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Dragonfly Maze In Bourton On The Water – A Complete Guide

The Dragonfly Maze in Bourton On The Water is by far one of the best activities in the village. Fun for any age, here’s all in the info for visiting.

How To Get To The Dragonfly Maze

The Dragonfly Maze is located just off Rissington Road, the main road running through Bourton On The Water.

Bourton is only a small village, so pretty much everything is within walking distance of the centre.

Just a short walk from the main stretch of village, The Dragonfly Maze can be found to the right of ‘Birdland’.

The best option when visiting Bourton On The Water by car is to park at Rissington Road Pay & Display, located just next to Birdland.

Prices start at £3.30 for 2 hours, then £4.20 for 3 hours, £5.20 for 5 hours and £8.30 for 10 hours.

The car park is open for pay and display between 8am – 6pm on Monday – Saturdays and 10am – 6pm on Sundays.

For those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Dragonfly Maze Entrance Fee

Adults: £3

Children: £2.50 (4-12 years)

Older citizens: £2.50

Under 4’s: Free

The Dragonfly Maze is only a small maze, so to prevent overcrowding they have a set number of time slots available per hour and also a maximum capacity at any given time.

You cannot book online or by phone. Tickets are only available from the kiosk window on the day.

We recommend visiting in the morning and booking your slot for later that day as tickets often sell out.

Dragonfly Maze Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 10.30am – 5pm.

Last entry is at 4.30pm.

Winter opening times vary according to the weather and light levels.

Average time taken to complete the maze is 20 to 50 minutes.

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It’s hard to miss the entrance to the Dragonfly Maze in Bourton On The Water

Best Time To Visit The Dragonfly Maze

There are two main factors to take into consideration when planning a visit to the Dragonfly Maze.

The first is the weather.

The majority of the maze is outside, so if it’s raining it’s not going to be much fun.

The second factor to think about is school holidays.

Bourton On The Water is a very popular tourist destination at the best of times, so try to avoid weekends and school holidays if you can.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Lauren getting lost in the maze.

What To Expect At The Dragonfly Maze

The Dragonfly Maze really is a great way to spend an hour or so in Bourton On The Water.

It’s an adult size, traditional hedge maze, with not only a goal of reaching the end, but also a task to complete along the way.

The most important tip if you’re planning on visiting is to get in and book your tickets and time slot as early in the morning as possible.

The Dragonfly Maze is only a small maze, so to prevent overcrowding they have a set number of time slots available per hour and also a maximum capacity at any given time.

Also you cannot book them online or by phone in advance.

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It soon became serious!

The Task

To start, you’re given a card and a pencil with the numbers 1 to 13 on it.

Throughout the maze, you have to collect the clues on the ground which are etched into tiles and stones on the way around.

The hedges are high and all look the same, but there are so many different directions that you can go down.

We probably spent longer than most in the maze, although the good thing is it’s dog friendly, so at least we had a few companions to keep us company.

You can get lost with friends or family, and put together the clues in order to help the dragonfly escape the mouth of the toad at the end of the maze!

We won’t spoil it but the whole thing is very clever and you really feel a sense of achievement when you solve it!

We’ve been to a few mazes previously, however this is by far the most entertaining as well as reasonably priced.

Also the lady who runs it was very welcoming and passionate about her maze, which was brilliant!

Overall, a great activity for all ages and definitely one of our favourite things to do in Bourton On The Water.

Whilst in the area, don’t forget to check out The Model Village and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

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Lauren noting the clues down on our card.
Dragonfly Maze Bourton On The Water
But we made it to the end eventually!

Where To Stay In Bourton On The Water

Luxury

The Lansdowne Guest House

The Landsdowne Guest House is one of the most highly rated accommodations in the area. 

Each room has a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and light refreshments.

Rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.

Free WiFi and private parking is available on site.

Mid-Budget

The Mousetrap Inn

Located perfectly on the high street, The Mousetrap Inn has a beautiful garden and terrace.

The property has a bar and on site restaurant.

All units come with a TV and free WiFi.

Buffet breakfast is available each morning at the property.

Budget

Old Manse Hotel by Greene King Inns

With original features and traditional charm, Old Manse Hotel overlooks the River Windrush.

The hotel has free parking, a riverside terrace and free Wi-Fi. The elegant rooms at The Old Manse each have a private bathroom.

All rooms have tea and coffee facilities, a work desk and hairdryer.

Some rooms even have wonderful period features and river views.

For more places to stay in Bourton On The Water, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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