The 2 villages in the UK that made it onto the list of the world's most beautiful

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We Brits are known for our self-deprecating humour, often poking fun at our weather, cuisine, or football prowess.

But while many of us dream of the sunny beaches of Europe, we often overlook the beauty in our own backyard. Two such gems are the villages of Bibury and Staithes.

These two aren't neighbours; Bibury is nestled in the Gloucestershire region of the Cotswolds, while Staithes is a coastal village in North Yorkshire.

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However, they share a common trait: their stunning aesthetics have landed them on Faraway Furniture's list of the 'most Instagrammable' places globally.

Bibury ranks 14th, with Staithes not far behind at 17th. The top spot goes to Cinque Terre, a picturesque string of villages on the Italian Riviera.

Bibury, Gloucestershire

Bibury's breathtaking beauty attracts tourists from as far as Japan.

Perhaps the most captivating sight in Bibury is Arlington Row. This ascending cluster of weavers' cottages, built from local stone, sits just off the gently flowing River Coln.

The cottages, adorned with ivy and climbing plants, present a timeless scene that must be experienced up close to fully appreciate its charm.

The River Coln meanders through the entire village, with a beautifully finished stone bridge spanning the water, providing yet another fantastic photo opportunity.

Despite its small size, the village boasts several dining options. The Catherine Wheel pub and the Swan Hotel serve up hearty meals, while Bibury Trout Farm offers a cafe with delightful locally sourced food.

The town is less than a two-hour drive from Central London via the M4, making it an easy day trip for an Easter weekend. However, there are plenty of accommodation options for those wishing to extend their stay.

Staithes, North Yorkshire

Staithes, in North Yorkshire, is tucked away in the top right corner of the North Yorkshire Moors. Historically, Staithes was one of the largest fishing ports in the North East of England.

Today, it's known for serving one of the region's best Sunday roasts at The Captain Cook Inn. Visitors can even stay in a converted 1920s police station, now known as Peeler's Rest Cottage.

For dog walkers and hiking enthusiasts, the nearby cliffs offer tranquil sea views and abundant wildlife, including numerous native bird species. The Cleveland Way, a cliff trail that passes through Staithes and leads to Skinningrove, features remnants of the once-famous alum mines.

Staithes is not just a picturesque village; it's a hub of cultural activity with numerous museums and galleries, as well as a child-friendly beach ideal for exploring rock pools. Every September, the village comes alive with its art festival, transforming local galleries, cottages, and public buildings into pop-up art spaces.

Foodies will delight in Staithes' array of top-notch eateries, tea rooms, and pubs. Dotty's Vintage Tearoom is a standout on Tripadvisor, boasting a five-star rating after nearly 1000 reviews, with one visitor proclaiming their scones "the best I've ever had."

For travel arrangements, Trainline has you covered, while and can sort out your stay.

Full list by Faraway Furniture

  • Cinque Terre, Italy

  • Reine, Norway

  • Oia, Greece

  • Burano, Italy

  • Colmar, France

  • Hallstatt, Austria

  • Alberobello, Italy

  • Hobbiton, New Zealand

  • Shirakawa-go, Japan

  • Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

  • Wegen, Switzerland

  • Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

  • Popeye Village, Malta

  • Bibury, England

  • Ortahisar, Turkey

  • Fenghuang Ancient Town, China

  • Staithes, England

  • Juzcar, Spain

  • Palangan, Iran

  • Simiane-la-Rotonde, France

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