courtyard. I guess the people living in this town (all 1,000 of them) hates the tourists visiting their place invading their privacy. Sorry about that Burford-ians but you can’t possibly blame us for admiring the ancient charm of your place. :p
We later came across the famed church of Burford – St John the Baptist church. It was built in the 11th century and have had some numerous alterations and expansions since then. Surrounding the church was a cemetery, which as weird as it may sound – is as charming as the whole place itself. I spent quite a few minutes here, just reading the tombstones. Yes, I’m weird.
After much walking, we went back to the high street to look through the shops which offered a lot of good, vintage and unique finds. Even the shops were charming with its pretty decorations.
After a little bit of shopping, we had lunch at The Cotswolds Arms which is an 18th century traditional English pub which of course served traditional homecooked pub food. I swear I thought I was going to see some women dressed in corsets with its huge ball dresses to serve us because the whole atmosphere of the place transported me back in time.
Everything about Burford is charming, quaint and pretty. This should definitely be in your bucket list.
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