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. Crocodiles of the World is in close reach and offers great adventures for the whole family. Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities, feeding displays, crocodile talks and much more. Not to mention meeting all the amazing crocodiles, alligators, caimans, lizards, snakes, meerkats and even a Komodo Dragon!

The Burford Visitor Information Centre is conveniently located in the Town Centre.

Burford also has some wonderful walking nearby. Here is a Burford walk and route map that includes a stroll along the River Windrush.

Go ahead and plan your visit today!

Where is Burford?

How to get to Burford

  • Royal Cars

    Royal Cars is Oxford's largest taxi company offering all types of work, from local runs to airport tranfers to long-distance pickups and drop offs, weddings and occasionally have crossed the channel.

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  • 233

    233: Woodstock to Burford via Bladon, Long Hanborough, North Leigh, Witney, Minster Lovell and Carterton. Buses depart every 30 minutes (hourly on Sundays).

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  • S1: Oxford to Witney

    Travel from Oxford on the S1 to Witney to connect onto the 233 to Burford.

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  • S3 or 7

    Travel from Oxford on the S3 or 7 to Woodstock to connect onto the 233 to Burford.

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February 2023

February 1 @ 10:00 am - February 9 @ 12:00 pm

Art Class – Beginners Cogges Manor Farm

Cogges Manor Farm, Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane,
Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 3LA United Kingdom
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Get creative with beginners and intermediate art classes in the unique setting of Cogges Manor Farm, Witney. Beginners: Always wanted to draw? Don’t know how to get started? Come and…

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Winter Fruit Pruning

The Raymond Blanc Gardening School, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, a Belmond Hotel, Church Road,
Great Milton, Oxfordshire OX44 7PD United Kingdom

Enjoy a practical, hands-on learning experience focused on pruning your own tress to optimise the health and weight of your fruit. Head to the Raymond Blanc Gardening School's orchard of…

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Bird Photographer of the Year 2022

The Oxfordshire Museum, The Oxfordshire Museum, Fletcher's House, Park Street,
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SN United Kingdom

The Oxfordshire Museum's stunning opening exhibition of 2023 presents 81 captivating photographs. Photographers from all over the world entered more than 20,000 images into the competition, each with their eyes…

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