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What Is So Special About Bourton-on-the Water?

A visit to Bourton-on-the-Water is nearly always on the list of things to do for those embarking on a Cotswolds villages tour.

With its picturesque bridges and old-worldly charm, this is rather unsurprising, but here are some other reasons why you should include a walk around the beautiful village on your tour of the Cotswolds.

  • ‘Little Venice’

Bourton-on-the-Water is often known as ‘Little Venice’, thanks to its little stone bridges across the River Windrush that meanders through the village.

You can enjoy plenty of strolls along these low-lying bridges, watching duck races during special events and enjoying a paddle in the shallow river on a hot summer’s day.

  • Limestone buildings

The Cotswolds is renowned for its limestone houses and here you’ll find them in abundance. In addition to this, you’ll spot independent stores, quaint cafes, and tasty restaurants, all located in these historic buildings that make the village look like it’s out of a storybook.

  • August Bank Holiday Monday

Brits love the August Bank Holiday Monday, and those living in Bourton-on-the-Water have even more reason to do so, as everyone comes to the village to celebrate their extra day off together.

Among the celebrations that take place in the centre is the annual football in the river tournament. This involves two five-a-side teams playing each other to raise money for local football teams.

As the river only reaches ankle height, it is a perfectly safe activity and one that brings lots of fun, character and enjoyment to the area on a summer’s day.

Bourton-on-the-Water- Venice of the Cotswolds

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