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About Banbury

Laid out along the River Cherwell and the Oxford Canal, Banbury has inspired works by literary greats such as Jonathan Swift and William Shakespeare. In the middle of the town centre is the Gothic-inspired Banbury Cross, constructed in 1859 to commemorate the marriage between Princess Victoria and Prince Frederick of Prussia. History comes alive with a blacksmithing course at Tooley's Boatyard, an institution that dates to 1790. Nearby is the Castle Quay Shopping Centre, with its 100+ shops and restaurants, perfect for retail therapy. Traditional British cuisine awaits at Banbury's oldest public house Ye Olde Reindeer, a favourite haunt for Oliver Cromwell. The town is also renowned for its delicious Banbury cakes, and for being home to Jacobs Douwe Egberts' coffee-making facility—the world's largest of its type.

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What to see in Banbury

Start your visit with the Banbury Museum, which traces the market town's history through fascinating exhibits on the Puritans, the Civil War, and 16th-century fashions. St Mary's Church, built in the 1790s, is hard to miss thanks to its round spire. The paintings inside are spectacular. Another top-rated attraction is the 13th century Broughton Castle manor house, straight out of a fairy tale with its stately moat and well-manicured gardens. Enjoy an afternoon tea in its tearoom. Upton House is an interesting manor house that Lord Bearsted used to house his art collection. Look out for the porcelain collections and Art Deco exhibits here.

More history awaits at Deddington Castle, which was built in Norman times by Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. You'll need to use your imagination here to imagine how things were like here, as all that remains today are some earthworks and grassy rings that resemble a football field. For some more outdoor fun, head to the central People's Park. The park houses a rose garden, an aviary, and a war memorial. The Spiceball Leisure Centre is another family-friendly distraction with its skateboard park, children's play area, and sports centre. Work up an appetite and head to The Granary for a slice of the legendary Banbury cake, a currant-filled pastry.

Where to stay in Banbury

Hotel offers are plentiful in Banbury, particularly with hostels and apartments. There are clusters of cheap hotels on Oxford Road, within walking distance of Easington Park and Horton General Hospital. Southam Road is another convenient location for its proximity to Banbury Museum, People's Park, and local pubs.

For those looking for a more idyllic setting, Banbury is surrounded by hamlets, all within easy driving distance from the city centre. Ten minutes south is the village of Bodicote, full of honey-coloured Hornton stone houses, and the Church of St John the Baptist, a fixture since the 13th century. A short drive west of Banbury is the village of Wroxton, best known for its abbey and museum. The village green is a tranquil spot with its duck pond and stone houses. There are several great accommodation options in Wroxton, including a number of quaint cottages.

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