Bourton-on-the-Water is only 4 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and straddles the River Windrush with its series of elegant low bridges beside neat tree-shaded greens and tidy stone banks. Standing back from the river are traditional Cotswold stone buildings, many of which are now tourist shops for the day-trippers and visitors.

Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region, serviced by the many shops, cafes, and attractions.

Birdland, one of Bourton’s attractions, is an authentic zoo for birds, with a remarkable collection of penguins, some of which have come from the owner’s islands in the South Atlantic. Established by the late Len Hill, it is also home to a huge variety of exotic birds.

The Model Village, another of Bourton’s attractions, is an excellent miniature of Bourton-on-the-Water using authentic building materials depicting the village as it was in 1937 at 1/9th scale.

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