Greystones Farm is a haven for both wildlife and visitors.
Located in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water, the farm has a range of attractions including wildlife trails, a replica Iron Age roundhouse, and a café in which to enjoy a moment’s rest.
Greystones is a working farm, with cheesemaker Simon Weaver’s cows grazing the land.
The reserve has a range of wildlife habitats: from wildflower meadows, hedgerows, to the River Eye where water voles can be spotted.
Bats and barn owls have even taken up residence in the farm buildings! A wildlife pond can is located in the courtyard, where you will be able to spot newts and dragonflies, and the reserve is also home to Salmonsbury Meadows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The history of Greystones dates back more than 6,000 years and the site was particularly important during the Iron Age, when it was a regional centre for trading.
Discovery Barn - Test your wildlife knowledge with our touch-screen quiz, learn about the history of Greystones, or delve into a treasure chest of Iron Age style costumes – there’s fun for all the family.
Wildlife Trails - Explore the stunning Cotswold countryside by following one of three wildlife trails around the reserve - information about which wildlife to look out and listen for can be found dotted around the farm. Trail maps are available to pick up from the café.
Play trail - Children can climb, jump and swing to their heart’s content on a trail of wooden structures dotted through the reserve.
Greystones café - Quench your thirst and refuel at the Greystones café which serves a range of tasty treats, snacks, and drinks.
Replica Iron Age roundhouse - Discover the type of buildings our Iron Age ancestors lived in, with a life-size replica of an Iron Age roundhouse.
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - No onsite parking except 2 blue badge holders. Parking available in the village approximately 300 yards from the reserve.
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Cater for groups
- Dogs Accepted - Café,Discovery Barn and Roundhouse – guide dogs only, Courtyard – dogs on lead, Reserve – dogs friendly, please follow the Countryside Code – grazing cattle on the reserve.
- Electric Car charging point - Available at the Co-op supermarket next to the main car park in the village.
- On-site coach parking - Coach parking only available in the main car park in the village.
- In countryside
- Max group size - Maximum size 15
- Min group size - Minimum group size 6
- Open by appointment only - Roundhouse - opened when volunteers are available and on private appointments. The Roundhouse is available for private hire.
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times - For guided tours only
Parking & Transport
- Car parking - Parking: As Greystones is home to a working farm, parking on site is limited to Blue Badge Holders and GWT volunteers. However, there is plenty of public parking available in Bourton-on-the-Water village. Please use the postcode GL54 2AA to take you to the Station Road car and coach park. This public pay-and-display car park is 300m from Greystones and offers space for over a thousand vehicles. Greystones Lane can be located across the road from the petrol station, towards the bend in Station Road (please note that there is no parking and there are no vehicle turning places on Greystones Lane). Greystones café and Discovery Barn can be found at the end of the lane.
- All major credit cards accepted - Except American Express
Tours and Demonstrations
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted - Booking essential
|Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* The reserve is open all year round.
The Café and Discovery Barn are open April – October – school term, Thu – Sun 10am – 4pm; bank holidays and school holidays – Mon – Sun 10am – 4pm.
November – March – closed