Described as the “Venice of the Cotswolds”, Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular tourist destination for visitors exploring the Costwold Hills. Described by J.B. Priestly as “… the Most English and least spoilt of all our countryside,” the Cotswold Hills stretch in a southwesterly direction from about 7 miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon to Bath, a distance of some 70 miles.
The area is characterized by its picturesque villages built of golden coloured limestone, sitting between clear, fast flowing streams, set in rolling green hills and ancient woodland.
About 30 minutes’ drive north of Bourton is the mellow market town of Chipping Campden with its fascinating sheep market, antiques and tea shops.
For here it’s a short trip to Hidecote Manor with its exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Or you can visit Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace, one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain.
Not trip to the Cotswolds is complete without a visit to Broadway. Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Take a walk up to Broadway Tower and soak up the stunning views of the Vale of Evesham.
Other places of interest are Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for its Shakespeare connections; the university city of Oxford; Gloucester with it’s fine Norman cathedral and dockside inland waterways museum and the fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities
For a leisurely journey through the Cotswold countryside take a steam trip on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway from Cheltenham to Toddington. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham. For the family why not pay a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, is located about 12 miles south west of Bourton, mid-way between Oxford and Cheltenham.