Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water
4.5
About
Duration: More than 3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience Bourton on the Water and nearby attractions

See what travelers are saying

  • Jay
    21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Lovely little location to visit. Plenty of gift shops, plenty of food options and plenty of drink options. Despite the location, the prices are surprisingly good. At least in my opinion, anyway. The only negative note is when it's busy, it's an awkward place to navigate. But other than that, a must see!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Kelly M
    Maidstone, United Kingdom307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply stunning
    This is our second visit. We came in winter before and it was just beautiful but absolutely stunning in the summer. Seeing children playing so freely in the water is just lovely and really brings the community together which is lacking in some places these days. The shops are all boutique and there are so many tea rooms and cafes, eateries etc that everyone can eat and drink with a fantastic view. The Christmas shop is just magical and the candy shop is much lived and very popular! We visited twice in our 5 day visit. This is definitely a place for everyone’s bucket list. It’s just beautiful
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • jon
    295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    A must see village when travelling around the Cotswolds. Some lovely quirky gift shops and a large choice of cafes and coffee shops. Lovely village to walk around and take in the quaint atmosphere whilst admiring the greenery and stream. Does get very busy in summer months so make sure you get lunch early otherwise you will be queuing once the coaches arrive.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Jandanda
    Barnsley, United Kingdom254 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, as ever ....
    Whenever we visit this beautiful part of the Country, we always have to pay a visit to this stunning place. Yes, it does get very busy, but we always try to arrive pretty early, to avoid the crowds. There are lovely independent shops, cafes and restaurants galore. We love this charming little place and we will continue to re-visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Anuruddha K
    London, United Kingdom192 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit tourist attraction in Cotswold
    Went on a Sunday afternoon and it was busy and filled with tourists. Found a car parking space on the main street itself which was free. Found it difficult to get a photograph on a bridge since too many tourists. I guess going there early in morning or late afternoon would have been a better option The model world was something worth visiting. Also, the souvenir shops and Ice cream shops are really good.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Christine B
    Reading, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a great time.
    We have had two recent trips to Bourton on the Water boths times the weather was great although a little hot and our dog was allowed everywhere. Finding parking was easy as the local school had opened up their field. It cost a fiver for all day and the money went to charity. Both times the eateries were very nice and I found a lovely yarn shop. First visit was to Birdworld which was great fun watching the Penquins and various other birds plus Tortoises. Second visit and we took in the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection. Mill Gallery took us through the motoring and the first caravanning holidays. Blacksmith's Workshop told in voice form and mechanical movement. Windrush Alley and Jack's Garage. My best part was Radio Caroline also bringing back memories of of the 50's and 60's music. Cassette Players, the first electronic typewriter/computer and computer game. As you can tell we enjoyed it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Sandy H
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque
    Glad we didn't come here in the school holidays!! Very busy on Tuesday with all the school children on a visit, less so today on Thursday. Each visit we managed to find a seat to sit and watch the world go by and plenty of room in the car park behind the coop garage. Anyone with a motorhome may have struggled to park as all the designated spaces were filled with visitors, not sure how long they'd been there. Lovely quaint houses and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop however be prepared to pay the prices!!! Glad we came on a sunny day 😄 PS very dog friendly
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Tony B
    73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful village
    It's a very pretty Cotswolds town, plenty of beautiful buildings made from the local stone and the river through the centre is outstanding. Free parking for 90 minutes is a bonus and probably enough if you're not sitting down to eat in one of the many (and lovely) eateries. Watching "influencers" try and get the perfect shot is an amusing way to pass the time with an ice cream, even if they're annoying as you try and cross the bridges!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Sachin G
    New Delhi, India41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, beautiful, romantic place - Bourton on the water
    Bourton on the Water - A beautiful romantic place. I went there with my family and we visited the Bird Land and the model village. The Bird Land has many birds from around the world. The variety of owls at this place is amazing. One should plan to visit this place. The Model Village - It's a miniature village on the same model on which Bourton on the water is planned/designed. Kids loved this very much. The scenic beauty at this place is amazing and keeps you romantic and fresh. An amazing place. We really loved this.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Denartes
    Kingswinford, United Kingdom2,048 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing village
    Have been many times here over the years but never seen the stream as full, was like a raging river! Still beautiful to see, lots of parking and few blue badge parking places on the road by Edinburgh woolen Mill. Lots of lovely shops to look round but my favourite is the candle shop. So many Japanese tourists, they love our English villages as much as we do.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles718 reviews
Excellent
417
Very good
199
Average
53
Poor
27
Terrible
22

Els.R
Nottingham, UK63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
On our way back up north from Bath we decided to stop off in Bourton on the Water based on recommendation and reviews. It absolutely does not disappoint aesthetically, it’s beautiful. Lots of little streets branching off the beaten track where you can find coffee shops, charming cottages and pubs. Ice cream shops, antique collectors and museums. Plenty of options if you are wishing to spend the day there. Parking was slow due to how busy the location was but we managed to find some a stones throw away for £5 all day which you can’t beat. We enjoyed coffee, ice cream and a stroll around the town but it was so busy that we only stayed a couple of hours before deciding to call it a day.
Written September 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Foolishhound
Greater London, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Bit of a chocolate box location. The river at the time of our visit was very low, 6/10 inches deep with young supervised children playing/paddling safely. A number of independent shops selling many craft related goods. There are a few activity locations such as the model village, motor museum etc - you can see these elsewhere on a search. Lots of eating places along the river too. This was during Covid so shops etc adapted accordingly. Recommend you get there early for a good parking spot [ Friday] as we arrived around 11:00 and by lunchtime the area became very crowded with a great deal more traffic searching for spaces. We would go back again if we were in the area and spend more time with some of the other attractions.
Written July 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dawn C
Ewloe, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This is a beautiful village. However, we hadn't planned properly and visited on a weekend, mid afternoon. As such, it was extremely crowded, and therefore we didn't stay long. We were put off going along the entire riverbank due to the impossibility of social distancing. Also, queues for ice cream etc were very long.

