Birdland Park & Gardens

Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BN

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Opening Times

Open all year except Christmas Day:

Easter - October: 10am to 6pm

November - March: 10am to 4pm

Last admission one hour before closing.

Admission Prices



Student (NUS card):


Children (3-15):


(under 3's:




Family (2+2):


Ticket allows re-admittance all day with hand stamp.

Season Tickets and group rates also available; see zoo's website for details


Birdland is situated in the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, in the heart of the Cotswolds. Open daily throughout the year (except Christmas Day), Birdland is home to over 500 birds from around the world, displayed in a natural setting among over 150 trees on the banks of the River Windrush. The collection includes flamingos, pelicans, penguins, cranes, storks, parrots, falcons, pheasants, hornbills, toucans, touracos, ibis, and many more. Birdland is home to the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales and Ireland. Penguin feeding time, 2:30pm daily, is an event not to be missed! The birds are housed either in the open, or in one of over 50 aviaries. There is also a walk-through Tropical House, a Desert House, and a Toucan House, that provide homes to the more delicate species.

On most Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout spring and summer, Birdland's collection is supplemented by a display of hawks and owls from the Cotswold Falconry Centre, for viewing at close quarters.

Birdland offers a selection of 4 picnic areas, together with a café that offers a range of meals, snacks and refreshments, and several of smaller kiosks. There is also a children's play area and the site is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Birdland is actively involved in international breeding programmes, and supports other conservation programmes around the world. The grounds of Birdland itself are also actively managed to encourage local wildlife.

Official Website

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Car Park

Public pay & display car park adjacent to Birdland.

Larger car park a short distance away in Bourton village centre.


Picnic Areas, Snacks & Refreshments, Cafeteria (only open weekends October - March)

For Kids

Children's Playground

Special Needs

Easy access to all areas, toilet facilities, wheelchairs available.


Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead at all times.


Animal Collections


Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.

Star Animals

Only group of King Penguins in England, Wales & Ireland

Special Attractions

Penguin feeding: 2:30pm

On selected days (mainly Sundays) April - September, there will be additional hawks and owls from the Cotswold Falconry Centre on display for viewing at close quarters.

How To Get There:

By Car

From Oxford & M40:

Take A40 towards Cheltenham. Turn right at roundabout onto A361 through Burford. Turn left onto A424 towards Stow-on-the-Wold. Turn left onto A429 and follow the brown tourist signs into Bourton-on-the-Water.

From Stratford-upon-Avon & M5/M40:

Follow A429 through Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. From Stow, continue on A429 and follow brown tourist signs into Bourton-on-the-Water.

From Cheltenham & M5:

Take the A40 towards Oxford. At Andoversford traffic lights, turn left onto A436 to Bourton-on-the-Water, and follow the brown tourist signs.

From Swindon & M4:

Take the A361 to Burford. After passing through Burford, turn left onto A424 towards Stow-on-the-Wold. Turn left onto A429 and follow the brown tourist signs into Bourton-on-the-Water.

Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014

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