Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

With its idyllic streets, honey coloured chocolate box cottages and the tranquillity of the River Windrush, it’s easy to see why Bourton-on-the-Water has gained the accolade of one of the prettiest villages in England. It’s a lovely place to visit, to spend time browsing the many little shops, or stopping for a relaxing lunch at one of the tea rooms or inns – perhaps the Mousetrap Inn for traditional pub fare. It really is like stepping back in time; there’s a quaint village green and several charming stone bridges crossing the river - hence the village being known as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’. For families, there are some great places to visit here, including The Cotswold Motoring Museum.

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