Burford situated in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. the Burford tourist information guide to the history of Burford, links to Burford's hotel accommodation, local places pubs and restaurants for eating out, transport links, what's on and things to do, Burford estate and letting agents, local health, sport and leisure facilities.
Burford is a busy, vibrant town which lies in the valley of the River Windrush in West Oxfordshire. Burford is known as the
"Gateway to the Cotswolds",the town which is the "cream" of all the north Cotswold towns.
Burford is the designer shoppers paradise, where visitors can browse many unique shops along the main street and is an
antiques town on the scale of Tetbury.
Burford is reached from the main A40 Oxford to Evesham road with the traffic passing in streams through the town with queues often reaching back to the town centre where vehicles wait for the traffic lights to change allowing vehicles to pass over the three arched bridge crossing the River Windrush.
Burford was a wool town and the main street is edged by many fine buildings built by proceeds from the wool trade properties like the Lamb Inn, Bay Tree Hotel, Falkland Hall and the grammar school which dates from the 14th century. The modern township has a good selection of small independent shops with no famous brand names here, teashops, restaurants, antiques and art galleries all stretch along the towns High Street and in the small shopping mall.
The magnificent church of St John the Baptist was built in the 12th century and contains several fine monuments to local personalities including Christopher Kempster who made his fortune selling local stone to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666.
The town is just off the A40 just 19 miles from Oxford, 29 miles from Gloucester and 75 miles from London.
Bus services connecting to Burford are:
The car park is free of charge and there is on street parking.
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More old photographs of Burford can be seen at the here.
The Old Bull Hotel lives, in part, up to its name. The distinctive brick and stone frontage of the Old Bull is indeed old, dating back to 1658. Newly refurbished, the hotel has much to recommend it.
An independant Hotel, extensively refurbished, a traditional Cotswold stone building, steeped in history 2 minutes walk from Burford High Street, 30 mins to Oxford or Cheltenham with a an extremely popular restaurant
There are several pubs and teashops in the town.