Bourton on the Water is a picturesque, chocolate boxy Cotswold village - called The Venice of the Cotswolds because it has the River Windrush running through it with bridges to access the houses.
My children love the Model Village, behind the New Inn, which is a replica of the real village built to 1/9th scale. You squeeze through a turnstile (I can't remember how much it costs) and walk around through the village of Lilliputian houses built of local Cotswold stone. You will find a miniature River Windrush running through, bridges and all, a waterfall with wishing well (my children nearly drowned trying to get the money out) a butcher, baker, post office - everything the real village has, all perfectly made, roof tiles, mellowed stone - and the houses have gardens with little plants and masses of small trees. You think you are hearing things when you walk by the Church as you can hear the choir singing inside!
Just when you think it can't get any better you come to a model of the Model and THEN a minute model of the model of the Model!
It's delightfully old fashioned, no plastic anywhere and makes a great day out - even 14 year olds love it although they would never admit it!.
The Cotswold Model Village is beautiful and we were especially impressed with the smaller scale models of the models. You wouldn't be in there long though, I think we were half an hour going around slowly and taking pictures and, as beautiful as it is, I think paying over £3 each to get in is a bit much. There is also the workshop where you can see model makers exhibitions but that is another £1 each. I think the admission price should have included that as well.
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