Greystones Nature Reserve
Greystones, located close to Bourton-on-the-Water, is a unique place for people and wildlife, with a history stretching back 6,000 years.
The nature reserve here is open to the public all year round, and features rare trees, ancient hedgerows, the River Eye, and a lake teaming with wildlife. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wildflower meadows.
People have met, lived and farmed at Greystones continuously for thousands of years, and the site has fascinated archaeologists for centuries. It is the location of one of Europe’s earliest known towns and has been officially recognised for its important historic remains. Today, visitors are invited to explore Greystones and to find out about its role in shaping this part of the Cotswolds.
Come and learn more about the reserve in our interactive discovery barn; dress up in iron-age clothing, view archaeological finds, or have a go at our multi-level wildlife quiz.
Meet friends or family and relax with lunch, afternoon tea or a cuppa and slice of cake in our courtyard café.
Pick up a map and follow one of the many waymarked trails around the reserve; go dipping in the river, have fun on the play trail, watch cows being milked by the Freedom Milker, go back in time with a visit to our replica iron-age roundhouse.
Learn more at one of the many events or courses run at Greystones, for both children and adults. Greystones is also at the heart of our new education sessions for primary school children.
Bourton on the Water
Visit Bourton on the Water a charming English village in the heart of the Cotswolds. Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton on the Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike.
With plenty to see and do, Bourton on the Water offers a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout.
Visit Gloucestershire from elegant spa & market towns to stately homes. Gloucestershire is home to the UK’s longest river and largest mature oak woodland, iconic film locations, walk in the footsteps of poets, and explore 4,500-year-old mines.
In addition to its county town of Gloucester, it has three lovely areas – The Forest of Dean, The Cotswolds and the Severn Vale.