There are plenty of nearby towns and villages to explore, so here’s a selected list of villages that capture the essence of what Banburyshire is all about. Each place has it’s own story to tell so plan a visit, dig a little deeper beneath the surface and you’ll discover so much more about the area and it’s unique landscape.

Bodicote

An atmospheric village at the edge of Banbury, with a large sports field, winding roads and paths that extend out into gorgeous countryside.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX15 | Population: 2,126

bodicote village

Wroxton

An old ironstone village with lots of history (and ducks). Visiting the grounds of Wroxton Abbey, a former Augustinian priory is a must.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX15 | Population: 546

wroxton abbey

Bloxham

A popular maze of a village with the magnificent St.Mary’s Church at it’s heart. It has excellent pubs, schools and a strong communal spirit.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX15 | Population: 3,374

bloxham village museum in the sun

Middleton Cheney

Originally built on an ancient site, ‘Middleton’ now has many services and amenities married to a strong independent community.

County: Northamptonshire | Postcode Area: OX17 | Population: 3,597

Photo © Nigel Cox (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Photo © Nigel Cox (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Chacombe

A very prosperous area in medieval times, it still retains it’s sense of history through the village and surrounding countryside.

County: Northamptonshire | Postcode Area: OX17 | Population: 659

chacombe church

Adderbury

Adderbury is a lovely, winding village well known for Morris Dancing and it’s elegant houses. Why not take a walk through Adderbury Lakes.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX17 | Population: 2,819

the lakes in adderbury

Cropredy

Famous for it’s canal marina, historic Civil War battle and now the Cropredy Festival which used to be called Fairport Convention.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX17 | Population: 717

the oxford canal lock in cropredy

Shutford

Shutford is nestled within outstanding ancient countryside, with an iron age hill fort bordering Swalcliffe’s now lost Roman village.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX15 | Population: 476

the george and dragon pub in shutford

Kings Sutton

A pretty village with lots of history; a grand church, a Roman site, transport links, manor house and Newbottle Woods to the east.

County: Northamptonshire | Postcode Area: OX17 | Population: 2,112

gorgeous sunlit thatched houses in kings sutton

Deddington

Site of a medieval castle, Deddington is a bustling market village with an antiques shop, gourmet butchers and great pubs.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX15 | Population: 2,146

deddington church

Aynho

Known as ‘The Apricot Village’, Aynho is a small village which overlooks North Oxfordshire. It has a canal wharf popular with narrowboaters.

County: Northamptonshire | Postcode Area: OX17 | Population: 659

the oxford canal wharf in aynho

Wardington

The site of battles during the War of the Roses and the English Civil War, Wardington has a vibrant community with many events and clubs.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX17 | Population: 602

wardington church

Hook Norton

A picturesque Cotswolds village famous for it’s historic brewery. Excellent for scenic walks and a tasty pub lunch.

County: Oxfordshire | Postcode Area: OX15 | Population: 2,117

a large traditional house in hook norton

Brailes

The second highest point in Warwickshire, the area has many ancient paths and interesting hills to explore. The Brailes Village Show is a must.

County: Warwickshire | Postcode Area: OX15 | Population: 1,149

picturesque sunset from a hill in brailes village

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