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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August 2019

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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October 2019

October 4 - November 24

Daniel Meadows: Now and Then

Daniel Meadows: Now and Then celebrates the work of one of Britain’s foremost photographers who worked from the 1970s onward, authentically capturing British life. Admission: Admission free  

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October 9 @ 10:00 am - November 3 @ 5:00 pm

A. R. Penck: I Think in Pictures

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

A. R. Penck (1939–2017) was an internationally acclaimed German artist, best known for his work in painting, drawing, print and sculpture. His interests in systems theory and cybernetics, as well as pre-historic cultures and science fiction, guided his art toward an investigation of the relationships between man and society. This exhibition is not only the first solo show of A. R. Penck’s work in Oxford but also his first solo museum exhibition in the UK in 30 years. It features works…

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