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Medieval town known as The Gateway to the Cotswolds

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Beautiful surroundings

Burford lies 20 miles west of Oxford and is known as the gateway to the Cotswolds. Its High Street descends gently from the High Wolds, with spectacular views of the countryside and winding River Windrush. It’s a wonderful place to explore by foot, with gifts shops, pubs, cafes and antique shops lining the narrow, well kept streets. There’s also a beautiful medieval bridge, a 15th century church, and rows of ancient stone cottages. On Burford’s doorstep are the Cotswolds, where you’ll discover some of the UK’s most unspoilt countryside, dominated by river valleys, ancient woodland and tranquil meadows. The Cotswolds are scattered with pretty limestone villages, stately homes and the ruins of magnificent castles.

A short drive from Burford is the Cotswold Wildlife Park, where 160 species including giraffes, lions and porcupines can be seen in 160 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. There’s a small train which tours the park, taking visitors on a remarkable ride past zebras, gibbons and crocodiles.

Famous for its spectacular tearooms

For a glimpse into the area’s social and industrial history, visit Tolsey Museum, housed in a pretty early Tudor market building. You’ll find town maces, charters and seals in a large collection of artefacts which tells the long and fascinating history of Burford. The museum is also home to a famous doll’s house and a collection of photos featuring some of the characters who have inhabited the town in the past.

Burford is homes to some excellent restaurants, many of which are housed in grand, historical buildings. The Bull at Burford is known for its opulent atmosphere and fine dishes, including homemade pork terrine and seafood stew. Huffkins bakery and tearooms serves delicious homemade cakes, fresh bread, afternoon tea and a range of luxury products. There are a number of ancient, inviting pubs in the Burford area which serve good, food. The Angel at Burford is a 16th century coaching inn where you can enjoy a pint of traditional cask ale and simple pub classics such as fish and chips. In the nearby village of Fullbrook, you’ll find the Carpenters Arms, a cosy 17th century pub which serves locally sourced, seasonal dishes.

“Burford is one of Oxfordshire’s most picturesque towns, with a medieval bridge over the River Windrush, rows of old cottages and a stunning 15th century church.”

A short drive away from Burford is the magnificent stately home, Bleinheim Palace. Also easily reached are the bustling market towns of Chipping Norton and Woodstock.

While you’re there

Tolsey Museum

Learn about the history of local life in Burford at this quirky museum.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

A huge wildlife park with some of the most amazing species that you can see across the South West.


Stop for a delicious and locally produced bite to eat at this award winning tearoom.

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