Burford

With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably called one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town.

The 16th century Tolsey building, once the meeting place for medieval merchants, now houses the Burford Museum – a delightful local museum illustrating the town’s social and industrial past. The fine church is a real gem with many interesting memorials charting some of Burford’s great families. Popular events include Leveller’s Day with a reconstruction based on experiences of the Burford Leveller martyrs, and Burford’s biennial festival which includes a Cotswold Heritage day, stalls, music, literary events, special interest talks, theatrical workshops and other events.

Burford is 19 miles west of Oxford, and well worth the 30 minute drive to explore. The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens as well as the Crocodiles of the World are also in close reach and offer great adventures for the whole family.The Burford Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located in the Town Centre.

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Getting There

By Bus

Swanbrook Coaches offers a bus service from Oxford (St Giles, stop C5) to Burford. The bus number is 853 and the bus goes towards Gloucester.

Where is Burford?

How to get to Burford

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    233: Woodstock to Burford via Bladon, Long Hanborough, North Leigh, Witney, Minster Lovell and Carterton. Buses depart hourly.

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Collecting the Past at Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum
March 21 @ 10:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm

A range of Chinese paintings created by scholar-artists since the 18th century. These works represent the tradition of collecting the aesthetic taste and values of the Chinese literati who governed China for more than ten centuries.

Mary Lobb — From Cornwall to Kelmscott: A Life Revealed

Kelmscott Manor
June 10 @ 11:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until October 28, 2017

The discovery of a bequest made to the National Library of Wales in 1939 by Mary Frances Vivian Lobb has inspired this eye-opening exhibition, “Mary Lobb — From Cornwall to Kelmscott”. It is the first exhibition to focus on Miss Lobb (1878–1939), the companion of 22 years to May Morris while May lived at Kelmscott Manor (rural Oxfordshire). May, a designer and embroidery historian in her own right, was the younger daughter of famous Victorian designer, poet and social thinker…

Aleksandra Mir – Space Tapestry: Human Spaceflight and Earth Observation

June 24 @ 10:00 am - November 12 @ 5:00 pm

New chapters of Aleksandra Mir’s ongoing work Space Tapestry span the walls of Modern Art Oxford’s Piper gallery. The huge monochrome drawings are inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the artists who depicted Halley’s Comet in 1066. Much like a graphic novel, Space Tapestry tells an episodic visual story of Space travel. Mir has brought together a team of collaborators aged 18 to 24, to draw the work collectively in her studio. At Modern Art Oxford, Mir presents Space Tapestry:…

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