Burford

With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably called one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town.

The 16th century Tolsey building, once the meeting place for medieval merchants, now houses the Burford Museum – a delightful local museum illustrating the town’s social and industrial past. The fine church is a real gem with many interesting memorials charting some of Burford’s great families. Popular events include Leveller’s Day with a reconstruction based on experiences of the Burford Leveller martyrs, and Burford’s biennial festival which includes a Cotswold Heritage day, stalls, music, literary events, special interest talks, theatrical workshops and other events.

Burford is 19 miles west of Oxford, and well worth the 30 minute drive to explore. The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens as well as the Crocodiles of the World are also in close reach and offer great adventures for the whole family.The Burford Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located in the Town Centre.

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Getting There

By Bus

Swanbrook Coaches offers a bus service from Oxford (St Giles, stop C5) to Burford. The bus number is 853 and the bus goes towards Gloucester.

Where is Burford?

How to get to Burford

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    233: Woodstock to Burford via Bladon, Long Hanborough, North Leigh, Witney, Minster Lovell and Carterton. Buses depart hourly.

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Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III

Blenheim Palace
July 8 - September 7

Monday 8th July – Saturday 7th September 2019 Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre. Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in York this year, Europe’s first-ever pop up Shakespearean theatre arrives at Blenheim Palace for summer 2019. Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays - Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III and Romeo & Juliet will transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling and heart-stopping moments. The 13-sided scaffolding theatre…

Art Exhibition – Lynsey James

Owen Mumford Gallery
July 8 - August 3

Owen Mumford Gallery The Theatre 8th July-3rd August 2019 Lynsey’s work, mostly seascapes in oil on board and water based paint on paper and canvas, has evolved through observation and her love of coastal areas often inspired by the ever-changing palette of colours, unique atmosphere and dramatic beauty of the coastline. “I am eternally intrigued by the irresistible attraction that we feel to be at the sea's edge. My paintings are a celebration of the ever-changing beauty of the point…

The Mechanical Circus

Banbury Museum
July 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until September 8, 2019

Sat 25th May 2019 - Sat 7th September 2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm £5 adult, £4 concession, £3 children (under fives free). Family ticket £14. Roll up! Roll up! The Mechanical Circus is coming to town! Go back in time with Banbury Museum and remember those idyllic childhood days of magic and curiosity, where the marvels of the fairground and circus brought imaginations to life. Mechanical Circus is a wonderfully nostalgic journey through the good old days of pre-electric entertainment. With…

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