Banbury Travel Guide

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Banbury Things to Do

  • Broughton Castle

    Broughton Castle is a particularly beautiful historic house, surrounded by a moat. Its core is a medieval fortified manor in a sixteenth century shell, with some later additions.. It has been owned by same family since William of Wykeham, the Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England, who is also known for building Winchester College and New...

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  • The Olde Reindeer

    The Reindeer Inn has one of the most interesting and unique histories of all of the pubs in Banbury. It has strong links with Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War. It is believed Cromwell planned the Battle of Edge Hill in the Reindeer. Being situated on Parsons Street, a location in days gone by that was the rough end of town and extremely...

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  • Flying up the sky

    Banbury Fair. A yearly celebration in Banbury town center, usually held every second week of October.

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  • Wisteria in flower

    During April, May and June this wisteria is flowering in White Lion Walk. The wisteria is about 400 years old and when the area was renovated about 30 years ago, special care was taken to protect it. These photos were taken on the 30th April 2007 and the flowers are especially beautiful this year.

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  • The Peoples Park

    Most visitors to Banbury are unaware of the Peoples Park because it is hidden behind buildings and only accessible via an alleyway from the town centre. The land for Peoples Park was given to the people of Banbury by George Frederick Ball in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It is three hectares in size and combines...

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  • Local entertainment in and around...

    When you come to Banbury, visit their Tourist Information to find out about the coming events, which you might be interested in. One of them is the Canal Day, which this year (2006) was celebrated on 1 October, another - the Banbury Canalside Folk Festival also in October. But there are other fetes and funfairs as well throughout the year so just...

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  • See and fly birds of prey

    You can view birds of prey, not an activity you can do every day, if you join Keith Joneson his Owl Evenings, with hawk, owl and falcon display. BBQ and refreshments are included in the price. Even more exciting can be Hunting Days from October to March, when you can actually fly the birds. No previous experience required. Accommodation can be...

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  • St.Mary's Church

    St Mary's Church is shared by Church of England and United Reformed Church. It was designed by Cockerell and built in around 1790 in the classical style. Its darkish colour comes from the local Hornton ironstone used for its construction. The Pepperpot Tower and Portico were added in 1818-1822. The domed roof and huge nave are supported by 12 ionic...

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  • Vivers' House, High Street

    One of the most interesting houses in Banbury is Vivers' House. Edward Vivers' splendid timber-framed and gabled house was built in 1650. For many years the building housed Brown's Banbury Cake shop, where they must have sold Banbury cakes - delicious cakes of flaky pastry with spicy currant filling, made in the area to secret recipes since 1586 or...

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  • Where food and drink mingle with history

    Banbury, with its many pubs to choose from, is an ideal place for a pub crawl, if you like that sort of thing. But, as we only had drinks (soft drinks to be sure, Alan was driving) or a meal in a few, I remember their beautifully decorated buildings and surroundings better than the actual food. Some of the pubs, like the Olde Reindeer Inn in...

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  • Wisteria in White Lion's Walk

    This over 300-year-old wisteria has been pointed out to me by my wonderful host and guide, Alan. I would probably never have found it in the little street bearing this proud name, which to me sounds very intriguing. Was there a bored live lion taking walks there once or just a sculpture of a lion? Anyway, the plant is beautiful, and even more...

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  • The Town Hall

    The present Town Hall, the seat of Banbury Town Council since 2002, is the fourth Town Hall built in Banbury and was first opened in 1854. This neo-Gothic Town Hall was designed by the local architect, E. Bruner. Recently refurbished, it is a perfect venue for important town events, annual dinners, presentations and special family events.Banbery...

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Banbury Restaurants

  • Traditional Fish & Chips

    I have been using A & C Fish Bar for years and they provide a friendly service and their customers like me are regulars. It serves traditional fish & chips as well as kebabs, southern fried chicken and pies. There are the usual extras available such as peas, baked beans, sausages etc. If you require something different like plaice then you need to...

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  • Balti House

    This restaurant does a range on Indian Food but specialises in 'Baltis'. It is always busy on most nights and opens the upstairs floor if it gets crowded. The surroundings are typical of any Indian restaurant. The food is always good and plenty of it. I have not finished a meal yet without feeling stuffed. The chicken korma is very good. The meal...

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  • Chinese Take Away

    I have lost count the number of takeaways I have had from Saveway and have never been disappointed. It is a well established business that has been at the same location since 1976. It was convenient for me because I worked close by and could pick something up on the way home. I have tried other establishments in Banbury but keep coming back. You...

