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The 16 most Instagrammed villages in the UK

The UK has more than its fair share of pretty villages, but these are officially the most posted about

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

The UK is blessed with a helluva lot of pretty villages. We’ve got coastal fishing villages, ancient farming villages, villages that look like they haven’t changed in the last century (or four), villages that are just really lovely to look at.

Unsurprisingly, some of the most attractive appeal to people who simply love to take photos. They then end up all over Instagram – which in turn inspires more people to go and enjoy the aesthetically-pleasing villages for themselves. It’s the circle of life, or something like that. 

Whatever your feelings about Instagram, there’s no denying these are a stunning bunch. Running in descending order, from most Instagrammed (according to the number of live hashtags associated with the destination) to least, here are the 16 most posted-about villages in the UK, from Mousehole in Cornwall to Grasmere in the Lake District.

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Clovelly, Devon
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1. Clovelly, Devon

Car-free Clovelly is all cute cottages and cobbled streets leading down to the seafront. It’s easy to see why the ancient fishing village is the most Instagrammed in the UK.  

Portmeirion, Gwynedd
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2. Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Italy or north Wales? This colourful coastal town on the edge of Snowdonia National Park was created in the twentieth century and made to look like it came straight out of the Italian Riviera. 

More? The best things to do in Portmeirion

Castle Combe, Wiltshire
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3. Castle Combe, Wiltshire

The centre of this ancient, honey-hued Cotswold village feels like it’s been frozen in time. Why? No new houses have been built here since the 1600s.

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Castleton, Derbyshire
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4. Castleton, Derbyshire

Located in the Peak District National Park, pretty Castleton is a social media fave thanks to its neat stone cottages, trickling steam and the ruined castle that presides over it all. 

Grasmere, Cumbria
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5. Grasmere, Cumbria

This popular spot, right on the edge of one of the Lake District’s glassy waters, was praised for its picturesque qualities way before Instagram became a thing. It was once the home (and regular subject-matter) of poet William Wordsworth. 

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire
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6. Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Constructed out of classic Cotswold stone, Bourton-on-the-Water is known for its neat bridges and traditional cottages. Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, it’s regularly voted one of England’s prettiest villages. 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire
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7. Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire

A small fishing village in the North York Moors National Park, Robin Hood’s Bay has narrow, hilly streets tumbling down to the seafront, and a wide sandy beach. 

Bamburgh, Northumberland
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8. Bamburgh, Northumberland

Sat in the shadow of the huge, ancient and incredibly well-preserved Bamburgh Castle, coastal Bamburgh village is all neat stone cottages and smack-in-the-middle-of-nowhere rural vibes. 

Bibury, Gloucestershire
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9. Bibury, Gloucestershire

Bibury looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. The most famous street is Arlington Row, a neat line of stone cottages along the banks of the River Coln that were built in the fourteenth century. 

Corfe Castle, Dorset
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10. Corfe Castle, Dorset

The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle in Dorset sit high above the village of the same name. There you’ll find pubs, B&Bs and tearooms that can trace their history back centuries. 

Dedham, Essex

11. Dedham, Essex

Surrounded by Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that inspired painter John Constable, Dedham boasts a pretty pastel high street, cute tea shops and charming churches. 

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Lymm, Cheshire
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12. Lymm, Cheshire

Rural Lymm is an idyllic waterside spot known for its pretty walking routes. 

Polperro, Cornwall
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13. Polperro, Cornwall

Part of the Polperro Heritage Coast, this unspoilt Cornish fishing village is populated with pretty white cottages and steep streets. 

Mousehole, Cornwall
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14. Mousehole, Cornwall

Another of Cornwall’s charming fishing villages, Mousehole is an ancient arty community set around a neat and diminutive harbour. 

Lavenham, Suffolk
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15. Lavenham, Suffolk

Villages don’t come more chocolate-box than Lavenham, a pretty and perfectly-preserved medieval wool town full of pastel-painted cottages and half-timbered houses.

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Lacock, Wiltshire
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16. Lacock, Wiltshire

Lacock has had roles in countless period telly dramas. The village, which is almost entirely owned by the National Trust, is a total timewarp, with no TV aerials or electricity cables.

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