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Venice of the Cotswolds

By Linda Tancs

Bourton-on-the-Water is a charming village in the heart of England’s Cotswolds. It’s popularly referred to as the “Venice of the Cotswolds” because of the stone bridges crossing the River Windrush that meanders through the center of town. You’ll find lots of yellow limestone buildings characteristic of the region, a perfect complement to the storybook scenery. You might be surprised to learn that there’s also a bird park, with over 130 species of birds on display and home to the only breeding group in the U.K. for king penguins. If you’re short on time, enjoy a whirlwind tour of the heart of town at The Model Village, a one-ninth scale replica.


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