Banbury is a historic town in Oxfordshire with wonderful architecture and a friendly atmosphere as well as a choice of picturesque holiday homes in the town and surrounding Chiltern villages. A large square dominates the centre with the magnificent clock tower. Narrow cobbled streets weave their way in between the independent shops, traditional coaching inns and café’s that fill the town. Don't forget to seek out the historic Banbury Cross (although there's no need to arrive by cock horse these days). The restored Oxford Canal runs through the town just beside Castle Quay, the large shopping centre at the heart of the town with large brand names such as Gap and Debenhams.
A small town it may be, but you'll definitely be able to shop till you drop. Culture lovers should head for The Mill Arts Centre, also on the side of the canal for a concert, exhibition, performance or just for a coffee and a diet-busting cake. Local bakers still sell the traditional Banbury Cakes, and Banbury Cross, subject of the famous nursery rhyme still stands. Banbury is a great base from which to explore villages in the Chilterns and the eastern end of the Cotswolds, such as Hook Norton with its brewery and the picturesque town of Chipping Norton. After a hard day exploring there are plenty of warm, welcoming pubs in Banbury to enjoy some traditional English grub before heading back to your cosy holiday home.