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.
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 (14-59) – £4.50
Seniors (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.
Daily in Summer: 10am – 5.45pm
Daily in Winter: 10am – 3.45pm
The Model Village is open every day of the year (except for Christmas Day)
Best Time To Visit The Model Village + Tips
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
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 famous things to do in Bourton!
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.