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The Model Village In Bourton On The Water – A Complete Guide

The Model Village Bourton On The Water is a 1/9th scale of the Cotswold village and a huge attraction. So here’s all the info for visiting.

How To Get To The Model Village

The nearest major road is the M5. Follow signs for A40 Cheltenham from junction 11 and from junction 11a take the A417, then the A436 to Bourton on the Water.

The Model Village is located on Rissington Road, the main road running through Bourton On The Water.

The best option is to park at Rissington Road Pay & Display (located just next to Birdland) and explore from there.

Just a short walk from the main stretch of village, the Model Village can be found at the back of ‘The Old New Inn’ bed and breakfast. Easily accessible from anywhere in town.

If you are based in London there are a few different tours that will take you around the Cotswolds including From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Small-Group Tour. This trip visits Bourton on the Water.

The Model Village Entrance Fee

Adults: £4.50 per person.

Older citizens (60+): £4.00

Children (3-13): £3.50

Under 3’s: Free

Due to narrow paths and fragile walls pushchairs, mobility scooters and buggies etc cannot access the model village. However there is an area to leave them at the door.

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The entrance to The Model Village Bourton On The Water

The Model Village Opening Times

Summer

Monday – Sunday: 10am to 5:45pm.

Winter

Monday – Sunday: 10am to 3:45pm.

The Model Village is open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day.

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On the way in there are some demonstrations of miniature locals working in the factories

Best Time To Visit The Model Village

This is a very popular tourist attraction and is as its busiest during the summer months, especially in the school holidays.

So, if you like it a little less crowded avoid these times and also try to visit early or late in the day.

This is a great activity for all the family, especially when the weather is good.

Listen out for music playing in the tiny model church.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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The 1/9th scale of Bourton from above

What To Expect At The Model Village

The model village is a unique 1/9th scale of Bourton On The Water, and actually has a model village within the model village! 

Built in traditional Cotswold stone it is the only grade II listed model village in the country.

Whereas the real Bourton will take you a couple of hours to walk around, this miniature version will only take around 20 minutes.

The model village Bourton On The Water is a great attraction for both international and local tourists and has been bringing tourism to the Cotswolds since 1937.

Can you believe it took local craftsmen almost five years to build!

The Model Village is of particular interest to historians and crafts people, as it is a replica of the buildings that were in existence in the 1930’s.

It demonstrates how they are used today as shops, the bank, the Victoria Hall etc.

From the post office, to the famous River Windrush running through the town, everything you can find out in the ‘real Bourton on the Water’ you can find here in a cuter, scaled down version.

A great activity for any age and one of the most popular things to do in Bourton On The Water

Also if you like this, you’ll definitely like The Cotswold Motoring Museum and Dragonfly Maze just down the road.

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The replica of our favourite baguette shop and chippy!
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The traditional old Bourton Post Office
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The Old New Inn in The Model Village Bourton
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A miniature Bourton resident looking after her greenhouse
Exhibition of miniatures The Model Village Bourton On The Water
Don’t forget to visit the Exhibition Of Miniatures within the grounds for an extra £1

Where To Stay In London

Luxury

The London EDITION

The London EDITION is located in central London’s Fitzrovia district, with Oxford Street, Theatreland and Piccadilly Circus all within a 10-minute walk. 

Inside, there is a Michelin star restaurant, 2 cocktail bars, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and free use of the on-site fitness centre for all guests. 

With a view of the vibrant city, each en suite room come with a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. 

An iPod docking station, bathrobes and a mini-bar are also provided. 

Each evening, the restaurant offers a contemporary British menu using fresh, British produce.

Mid-Budget

Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Set within a 20-minute walk from Royal Albert Hall and boasting a stylish, spacious piano lounge, Corus Hotel Hyde Park features modern rooms with free WiFi. 

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, offering a direct train link to Heathrow Airport. 

The cosy, air-conditioned bedrooms at Corus Hotel have private en-suite bathrooms and satellite TVs with on-demand movies. 

Rooms also feature work desks, tea/coffee facilities, iron and ironing boards. 

The conservatory brasserie serves a modern European menu using seasonal produce. Olio Bar offers light snacks and beverages, and overlooks Hyde Park.

Budget

The Queens Hostel

Featuring free WiFi, The Queens Hostel offers accommodation in London, just a 2-minute walk to Queens Park Rangers football stadium.

Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms come with a shared bathroom. 

You can play tennis at this hostel, and the area is popular for golfing.

For more places to stay in London, 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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The Model Village In Bourton On The Water Guide

Bilal and Izzy

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

Wow this place is actually so amazing! Its so cool that you get to walk through it and how accurate and detailed it is.