The Most Peaceful Villages In The UK When You Need A Break From The City

We all know that city life can be intense and stressful – sometimes a few hours spent in one of London's admittedly pretty lovely beer gardens just isn't enough to take the edge off.

And with Brexit and climate change anxiety playing on all our minds, the temptation to make a proper escape and spend a few days somewhere off-the-grid is becoming ever greater. And while the pandemic continues to restrict movement and change any holiday plans, you can still (carefully) travel within the UK.


So a new list of the UK's most tranquil villages compiled by furniture makers Arlo & Jacob is most definitely welcome.

Various factors were taken into account in making the list: the village's population, the number of miles from its nearest major city, its number of rentable cottages and the number of times it was described as "beautiful" in a selection of travel articles.

This slideshow has pictures of the top 10 complete with their "tranquility score" out of 100. As you'll find out, just looking at these villages is kind of soothing.

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Polperro, Cornwall

This pretty fishing village is tucked away in a cove a few miles down the coast from Looe.

Tranquility score: 51.1
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Abbotsbury, Dorset

Nestled in a secluded valley sheltered by the Ridgeway Hills, this Dorset village is a great base from which to explore nature.

Tranquility score: 53.1
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Mousehole, Cornwall

This picturesque Cornish fishing village has bucket loads of olde worlde charm.

Tranquility score: 54.4
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Cushenden, County Antrim

This scenic seaside village lies on the north coast of Northern Ireland and has a cute harbour and lovely village pubs.

Tranquility score: 58.1
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Bibury, Gloucestershire

Picture the quintessential Cotswolds village and it probably looks a lot like Bibury.

Tranquility score: 58.3
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Beddgelert, Gywnedd

Located in the heart of Snowdonia, this pretty Welsh village is a haven for hikers and cyclists.

Tranquility score: 58.9
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Tobermory, Mull

The main town on the Isle of Mull is known for its cute colourful houses and quaint, Insta-ready bay.

Tranquility score: 65.3
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Clovelly, Devon

This fishing village's cobbled streets look even more appealing when you find out that cars and other vehicles aren't allowed to use them!

Tranquility score: 75.5
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Castle Combe, Wiltshire

Located 13 miles from Bath, Castle Combe has often been called "England's prettiest village".

Tranquility Score: 77
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Plockton, Wester Ross

With stunning views overlooking Loch Carron, Plockton has been dubbed "the Jewel of the Highlands".

Tranquility score: 85.5
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