A charming English village in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The village of Bourton-on-the-Water is known for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by five low, arched stone bridges. They were built between 1654 and 1953, leading to the moniker of "Venice of the Cotswolds".
The village often has more visitors than residents during peak times of the tourist season. Some 300,000 visitors arrive each year as compared to under 3,500 permanent residents.
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Bourton has a number of tourist attractions:
- The model village is a 1:9 replica of the village and includes a model of the model village itself (a model within a model). It was built by local craftsmen in the 1930s, and opened in 1937.
- The model railway
- The Cotswold Motoring Museum
- Birdland Park and Gardens, which has a collection of birds, from penguins through parrots to passerine (perching) birds and a large pond full of salmon which can be fed by the public. There are bird-of-prey displays and a penguin feeding demonstration
- The Dragonfly Maze, designed by Kit Williams
- On the fourth Sunday of each month, there is a farmers' market