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It's Spring! The daffodils are sprouting and the birds are singing. Nowhere is more beautiful at this time of year than the elegant Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water.

The Venice of the Cotswolds


Having been dubbed 'the Venice of the Cotswolds', Bourton sits on the banks of the River Windrush, and with its low arching stone bridges certainly mirrors the serene Italian city. An excellent array of coffee shops, restaurants, and local shops make it a charming day out in one of the most breathtaking areas of England.

Summer is traditionally when tourist visits go through the roof, but Spring time is when Bourton-on-the-Water really comes to life, with the riverbank blossoming and the sun beginning to poke through that post-winter cloud.

Attractions in Bourton-on-the-Water

There's lots to do in Bourton, with excellent attractions such as the Cotswold Motoring Museum, home of the famous little car Brum. There's also an exceptional model village, which took local craftsmen five years to build. Aside from admiring the craftsmanship, you can use this as a guide to getting around the village, and what to go and see during your visit. One of these places may be the Birdland Park and Gardens – 7 acres of woodland containing over 500 birds; of tropical, temperate and desert origins. Bourton is also the home of the Cotswold Brewing Company. If you like a relaxing beer on your Cotswold holiday, this is the place to be.

For your Cotswold holidays, Bourton-on-the-Water is the ideal location to base yourself from, with great transport links between Cirencester and Stow-on-the-Wold.