This iconic landmark is a must-visit in Banbury. The present cross, erected in 1859, stands at a spot where traditionally the High, Horsefair, and West Bar streets converge. It commemorates the marriage of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter and replaces earlier crosses destroyed during the Reformation. The cross is famously referenced in the nursery rhyme, "Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross."
A short drive from Banbury, Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house dating back to the 1300s. This picturesque castle is set in parkland and has been featured in various films. Its history, architecture, and beautiful gardens make it a fascinating destination for history buffs and nature lovers alike.
Upton House and Gardens:
Owned by the National Trust, Upton House is known for its impressive art collection, including works by Bosch, Stubbs, and El Greco, and its beautifully landscaped gardens. The 1930s-style property offers a glimpse into the life of a wealthy banker of the era, Lord Bearsted.
Dating back over 240 years, Tooley's Boatyard is the oldest working dry dock on the Inland Waterways. Visitors can explore the traditional boatyard, take boat trips, or even learn about boat building and maintenance.
This Tudor and Georgian house was the ancestral home of George Washington's family. Sulgrave Manor provides an intriguing insight into 16th-century English life and the Washington family's history, complete with period furnishings and beautiful gardens.
The home of British Motor-racing (17 miles away)
Bicester Village Shopping
Luxury shopping destination (9 miles away)
The Gallery at Aynho, RH England - a 400-year-old landmark estate, RH England is a celebration of history, design, food and wine. Reimagined and open to the public for the first time, the 73-acre, 60-room property seamlessly integrates RH Interiors, Contemporary, Modern and Outdoor collections with rare art, antiques and artifacts from across the globe. Explore historic gardens by iconic English landscape architect Capability Brown and enjoy three dining experiences – the Orangery, the Loggia and the Conservatory – as well as a Wine Lounge, Tea Salon and Juicery.
Award winning organic farmshop selling organic artisan made cheese breads, chutneys and preserves as well as an abundance of organic fruit and vegetables. Cafés and restaurants serve seasonal plates and fresh produce made and grown on the farm. There is also a nature-inspired homeware shop plus sustainable cookery and floristry classes for all ages. With a focus on sustainability, the farmshop and surrounding buildings are powered by solar panels and a biomass boiler. Bamford Spa and the Daylesford Cottages offer holistic treatments.