Top 10 Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom (UK)

October 17, 2017 Diedre Savory

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village had a population of 3,296 inhabitants at the 2011 census making it a rather large village as its population actually exceeds those of nearby Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford, both of which are considered small market towns.
Restaurants in Bourton-on-the-Water

1. Cotswold Motoring Museum

The Old Mill Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BY, England +44 1451 821255
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cotswold Motoring Museum

Located in the picturesque village of Bourton on the Water, the Cotswold Motoring Museum is a fascinating journey through the 20th century that the whole family can enjoy. The Museum is bulging with great cars, quaint caravans, precarious looking motorcycles, enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities! Brum, the BBC TV's little super hero car whose adventures start and end at the museum can be found here every day.

Reviewed By GerbilQueen - Hertford, United Kingdom

We all really enjoyed our visit, so much to see lots of cars, caravans, scooters and bikes. Staged through several rooms each with a separate theme and lots of motoring accessories and paraphernalia. It was definitely a good choice for a rainy day, but it was a bit chilly in there although the shop was good and warmer!

2. The Old Mill Museum

Mill Lane | Gloucestershire, Lower Slaughter GL54 2HX, England +44 1451 820052
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4 based on 305 reviews

The Old Mill Museum

Old Mill Museum, Gifts & Local Crafts, Handmade Organic "Ice Cream Parlour", River Cafe & Tearooms by the river.

Reviewed By Donna H - Mukilteo, Washington

Lower Slaughter is on of my favorite Cotswold Villages. It's a pleasant walk along the River Eye to the Old Mill Museum which displays a waterwheel and a chimney for steam power. Even though the museum was small, it still displayed a bit of the area's history. There's a tea and gift shop at the museum.

3. St. Edward's Church

Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AB, England +44 1451 830607
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

St. Edward's Church

Reviewed By Catherine W

This is a sweet little church. The architecture, atmosphere, and dealing of the current activity really nice. I love spending time in this little building and the surrounding yard. The side door with trees framing it was straight out of a storybook. I kept expecting to see Merlyn at any moment!

4. Warden's Way

Near Buckle Barn, Upper Slaughter GL54 2JF, England
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Warden's Way

Reviewed By Andrew C - Witney, United Kingdom

I walked between Bourton-on-the -Water and Lower Slaughter, and then up towards Stow. it is a lovely peaceful part of the Cotswolds, and Lower Slaughter is especially nice to walk round. Most of the footpaths are quite well waymarked, but an Ordinance Survey map will still be required.

5. Mechanical Music Museum

Oak House High Street | The Oak House, Northleach GL54 3ET, England +44 1451 860181
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4.5 based on 289 reviews

Mechanical Music Museum

Reviewed By karin c - Manchester, United Kingdom

We saw the sign to this little gem by chance and decided to visit.Sally ,our museum tour guide,was very friendly and knowledgeable. We spend just over an hour listening to the self playing musical instruments and automata being transported back in time! Sally explained how each instrument works and her presentation skills are excellent. After the tour we enjoyed the home made cake,very nice.thank you for a lovely and informative afternoon!

6. Cotswold Farm Park

Bemborough Farm, Kineton, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UG, England +44 1451 850307
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cotswold Farm Park

Reviewed By Julie J - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Visited for Mother’s Day. Very disappointed. Very little to see and do. My granddaughter loves cows and they wernt out. Very expensive for what is there

7. Bourton House Garden

Bourton-on-the-Hill, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AE, England +44 1386 700754
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Bourton House Garden

Award-winning 3-acre garden surrounding an 18th century Manor House and Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn. Magnificent wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant and colour combinations, imaginative topiary including a knot garden, topiary walk and parterre, water features and a unique shade house. 18th century raised walk provides an enticing link to the Cotswold landscape. The unusual, rare and exotic make this garden a plantsman’s paradise! HHA/Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year’ 2006.'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' Cotswolds Tourism Silver Award 2013

Reviewed By Sue D - Leicester

This garden is immaculately kept but has a nice relaxed atmosphere. There are a huge variety of plants beautifully grouped and an unbelievable amount of well manicured hedging & topiary. We spent a lovely afternoon in the garden topped off with scrumptious tea and scones. Nice walk through a wide variety of trees in the grounds opposite. Would thoroughly recommend it.

8. Dragonfly Maze

Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN, England
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4.5 based on 567 reviews

Dragonfly Maze

A traditional yew hedge maze but with a twist! At The Dragonfly Maze, instead of simply trying to find your way to the centre you have to find the 14 clues dotted around our pathways. Only then will you be able to discover the Golden Dragonfly hidden inside the ornate central pavilion. Great fun whether you are 5 or 75.Been to visit us before?Then ask about our extra puzzle!Do our "Village Trail" around Bourton (£1)Take a walk around our beautiful village picking up clues along the way. If you can answer our hidden question come back to us to claim your "Village Genius" sticker!PRICESAdult £3Under 12 £2.50Senior £2.50Under 4s FreeFAMILY TICKET - 2 Adults plus 2 Under 12s - £9

Reviewed By moononline - Gloucester, United Kingdom

Wow definitely not just for children
Found this simple and cheap way to spend a few hours on Sunday
We had so much fun
My friends daughter and I shrieked our loud when we worked out the puzzle
Amazing fun filled hours
You just try it

9. St Peter's Church

The Square, Upper Slaughter GL54 2JE, England +44 1451 821641
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

St Peter's Church

Reviewed By menardjayne - Portland, Oregon

It seems that almost every time I stop by this village church to take photo's, a little surprise awaits me. It may be a sliver of light coming out on a rainy day at sunset, the choir practicing (and very sweet to hear), or decor from a harvest celebratory service done with flowers, dried seed pods, and vegetables. The church is not large, but it is a charmer.

10. Church of St Peter & St Paul

The Church of St. Peter & St. Paul Market Place, Northleach GL54 3HL, England +44 1451 861132
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Church of St Peter & St Paul

Reviewed By Ricardo B - London, United Kingdom

the only other time that I visited this church almost at night in a winter day and I could not appreciate very well the architecture and the different phases this church has gone through from the 12th century to the 14th century to the 18th century. If you are in Northleach I really recommend the visit of this church because it has a lot of historical value and interest

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