TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN
Visitors to Bourton-on-the Water do not flock here for the scenic beauty alone. The village has other attractions to offer.
Of particular interest is the miniature model of Bourton village situated behind the Old New Inn in High Street. The model is to scale 1:9 and built in the local stone.
Another attraction, appealing, perhaps to a more specialist category, is Birdland. For the ornithologist and all bird lovers Birdland is a must. It is located on the Rissington Road and is a park containing many different species of birds. It has a collection of exotic birds and flowers and a small art gallery which houses paintings of various forms of wildlife.
Housed in an 18th century water mill there is the Village Life Exhibition. Also, in the village is the Cotswolds Motor Museum and Toy Collection which has antique toys and advertising signs as well as a collection of vintage cars and motocycles. The Museum contains motorised vehicles, caravans, bicycles and die-cast models.
At The Cotswold Perfumery visitors may
observe the extraction and manufacturing process of making perfumes
and there is also an exhibition of perfumes.
In High Street there is also a model railway
with a large collection of British and foreign trains
Folly Farm Water Fowl, situated approximately 2 ½ miles from the village, off the A436, has a collection of rare poultry and water fowl.
The more energetic visitor might be tempted to take the footpath that starts at Bourton-on-the-Water to Salmonsbury Camp, the Iron Age hillfort once occupied by Roman settlers. Archaeological evidence of its long history may be viewed in the Cheltenham Museum. The camp was also the site of a battle in Saxon Times.
Last, but not least is the Dragonfly maze constructed by Kit Williams.