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  • Traditional Breakfast

    This restaurant is next to the Bus/Coach Station and years ago it was the Midland Red canteen. Because of its history I always thought it was just a greasey spoon and never used it. So I thought I would give it a try for a breakfast to discover it is a very smart restaurant with waiter service. The word is service. There are attentive staff, who...

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  • Inexpensive Breakfast

    The Exchange was rebuilt in 1936 and was the main post office in Banbury. At the side of the building was the local telephone exchange hence the name. With the growth of Banbury in the 1960-70's a new telephone exchange was built in a different part of the town and the post office was moved down the High Street a few years later.It has become a bit...

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  • Cream Cake Heaven

    I have used Druckers Vienna Patisserie a few times. It does excellent coffees and cream cakes, which go hand in hand, though the cakes are slightly expensive. The baguettes are already made up, which is a disappointment. Most people tend to sit at the front, which is handy for people watching. Chocolate eclairs and cream meringues.

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Banbury Nightlife

  • Place to avoid

    As a venue Malarki is ok with a good selection of music although can be repetitive if you visit on more than one occasion. I strongly advise not using the male toilets. They are poorly maintained, dirty and extremely odorous.The bouncers are not much more than hired thugs that are not happy unless they are intimidating youngsters or even physically...

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  • xmas night out

    The Banbury Cross Pub and Fine Lady Restaurant in the heart of the wonderful town of Banbury, offers a traditional pub atmosphere with a warm welcome and comfortable surroundings..The company's party held in Banbury cross pub. The pub is not that big but its quite nice, i love there music..love the intertainment and you can request what songs you...

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Banbury Transportation

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    Chiltern Railway

    by alancollins Written Aug 8, 2004

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    Being in the Centre of the Country Banbury has excellent transport connections. There is a regular train service to London with 2 different routes. The Marylebone service via Bicester has modern trains and at sometimes it is only one stop. The other route via Oxford ends at Paddington.
    There is a modern bus station with regular coaches to airports and numerous towns and cities throughout the country. Lastly there is the M40 motorway only 5 minutes to the centre of town.

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Banbury Shopping

  • Just about everything

    Car boot sales abound around Banbury. The idea of such a sale is simple: if your house gets cramped with all the things that you inadvertently bought but never use, put them all in your car boot and get rid of them at the sale. If your children have outgrown their clothes or are too old to play with their old toys, let other children enjoy them. If...

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  • Polish food shop

    Banbury now has a large Polish population. This food shop has recently opened in Parsons Street and now seems to be busy when I pass by. Though I have not purchased any food in shop yet, I did ask for some help to translate a document I had in Polish.

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  • Castle Quay shopping centre

    The Castle Quay shopping centre is situated in the heart of Banbury Town Centre, and is adjacent to the Oxford Canal, Museum, Tooley's Boatyard, and includes the Tourist Information Centre.There are over 1200 parking spaces, and are open seven days a week. For visitors with special needs, contact SHOPMOBILITY - tel. 01295 252722. They are based in...

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Banbury Off The Beaten Path

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    by alancollins Written May 10, 2006

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    Banbury has a number of unusual traffic signs and I saw this one on Concorde Avenue. Please do not be offended by my thoughts on what this sign could mean.
    One way ticket only required on this coach.
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    I wondered where all the coach parties had gone.
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    Never knew it was such a popular attraction.
    I'm sure you can think of dozens more.

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Banbury Sports & Outdoors

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    by alancollins Written Feb 8, 2010

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    The new Leisure Centre at Spiceball Park opened in December 2009, replacing the old centre, which had problems over the years of being low lying and prone to flooding, which happened at least twice. The new centre cost £15,000,000 to construct and has already replaced the old centre which is being demolished. It has a 25m swimming pool as well as a training pool, squash courts, sports hall, sauna and steam rooms, and an air conditioned gym with numerous stations, and a café.

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Banbury Favorites

  • Ghost hunting at Edgehill

    Not far from Banbury, in the village of Edgehill is the site of the first major battle of the English Civil War. It was here that, on 23 October 1642, Charles I's army of about 14,500 men confronted the parliamentary troops, about the same in number, under the Earl of Essex. The battle opened the road to London for Charles, but he did not take...

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  • The nursery rhyme - fact or fiction?

    For those of you who may never have heard the nursery rhyme I have mentioned, here it is: 'Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross To see a fine lady upon a white horse. With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes She shall have music wherever she goes.'One of the possible interpretations of the poem identifies the 'fine lady' as Queen Elizabeth I,...

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