A nursery rhyme, ‘Ride a Cock Horse’, has made Banbury one of the best-known towns in England. It has been suggested that the ‘Fine Lady’ of the nursery rhyme may have been Lady Godiva or Elizabeth I. More likely it was a local girl who rode in a May Day procession. The original cross was pulled down at the end of the 16th century. The present cross was erected in 1859 to celebrate the wedding of the then Princess Royal to Prince Frederick of Prussia.
Today Banbury is an expanding market and industrial town experiencing growth as a direct benefit of its proximity to the completed M40 motorway linking London to Birmingham via Oxford. It is home to some major industries such as Alcoa (aluminium products), and Kraft Jacobs Suchard (coffee and custard).
Castle Quay Shopping Centre – 1.1 miles
Banbury has plenty of shops to cover all of your shopping needs and when you can shop no more you have options to relax, take the weight off your feet and get a drink or something to eat at one of our cafés, bars or restaurants.
Upton House and Gardens – 8.6 miles
Upton House is a country house in the civil parish of Ratley and Upton, in the English county of Warwickshire, to the northwest of Banbury, Oxfordshire
Broughton Castle – 3.1 miles
Broughton Castle is a medieval fortified manor house in the village of Broughton which is about two miles south-west of Banbury, Oxfordshire. It is the home of the Fiennes family, Barons Saye and Sele.
Sulgrave Manor – 8.6 miles
Sulgrave Manor is a Tudor and Georgian house built by direct ancestors of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Discover how Civil War, financial ruin, and a shipwreck led to Washington’s great-grandfather seeking a fresh start in the New World.
Banbury Museum – 1 mile
Home to a permanent collection of The Civil War, plush manufacturing, the Victorian market town, costume from the 17th century to the present day, Tooley’s Boatyard and the Oxford Canal, as well as an international temporary exhibitions programme, family fun events, talks, tours and fun for all.
Deddington Farmers Market – 5.5 miles
Deddington Farmers’ Market is one of the most successful and well loved farmers’ markets in the county. It has 40+ carefully selected food producers selling foods that have been grown or produced within 30 miles of the pretty ironstone village.