Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is a bustling market town occupying the highest point of Oxfordshire. It is located around 18 miles northwest of Oxford in the Cotswald Hills.

Like many of the Cotswold towns, Chipping Norton grew to wealth with the wool trade, and up to today its Bliss Tweed Mill is a major landmark. The Bliss Mill factory appears like a combination of a mansion and a folly with a domed based chimney.You can also enjoy historic listed buildings including alms houses, churches and the Town Hall, along with a great selection of independent shops, centuries-old pubs, eateries and accommodation.

Chipping Norton, also called “Chippy” is a lively town with a variety of festivals around the year such as the well-known Chipping Norton Literary Festival. The events and festivals mostly take place in the medieval market place which is situated in the heart of the town. Here you can also find the Town Hall, the Guidhall as well as the Chipping Norton Theatre.

In the closer area you can find the mysterious Rollright Stones, a megalithic stone circle. Legend has it that it is impossible to count the stones, and that whoever can count them three times and always reach the same number will have their heart’s desire fulfilled. You can also enjoy historic listed buildings including alms houses, churches and the Town Hall, along with a great selection of independent shops, centuries-old pubs, eateries and accommodation.

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There is a bus service between Oxford city centre (Railway station or Gloucester Bus Station) to Chipping Norton. The bus number is S3 and the bus is operated by Stagecoach.

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