North Oxfordshire offers rich rewards for its visitors. Centred in the valley of the river Cherwell, with the Oxford Canal alongside, there are landscapes of beautiful countryside with picturesque villages and the market towns of Banbury and Bicester to explore. Plus there’s the luxury shopping centre, Bicester Village.
Follow the River Cherwell through the north of the county, with pretty villages built from the richly coloured local Hornton ironstone, the market towns of Banbury and Bicester, plus welcoming pubs and blissfully quiet walking trails.Read more...
Head to Banbury, a historic market town nestled in the gentle rolling hills in the north of Oxfordshire. Make sure you take a guided tour of the historic Tooley’s Boatyard which dates from 1788 and is the oldest dry dock working boatyard on the inland waterways. There are inviting cafes and pubs in Banbury’s Old Town, including the 16th century Ye Olde Reindeer Inn where the wood-panelled Globe Room is believed to have been used by Oliver Cromwell as a base during the Civil War.
The moated manor house of Broughton Castle is well worth a visit (10-minutes drive from Banbury). Built in the 14th century, the castle stands on an island surrounded by a moat. The castle’s gardens and grounds are delightful and a great place to take a long walk.
There is a rich brewing heritage to discover in the village of Hook Norton (20-minutes drive from Banbury). You can enjoy a tour of the Victorian Hook Norton Brewery which is still thriving today and supplying many local pubs.
Easily accessible via bus or train, visit Bicester Village, on the edge of the historic market town of Bicester. The luxury brand retail outlet is home to more than 160 boutiques of world-famous brands – including Soho Home, Charlotte Tilbury, Manolo Blahnik, Mulberry, Smythson, Vivienne Westwood and more.Read more...
Visit Bicester Heritage, a former WW2 RAF site and home of historic motoring, transporting guests back in time along its tree-lined avenues and restored buildings. Immerse yourself in gin heaven at Sky Wave Gin’s boutique distillery based on the site, or if you’re looking for an unforgettable escapade in the county, Finest Hour Experiences provides flying experiences in Tiger Moth vintage biplanes and an adrenaline-pumping CAP10 aerobatic machine.
Discover Cherwell’s towns by clicking on these links: Banbury, Bicester.
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Bicester Heritage is the UK’s only hub of motoring excellence based on a unique former RAF site.
Broughton Castle is an ironstone manor house located in Banbury and the family home of the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele.
Finest Hour provides unforgettable flying experiences to discover Oxfordshire’s beautiful countryside.
The Carter Company’s cycling, walking and touring holidays give the chance to discover hidden gems and local secrets.
Food and drink
A totally unique experience, bringing together the very best street food, craft beer, independent retail, events and pop-ups to the heart of Banbury.
Bicester Village is a luxury shopping destination home to more than 160 designer boutiques.
Sky Wave Gin is a boutique distillery located at the beautiful Bicester Heritage and offers gin distillery experiences.
Hook Norton Brewery is one of 32 family-owned breweries and the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country.
★★★ Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa is a four-star resort set amongst acres of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
Self-catering. Set on a working farm, Grange Farm offers five dog-friendly cottages converted from original Victorian barns.
Self-catering. Snaptrip offers a great range of places to stay from cosy cottages to luxury stately homes in Oxfordshire.
Self-catering. Sykes Holiday Cottages offer an array of properties from pet-friendly cottages to those with hot tubs.