Located on a gentle curve of the River Windrush, Bourton is one of the most visited of all the Cotswold villages. Its tree lined banks and the delightful low arched bridges, that span the river here and there, make this a charming place to wander around. However, it can become very busy during the summer and at weekends due to its popularity.

Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water © Travel About Britain

Among the quaint narrow streets lined with fine Georgian houses, lies an array of attractions to suit every age and taste. There are various museums, small independent shops, art galleries, a bird zoo, model railway exhibition and even a scale model of Bourton-on-the-Water itself. After visiting some of these, you can then relax and be refreshed in one of the many tea rooms and restaurants around the village or maybe enjoy a picnic by the pleasant green banks of the river.

Places of Interest to Visit in Bourton-on-the-Water

The beautiful 19th-c St Lawrence's church, just of the High Street, has a lovely 14th-c Chancel and a Georgian Tower.

Birdland Park and Gardens

Pink Flamingos

Several acres of gardens, woodlands, rivers and ponds, with hundreds of species of exotic birds, ranging from penguins to colourful parrots and flamingos.

Opening times: all year, Apr~Oct, daily 10am - 6pm; Nov~Mar, daily 10am - 4pm (closed Xmas). Admission Charge
Location: Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2BN
Tel: 01451 820480
Website: birdland.co.uk

Bourton Model Railway

Bourton Model Railway

Working model railway exhibition with some of the finest operating indoor layouts in the UK. OO/HO and N gauge British and continental locomotives and rolling stock, run over 500+ ft of track, through realistically created small scale dioramas. Includes a model and toy shop.

Opening times: daily from 11am (closed January) - Admission Charge
Location: High St, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham GL54 2AN
Tel: 01451 820686
Website: bourtonmodelrailway.co.uk

Cotswold Perfumery

Resplendent with old beams and an open fireplaces, the perfumery sells scents, aftershaves and colognes made on the premises. A small scented garden is located at the rear, where examples of plants grown for use in the perfumery process can be seen.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm. Sundays and bank holidays, 10.30am to 5pm
Location: Victoria Street, Bourton on the Water GL54 2BU
Tel: 01451 820698
Website: cotswold-perfumery.co.uk

The Dragonfly Maze

Dragonfly Maze

A traditional yew hedge maze but with a twist. The maze has a Rebus style puzzle that you must try to solve as you search for the centre and the secret hiding place of the golden dragonfly.

Opening times: daily from 10am - Admission Charge
Location: Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham GL54 2EE
Tel: 01451 822251

The Old New Inn Model Village

A unique replica of Bourton-on the-Water itself in which everything is reduced to one-ninth of its size. Built in the late 1930s by the landlord of Old New Inn.

Opening times: all year 10am - 5.45pm (summer), 10am - dusk (winter). Closed Xmas. Admission Charge
Location: Old New Inn, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2AF
Tel: 01451 820467
Website: theoldnewinn.co.uk
Image Credit: Paul Gillett (CC2)

Cotswold Motor Museum

Motor Museum

Located in a fine old 18th-c watermill. Its exhibits include a large collection of veteran and vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and historic motoring accessories.

Opening times: Feb to mid Dec, daily, 10am to 6pm - Admission Charge
Location: The Old Mill, Sherborne St, Bourton-on-the-Water, Glos GL54 2BY
Tel: 01451 821255
Website: cotswoldmotoringmuseum.co.uk

Map of Bourton-on-the-Water


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