Burford, Oxfordshire. A picturesque wool town considered to be the gateway to the Cotswolds

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Burford, 8 miles north of Lechlade, is a beautiful Cotswold town on the river Windrush which grew to be an important crossroads for travellers and a very wealthy wool town and has always been considered to be the gateway to the Cotswolds.

Burford High Street   The broad main street, High Street, slopes gently down to the river Windrush ("ford" was the Anglo Saxon word for "river crossing") and is lined with old Cotswold Stone houses and cottages. It is a very dignified street and many of the shops and buildings appear to have changed very little for hundreds of years.

There are many little side streets to explore and refreshments can be had at the many old pubs and tea rooms in the town. Antique shops are a common feature of the town.

Today it is extremely popular with visitors to the area and can get quite busy in the summer.

The 15th century parish church of St. John Baptist is a magnificent sight and is another sign of bygone riches based on wool in common with many other towns and villages in the area. The church was originally Norman, but it was remodelled in the fifteenth century.

More information about the parish church of St. John in Burford, including more photographs - Click here

  Parish chuch of St John in Burford

For the obligitory tea and cakes visit Huffkins on the High Street. Huffkins have recently opened a further shop in the nearby Oxfordshire town of Witney

Burford Attractions

Attractions within a short distance of Burford include:

Cotswold Wildlife Park
Minster Lovell Hall
Filkins Woollen Weavers
Bibury Trout Farm
Kelmscott Manor
Chastleton House
Wychwood Forest
Sherborne Estate
The Blue Cross Animal Adoption Centre

Burford Events

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Burford Accommodation

Burford House Hotel in Burford  

Burford House Hotel, Burford

A 17th century landmark on the High Street, it is now, if you believe what you read and hear, one of the most highly regarded small hotels in the lovely Cotswolds, one of Britains most outstandingly beautiful areas.

We are helped by a small team of enthusiastic and caring local staff most of whom have been with us for quite a while and between us we aim to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, really good bedrooms and bathrooms and the best breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon teas.


Full Burford hotel, Burford bed and breakfast and Burford self catering holiday accommodation can be found on the Burford accommodation page

Burford Photographs

A Burford scene

Cotswolds towns and villages

Bibury   Home to the famous and picturesque Arlington Row
Bourton on the Water   Bourton on the Water is sometimes known as "The Venice of the Cotswolds"
Broadway   One of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds, and probably England
Burford   Burford is a beautiful town on the river Windrush
Chipping Campden   An historic town with impressive buildings such as one of the finest wool churches
Chipping Norton   The highest town in Oxfordshire and sometimes known as "The Gateway To The Cotswolds"
Cirencester   One of the oldest and most beautiful market towns in the country
Fairford   Gloucestershire town, probably most famous for being the home of RAF Fairford
Lechlade   Lechlade is a small market town on the southern borders of the Cotswolds
Moreton in Marsh   Moreton-in-Marsh is in the heart of the Cotswolds, located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode valley<
Nailsworth   Situated about 4 miles from Stroud, Nailsworth is a charming town with winding streets and a plentiful supply of nooks and crannies to explore
Northleach   A charming, under-developed Cotswold village
South Cerney   One of the largest villages in the Cotswolds
Stow-on-the-Wold   Stands along the old Roman Fosse Way on a 700 foot high hill
Stroud   The oldest market town in Gloucestershire
Tetbury   A centre for antique shops and home to The Market House built in 1655
Westonbirt   Home to the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum
Witney   Famous for Witney blankets
Woodstock   Home to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill
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Parish church of St John in Burford
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