Banbury is a market town on the River Cherwell in northern Oxfordshire. The town is a bustling commercial and retail centre at the edge of the Cotswolds, with a primarily rural surrounding.
Banbury is set amidst the gentle rolling hills in the north of the district. An impressive bronze statue of the “Fine Lady” from the famous “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross” rhyme is set close to the Banbury Cross at the meeting point of the roads from Oxford, Warwick and Shipston-on-Stour. Other points of interest include the Market Place, the St Mary’s parish church, the atmospheric lanes and streets of the Old Town and the Castle Quay shopping mall with the town’s Museum set directly beside the Oxford Canal. The Museum connects to the 18th century Tooley’s Boatyard, where you can take a guided tour of the narrow boat workshop and dry-dock.
A visit to Banbury should also include a visit to the Reindeer Inn on Parson Street, which played an important role in the English Civil War. In the Globe Room, situated in the Reindeer Inn, Oliver Cromwell has supposedly planned the Battle of Edge Hill. Foodies should also try a piece of the delicious ‘Banbury Cake’, a special fruit and pastry cake.
In the surrounding area, you will also find the moated manor house of Broughton Castle, built of Hornton stone in the 14th century, and used as a film set for both “Shakespeare in Love” and “The Madness of King George”. There is more history to discover at nearby Edgehill, the scene of the first Civil War battle of 1642, and at the 17th century Upton House, a National Trust property famous for its art collection and 1930s style gardens.
Banbury is located 21 miles northwest of Oxford.
CrossCountry offers a regular train service from Oxford Railway station to Banbury station.
Additionally, National Express operates a coach bus service between Oxford and Banbury, Bridge Street.
Where is Visit Banbury?
How to get to Visit Banbury
S4: Oxford to Banbury
The S4 service connects Oxford and Banbury via Summertown, Kidlington, Shipton- on-Cherwell, Tackley, Steeple Aston, Deddington, West Adderbury, Twyford, Calthorpe and Banbury. Buses depart every 30 minutes.More info
Bus route 488 goes from Banbury to Chipping Norton, via Poets Corner, Bloxham, Milcombe, Hook Norton, Great Rollright and Over Norton. Buses depart hourly.More info
Things to do in Visit Banbury
Come and enjoy our family-friendly Museum and make something special to take home! £2 per child. Adults and children under 3 FREE. Each Open day has a different theme and activity: Wednesday 14th February 2-4pm – Precious gifts for a loved one Wednesday 4th April 2-4pm – Spring surprises! Wednesday 11h April 2-4pm – Crazy junk models
For kids aged 6-9 years. No parents! Two and a half hours packed with games, outdoor fun, crafts and quizzes for boys and girls, inspired by our collections. Some sessions include ‘kitchen science’ or a wartime twist! Friday 16th February 2018 10am – 12.30pm ‘Rocking rockets!’ Please book How far will yours go? Friday 6th April 2018 10am – 12.30pm ‘Easter hunt!’ Please book Celebrate Easter with a wartime twist. Friday 13th April 2018 10am – 12.30pm ‘Going potty!’ Please…
For kids aged 6-9 years. No parents! Two and a half hours packed with games, outdoor fun, crafts and quizzes for boys and girls, inspired by our collections. Some sessions include ‘kitchen science’ or a wartime twist! Saturday 3rd March 2018 1pm – 3.30pm ‘Sensational Saxons!’ Please book Meet the soldiers and settlers of Oxfordshire. £7 per child. Book via our website or by calling us on 01993 810 214.