It is one of the most visited and most photographed places in this very popular region, wih its buildings made out of the local stone.
Bourton-on-the Water is about four miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and fifteen miles from Cirencester.
The village is named Bourton-on-the-Water to distinguish it from the lesser known Bourton-on-the-Hill near Moreton-in-Marsh.
It is situated on the famous Roman road known as the Fosse Way, which runs from Lincoln, through Leicester and the Cotswolds, to Exeter.
It is best known for the series of stone footbridges over the delightful little River Windrush, which runs along beside the village street.
Among the tourist attractions here are Birdland and a model village.
In a restored watermill is a popular motor museum and toy collection, including the little car which was the star of a children's TV series, named "Brum".
The parish church has a fine painted ceiling.