Bourton-on-the-Water

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Bourton-on-Water featuring a river or creek and a garden

The Little Venice of the Cotswolds is a storybook village famous for its stone houses, riverside cafés, museums and welcoming pubs.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a pretty village of striking honey-colored stone architecture set within a glorious countryside. With a tranquil river, craft shops and waterfront cafés, it’s the epitome of a Cotswold village. Developed by the Saxons and once a Roman outpost, Bourton-on-the-Water became an important wool trading center during the Industrial Revolution.

The village straddles the River Windrush, a slowly rippling waterway crossed by several elegant footbridges. Admire the grand 15th- and 16th-century stone houses that frame the river and double as bakeries, banks, boutiques, restaurants and museums. Stroll along the water’s edge and relax beneath the shade of majestic trees while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Visit notable historical landmarks, including Victoria Hall from the late 19th century. St. Lawrence’s Church replaced a Norman structure and has a chancel built in 1328. Experience 350 years of ecclesiastical history at the Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church.

Be sure to explore the Model Village, a miniature replica of the village center made from locally sourced stone and real trees. See an impressive collection of over 40 working model trains at Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Toy Shop. Admire the exhibits of vintage cars and antique toys at the Cotswold Motor Museum and Toy Collection.

See wildlife at Cotswold Birdland Park and Gardens, which houses about 500 exotic and rare birds in a natural woodland environment. Find the clues to solve a puzzle and reach the center of a hedge labyrinth at the Dragonfly Maze.

After a day of activities, enjoy the welcoming charm of 18th-century pubs such as the Mousetrap Inn and the Old New Inn. Take a guided tour of the Cotswold Brewing Company, located a short drive from the village center.

Bourton-on-the-Water is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of Cheltenham and 33 miles (53 kilometers) west of Oxford. Great for daytrips, Cheltenham is also an ideal base for exploring other scenic towns and villages in the Cotswolds. Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh and Winchcombe are all less than a 30-minute drive away.

Old Manse Hotel Bourton by Greene King Inns
Old Manse Hotel Bourton by Greene King Inns
3 out of 5
Victoria Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $65 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Cheltenham, this inn is steps from Cotswold Motoring Museum and Bourton Model Railway Exhibition. The Model Village and Birdland Park and Gardens ...
3.7/5 Good! (275 reviews)
"We booked this hotel for a little family get-together booked three rooms. I saw all three of them they were small decorated nicely they each have the old world country charm, duck wallpaper, wood furniture. Perfect location right on the water in Burton Next door to the vintage car museum. Small car ..."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Old Manse Hotel Bourton by Greene King Inns
The Old New Inn
The Old New Inn
3 out of 5
Rissington Road, Cheltenham, England
The price is $142 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Cheltenham, this bed & breakfast is steps from The Model Village and Birdland Park and Gardens. Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Cotswold Motoring ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (56 reviews)
"The room was spotless, everyone was really helpfull, very convenient location, would definately stay again."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

The Old New Inn
Broadlands Hotel
Broadlands Hotel
4 out of 5
Clapton Row, Cheltenham, England
The price is $136 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Cheltenham, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The Model Village and within 12 mi (20 km) of Cotswold Countryside Collection and Batsford Arboretum. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (837 reviews)
"Stayed here for two nights during a visit to the Cotswolds. Great night stay. Breakfast was good. Staff were friendly and efficient. Would stay again."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Broadlands Hotel
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A Unique 16th CenturyStone Cottage w/ off street parking, 2 Min Walk to Village!
A Unique 16th CenturyStone Cottage w/ off street parking, 2 Min Walk to Village!
Cheltenham, ENG
Situated in Cheltenham, this historic cottage is within a 5-minute walk of The Model Village, Birdland Park and Gardens, and Cotswold Motoring Museum. Bourton ...
5/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Excellent location with great owners.
"Correspondence with the owners was superb. Hugely accommodating when we had to change our plans last minute."

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

A Unique 16th CenturyStone Cottage w/ off street parking, 2 Min Walk to Village!
Enchanting Grade II listed,Log Burner,own parking,town centre but secluded spot
Enchanting Grade II listed,Log Burner,own parking,town centre but secluded spot
Cheltenham, ENG
This family-friendly Cheltenham cottage is located on a river, just steps from Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Cotswold Motoring Museum. The Model Village ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (97 reviews)
Cosy Cottage
"Very clean, beautifully furnished, excellent location , well equipped ."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Enchanting Grade II listed,Log Burner,own parking,town centre but secluded spot
Poets Corner
Poets Corner
3.5 out of 5
School Lane, Cheltenham, England
Situated in Cheltenham, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Cotswold Motoring Museum. The Model Village and Birdland ...
Poets Corner
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