the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the most beautiful showplaces of the Cotswolds and a major tourist destination

Its location at the hub of the area makes it an ideal base for exploring

Delightfully picturesque and known as “The Venice of the Cotswolds”, it is the only one of the six famous Cotswold villages (Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Stow-on-the-Wold) to have a river meandering through the main street. This is criss-crossed by small footbridges and populated by wildfowl.


Charming Cotswold buildings of honey-coloured stone, mellowed by age and softened by foliage, make the centuries roll back and it is easy to envisage an English village of a bygone era.

Bourton-on-the-water is a year-round holiday destination because the village exudes charm in all seasons and weathers.


Various events to interest visitors throughout the year, including Christmas celebrations when the shops are enticingly decorated and an enormous illuminated Christmas tree is placed in the middle of the river.


For walkers, the Windrush Way and the Heart of England Way start in or pass through the village.

Places of interest in Bourton-on-the-Water:

Birdland and the Maze

Cotswold Motor Museum and Toy Collection

Cotswold Perfumery

Model Railway Exhibition

Model Village

Shops, inns, tea-rooms and restaurants

Approximate distances:

Bath 45 miles
Bibury 10 miles
Blenheim 27 miles
Broadway 11 miles
Burford 12 miles
Cheltenham 17 miles
Chipping Campden 13 miles

Cirencester 18 miles
Moreton-in-Marsh 8 miles
Oxford 30 miles
Stow-on-the-Wold 4 miles
Stratford-Upon-Avon 25 miles
The Slaughters 2 miles
Warwick 30 miles