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.
Bicester is located just 12 miles north-east of Oxford and easily accessible from Oxford via bus or train.
Chiltern Railway offers a frequent train service from Oxford Railway Station to Bicester Village.
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 Visit Bicester?
How to get to Visit 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.More info
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.More info
Things to do in Visit Bicester
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Visit our first community exhibition in the Micro-Museum. See our West-Indian living room exhibition and find out about the experiences of the Windrush with the voices of local people and costumes from BK LUWO. Created in partnership with ACHKI (Afrikan Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative) and BK LUWO. This exhibition will be available Mondays to Saturdays. Key facts about the HMT Empire Windrush: British troopship anchored at Tilbury Docks in Essex on 21 June 1948 It was 500ft and 3inches long…
Gallery 8 Antinous was a boy-favourite of the Emperor Hadrian. He drowned in the Nile in A.D. 130, and the emperor founded a city in middle Egypt in his honour called Antinoopolis or ‘Antinous City’. A striking portrait of the boy was created by a great court sculptor, and this image was widely reproduced around the empire. More than eighty busts and statues survive. This exhibition explores the spread of Antinous’ image and his empire-wide cult as a hero and…