About Bourton-on-the-Water

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  • Visitor Information Centre
    Victoria Street
    GL54 2BU
  • 01451 820211
  • 01451 822583

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April – October
Mon – Sat 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday* 10:00 – 14:00
*May – September only

November – March
Mon – Sat 10:00 – 16:30
Sunday Closed

About Bourton-on-the-Water

Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on -the-Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike.

Bourton-on-the-Water is located in the Cotswolds, within the heart of England, famous for its honey coloured stone architecture and idyllic village scenes.

Known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, this one village offers a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply the space for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush, spanned by its five arched bridges.

The River

Bourton-on-the-Water’s most prized feature is its tranquil river. Fed from many springs, its source is approximately ten miles from the village, and even in the 1976 drought the flow continued.

Where the river enters the village centre, over the rapids next to the Old Mill, its clear waters flow under a miscellany of arched stone bridges past the green with its banks of Cotswold stone.


The Churches

The earliest evidence of a Christian presence in Bourton-on-the-Water goes back as far as 709AD when a wooden church was built on land donated by the local king, centred to the Abbey of Evesham.