Winterbourne Garden is the University of Birmingham's botanic garden and is used by students as well as being open to the public. It was originally an "early 20th century suburban villa garden", the small estate having been built in 1903. The last private owner bequeathed it to the University in 1944. The first garden layout was inspired by Gertrude Jekyll of the Arts and Crafts movement and was further developed over the years.
Today its six acres hold national collections of roses and displays plants from all over the world. Particular features are the Nut Tunnel, woven from living hazel, and a sunken rock garden with Japanese Tea House.
It is open April to September, Mondays to Fridays 11am to 4pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm. The remainder of the year it is open Mondays to Fridays noon to 3.30pm. Guided walks and special events are held; details are available at the website. A car park, toilets and café are available on site and the garden is accessible to disabled visitors.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife, has spend her childhood in this timber framed cottage and young William came to visit her here during their romance before their marriage. The former farmhouse dates back to the 15th century but some of its building structure suggests that its origins date back much further than this. It is possible to take a tour of the house which is administered by The Shakespeare Trust and you can see the bed in which Anne was born and a wealth of original features. Also open to the public is the traditional cottage garden which has won several awards.
There are a tea room, free parking facilities and gift shop on site. Due to its structure the house offers only limited access for wheelchair users but it is possible to take a virtual reality tour on site.
Summer(Jun-Aug) Mon-Sat:9am-5pm Sunday:9am-5pm
Mid-season(Apr-May & Sept-Oct) Mon-Sat:9.30am-5pm Sunday:10am-5pm
Winter(Nov-March) Mon-Sun :: 10am-4pm
The Model Village in Bourton on the Water is a one-ninth scale replica of the village which has been constructed out of the local Cotswold stone. There are also miniature trees and flowers. The Village was opened in 1937 on the day of the King George VI's coronation and since then it has been updated to continue to reflect the local town.
The Model Village is next door to the New Old Inn, shares its car park and is managed by the hotel owners.
The Model Village is open every day except Christmas Day from 9 am to 6 pm during summer and from 10 am to 4 pm in winter.
The admission prices are:
Cotswold Motoring Museum
The Cotswold Motoring Museum is managed by the CSMA (Civil Service Motoring Association) a not-for-profit members association. The museum is in the centre of Bourton on the Water, right next to the river that runs through the town. The museum hosts cars, motorcycles, caravans and other vehicles as well as motoring paraphernalia from the history of motorised transport such as picnic sets and portable gramaphones.
There is a gallery filled with cars and other vehicles including 'Brum' the museum's mascot car. There's a blacksmiths workshop to remind visitors about transport in the days before the motorcar and displays of bicycles through the ages. Jack Lake's Garage is a reconstruction of an early village garage and also a 'Guest' car showroom which displays regularly changing exhibitions of motoring icons.
The museum is closed in Winter - from a few days before Christmas through to the February half-term holidays. Admission is £3.60 for adults and £2.50 for children, with reduced cost family tickest also available. Opening hours are from 10am to 6 pm seven days per week.
The Cotswold Way is a designated 'National Trail' that runs along the Cotswold Escarpment for a distance of 102 miles between the Gloucestershire village of Chipping Campden and the town of Bath. The starting point - or end point, depending on which direction you are going - is outside the Town Hall in Chipping Campden, where it is marked by a large stone with a plaque.
Whilst the Cotswold Way has been actively promoted as a long distance path, it was only in 1998 that it received government endorsement to be developed as a National Trail and it was launched as such in 2007, making it the newest of the 15 specially designated trails.