Chipping Norton Travel Guide

  • Chipping Norton
    by margaretvn
  • Chipping Norton
    by margaretvn
  • Chipping Norton
    by margaretvn

Chipping Norton Things to Do

  • Burford

    the lovely Medieval town of Burford is worth a stop - the long High street is lined with little shops as it climbs through the town, and there are little alleyways to explore as well. The parish church is lovely and lots of the buildings are made of Cotswold stone. If you like embroidery then do not miss the Burford needlework shop. But there is a...

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  • Cirencester

    This is a lovely market town, known as "The capital of the Cotswolds" and worth a visit - although it was a pity we had a very wet day there! It is in fact a Roman town from origin and it is in the heart of the Cotswolds. wandering around the town is fun and there are a good variety of shops and of course the open air market is nice to see - held...

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  • a quiet little garden

    while wandering along the High street in Chipping Campden do stop a while in the lovely quiet Ernest Wilson garden. The garden is dedicated to Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930). He was born in the town and became one of the greatest plant collectors. In the garden are plants he introduced to the UK after his travels in China.Wilson worked in the...

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  • Chipping Campden

    Do not miss the lovely little town of Chipping Campden - said to have the most beautiful High street in the in England. there are some nice little shops and places to eat. Do not miss the old market hall dating from the 1600's. Behind the High street (at one end of it) is the lovely St James church. It is just nice to stroll along the street and...

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  • Bourton on the Water

    This beautiful little town, four miles from Stow on Wold is often described as the "Little Venice" of the Cotswolds. The river wind rush flows through the town which is built on both its banks with lovely arched bridges crossing at intervals. It is a very popular tourist place so it can get very busy and parking can be a problem, but on the rainy...

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  • Stow on Wold

    This is a lovely little market town and it does get very busy. Park (for free) out of the centre at the large parking area near the Tesco supermarket - it really is only a short walk back to the centre of the town. This lovely town stands on the junction of seven major roads including the Romans built - The Fosse Way.When the Cotswolds wool...

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  • Bibury - a beautiful little place

    Make a stop at the delightful little village of Bibury - described by William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) he was an English textile designer, artist, and writer associated with the Pre-Raphaelites) as the most beautiful village in England. Arlington Row is the most well known area of the village and the most photographed part of the...

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  • Oxford

    a day trip to Oxford is a must really - it is a wonderful city full of lovely buildings - although when we were there lots were covered with scaffolding! it is the home of the university of Oxford which is the oldest university in England - the colleges are schattered around the city and they are beautiful - so take time to wander around and look...

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  • Tolkien

    If you love the books of Tolkien as I do then you may like ot visit his grave. He is buried in the Wolvercote cemetery. I love the thought that he called himself and his wife after two people deeply in love in his books.

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  • A Quick Round Up Of The Other Pubs

    With only a brief afternoon visit this time round, and several of the pubs requiring two (or in the case of The Chequers slightly more) pints I didn't manage to get round them all but on my next visit...The ones I missed were: The Crown and Cushion - looks more like a boutique hotel than a pub but might be worth an early evening G&T; The Kings Arms...

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  • And Now The Pubs - #4 The Chequers

    Even though the present landlord is an old friend I'm afraid I have relegate this pub to the number two spot of my Chippy favourites - the Red Lion is a pretty difficult act to follow.It is though very welcoming pub and as soon as you enter its "Tardis"-like mini maze it feels like a proper pub. As with the RL there's a comforting lack of...

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  • And Now The Pubs - #3 The Blue Boar

    I've given this one a mention under "Restaurants" and indeed the light lunch I had I thoroughly enjoyed. However as pubs go this isn't my cup of tea. The beer was good, reasonably-priced, the service was friendly enough but the pub itself is a bit plasticky for my tastes and every room seemed dominated by the variously-sized TV's - there was even...

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  • And Now The Pubs - #2 The Fox

    The Fox Hotel, facing the town's market square, is another of the local Hook Norton Brewery establishments and as expected serves up an excellent pint. This another friendly pub with chatty regulars and welcoming staff.On my Saturday lunchtime visit the main bar was busy with lunchers, locals and visitors alike, and the food looked like proper pub...

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  • Enjoying A Bit Of Both Urban And Rural

    You don't have to walk far from Chippy's town centre to find yourself in the lush rolling countryside of Northwest Oxforshire and the area is criss-crossed by public footpaths and bridleways. With its high advantage even a short stroll offers panoramic views.One such short stroll, which conveniently starts from a pub and ends with one, takes you...

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  • And Now The Pubs - #1 The Red Lion

    Unfortunately pubs like this are fast disappearing from our landscape as the big pubco's treat their estates as properties rather than community resources. The Red Lion is a proper brewery-tenanted public house owned by the local Hook Norton brewery which as well as producing some excellent beers allows its pubs, and publicans, to be...

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Chipping Norton Hotels

Chipping Norton Restaurants

  • What a change

    I have just tried the Cafe Rendezvous in the Station Mill Antiques Centre at Chipping Norton. I have tried the previous cafe, that was there before a serious fire at the premises brought about a change. It have got to the stage that I refused to use the old cafe because the staff were so miserable. The new cafe is set in a corner of the antiques...

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  • Forget About The Written Menu!

