A Guide to Burford


Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds, Burford is a bustling town, famous for its steep high street rising up from the river and the church. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ and recently titled the coolest place to live in Oxfordshire!

Getting to Burford:

  • By Car: Burford is situated just off the A40 which connects easily to the A34 and M40, only 19 miles west of Oxford.
  • By Train: The nearest station to Burford is Charlbury, approximately 7 miles away which has a direct service to Oxford in under 20 mins and London Paddington in around 75 minutes.

Exploring the Town:

Begin your exploration of Burford by visiting the iconic Burford Church of St. John the Baptist, a magnificent medieval church with a stunning spire. Then take a stroll up the High Street, the main thoroughfare, lined with Cotswold-stone cottages, boutique shops, and charming cafes. Don’t miss a visit to Gateway Antiques and At Home with the Rudds for unique homeware and gifts.  You can also pay a visit to the Tolsey Museum, a 16th-century merchant’s house, which now serves as a local history museum, showcasing Burford’s past.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Visit the Burford Garden Company, a unique shopping experience that combines a garden centre, homeware store, and a delightful café serving delicious homemade treats.
  • Head to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, located just outside Burford, where you can encounter a variety of exotic animals, explore beautiful gardens, and enjoy picnic spots.
  • – Venture to Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just a few miles from Burford and immerse yourself in the grandeur of this magnificent country estate.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Experience the natural beauty of the Cotswolds by taking a leisurely walk along the Windrush Valley Walk, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Visit the National Trust’s Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, a rare 17th century grandstand built for deer coursing, surrounded by grounds and water meadows.
  • The nearby village of Bibury is one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds and home to the famous houses of Arlington Row. Grab a coffee from The Twig, and stroll along the stretch of Windrush River, or pay a visit to Bibury Trout Farm.

Dining and Accommodation:

Burford has no shortage of fantastic eateries, coffee shops and deli’s. Experience a cosy Cotswold atmosphere at The Angel or The Lamb Inn, where you can enjoy hearty meals and locally brewed ales.

Lynwood and Co and Hunter’s Cakery are among our favourite coffee spots in the town, and Amanda Hanley by design houses a fabulous deli. You can also experience a classic cream tea at The Priory Tea Rooms, and for vegan and gluten-free diners Nutmeg and Tyme is a wonderful plant-based café and deli located in Christmas Court.

There are several accommodation options in Burford. The Bay Tree and the Lamb Inn both offer a luxurious and comfortable choice, with fine dining restaurants and manicured gardens.  The Bull at Burford is newly renovated – originally an historic coaching inn, now offers a cool and contemporary styled interior with a restaurant and bar.

These are just a few of the many options in Burford, and you will find a host of gorgeous self-catering accommodation options via our friends at Stay Cotswold www.staycotswold.com


Burford offers visitors and residents a delightful experience in the idyllic Cotswold countryside, with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality. Whether you are interested in exploring historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, savouring local cuisine, or simply soaking in the charming atmosphere, Burford promises an unforgettable lifestyle experience.

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