Planning your stay in Bourton-on-the-Water

Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on-the-Water is located in the rural and beautiful Cotswolds region, in the heart of England.

Our idyllic village is a popular tourist destination that offers plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages, from shops, restaurants and tea rooms to its famous model village, model railway museum, and Birdland attraction.

Very much a place with its own pace of life, Bourton is a place to slow down and truly relax. Enjoy an ice cream on the banks of the River Windrush, which runs through the village, sit with a coffee and people watch, or take a stroll around the lakes.

Getting around the Cotswolds

Some prefer to see the Cotswolds on foot, some by bike, and some by car. Bourton-on-the-Water is well suited to all options – there are beautiful walks, great cycle rides, and if you want to travel further afield, many scenic drives.

The heart of England

The Cotswolds and heart of England offer activities and attractions for all tastes, depending on how far you’re prepared to travel. Bourton is central to a number of popular tourist towns and villages, including the Roman attractions and Thermae Spa in beautiful Bath, the theatres and Shakespearean connections of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and the university town of Oxford, not to mention Cheltenham, Chipping Campden and the New Forest.

Travel tips for overseas visitors

We’re lucky enough to attract visitors from all around the world. If you’re thinking of visiting us from overseas, Bourton-on-the-Water is about a two-hour drive from Heathrow Airport, which is close to the M4 motorway – the best way to get to the Cotswolds. You can also reach us by public transport, travelling to Moreton-in-Marsh by train from London Paddington, and the last seven miles from the station by pre-booked taxi.