Visit Witney

Witney is the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th century Butter Cross and church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire.

An attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of shops, supermarkets and a twice weekly market. Witney offers all of the facilities you would expect to find in a town of its size. A varied shopping experience including the Marriotts Walk shopping development, pubs, restaurants, and leisure facilities at The Witney Lakes resort and the Windrush Leisure Centre.

Annual events include the autumn Witney Carnival and Witney Feast, nearby Eynsham Carnival, and Wychwood Forest Fair.

Witney is 13 miles west of Oxford, with many attractions and villages to enjoy. Witney Visitor Information Centre has lots of information on even more attractions and events so be sure to take a look when planning your visit.

Getting There

The market town Witney is located 12 miles west of Oxford.

By Bus

Stagecoach operates the S1 and S2 bus line from Oxford City Centre (George St, stop A3) to Witney.

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How to get to Visit Witney

  • S1

    The S1 service connects Oxford-Botley-Eynsham-Witney-Curbridge and Carterton. Buses depart up to every 15 minutes.

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  • S2

    The S2 service goes from Oxford to Carterton, via Summertown, Eynsham and Witney. Buses depart every 30 minutes.

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  • 11

    Bus route 11 connects Oxford with Witney, with stops in Botley, Eynsham, Long Hanborough, Freeland and North Leigh.

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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.

Summer Show

June 3 @ 10:00 am - July 30 @ 5:00 pm

Junction Art Gallery in Woodstock will be presenting a mixed exhibition throughout June and July which focuses on the theme of Landscape in several different mediums. Two of the artists represented are landscape painter Robert Newton and award winning ceramicist Paul Wearing. Robert Newton describes his work as ‘a diary of my surroundings’ finding inspiration in the landscape around him in Northumberland and capturing the seasons, from the rich colours of autumn to the freshness of spring. His work has…

Discovering Wychwood: Living and Working in a Royal Forest

The Oxfordshire Museum
June 10 @ 10:30 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Find out what your life would have been like if you’d lived in West Oxfordshire in 1851. The area would have been a Royal Hunting Forest! How would you have lived, worked and spent your recreation time? Find out what happened to the Royal Forest, how it came to a sudden and dramatic end and how its fortunes shaped the West Oxfordshire we know today. With rural craft demonstration days on Saturday 8 July, Saturday 29 July and Saturday 19…

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