A one-ninth scale replica of the beautiful village of Bourton on the Water, built in local Cotswold stone, this is the only Grade II listed Model Village in the Country. First opened to the public in 1937 the Model Village offers a miniature view of Bourton - “The Venice of the Cotswolds”.
In the Model Village you become a giant as you tower above the miniature stone houses. The tiny gardens are landscaped to be as realistic as possible using alpines, miniature conifers, scale garden furniture and our now famous “bonsai” mature trees and shrubs. All the historic building and bridges from the heart of the village are here, listen to the choirs singing in the churches, walk alongside the River Windrush, investigate the local shops and find the model of the Model Village!
Open everyday (except Christmas Day, or following significant snowfall). see our website for admission prices and opening times. Postcode GL54 2AF.
So far the model village here in Bourton-on-the-Water is the best example of a model village that I have seen so far. Not only was I taken aback by the huge amount of detail that has gone into this miniature village, but also that the village has been created in exactly the same stone as all of the real buildings within the actual village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Their attention to detail stretches even to their miniature Bonsai trees which are also to scale and are pruned very carefully so as to keep their authenticity. The model village furthermore plays home to Miniature World, which is the creation of over 100 of England's finest miniaturist craftsmen & craftswomen, for which only a very small charge can see you transported through the minds of these outstandingly talented people. All in all I found my visit here to be most enjoyable.