Cotswold Towns and Villages Gloucestershire


Ilmington is a tiny village of less than a thousand people, situated just underneath the Ilmington Downs, which are the highest point in Warwickshire.  From the top of the Downs, there is an incredible view of the surrounding green countryside.

Ilmington is known for its typically English architecture with honey coloured thatched cottages built of local Cotswolds limestone.  The quiet atmosphere of this little village has helped it to retain its olden day quality of carefree simplicity and to preserve the beauty of its architecture.  Lovely gardens and a restored Manor House are both open to the public to stroll through and explore.  There is a wonderful Norman church called St. Mary which you can reach only on foot by walking up a tranquil pathway.  The church was built in the 12th century.  A number of additions were made in the subsequent centuries and a restoration project in the 19th century and several repairs in the 20th century have kept the church in prime condition.

The Ilmington Morris Men dance troupe can be seen performing in Ilmington and other nearby towns on Wednesday evenings all throughout the summer months.  The dances they perform are part of a three hundred year old tradition.

Ilmington’s picturesque village centre has a general store and a post office and two inns called The Red Lion and The Howard Arms.  Since accommodations are limited you probably should make your reservations early.