Banbury, Oxfordshire

Information and visitors guide to Banbury in Oxfordshire

Information about Banbury, including the history of Banbury, how to travel to Banbury, where to stay and the things to do whilst you are staying in Banbury.

Oxford Canal Banbury

Situated in the local government district of Cherwell in north Oxfordshire, Banbury is a large market town on the banks of the River Cherwell. Banbury became one of the best-known towns in England through the famous children’s nursery rhyme, 'Ride a Cock Horse' published during the seventeenth century.

The area around Banbury is predominantly rural and according to the 2001 census the town and the surrounding parishes had a population of 43,867, though it is safe to assume this figure will have increased over recent years. The town saw a rapid expansion of housing during the 1960s and has continued to grow even more since then. In 1991 the M40 motorway was completed with easy access to London, Oxford and Birmingham. The motorway adding more fuel to the fire helped Banbury to become a town with good industrial capabilities and the continuing growth brought an influx of commuters to the town.

Local industries are varied and include manufacturing and coffee processing and the town is famed for the Banbury cake, an oval fruit and pastry cake similar to the Eccles cake and still available in a number of shops and restaurants locally.

Located alongside the Oxford Canal and built on the site of the former Banbury Castle is the Castle Quay Shopping Centre and close by is Banbury Museum. There are a number of small, independent shops in the town centre as well as the big chains in the precinct. There are markets held on Thursday and Saturday of each week and a Farmers Market takes place on the first Friday of each month. In 2005 Banbury became a Fair-trade Town.

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