Castle Combe is a quintessentially English village often named as the ‘prettiest village in England.’ The village sits in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north west Wiltshire. Castle Combe has featured regularly as a film location, most recently in The Wolf Man, Stardust and Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse. Castle Combe is a fairytale-like medieval settlement often called the ‘prettiest village in England’. Plan the perfect visit to this tiny Cotswolds village as you explore its ancient landmarks, wander along its meandering river, enjoy a tasty pub meal plus other unmissable things to do in Castle Combe. Castle Combe (pronounced ‘koom’) takes its name from the 12th-century castle which once stood about 1/3 mile (500 m) to the north. The word, Combe is an old English term for a short valley or hollow on a hillside or coastline.