This review is not to put anyone off visiting, as It really is beautiful.

I would recommend visiting as early as possible in the day, and avoiding school holidays or weekends. We will be back, but midweek at 9am 😀
Written July 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Quaver_raver
Warrington48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Sure, if you have children and want to do touristy stuff like visit model villages etc then Bourton might be a good choice. If you want a relaxing couples holiday away from a busy life/job this is NOT for you. It’s absolutely rammed with people all the time to be point of being oppressive. This also means you can’t get in any decent restaurants without booking weeks and weeks in advance, so prepare for eating fish and chips, or burgers/pies/ stodgy crap on repeat at mediocre places and paying over the odds. Nearly went home half way through the week and finished the week wishing we had. Any attempt to escape from the crowds means you get stuck in traffic going anywhere. Just queues and queues and queues.
Written July 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

emanmahmoud1
Newport, UK270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We visited this village after I extensively researched Cotswold online to find out this is the most beautiful place to visit. And it was indeed very pretty and picturesque. Very quiet despite being extremely busy, it was a Saturday morning of August bank holiday. The weather was bit dull but didn’t stop visitors. Massive number of cafes and tea rooms, as well pretty little boutiques and souvenir shops. The prettiest part of this village is the river or canal that runs through the length of the village. You can walk on both sides and can cross on a pedestrian bridges to the other side. You can also take a stroll into the tiny roadies to enjoy the beautiful houses and flowers. Parking free on the road but fills up quickly, there’s a larger pay and display park, both are within 1 minute walk to the water canal. Public toilets available for 30p entry. Driving there was easy following the GBS, from South Wales on M4 then M5, then A road.
Written August 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

alangee
Portsmouth, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
I find it incredibly amusing when visitors to Bourton complain about “tourists” but don’t recognize themselves as such ! We have been twice recently and found it a very nice place to visit and with a number of varying attractions. Of course it’s busy and I agree car parking is very difficult and needs an urgent review, however , it didn’t put us off visiting. The motor museum is excellent and at £6-75 a head is a good deal. Birdland is also very nice and at around £10 a head an equally good deal. It’s stretching the imagination to call Bourton little Venice but it’s nevertheless a pretty place where kids and dogs can frolic in the shallow streams. We had coffee and light food a couple of times in The Shalom cafe which adjoins a Christian book shop. It’s in a side street away from the main road . In here you pay what you feel is appropriate by donation , a nice place where food and drink is served by friendly, pleasant people .
Written September 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

robert_brant
Bedfordshire, UK294 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
My wife and I are staying In Woodstock for a few days and decided to visit on Saturday. Wow. The whole world was there. Every shop, coffee house, restaurant and piece of grass was just heaving with people. It was like leaving Wembley stadium at the end of the cup final. No one wears masks, social distancing impossible. Stayed for just a hour. Found a table for lunch. Restauranter said it’s been the same for weeks. Many people from the North! Made us laugh at the comment. Until Covid is over don’t think we will bother again. Stay safe.
Written August 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

lesley j
Pershore, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
I love Bourton on the Water. Went there today for umpteenth time. I have to say the only downside is the state of the public toilets. Charged 30p to access the worst, vile smelling, filthy toilets I have ever had the misfortune to use. They are truly revolting. Get your act together GGC and the local council, if you expect people to visit ylur Town on spend they're hard earned cash, then clean the toilets and stop charging. The state and disgusting smell today you should pay people to use them.
Written August 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany3,040 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We drove into this lovely little Cotswolds village coming from the north on a beautifully sunny mid week afternoon in March. The place was very busy. We drove right through and parked in a large car park towards the south of the village. This fortunately also had some public conveniences to gain access to which you paid a small fee.

We then walked back along the river into the main part of the village. I was pushing a wheelchair and I was pleased to see that the paths were more or less OK for that. The place is clearly very popular but this didn't bother us too much. We tried our best to wait at the quaint little bridges over the little stream/river for families to take their souvenir photographs. But some younger couples were posing for what we assumed must be for high end magazines and we weren't prepared to wait for them to do their major photoshoots. So I may appear on the cover of Forbes magazine soon - at least in the albums of a number of loving couples/young families.

It was good to see so many park benches to sit down on and watch the world go by - and try to ignore the audacity of the copulating mallard ducks. No sense of decorum at all. Even gang bangs!!!

Bourton on the Water claims to be the Venice of the Cotswolds. Well, I didn't see too many gondolas.

Anyway, we stayed long enough to drink in the atmosphere of a busy Cotswold village, grab an ice cream and enjoy the balmy sunny weather.
Written April 7, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JuliaH
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
It's a realky beautiful place to visit and spend a few hours but is badly let down by some rather essential facilities.
BUT

The public toilets in the car park by birdland used to be free but now costs 30p. If you dont want to pay 30p on your card you need to find 30p in 10p and 5p coins. Then the machine turns out to be fussy about 5p coins and only accepts 1 in every 3. Inside you would expect that extortionate charge to translate into a well stocked facility but there was no soap, the water was freezing cold and the hand dryer didnt work. Sort it out Bourton please. Hand hygiene has been shown to be a key fight against spreading infections!!!
Written May 4, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 652
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Bourton on the Water - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Bourton-on-the-Water HotelsBourton-on-the-Water Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Bourton-on-the-Water
All things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water
Amusement Parks in Bourton-on-the-WaterDay Trips in Bourton-on-the-Water
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars