The Model Village is a 1:9 scale replica of the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Located behind the Old New Inn and created over a five-year period in the 1930s by a former landlord of the pub, it was officially opened in 1937.
Get an idea of what it would have felt like to be Gulliver in Lilliput as you explore the only Grade II listed model village in the country. Created from local Cotswold stone by highly skilled craftsmen, it is a replica of the buildings that existed in Bourton-on-the-Water in the 1930s and shows how they are being used today (as banks, shops, meeting halls etc).
Delighting children and adults alike, the attention to detail in the Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village is truly admirable. From the carefully pruned-to-scale Alpine plants in the gardens, to the choirs singing in each of the village's two churches - even the tiny model of the Model Village itself - no detail is considered too small to be significant.
Make the Model Village your first stop on your visit to Bourton-on-the-Water and then spot the life-size versions of each of the buildings as you explore the village afterwards.
The Model Village
Telephone: 01451 820 467
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Adult - £4.25
Senior ( over 60 ) - £3.75
Child (3 to 13 years) - £3.25
Under 3 - Free
The Model Village is open every day of the year (apart from Christmas Day)
Summer (British Summer Time)
10am - 6pm (Last admission 5.45pm)
10am - 4pm (Last admission 3.45pm)
The Model Village is behind The Old New Inn, with which it shares a small car park (charges apply). Alternatively, we are within easy walking distance of two large public car parks & the coach park.
Is there disabled access to the Model Village?
As the Model Village is a 1/9th scale replica, many of the paths are too narrow for wheelchairs, we therefore admit disabled visitors through our side gate. We do this free of charge, as it is only possible to view the village from the front. Unfortunately, mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs cannot access the Model Village.
Are dogs allowed in the Model Village?
We regret that no dogs are allowed in the Model Village.
Is smoking allowed in the Model Village?
Smoking and Vaping are prohibited on the Model Village site.
Are there baby changing facilities as the Model Village?
There are ladies and gents toilets and baby changing facilities at the Model Village.
Is there a gift shop at the Model Village?
There is a small gift shop selling souvenirs.
Does the Model Village close during bad weather?
If we have snow, the Model Village has to close for health & safety reasons. In the event of snowy weather, please visit our Twitter feed or our Facebook page or telephone us to check if the Model Village is open.
The Model Village does not usually close for wet weather conditions, but we do ask that visitors take extra care when visiting in the rain, as some of the paths are uneven and can be slippery in wet/cold conditions.
How do you care for the buildings in the Model Village?
Due to the fragile nature of the small stones used to construct our village, there is a constant restoration and maintenance programme running throughout the year. This means that at any given time certain buildings may be under construction or off site to be restored.
Is it possible to take a pushchair into the Model Village?
Unfortunately, due to narrow paths and steps, there is no room for pushchairs, car seats, walking frames, rollators or strollers to enter the Model Village.
There is a stroller parking area beside the entrance and small children tend to love walking around the buildings in the Model Village, as it makes them feel like giants!