    This is a bit of a sprawling mish-mash of a pub which seems to be trying to be all things to all people. OK I've only had a single brief visit on a Saturday afternoon and the place is smart enough, staff and locals seem friendly but it kinda lacked a proper pub feel.Beer though was in good form and the little nibble I had for my light lunch was...

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  • Chippy's Chippy

    I came across a website somewhere which reckoned that one of Chippy's claims to fame was that it had the last "Fish and Chip Shop" for 30 miles in the Cheltenham direction. Not sure about that though as I'm sure there's one at Stow on the Wold.Pedantry aside though Chippy does indeed have its chippies - two that I know of: The Arctic and Movable...

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Chipping Norton Transportation

  • park and ride

    If you visit Oxford do not try to drive into the city and park there - it is a very busy centre. Use the park and ride service - there are parking areas well signposted around the outskirts of the city and the buses into and out of the city are not expensive and ride regularly. it is a much less stressful way of exploring.We used the Water Eaton...

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  • our own transport

    although you can travel around the Cotswolds by public transport you do see much more of the little villages using your own transport and we of course used our smart car to explore - moving from village to village and spending as long or as short a time as we wanted. No waiting for buses. The Smart is ours but I would love the cottage!

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  • Getting To Chippy By Bus

    Chipping Norton no longer has a railway station but it is well served by various bus routes including the Stagecoach S3 from Oxford which runs roughly hourly with a journey time of just over an hour. Other services connect it to Banbury and a dedicated rail connection, the X8, which meets trains at Kingham on the Paddington-Oxford-Worcester...

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Chipping Norton Shopping

  • outdoor wear

    This little shop in the centre of Stow on the Wold has a very good collection of outdoor clothing made by Rohan. They are very helpful but also just let you look around. I bought a lovely fleece sweater Rohan is not cheap and prices depend on what you buy

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  • daily groceries

    We had a self catering cottage just outside Chipping Norton and although there is a small Sainsbury's in Chipping Norton, we found it better to go to Stow on the Wold and the larger Tesco as there was more choice there. There is a large car park - it is just next to the towns free parking area so be careful and not park in the Tesco parking area if...

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  • cookers heaven

    If you enjoy baking or cooking that this shop will have all the utensils you would want or that you could dream about - I wandered about the shop looking at things I wanted and things I did not even know existed! The shop is packed with things and some lovely goodies for gifts.It is a family owned business. If you like walking they have fantastic...

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Chipping Norton Local Customs

  • Smoking In The Deep End Only ??

    Chipping Norton's Lido (an open-air pool for those who might think a lido something you lie on atop the water - that's a LYLO) is very much a summer thing and is open from sometime in spring until sometime in autumn - the website is under construction as I write.This is a public swimming pool which also provides a resource for local schools and is...

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  • Georgian Chippy

    Chipping Norton's heyday (which perhaps should read "woolday") was during the Medieval period when the area became rich on the back of the sheep trade. This was when the town centre developed the layout which you see today.Still relatively propsperous in the late 1700's and early 1800's most of the High Street was given a makeover in what is now...

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  • Chippy's Tourist Information Point

    The town's 15th century Guildhall was its original bureaucratic centre where the local merchants and artisans would meet to discuss the running of the market (and maybe do some price fixing?) and generally look after the town's interests.Following the town's 1607 Royal Charter the Guildhall became the offices of the newly-formed corporation (which...

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Chipping Norton Warnings and Dangers

  • smelly

    If you visit the World Heritage site at Avebury with its wonderful stone circle do not use the public toilets near the pub in the centre of the village! dirty and smelly and dark. There are good clean toilets at the National trust museum and restaurant.

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  • It's Beer Jim, But Not As We Know It!

    Our wonderfully impressive successive UK governments (note the small g) have all but managed to destroy the great british Pub Culture (note the capitals P & C) and have turned the UK into a mismanaged binge-drinking society. OK there has always been an element of alcohol abuse associated with pubs but in the days that pubs were social centres much...

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  • Gardeners Be Warned!

    Chipping Norton has very much a small town community feel to it. It's the sort of place where people greet each other in the streets, the pubs are unanimously friendly and the general pace of life is laid back. As such it comes as no surprise that the crime rate in the town is well below the average with the main concerns voiced by residents to the...

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Chipping Norton Off The Beaten Path

  • Avebury

    Although Avebury is not really "off the beaten track" looking at the UK it is a distance away from Chipping Norton and the Cotswolds but we had not been nearer to it on other holidays so we decided to do a longer drive and visit it and it is well worth the drive (about 2 hours from Chipping Norton).Avebury and its wonderful Standing stones circle...

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  • The Bliss Tweed Mill

    If you take wander on the commons west of the town, alongside Worcester Road, you can't help but notice the striking chimney of the former Bliss and Sons Tweed Mill. Sometimes described as "A Tuscan Tower", othertimes as "A Toilet Plunger" the mill which it was attached to was, in Victorian times, one of Chippy's major employers.The Blisses were...

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  • The Bliss Tweed Mill

    We went by this wonderful old mill building on our way into Chipping Norton. Later, back in Oxford, I was looking at a local paper and what did I see in the real estate ads but a picture of the Bliss Mill and a listing for a pricey "co-op" type flat.

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