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 © 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.
The beautiful 19th-c St Lawrence's church, just of the High Street, has a lovely 14th-c Chancel and a Georgian Tower.
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
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
Location: High St, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham GL54 2AN
Tel: 01451 820686
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
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
Location: Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham GL54 2EE
Tel: 01451 822251
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
Location: Old New Inn, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2AF
Tel: 01451 820467
Image Credit: Paul Gillett (CC2)
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
Attractions & Theme Parks:
Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village | Cotswold Motoring Museum | Dean Forest Railway | Edward Jenner Museum | Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway | Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music
Castles, Monuments & Heritage Sites:
Berkeley Castle | Chedworth Roman Villa | Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines | Dean Heritage Centre | Hailes Abbey | Odda's Chapel | Prinknash Abbey and Pottery | Sudeley Castle & Gardens | Uley Long Barrow
Gardens & Historic Houses:
Bourton House Garden | Chavenage House | Dyrham Park | Hidcote Manor Garden | Kiftsgate Court Gardens | Littledean Hall | Lodge Park Sherborne Estate | Sezincote | Snowshill Manor | Westbury Court Garden | Westonbirt National Arboretum
Nature, Wildlife & Scenic Sites:
Birdland | Cotswold Falconry Centre | Cotswold Farm Park | Nature in Art | National Birds of Prey Centre | Prinknash Bird and Deer Park | Wildfowl Wetlands Trust