Bourton on the Water Travel Guide

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Bourton on the Water Things to Do

  • Village Centre

    Lunch time came, and a decision had to be made where to eat! For people who bring their own lunch, there was plenty of nice lawn beside the Windrush River, and people were picnicing. For us, we had to find somewhere to buy, really this wasn't hard as there was a great choice of Restaurant's and Cafes. Overlooking the river is where we found a...

  • Cotswold Motoring Museum

    The Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection is housed in a converted Watermill in the heart of the village, it has has seven galleries that are packed ( and it really is packed) with lots motoring memorabilia from the past 90 years including over 50 lovingly restored vehicles as well as motorbikes and some old caravans!.You may recognise it from...

  • Birdland - Dragonfly Maze

    Birdland was the main reason we came to Bourton on the water and we were not disappointed. Set in 9 acres of parkland and with many species of exotic bird to see its a great place to visit. Our 8 year old son particularly liked seeing the King penguins!

  • Model Village

    The Model Village is quite famous and certainly worth a visit if you have the time, It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk round and if you do it first you get a good idea of where everything is in the village. a one-ninth scale replica created by a landlord of the Old New Inn and it took five years to build out of local stone, It was...

  • River Windrush - Bridges

    Like old style arched bridge's, I do! Then you will like the picturesque centre of the Village, for here the River Windrush flow's through the Village. There are many gorgeous pedestrian Bridge's, so I will start with the Bourton Bridge built in 1806 and widened in 1959. An inscription on the downstream side reads " The Fosseway has passed here...

  • St Lawrence's Church

    Although there has probably been a Church of some sort on this site since at least 709AD the first stone church was built in 1110AD but the oldest part of the Building you can see today is the chancel which was built in 1328 it was at that time the Church was dedicated to St Lawrence a 4th c Christian Martyr. I found the roof of the nave to be...

  • Model Railway

    The toy shop in the main street has a model railway exhibition at the back of the shop - entrance is £2.50 and there are three lay outs to see. Whoever built them obviously likes Germany because all three lay outs are of a German design - German scenery and buildings and two of the lay outs have of mix of British and German trains which looks very...

  • Cotswold Perfumery

    The Cotswold Perfumery hold 45 minute tours several times a day for a fee of £5 per adult/£3.50 children 4-16. Here they take you through the gardens to see the various plants as well as guiding you through the perfume making process and showing you the various rooms such as the laboratory, compounding room and factory. There is also a gift shop...

  • Countryside - Landscape

    This is what you see when you are in the Cotswold. Low hilly plains , with typical English cottaged peppered all over. Bourton on the water is one of the many Cotswold villages. This village located in Glouchesterhire . Its one of the most beautiful village amongst all the villages. But geographically Cotswold stretches from Bath in the west up...

  • The Model Village

    this is a well known attraction of the centre of Bourton-on-water done in 1/9 replica size - very popular and well worth seeing if youre in the area


    The River Windrush runs through the centre of Bourton On The Waterand when the sun comes out you'll find the locals and tourists sit and admire the scenery all along the banksof the river.


    Within the village is this pretty building housing 7 galleries of vintage vehicles including historuc pedal cars , motorbikes and caravans plus items of motoring memorablilia.


Bourton on the Water Hotels

  • Chester House Hotel

    Victoria Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2BU, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Dial House Hotel

    The Chestnuts, High St, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2AN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Lansdowne Villa Guesthouse

    Landsdowne, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2AR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Bourton on the Water Restaurants


    We booked a table for lunch at the Old Manse Hotel which overlooks the picturesque River Windrush. We had a traditional roast beef lunch for a very reasonable £9 a head.

  • Nice Hotel

    The Old Manse Hotel looks a nice place to stay, there is also a restaurant and a bar area (you can eat in either) we called in for a drink one night and for food the night after, I had a nice mixed grill although of course the Chips were of the frozen kind and were dry, something which was now apparent to be the normal thing In Bourton On The...

  • Nice Atmosphere

    Situated at the side of the river next to The Kingsbridge this traditional Pub is a great place to stop for refreshments.we called here on our first evening to have a drink and sit by the Log Fire and warm up, It was Febrary and while nice and sunny during the day it was a bit chilly and was near freezing at night.The food sounded nice and so we...

  • Big Pub

    The Duke of Wellington is a big Pub, much bigger than it looks from the outside, Its nice and friendly and the service was good.I had Fish and Chips for lunch before Vicki watched the Rugby on the TV.Its just your average Pub Grub, the fish was nice but the chips (made from frozen) were a bit dry, something which i found to be the same at the other...

  • A proper tea-room

    A very pleasant spot to stop for refreshment, opposite the village green and within sight of the river.I enjoyed my toasted teacake (served with butter and jam) and my coffee very much.Service was pleasant and courteous, the price was reasonable and the interior of the tearooms is exactly how an 'typically English' tea-room should be.There are...

