Bourton-on-the-Water must be one of the most well known villages in the Cotswolds and one that few visitors to the area miss out. The pretty River Windrush meanders through the village and low bridges provide lots of photo opportunities. The River Windrush is a real focal point in the village – at Christmas the Christmas Tree is positioned in the River, while in August a football match takes place along the river. At other times it provides a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a picnic, or in the case of Liam O'Farrell, to paint.
Overflowing with vintage and classic vehicles, enamel signs and a plethora of motoring curiosities, Cotswold Motor Museum is like a tardis. It is tucked away at the side of the River Windrush in Bourton-on-the-Water. Unlike some museums, at this motor museum you can get as close to the vehicles as you like and enjoy the attention to detail with personal items such as hats and picnic accessories in keeping with the period of the vehicles adding to their appeal.
The motor museum is also home to TV’s superhero car Brum, which makes a fantastic addition for families.
Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village has become the first model village to appear on Google Street View. To take a peek around the village go to http://bit.ly/bourton
The model village is a one ninth scale replica of the actual village as it was in the 1930’s. Built out of local Cotswold limestone, it took local craftsmen 5 years to build and was officially opened on the Coronation Day of King George VII and Queen Elizabeth in 1937. The picturesque model village is the first ever to have received Grade II listed status thanks to its authentic portrayal of Cotswolds style. The village has churches, a running River Windrush and the stone bridges which are so characteristic of Bourton-on-the-Water.
The model village is also famous for its miniature bonsai type tree, both deciduous and evergreen, which are carefully pruned to keep them to an appropriate scale. The model village is open all year round – check the website for details.
Bourton-on-the-Water is regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in Britain. The village is sometimes referred to as the 'Little Venice' of the Cotswolds, with a series of elegant low bridges over the River Windrush. The village is a very popular tourist destination and there are cafes and shops to explore.