If you’re looking for a quintessential day out in the Cotswolds this summer, you must add exploring the Cotswold...
When visiting the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village is a must see! As the UK’s only Grade II listed model village it is a replica of the picturesque surrounding village of Bourton-on-the-Water.
Set in the grounds of The Old New Inn restaurant with rooms, you can enjoy a tasty bite to eat afterwards. Inside the model village follow the river as you make your way around the tiny buildings.
Built in 1930, the attraction mirrors life as it was then, with many of the buildings featuring traditional signage and cars.
In 2013 English Heritage recognised its importance and history and qualified it for Grade II listed building status.
You’ll be able to spot the landmark pubs along the river along with the motor museum featuring classic cars.
Once inside the attraction, you’ll be able to follow a path around and identify the buildings that still stand in the village today.
There is a viewing point with steps that you can take photos of the village from up high to capture the scale of the model village.
Our top tip would be to walk around Bourton-on-the-Water before or after to compare how much, or how little has changed!
As you arrive in Bourton-on the-Water, head to or follow the river Windrush in the village. The Old New Inn is signposted or you can use the postcode GL54 2AF.
There is a small car park with a pay and display car park immediately outside of the attraction. However, there are other parking opportunities nearby.
The model village has the following entry costs which go into refurbishing and maintaining the popular visitor attraction:
Adult – £4.50 Senior ( over 60 )
£4.00 Child (3 to 13 years)
£3.50 Under 3 – Free
The restaurant with rooms is available to book for overnight stays and you can book lunch and dinner from Wednesday-Sunday. Drinks are available Mondays and Tuesdays.
Being dog-friendly, something you’ll find a lot of in the Cotswolds, you can bring your pet along for the adventure too.
The Tap Room offers an array of delicious treats from Afternoon Tea, tapas, gourmet pub classics plus light bites and sandwiches.
The Sunday menu features a hearty roast dinner menu which is incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike.
If you enter the model village first, show your ticket when you enter The Tap Room for 10% off meals.
The village of Bourton-on-the-Water is known for its Cotswolds stone buildings and low bridges which connect both sides of the river Windrush.
You’ll find cute coffee shops, boutiques, gift shops, the Motor Museum and an array of pubs along each side of the river bank. There is also a Victorian Christmas shop open year round.
The best time to visit Bourton-on-the-Water is out of season as it’s quieter but it’s beautiful in both the snow and sunshine.
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