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The Model Village

Walk amid a scale model replica of the shops, houses and historic landmarks that were present in Bourton-on-the-Water during the 1930s.

Visit the Model Village to discover a miniature version of Bourton-on-the-Water. This popular attraction is an authentic one-ninth representation of a traditional Cotswold village, characterized by grand stone buildings and walled gardens. The Model Village opened in 1937 and took 5 years and several local craftsmen to complete. It highlights the architecture of Bourton-on-the-Water in the 1930s in addition to the buildings’ present-day usages.

In this miniature world, every last detail has been meticulously thought out. Winding paths pass between the buildings, just as the streets do in the village itself. Gently flowing water depicts the River Windrush and is crossed by replicas of famous stone bridges. Spot notable landmarks such as a watermill and war memorial, in addition to bakeries, cafés, craft stores and pubs.

Look for superb models of the village’s two churches, Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church and St. Lawrence’s Church. Peek inside the windows to see intricately carved pews and hear the sounds of a choir singing.

Don’t miss the Miniature Landscape exhibition, a collection of seven cottages representative of rural homes in Great Britain. Among them are models of Thomas Hardy’s birthplace and the house in John Constable’s painting The Hay Wain. Also worth seeing is the Exhibition of Miniatures, a set of moving scenes created by over 100 miniaturist artists.

It’s not just the architecture that is impressive. The gardens have deciduous and evergreen trees, grassy lawns, greenhouses and furniture. There’s even a model of the entire model.

The village sits behind the Old New Inn pub and is located just outside Bourton-on-the-Water’s village center. There is parking available, for a fee, on-site or in a lot 5-minutes’ walk to the south. Visit nearby attractions including Cotswold Birdland Park and Gardens and the Cotswold Motor Museum and Toy Collection.

The Model Village is open daily except Christmas Day and has an admission fee. Pay an additional fee for the Exhibition of Miniatures. Find full details on the attraction’s official website.


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The Lansdowne £100
The Lansdowne

The Lansdowne

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Cheltenham, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bourton Model Railway Exhibition, Cotswold Motoring Museum and The Model Village. Birdland Park and Gardens and Dragonfly Maze are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    The Dial House £90
    The Dial House

    The Dial House

       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Cheltenham, this luxury inn is steps away from Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Cotswold Motoring Museum. The Model Village and Birdland Park and Gardens are also within 10 minutes.

      The Mousetrap Inn £85
      The Mousetrap Inn

      The Mousetrap Inn

      Lansdowne, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Cheltenham, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Cotswold Motoring Museum. The Model Village and Birdland Park and Gardens are also within 15 minutes.

        The Slaughters Country Inn £135
        The Slaughters Country Inn

        The Slaughters Country Inn

           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Cheltenham, this luxury inn is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bourton Model Railway Exhibition, Cotswold Motoring Museum and The Model Village. Birdland Park and Gardens and Dragonfly Maze are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Old Manse Hotel Bourton by Greene King Inns £70
          Old Manse Hotel Bourton by Greene King Inns

          Old Manse Hotel Bourton by Greene King Inns

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Cheltenham, this inn is steps away from Cotswold Motoring Museum and Bourton Model Railway Exhibition. The Model Village and Birdland Park and Gardens are also within 10 minutes.

            The Old New Inn £110
            The Old New Inn

            The Old New Inn

               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Cheltenham, this bed & breakfast is steps away from The Model Village and Birdland Park and Gardens. Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Cotswold Motoring Museum are also within 5 minutes.

              Broadlands Guest House £99
              Broadlands Guest House

              Broadlands Guest House

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cheltenham, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The Model Village, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Cotswold Countryside Collection and Batsford Arboretum. Chedworth Roman Villa and Snowshill Manor and Garden are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Chester House Hotel
                Chester House Hotel

                Chester House Hotel

                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cheltenham, this hotel is steps away from Cotswold Motoring Museum, The Model Village and Bourton Model Railway Exhibition. Birdland Park and Gardens and Dragonfly Maze are also within 15 minutes.