Picture-perfect Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the most famous locations within the Cotswolds. Frequently voted one of the prettiest villages in England, throughout the year visitors flock to see its biscuit-coloured houses and low stone bridges stretching across the River Windrush.
One may not expect to meet a penguin or a flamingo in the Cotswolds, but at Birdland, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village, you can do exactly that. Set in a nine-acre estate of beautiful parks and woodland, you can get up close to an array of native and exotic birds and learn all about their Jurassic ancestry.
For vintage car enthusiasts of all ages, the Cotswold Motor and Toy Museum provides a fascinating history of 20th-century vehicles and the stunning vintage cars on display hark back to the halcyon days of motoring.
Once you’re finished looking at birds and Bentleys, why not take a pleasant amble along the shop-lined streets and stop at Smiths of Bourton, who are as famous for their cocktails and burgers as they are for their quintessential English cream tea experience?