Visiting Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water | Cotswolds, England

Welcome back to the Cotswolds! Today’s post will take you along to Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, two villages that are a part of the Cotswolds in the English countryside. How charming are the names?!

Stow-on-the-Wold

Let’s start with Stow-on-the-Wold. This village is slightly more commercial than the other villages. There are many shops, pubs, and hotels in Stow. It’s set on a hill which makes for some great views of the vast countryside. During our quick visit, we walked through the center of town, poked in a few shops, and then set off for Bourton. Here’s what we saw!

stow-on-the-wold, Cotswolds, England

streets of stow-on-the-wold

downtown stow-on-the-wold

stow-on-the-wold

Stow-on-the-Wold was founded by Normans, who took advantage of the placement of the village; set on a hill near converging roads, this spot was perfect for trade.

stow-on-the-wold, Gloucestershire, England

The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold

The Stag, stow-on-the-wold

Keith Hockin Antiques, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water

Next, we went to Bourton-on-the-Water for tea. This village was very touristy and full of energy. Lots of people were out and about grabbing a bite to eat, enjoying a Sunday walk, or having a look around the shops.

bourton-on-the-water

The water you see above is known as the River Windrush. Standing above it is the Motor Museum that features vintage cars and toys.

The Dial House, Bourton-on-the-Water

back streets of Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, England

Bourton, though touristy, was so much fun to explore. If you’re looking to have an elaborate tea, I’d recommend making a reservation as some of the main tearooms are fill up quickly.

Thanks for reading!

-Katherine

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