Bourton-on-the-Water lies is situated in the mid to north of the Cotswolds and lies on the river Windrush, which runs through the heart of the village and sets the scene of this beautiful village. Along the line of the river is the large village green, which is great for picnics and for kids to play. The river is very shallow and is great for kids to play in. Unlike most Cotswold villages it has a number of attractions catering for all ages.
A model village is a complete replica of Bourton, a motor museum, Birdland, Dragonfly Maze and a Perfumery.
The village gets very busy on weekends and during school holiday, so best to avoid at these times if you don’t have kids.
Walk along the river and cross the unique stone bridges that Bourton is famous for. The bridges replaced fords across the river, oldest bridge was built in 1654. There are plenty of small side streets to wonder through and many small shops, cafes and pubs to visit. I have a number of favourite places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat.
There was a timber Saxon church built in 708 on the site of an old Roman temple. This in turn was replaced by the Norman church in the 12th century which still stands today. Cottages are between 300 and 600 years old.