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Bampton looking towards the town and church

Bampton

The ancient market town of Bampton lies in the south of the area, not far from the River Thames. Until about 1850 it stood in the centre of a large...

Burford

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Burford
Oxfordshire
OX18 4QU

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Looking down Burford's famous High Street

With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably 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 Tolsey 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. There is also the signature, on the baptismal font, of Anthony Sedley, one of the Levellers besieged in the church in 1649 - three of the ringleaders were executed by Oliver Cromwell's men in the churchyard.

Little changed over the centuries, Burford is popular with visitors, both for its beauty and history but also for its specialist independent shops, the wide variety of places to eat in Burford and the great range of accommodation in Burford and the surrounding villages. 

Burford also has a lively calendar of events including the biennial Burford Festival and the annual Levellers Day

FREE PARKING - all the towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds offer free parking

The Burford Tour run regular 45 minute tours of the town giving an introduction to the town's fascinating history and some of its more interesting historic buildings.

As well as a Burford Guide (pdf 887k), there are two other walks centred on Burford that are available to download:
Great Barrington - Burford (pdf 136k)
Villages of the Windrush Valley (pdf 163k)

There are also several free downloadable cycle rides that pass through Burford, including:
Burford & the Windrush Valley (pdf 120k), a 26 mile circular tour
The Windrush Valley Cycle Route (pdf 1.64Mb), a waymarked 17 mile route between Witney and Northleach

Burford is twinned with Potenza Picena (Italy)

Useful links:

Burford Chamber of Trade

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