Bicester

The historic market town Bicester is situated in the Cherwell District in the northern part of Oxfordshire. The town’s history goes back over a thousand years and many of the buildings are considered as places of historic interest. Visit the medieval church of St Edburg’s, the earliest remaining building in Bicester or take a stroll around the Market Square which comprises parts of the historic town trail.

The countryside surrounding Bicester features green fields and meadows with honey-coloured stone building villages. The scenic landscape offers a relaxed and peaceful environment for walking and cycling tours. Especially the Island Pond Wood nature reserve is worth a visit with a nice circular walk around the wood.

Another highlight in Bicester are the delightful gardens of Garth Park which host a summer programme of music events. Kids particularly enjoy the Garth Park Play Area, with a wide selection of playing equipment to explore.

On the town’s edge is Bicester Village – an enormously popular luxury brand retail outlet with more than 160 boutiques to choose from.

Getting There

Bicester is located just 12 miles north-east of Oxford and easily accessible from Oxford via bus or train.

By Train

Chiltern Railway offers a frequent train service from Oxford Railway Station to Bicester Village.

By Bus

Stagecoach offers the bus line S5 & X5 from Oxford (bus station) to Bicester North Station. The bus will depart towards Cambridge.

Additionally, National Express is operating a bus service from Oxford Bus Station to Bicester, Manorsfield Road.

Where is Bicester?

How to get to Bicester

  • S5: Oxford to Bicester Village and Bicester

    The S5 connects Oxford and Bicester via Summertown, Gosford, Bicester Village and Bicester. Buses depart from Oxford City centre, Magdalen Street (Stop C4) up to every 15 minutes.

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  • X5: Oxford to Cambridge

    The X5 service runs seven days a week between Oxford and Cambridge via Bicester, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, St Neots and Bedford. Buses depart every 30 minutes.

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March 2019

March 21, 2019 - February 9, 2020

Thinking 3D: Leonardo to the present

Treasury, Weston Library, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BG United Kingdom

For centuries, artists and scientists have wrestled with how to convey three-dimensional objects on the page. Using some of the Bodleian Libraries’ finest books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, Thinking 3D tells the story of the development of three-dimensional communication over the last 500 years.

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July 5, 2019 - March 8, 2020

Talking Maps

St Lee Gallery, Weston Library, Weston Library, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BG United Kingdom

Every map tells a story. Talking Maps is a celebration of maps and what they tell us about the places they depict and the people that make and use them. Drawing on the Bodleian's unparalleled collection of more than 1.5 million maps, this exhibition brings together an extraordinary selection of ancient, pre-modern and contemporary maps from a range of cultures and in a variety of formats as well as showcasing fascinating imaginary, fictional and war maps.

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August 19 - December 21

Lester Piggott: Born to Ride Exhibition

Vale & Downland Museum, Church Street
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8BL United Kingdom

Celebrating champion jockey Lester Piggott who was the first baby born in the maternity unit at Wantage Hospital in 1935. Life size bronze statue of Lester Piggott was unveiled by Lester himself on 18th August in the museum garden. Check out the museum Facebook page @valeanddownlandmuseum to see a video from the unveiling. 19th August – 21st December Vale and Downland Museum.  

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