Towns & Villages
Known across the world for blanket making, especially in North America where the Witney Point Blanket was traded in exchange for furs, the town owes its prosperity to the wool trade.
Witney is the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th century Butter Cross, the fine tree-bordered green and church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire, also Mount House, where you’ll discover the remains of the Palace of the Bishop of Winchester.
A long attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town is the main retail centre in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of independent specialist shops, supermarkets, a twice weekly market and a farmers' market. There are also two shopping centres: the Woolgate and the Marriotts Walk shopping centre.
FREE PARKING - all the towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, including Witney, offer free car parking.
Witney has an excellent bus service to Oxford and the Witney Shuttle offers a shared minibus service from Witney to London Heathrow airport.
Witney downloads include:
Witney Wool & Blanket Trail (pdf 884k) - a walk looking at some of the sites associated with the town's wool trade
Windrush Path - Witney to Hardwick (pdf 1.36Mb)
Witney Lake & Meadows (pdf 1.23Mb) - a guide to the recreation area on the edge of Witney
Windrush Valley Cycle Route (pdf 1.64Mb), a waymarked 17 mile cycle ride between Witney and Northleach
Witney-Kingham (pdf 158k), a 27 mile circular cycle route
Witney-Bourton on the Water (pdf 209k), a 41 mile circular cycle route
Green Witney Travel map (pdf 917k) - showing bus, cycle and footpath routes within Witney
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Saturdays - 11am, 11.30am, 2pm, 2...0.13 miles away
With a full programme of swimming, a host of dry activities and a café with pool viewing area...0.18 miles away
Marriotts Walk is in the centre of Witney, just off Welch Way, and offers High Street named shops...0.22 miles away
Standing at one end of Church Green, the imposing 156ft spire and impressive size of St Mary’s...0.22 miles away
The remains of the ‘Bishop’s Palace’ are situated in the grounds of Mount House, just east of St...0.24 miles away
Modern five screen multiplex cinema set in the Marriotts Walk Shopping Centre in Witney.
Rated...0.27 miles away
The large ground floor gallery houses a long term exhibition, showing the history of Witney and the...0.28 miles away
The church has an unusual tower, positioned in the north west corner of the church it is square at...0.34 miles away
Cogges Manor Farm is a beautifully preserved collection of Cotswold stone farm buildings set in its...0.4 miles away
Bring your children to have fun in an interactive soft play experience. Let their imaginations come...0.73 miles away
St Bartholomew's Church dates from the 11th century with the north aisle the most interesting...1.27 miles away
St John the Evangelist is Victorian, built in 1868/9 to replace an 18th century church close by....1.84 miles away
The Spa at Witney Lakes Resort provides you with the chance to taste the exotics as well as adding...2.04 miles away
Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, the Witney Lakes Golf Club is a stunning 6,500yds, par 71...2.04 miles away
Rushy Common and neighbouring Tar Lakes is a 30 hectare site with three lakes, left after gravel...2.13 miles away
Ruins of a large 15th century manor set around a courtyard. Situated in attractive settings on the...2.23 miles away
St Kenelm's church in Minster Lovell is mainly 15th century, built on the foundations of an earlier...2.27 miles away
There has been a church here since Norman times, though most of the existing church is late 15th...2.38 miles away
An architecturally fascinating church: the church is late Anglo-Saxon in origin with the bell tower...3.18 miles away
St Peter's Church in Wilcote is probably of 12th century origin but with a significant Victorian...3.65 miles away
This is the only church in England dedicated to St. Britius, who was canonised in 443 A.D.
The...3.69 miles away
There's no better day out than one on the water!
The watersports centre is located between two...3.75 miles away
Designed in 1859 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, St Michael and All Angels was consecrated in 1860,...4.25 miles away
Crocodiles of the World is the UK's first and only crocodile zoo, and is home to over 80...4.27 miles away
A traditional working pottery alongside a contemporary gift shop and country cafe.
All the...4.28 miles away
Holy Trinity was built in Gothic Revival style in 1841, though then it only consisted of the nave....4.28 miles away
The remains of a large and well-built Roman courtyard villa facing south east over the Evenlode...4.4 miles away
A 12th century church in the Windrush Valley, with a 14th century transept converted into a chantry...4.41 miles away
St Michael’s church is cruciform in shape, Norman, Early English and Perpendicular in architecture....4.5 miles away
Facilities include: 25m six lane swimming pool; separate toddler pool; aerobics studio; fitness...4.52 miles away
Like so many churches, St Giles Church is medieval in origin but has had many alterations and...4.51 miles away
Facilities include: four court sports hall for indoor cricket, badminton, football, basketball,...4.58 miles away
Set within 21 hectares (50 acres) Kilkenny Lane Country Park is an ideal location for playing,...4.73 miles away
The parish of Bampton was the largest in Oxfordshire and incorporated some 11,238 acres as late...4.75 miles away
The church's octagonal limestone spire is visible from all around. Dating back to 12C, the church...4.77 miles away
Bampton Archive, originally Bampton Museum, is based in the Vesey Room of the Old Grammar School...4.78 miles away
St Leonards dates from the 13th century but was heavily restored in Victorian times (by William...4.78 miles away
St John’s Church began life in 1908 as a Mission Church to Black Bourton. It was rebuilt in 1963...4.95 miles away
Set in the Windrush Valley, St Mary's church is 12th century with early enlargements and a tower...4.97 miles away
A Grade II* listed building, Combe Mill is the original ‘power house’ of the old Blenheim Palace...5.04 miles away