Burford Travel Guide

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    Old toll house, Burford
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Burford Things to Do

  • Sheep Street

    No surprise why one of the 'main' streets in Burford is so named! It's a delightful little street off High Street. Most people will come across it as its the location of both The Lamb Inn and Bay Tree Hotel - regarded as two of the best hotels and restaurants in the region. But with its honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, it's a real highlight...

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  • Almhouses

    At the gates to the church at Church Green, a surprisingly open space is a row of almshouses, erected in 1457 by Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick ("The Kingmaker"). They were renovated in the early 19th century but even so the structure is an impressive addition to the buildings of Burford.

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  • Tanfield Tomb, St John the Baptist...

    I'm reluctant to call the Tanfield Tomb the highlight of the church – but love it or hate it, it's certainly one of the most memorable aspects. Garish, ostentatious, creepy come to mind - and it's certainly too large for the church. But you can't question the craftsmanship that went into its creation.Sir Lawrence Tanfield died in 1625 – Lord of the...

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  • St John the Baptist Church

    This magnificent parish church, sitting on the banks of the River Windrush at the 'bottom' of the hill of High St, dates from around 1175, although much of what we see today is late medieval. Whilst its tall, slim spire is seen for miles around, it is the interior, the stunning 15th century porch along with its graveyard that is the attraction.And...

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  • Tolsey Museum

    The Museum is found in the old Tolsay – the medieval meeting place for the wealthy wool merchants and where they paid their taxes – approximately half way down the High St at #121.It's a tiny place (2 rooms) crammed to the rafters with local artefacts of the social and industrial past, including maces, charters, seals, stone-quarrying – as well as...

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  • High Street

    Looking down High Street, each side is lined with history. Many of the buildings date back to the 15th and 16th century (although many were also given face-lifts and new facades in the Georgian period in the late 18th century).The wealth of the town, reflected in these buildings, comes from wool, with many of the buildings built by rich merchants....

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  • Burford Church

    Burford Church is easily visible from almost all places in the villages due to its high spire. Built in the late 12th century, the church was often changed over the years, not always to its benefit. William Morris was outraged that it had been so badly treated by Victorian refurbishers so that he founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient...

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  • Up and down the High Street

    Burford's High Street is the main arterial road through the village. While the traffic is horrible and never seems to end, the High Street also has some nice little shops and a few pubs and restaurants where you can have a break. I didn't buy any clothes but was tempted to visit a deli: Mrs Bumbles of Burford. This turned out to be a great idea....

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  • Tolsey Museum

    This tiny 2 room museum occupies the building where the wealthy wool merchants used to hold their meetings. The building is still used for meetings of the town council.The museum is packed with a wide range exhibits about the local history of Burford, from a series of royal charters to a 1940s fireman's helmet. There is also a dolls' house...

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  • Burford Church

    Burford Church is well worth a visit. It was built between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. The area was particularly wealthy during the fifteenth century as a result of the local wool trade, which enabled the inhabitants to spend lavishly on the church building.In May 1649 at the end of the English Civil War, 340 Levellers were imprisoned in...

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  • Cotswold Wildlife Park

    Cotswold Wildlife Park is a small(ish) zoo, based at a typical Cotswold manor house. There are zebra and rhino in large paddocks, while the walled garden is now home to penguins, parrots and lemurs (among other animals). There is a walk through aviary and tropical house (where you can see a sloth), as well as a fruit bat exhibit. The cutest inmates...

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !This pedestrian walks are going uphill & as we walk further up, we could see the valley lies in the looming distance (as you could see on the top photo...).In the left photo, more ole buildings with flowers & plants adorning the...

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !This is the pedestrian walks & next to The High Street which is on the right of this photo ! With the buildings lie next to it...Isn't it beautiful ?

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !I walked further on & more ole buildings caught my sights !Lovely !I want to live here I thought !Very expensive !

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !This photo was taken along The High Street in Burford.We could see many buildings as they were hundred years ago ! Just the sights make me feel glee all over !Some of these buildings are residential buildings, some are restaurants...

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !Burford also has many antique shops !No, we didn't buy anything as that's not my intention at all; Just simply strolling around Burford makes me feel good about the place...These 2 boar statues tickled my fancy...hence a snap is a...

