Banbury

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.

Getting There

Banbury is located 21 miles northwest of Oxford.

By Train

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.

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How to get to 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.

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  • 488

    Bus route 488 goes from Banbury to Chipping Norton, via Poets Corner, Bloxham, Milcombe, Hook Norton, Great Rollright and Over Norton. Buses depart hourly.

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SCENE THROUGH WOOD: A CENTURY OF WOOD ENGRAVING

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free Exhibition open from 28 Mar 2020 Gallery 8 Free Admission Celebrating the art of wood engraving over the last 100 years, this exhibition curated by Anne Desmet RA, will display the most outstanding wood engravings in the Ashmolean, complemented by loans from private collections. Marking the centenary of the Society of Wood Engravers, the exhibition charts the history and global spread of this widely loved art form. Image: Edwina Ellis, 1996. Detail of Waterloo  

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Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Bradwell Grove
Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP United Kingdom

Some birds will swoop low over your heads and some will soar high in the sky over the Park’s beautiful grounds. See a variety of different birds from eagles to owls in these exciting demonstrations by Cotswold Falconry, which take place at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on the lawns in front of the Manor house on specific days.

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Wantage Country Market

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Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8BL United Kingdom
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Wantage Country Market is held in the Museum Cafe every Friday morning. The best place to buy fresh homemade goodies such as jams, chutneys and cakes as well as home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers. They also have some crafts, including cards, aprons & knitted baby wear. *Please note this market is not organised by the Museum, the Wantage Country Market is a separate organisation.

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