Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on-the-Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike. With plenty to see and do, Bourton-on-the-Water offers a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout.
Visit the Model Village
Little and big kids alike will enjoy spending an afternoon in this miniature village, which is located behind the Old New Inn. The mini replica village is one-ninth of its full scale, and contains all of the local buildings as they were in the 1930s. Pop into the adjoining pub after for a few drinks – it’s a got a great beer garden, plus a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, real ale, ciders and wine.
Explore the Dragonfly Maze
Take the whole family to take on this fun and puzzling hedge maze on Rissington Road. Unlike other mazes you may have been to, this one isn’t just a bog standard hedge maze. It has clues and games that need solving throughout, so there’s plenty of fun to be had from start to finish. Suitable for all ages, and close to Green & Pleasant Tea Rooms for refreshments after.
Go to Birdland Park and Gardens
This superb wildlife park is one of Bourton-on-the-Water’s most popular attractions, and it’s an opportunity to get outdoors. See birds of all different colours at the park, home to one of the UK’s largest exotic bird collections. Don’t miss the adorable penguin families at Penguin Shore and be sure to take the little ones to the Jurassic Journey.
Visit the Cotswold Brewing Company
Head to the brewery at College Farm for a tour and tasting session. According to the team at the brewery, the whole place smells like “sugar dusted Shreddies”, and there are lots of different beers to try whilst you’re there. For non-beer fans, they have their own cider, vodka and gin – so there’s something for everyone.
Take the Bloody Bourton Walking Tour
If you’re interested in ghosts and ghouls, or you just want to learn more about the area’s dark past. This tour is around an hour on foot, with tales of the paranormal, of witchcraft, hidden locations, accounts of religious persecution, and even murder. The tour is wheelchair friendly, and dogs are welcome too.
Enjoy British Style Tapas at the Mousetrap Inn
This is one of the Cotswolds’ oldest inns, with the stone building dating back to the 18th Century. It’s been serving top grub and drink for over 150 years, and one of its most famous patrons has been Agatha Christie. The food menu here offers a wide range of dishes ranging from light bites to three course meals. If you’re coming here with a group, you’ll love the British style tapas on offer. They’re great for sharing and nibbling after a long ramble.
See Rare Vehicles at the Motor Museum
The Cotswold Motor Museum is home to a collection of rare vehicles and classic car memorabilia. For ‘petrol heads’ or kids who love cars, this is a great way to kill an hour or two. The displays have a sense of nostalgia, with toys, games and models taking you back to your childhood days. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is just £18.75, and there’s a lovely little gift shop at the end too.