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Things to See and Do in Banbury

Banbury is the main town serving North Oxfordshire.  Located on the River Cherwell, it has a population of approximately 40,000 people and is twinned with Ermont in France and Hennef in Germany.   The M40 which connected to Banbury in 1990, now provides easy access to London, Birmingham and the North and has made Banbury a very desirable town in which to be situated.

Find out more about the history of Banbury

  Banbury Cross         


The Banbury Cross, located on a roundabout in the middle of the town, was erected in 1859 to celebrate the wedding of Prince Frederick of Prussia to his bride, the original cross having been pulled down some 250 years earlier.

Apart from the Cross, Banbury is also noted for its Banbury Cakes.

Banbury is mainly famous for the Nursery Rhyme:

      Ride A Cock Horse To Banbury Cross
      To See a Fine Lady Upon a White Horse
      With Rings on Her Fingers And Bells on Her Toes
      She shall have Music Wherever She Goes.


Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross

There is more information on Banbury Town here.

Brown's Original Banbury Cakes, The Maltings, Beanacre, Hook Norton, OX15 5UA. Telephone: 01608 730194 - Maker's of Brown's Original Banbury Cakes since 1818. Used to be baked in Parson's Street in the Old Cake Shop dated 1568. Now distributed through local shops and by mail order.

Banbury Tourist Information - Within Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PQ. Telephone:  01295 753752. 

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Banbury Museum - Banbury Museum and Tourist Information Centre.  Within Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PQ. Telephone: 01295 753752

Map of Banbury Town showing Carparks.