Self Drive in UK : Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire – voted as one of the prettiest village in England

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is voted as one of the most beautiful village in England.  It is about 2 hour drive from London and about one hour drive from Gloucester.


Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

This is one of the famous painting showing Bourton-on-the Water, sold in puzzle form in the souvenir shop.

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

Tea Room/ Tea house in English Village

As it was a raining day, so we rushed into one of the Tea Room.  Most Tea Room especially those located at the main street were full with tourists.  We managed to get into one of the Tea Room located a bit far from the main road.

Cotswold Antiques & Tea Room

Address :  2 Victoria St, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham GL54 2BT, UK

Tea Room in Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

We had some hot coffee and hot chocolate and some caramel shortbread. The price is very reasonable and the staff I believe are the owner are friendly too, the caramel shortbread cost GBP 1.20.  The Tea Room is also an antique shop.  A lot of treasure to hunt for if you are into collecting antiques.

Tea house/ tea Room can be seen everywhere here so it is very popular thing to do.  Go try out the homemade cookies, cakes, pastries  and other light refreshment offer in these Tea Rooms.  It’s funny that we did not order tea in the tea room but ordered coffee and hot chocolate instead 🙂

Tea Room in Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

People travelling all over the world to check out Bourton-on-the Water, one of the most picturesque village in England.  This little gem is quite stunning and I really love the English style village.

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

The town is actually nestled on a river flowing through the center of the Village which make it so gorgeous.  The river is really clear and many ducks were paddling happily in the clear water.

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

Venice of the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

Why this place is so popular among the local and world wide tourist?  I guess this is because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush, which runs through the center of the village, also referred as ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’!

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

Opposite the river are the shops and tea rooms, as you can see, only limited car park space on the roadside as this is a very tiny village.

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

The ducks here are not afraid of people and came near us for food.  Their feathers are really beautiful and well kept.  If you have some bread you can feed them and I am sure they would be happy to peck on your hands.

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

If the weather permit, you can always sit down beside the crystal clear river bank and enjoy a picnic.

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds

If you like something to drink, there is a pub in the Kindgsbridge Inn, located right next to the river bank.  In good weather, I am sure these seats will be full of visitors, drinking beers and smoking cigarettes.

Kindgsbridge Inn Bourton Upon Water

Victoria Hall

The Victoria Hall is an old building with the clock on top of the building which is still working, located opposite the river bank.  The more than 100 years building can be hired for reception for private parties and events.  Lovely building.

Victoria Hall Bourton Upon Water

Crossing the arched stone bridges in the Bourton-on-the Water is really the nicest thing one should not miss. You can enjoy the tranquility of the river flow, the unspoiled architectural ancient buildings.

Bourton upon Water

Walking back to the other side of the river bank where a giant tree was planted in the middle of the town center.

 

Bourton upon Water

This is the perfect escape from the big cities and enjoy a cup of English tea in this Cotswolds style of English countryside.

Bourton upon Water

Spotted an an old classic car in Bourton-on-the water.

Bourton upon Water

Other places you may want to explore while in Cotwolds

  1. Birdland Park and Gardens
  2. Cotswold Motoring Museum
  3. The Model Village


Bourton upon Water

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