  • Lunch in a Pub

    Thursday we ate lunch in a Pub. I don't remember which one it was, but it was right by the river, so it might have been the Duke of Wellington. This pub has a family room and the website says Small hotel with busy pub trade. Good pub atmosphere - rare for Bourton.The lunch menu includesSandwichesServed with Potato Crisps & Salad Garnish.Add 40p to...


Bourton on the Water Transportation

  • Cotswolds Discoverer

    This is a ticket that gives unlimited travel on local buses and trains.Unlimited rail travel is allowed on the Oxford to Moreton in the Marsh line and the Swindon - Stroud - Gloucester - Ashchurch lines.On local buses any bus within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that Bourton falls in to.2015 prices are - 1 day - Adult £10, with a...

  • Car parking

    There is a truly massive car park just outside Bourton's village centre (which in itself should tell you how popular it is in season).Follow the signs. It's much better than faffing around trying to find somewhere to park in the village itself (most spaces there are time-limited anyway).Costs roughly 1GBP per hour, although cost goes down the...

  • Local buses

    There has not been a train service to the village for many years - shortsighted cuts by people with no forethought left a beautiful village that is so popular without a train service. There are local buses and the main route is the Cheltenham to Moreton in the Marsh service although there are others.The link has details.


Bourton on the Water Shopping

  • Shops galore!

    Oh I wish I had had more time! There were shops everywhere...Christmas ones, Confectionery ones, Antique ones...all sorts!

  • Good bargains in Spring and Summer

    Edinburgh Woollen Mills had a shop in Bourton. They are worth going to for bargains in Spring and Summer.

  • China and gifts galore!

    I found a great little shop selling lots and lots of china and homewares. It wasn't a very expensive shop and the china in particular was quite nice. Great for gift buying! I mean when you have alot of gifts to buy how much do you really need to spend? I bought a coffee cup for 2 pound and a very nice plate for 6 pound.


Bourton on the Water Local Customs

  • Boats races down the stream

    Our group was there one lovely summery Saturday early evening and the locals were seriously gettting right into boat races down the stream in the middle of the village - that is little boats made of all sorts of bits and pieces!Guys in our group rushed into the local grocery store and bought some boxes of cereal and and things with lids to make...

  • I Hit a Pole

    ...was what my daughter reported at her workplace the next day. "Did he sue?" was the response. English English is quite different in some respects from American English. They say garden, and we say yard. To us a garden is somewhere to grow vegetables, and to them, a yard is a stable yard. So the English would have said that they hit a post and not...

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Bourton on the Water Warnings and Dangers

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    Misleading Posts in the Car Park

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    When you are driving on the left in a RHD car, the most hazardous time for a person brought up driving on the right with a LHD car is when going around a corner especially a turn to the right because if you are used to driving on the right, you don't know exactly where the other side of your car is.

    But at this point, my daughter had been living in England for 2 years, and driving without incident all that time. However, in the car park, the EXIT gate was painted bright yellow, and the post next to the ENTRANCE gate was black. So one focused on the yellow one and the black one kind of receded and got overlooked. She hit the black one (which was quite bent and scarred from being hit so many times by other people).

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Bourton on the Water Off The Beaten Path

  • You must smell this attraction!

    Perfumery ExhibitionDon't miss my Bourton-on-the-Water travelogueAddressVictoriastreet, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2BUDirections:TowncentreThe perfumes are actually manufactured on the premises, and the Perfumery Exhibition not only explores, the fascinating origins of perfume but also includes 'smelly-vision' in a specially...

  • World in miniature!

    Miniature WorldAddressThe Village Green, High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2AQ - England, UK The figures on the picture are only 6 inches high! This is a new and fascinating indoor world of miniature. A superb collection of wonderful miniature scenes and models, made by over 100 of the country's leading makers of miniatures....

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Bourton on the Water General

  • The Water in Bourton-on-the

    After lunch, while my sister did some shopping, and the guys went into the small motor museum, the kids threw some sort of small pear (like crab apples but they were pear shaped) into the stream (aka the River Windrush). Just downstream was a Mum and child with a net fishing the pears out as quickly as ours threw them in. They started talking and...

  • Spreading your wings

    There are other ways to travel than via public transport or private car. One of those is motorhome, a style very popular in Australia where the terrain is vast, the roads are wide and, despite what locals might indicate, petrol is relatively inexpensive.Since it is my dream to do this one day I noted with a smile that some people choose exactle the...

  • The inns of Bourton

    I've included some shots of the hotels in Bourton-on-the-Water. Quite a few of them are in Victoria Street which sits astride the River Windrush.The first hotel was built for the first baptist minister in 1748, hence its name, the "Old Manse Hotel". I wonder what the church would think of its use now!The second one is the Old New Inn that...


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