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Picturesque villages across Britain usually teeming with tourists fall quiet as coronavirus lockdown

These are the picturesque towns and villages which would usually be teeming with tourists at this time of year.

But these pictures show how the streets of some of Britain's most popular postcard villages are now practically empty, with tourists at home in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the sun shinning and the four-day East Bank Holiday approaching, residents of these lovely locations would usually be preparing for an army of tourists to flock in from far and wide. 

But this weekend is likely to be different with the government still advising against all non-essential travel.

Streets, usually clogged with tourists, walkers and sightseers are now empty and eerily silent.

The picturesque village of Haworth, West Yorkshire,  is famed for its connection to the nineteenth-century literary family, The Brontës

Haworth is usually packed with tourists walking its quaint streets, often going to or coming from Haworth Parsonage, where the Bronte sisters wrote many of their novels

The picturesque Gloucestershire village of Bourton-on-the-Water, often referred to as 'The Venice of the Cotswolds', also remains practically empty

On a normal day, without the country in coronavirus lockdown, Bourton-on-the-Water, is bustling with tourists and locals enjoying the River Windrush

Lacock in Wiltshire is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust and attracts many visitors by virtue of its unspoiled appearance

Mevagissey, the fishing village in Cornwall, is famed for its narrow streets and wide array of places to eat and drink, which are now almost empty due to the lockdown

The village, which faces east to Mevagissey Bay, is Cornwall's second largest fishing port. It also featured in the 1979 film, Dracula, which starred Laurence Olivier

That is certainly the case in the picturesque village of Haworth, West Yorkshire, famed for its connection to the nineteenth-century literary family, The Brontës.

The sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, in nearby Thornton, but wrote most of their novels while living at Haworth Parsonage - which remains a popular tourist attraction.

Streets in the equally picturesque Gloucestershire village of Bourton-on-the-Water, often referred to as 'The Venice of the Cotswolds', also remain practically empty, while few moved down The River Cam in Cambridge, with punts and boats left nudging against the banks.

Pubs stood silent in Wiltshire, even in the lovely Lacock, a village owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust

The River Cam in Cambridge is usually filled with punts, a long, narrow flat-bottomed boat, carrying tourists through the heart of the famous university city

A usually busy shopping street in Cambridge remains empty.  The city is home to more than 120,000 people but attracts many tourists who flock to the historic settlement to see the world-famous Cambridge University

The village of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, mostly consists of stone-built cottages and is nestled in the Pennine hills. It was once a centre for pioneering film-making

Holmfirth is not always as quiet. In 2017, massive crowds gathered to watch cyclists taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire come through the village

Shere, Surrey, is a small still partly agricultural village chiefly, near Guildford, which set in the wooded 'Vale of Holmesdale' between the North Downs and Greensand Ridge

Shere has a central cluster of old village houses, shops including a blacksmith and trekking shop, tea house, art gallery, two pubs and a Norman church

Even the marvellous Mevagissey, the fishing village in Cornwall, famed for its narrow streets and wide array of good eateries, looked almost deserted.

The village, which faces east to Mevagissey Bay, is Cornwall's second largest fishing port.

It also featured in the 1979 film, Dracula, which starred Laurence Olivier.

Pubs, restaurants and unessential services remain closed as the UK enters its third week of lockdown.

Britons have been told only to leave their homes for essential food shopping, for medical reasons, to exercise once a day for a maximum of one hour or to travel to and from work where it cannot be done from home.

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