A quick trip to Bourton on the Water – “Venice of the Cotswolds”

We decided to make the most of (what seems to be) the last few days of Summer by taking a trip to Bourton on the Water for a change of scenery and a wander in the sun.

We only live about 40 minutes away, but I’d never been, so we thought why not go for a look around and a bit of lunch by the river.

Bourbon on the water
The view from one of the many bridges over the River Windrush
Bourbon on the water
Lunch view!
Bourbon on the water
Bourbon on the water

We got a baguette from a nice little corner cafe called The Den, where they sell various lunch options, coffees and cakes, as well as catering really well for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc. I’d definitely return there again if we are back in Bourton.

There are quite a few other cafes and bakeries, along with a few pubs (and about a thousand ice cream shops).
The sit-down style restaurants/pubs were extremely busy though, with queues outside almost all of them. I spoke to a local shop owner and was told this was a quiet day, so it might be worth pre-booking if you know where you want to eat. Alternatively there is plenty of grass and wall space along the river to sit on, with a few benches around if you can find one available!

Parking at Bourton on the Water looks like it could be difficult on a busy day, but we parked near Co-op in what seems to be the ‘main’ car park.
Car park postcode – GL54 2BQ. £4.50 for 3hrs.

Overall I thought Bourton was a lovely little place to spend a couple of hours relaxing and having a bit of lunch by the river.
The “Venice of the Cotswolds” reputation is a little bit of a stretch in my opinion, but it’s a very pretty, stereotypically English village that’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Cotswolds.
We’d like to re-visit on a quieter day in Autumn when the trees are turning for some great photos!

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