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Top five — England's pretty villages

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire
It may be a strange name, but if you love an antique, this is the village for you. It lies in the Cotswold Hills, a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Winchcombe will celebrate its 1000th anniversary this month and the bells will be ringing with joy. Its main attraction is Sudeley Castle. Liz Hurley's glamorous wedding was held there in March and attracted media from around the world.

Bath, Somerset
A bubbling hot spot founded by the Romans was built around the United Kingdom's only naturally occurring hot springs. Between Elizabethan and Georgian times it was a resort city for the wealthy. Its most famous resident was the novelist Jane Austen.

Slaughters, Gloucestershire
Despite the scary-sounding names, the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter really are serene and quite lovely.

Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
The small market town is a popular destination mainly because it was the birthplace of William Shakespeare. He also died there. A highlight is a boat cruise along the River Avon.

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