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !After seeing the church, we walked around the town; It's not a small town but has the 'usual suspects' to attract people to come here; This building is probably a restaurant or a pub which there are many scattered around Burford...

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !Still, I could take photos from outside the gate & my photo is showing some 'table' cemeteries which were popular a few hundred years ago...

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !This is the tower of St John The Baptist Church...This church was begun in 1175.When I was there, the church had a reconstruction hence we couldn't even enter the vicinity...

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !The photo is showing St. John The Baptist Church which lies by the River Windrush...

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  • Busy & Scenic...

    Burford lies about 20 miles west of Oxford; It is a busy town & also regarded as yet another gateway to THE COTSWOLDS !This is my first photo of the town, busy with traffics & people coming here to enjoy the ambience of this ole town...

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  • Go Wild In The Country

    Cotswold Wildlife Park is just outside the village of Burford, set in the 160 acres of grounds of a big old house.You can see all kinds of animals from big cats to Rhinos, small birds to Ostriches and Emus, reptiles, birds, mammals and insects.A lot of the animals are in large spacious enclosures and are allowed to roam around, others are in...

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  • Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

    If you are near Burford then a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is a treat - especially those with families.The park is set in 160 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. some attractions:-Rhino's (on grassland in front of the big house - not caged in a concrete compound)Zebras, Camels, Ostriches, Lions, Leopards, Red Pandas, and...

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  • Cotswold Wild Life?

    Cotswold Wild Life ParkNice Zoo with lots of different animals set in the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds on a Victorian estate.The Park is open everyday throughout the year (except 25th December) from 10am.Entrance fee Adults £7.50Children (aged 3-16) £5.00Senior Citizens £5.00Under 3s FREE

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Burford Hotels

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  • The Lamb Inn

    Sheep Street, Burford, OX18 4LR, gb

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Cotswold Gateway Hotel

    Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4HX, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • The Maytime Inn

    Asthall, Burford, OX18 4HW, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Burford Restaurants

  • Sunday Roast!

    Arriving in Burford on a Sunday lunchtime in September, we were confronted with a plethora of choice but equally a gaggle of tourists thronging the streets or tucking into their selected food. Having left Heathrow a few hours earlier after a 24 hour flight from Melbourne, whilst we surprisingly chipper, we felt we could not face i) large crowds and...

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  • Old English pub

    After lunch earlier in the day at The Highway Inn and rejecting an intimate bar space, dinner in the evening was the perfect foil - a former 16th century coaching inn that epitomises 'an old English pub' - roaring fires in the winter (thankfully not needed when we were there), leather chesterfields, low ceilings - lots of atmosphere and incredibly...

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  • The Priory

    When we stayed over night in Burford we walked the main street looking for somewhere for dinner. The Priory caught our eye as it was modern looking and candle lit. Thankfully they had a nice romantic table available for us. We had a really enjoyable evening, with good food and friendly service. We had a main course and dessert each, and a nice...

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  • Huffkins - great place for a Creamed Tea

    Huffkins is a bakery and café located on the main street in Burford. It has been around since the late 1800's. You enter into the delicious smelling bakery, which has display counters filled with tasty looking tarts, cakes and savoury treats. Continue through the shop and you will find yourself in the café/restaurant area, which is split over a...

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  • Friendly service and good food

    This hotel/pub in Burford High Street provides good food and friendly service. I had homemade vegetable soup, duck salad with hoisin sauce from the specials menu and chocolate cream with orange sorbet. My other half had ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli from the specials menu, duck with cherry sauce and probably the largest chunk of sticky...

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  • Good old English Pub

    Not a restaurant as such, but serving meals, etc. and cream teas, it is really a public house, but always looks inviting with the floral displays in the summer months.

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Burford Favorites

  • Beautiful Memories...

    Another photo going downhill...If we are there, we could see the valley in the distance; My camera just couldn't capture that...You guys have to be there to see it with your own eyes !

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  • Beautiful Memories...

    Here, I tried again to capture the valley in the looming distance, not that clear still...Oh ! One thing...if you want to park your car, be sure to be patient !We were lucky, pat was lucky managed to find a spot !

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  • Beautiful Memories...

    Here, you could see more cars !Why would I bother, I hear you ask me !Well, that's Burford ! Amidst the cars ( & the occasional honings !...), we could still the place, the beautiful town with all the ole buildings...

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