Bourton-on-the-Water is the most popular village in the Cotswolds, and referred to as the Venice of the Cotswolds because the River Windrush runs right through the centre. The combination of this clear sparkling water and the attractive low bridges crossing it create a charming scene, best enjoyed in the quieter times of day and quieter months of the year. Some of the visitor attractions include:
The Model Village
The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Car Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford. For more information please:
- visit The Model Village website
Birdland was one of the first Bird encounters to open in the UK. The 9 acre site is positioned on a former Bryant and May Poplar Tree plantation famous for its matchstick crop! There are still over 150 trees which create a high canopy for the River Windrush. For more information please:
- visit Birdland website
St Lawrence's church
St Lawrence’s church is of several periods, and is notable for its domed tower, unique in the Cotswolds.
Salmonsbury Meadows has recently been saved as a wildlife reserve, and the Iron Age site of Salmonsbury Camp can be traced in outline.
Map and directions
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