In a Nutshell
The quintessential small Cotswold town, with some of the best manicured cottages and gardens in the area. Take in the pretty and historic High St but don't miss the gardens and walks nearby too.
Parking and Pooping
Chipping Campden lies in a network of B roads between the A44 and A429 and is easily combined with visits to Broadway or Stow on the Wold and other neighbouring villages. If possible try and approach the town on the B4081 from the south to get the full effect of the immaculately kept cottages and gardens on the way in.
In common with many of the Cotswold towns and villages, parking is mainly on street or in the small central car park on the High St near the Market Hall. Be prepared to hunt for a space, or to park slightly out of the centre on busy days.
There is plenty of grass verges and small greens for pup up and down the High St and public toilets are found on Sheep St, signposted from the car park.
The town snakes along the High St in a tiered fashion, with raised pavements and verges to the west side of the road and slightly sunken pavements to the east. On the west side, there is a combination of a quiet paralellel road, pavements and grass verges making for easy walking along the most of the High St. On the east side, the lower pavement is wide enough but does narrow as you get to the southern end. There are benches dotted about the verges and this a great place to sit and soak up the sun and scenery.
Generally, although it appears narrower than say Broadway or Bourton, Chipping Campden does have plentiful grass and quiet areas to make for a pleasant walk.
Keeping the Humans Amused
There is a real sense of history to the town, with some impressive buildings such as the 14th Century Grevel's House, the Market Hall and St James's Church.
The High St offers a range of quality antique and specialist shops that are often much bigger than they seem, using basements and lofts to pack the goods in. This is a town to take your time on and really explore or you could miss some gems. Don't miss the Robert Welch shop, selling high quality contemporary cutlery and tableware.
A number of the private gardens have open days during the summer. Nearby you can visit Hidcote Manor Gardens, with Kiftsgate Court Gardens across the road, or take a longer walk along the ridge at Dover's Hill, just a short drive up the hill from the southern end of the High St.
There are the usual selection of dog friendly pubs in the centre (The Noel Arms, Eight Bells) and a number of cafes and tea rooms that have dog friendly patios and gardens such as Badgers Hall Tea Rooms. There are some posh dining rooms and cafes too, such as Huxleys, but we haven't tested them for dog friendliness yet!
Broadway 6.5 miles
Batsford Arboretum, 7.9 miles
Stow on the Wold, 12.1 miles
Moreton in Marsh, 8.2 miles