Bourton-on-the-Water ... a potted guide

Places worth visiting...

Birdland Park & Gardens

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Motoring Museum & Toy Collection

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Often referred to as the "Venice of the Cotswolds", Bourton-on-the-Water's beauty is epitomised by the tranquil River Windrush flowing right through its centre.

The river's clear sparkling water and the five ornamental low bridges crossing it make for an attractive scene - especially at the quieter times of the day and the year - and provide the setting for many a keepsake photo.

Bourton has become a major tourist "honeypot" in recent decades, with its variety of popular visitor attractions. These include the famous Model Village, whichopened in 1937 as a small-scale Cotswold stone replica of Bourton-on-the-Water, complete with its own model village.

Other must-see attractions are Cotswold Birdland, a bird sanctuary whose inhabitants include a colony of penguins; the Cotswold Motoring Museum; and the Dragonfly Maze, which has over a quarter of a mile of pathways and an attractive pavilion at its centre.

Each year on August Bank Holiday Monday, the popular football in the river match takes place in Bourton-on-the-Water when goalposts are set up in the River Windrush and two teams from Bourton Rovers FC battle it out in front of hundreds of spectators. 

Bourton's parish church of St Lawrence is notable for its domed tower, unique in the Cotswolds.

On the outskirts of Bourton is Greystones Farm, home to Salmonsbury Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is open to the public. The River Eye runs through the nature reserve which provides a multitude of wildlife to discover, including heron, butterflies, otter and water vole.
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