Hoteliers in Bath can take the claim for England’s most picturesque town


Hoteliers in Bath can now claim that their business is situated in England’s most picturesque town, after the area topped a new study.

According to research by luxury homeware company OKA, the top ten most picturesque towns and villages are all in the south of England, with Bath coming out on top in the beauty stakes.

Each place was ranked on its ‘picture perfect’ qualities, with Bath boasting 725 listed buildings and the only entire city to hold World Heritage status. It is also home to rows of honey-coloured stone architecture, grand crescents and historic baths.

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In second spot is Canterbury, which boasts 593 listed buildings, as well as a cathedral and Tudor timber-framed houses.

Oxford, also known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ because of its architecture, follows in third position, with 420 listed buildings and 15 heritage gardens. 

The full list of top ten most picturesque towns, villages and cities in England is:

Bath, Somerset
Canterbury, Kent
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Chichester, West Sussex 
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Sandwich, Kent
Ramsgate, Kent
Painswick, Gloucestershire
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Penzance, Cornwall

OKA says: “England is an incredibly picturesque country, full of stunning architecture, historic places of interest and rolling countryside. We wanted to find a way to rank the country’s most picturesque spots, and we’re not surprised that Bath takes the top spot. We’re also very happy to see Penzance make an appearance, as well a beautiful Cotswolds spot.” 

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