Burford is a bustling Oxfordshire town with one of the finest high streets in the Cotswolds. Renowned for its antique and gift shopping, and tea rooms, the town was also nominated for the ‘Best Shopping High Street’ in the UK, for 2003. The town has been known as the gateway to the Cotswolds.
The main street is packed with impressive 17th and 18th century buildings sloping downhill towards a bridge over the Windrush River. Burford was a major wool town during medieval times and some earlier buildings still survive down alleyways off the main street.
The original Norman church was modified in the 15th century and is an impressive sight and testament to the town’s affluent past.
The Bay Tree at Burford is a romantic Cotswold hotel offering luxury short breaks. The hotel has a number of traditional features including a heavy oak entrance door, roaring fires, antique furniture and stone walls with woven tapestries.
Nearby Attractions: Cotswold Wildlife Park and Tolsey Museum. Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland gardens with animals from around the world, an adventure playground, picnic area, cafeteria and gift shops. Open 10am-6pm (or dusk in winter.)