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Holidays in Bicester

A shopper’s paradise in the Oxfordshire countryside

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North Oxfordshire countryside

Full of Saxon heritage, Bicester originated as a small agricultural market town which has grown into a popular tourist destination nestled in the heart of North Oxfordshire. Although the town has seen increasing numbers of visitors, much of its ancient landmarks and architectures can still be easily seen in the town today.

Bicester is a delightful town brimming with pretty streets lined with original half-timbered buildings that remain from hundreds of years ago and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The historic nature of the town provides an abundance of places of interest to visit, a good place to start is with a trip to the 17th century Dovecote, St Edburg’s Church built in 1104 and the Old Priory and Old Vicarage built around 1500 making it Bicester’s oldest house.

Although you don’t have to stray too far to indulge in the olde-worldly charm, the Market Square retains much of its charming 16th century features as well as being home to a traditional farmers’ market every Friday, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up some excellent fresh produce, all sourced from within a 30 mile radius of Bicester. If you prefer to eat out on holiday rather than cook with local ingredients, you certainly won’t be short of fantastic places to dine out in Bicester. Restaurants and cafes feature along most streets and corners of the town and offer something for everyone.

Bicester Golf Course

After wandering through the meandering streets you will most like have worked up an appetite, stop by The Baguette Boxto re-fuel, this quaint deli style eatery makes sandwiches and baguettes fresh while you wait, the perfect place to visit to fill your picnic basket! If you fancy more of a fine dining experience, indulge in a delicious tapas meal at Brava Tapas Bar, from meatballs and shrimp dishes to garlic bread and paprika potatoes the menu will leave your mouth watering.

“Bicester is home to the famous Bicester Village Designer Outlet, - a real haven for shopaholics”

It isn’t just great quality food on offer in Bicester, there is a heavy emphasis on alcoholic drinks too, at one time Bicester has over 22 inns and alehouses, of which many still remain, so wherever you stay you will never be too far from a cold pint of beer or a glass of sparkling rosé.

It is impossible to talk about Bicester without mentioning the famous Bicester Village Designer Outlet; Undoubtedly England’s best open air shopping centre and a great day out, this shopping venue boasts a host of British designer shops as well as international brands making this a haven for any shopaholics! This outlet is renowned for its fantastic discounts on branded items, varying from adult fashion, china and books to children’s clothes and pet accessories – the perfect place to do some last minute holiday shopping.

After a busy day shopping, relax and take in the stunning surroundings of one of Bicester’s many picturesque parks, Garth Park boasts award-winning gardens and during the summer months hosts a variety of music events, festivals and concerts.

While you’re there

The Nut Tree Inn

Eat at this Michelin starred restaurant and enjoy delicious British cuisine.

Boarstall Tower

Discover this 14th century moated gatehouse set in beautiful gardens.

Bicester Village

Treat yourself to designer goods at bargain discounted prices in this open air shopping outlet.

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