Over 140,000 photos of England.
17,000+ Members
Click here to join the community
Pictures of England

Pictures of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England

Pictures of Banbury

a Historic Market Town in the county of Oxfordshire

The Banbury Cross in Banbury

You can now buy stock photos of Banbury - Click here

About Banbury

This is one of the best known town's in England. It was made famous by its celebrated cross of 1859, built in honour of the wedding of Prince Frederick of Prussia, it replaces an earlier cross believed to have been pulled down around 1600. Its other attribute is the famous nursery rhyme "Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross" the fine lady mentioned in the rhyme may have been Lady Godiva or Elizabeth I, she might even have been a local girl who rode in a May Day procession.

Banbury dates back to Saxon times. By the 13th-century it had become a noted centre of the wool trade. A castle was built here around 1135, it stood to the north of the Market Place on what is now Castle Quay shopping precinct. Of its former three crosses, only the High Cross which was rebuilt in the middle of the 19th-century remains, the others Bread Cross and White Cross have long disappeared, never to be replaced.

The beautiful parish church of St.Mary stands close to Banbury Cross, this was rebuilt at the end of the 18th-century to replace the original church burnt down in 1792. St.Mary's is a superb late Georgian building with an interior remodelled during the Victorian era. It is a richly decorated church with many treasures that are well worth seeing. The church is also a lovely place in which to spend a few moments of quiet prayer and reflection.

Banbury is a pleasant flower filled town with an attractive centre where there remains much of charm and character. There is a diverse range of shops, with a good mix of independent retailers and the usual high street stores. A market is held in the Market Place on Thursday's and Saturday. There is also a range of historic coaching inns, take a look at the exquisite herringbone brickwork of The New Flyer in Parsons Street, or visit Ye Olde Reindeer Inn which possibly dates from the 16th-century.

The town remains well known for its delicious Banbury cakes, still made in local bakeries and served in the town's cafe's and restaurants. The recipe for Banbury cakes has remained a well kept secret since the 16th-century.

Flowing through the town is the Oxford Canal, this offers new moorings for pleasure craft and scenic walks along its picturesque banks, home to a rich variety of wildlife. The peoples Park is built on land donated in 1899 when it was developed with a bandstand, bowling green and rose garden. It has a graceful War memorial in a pleasant grassed area, and more recent additions include a sensory garden, a children's play area and Aviary.

Several sections of the old Ironstone railway line still exist, these offer fine opportunities to explore the outstanding countryside surrounding Banbury.

A noted attraction is Upton House and Gardens, the house dates from the 17th-century and despite being heavily reworked in the 1920's remains an attractive place to visit. There is a fine collection of objects d'art including furniture, Brussels tapestries and superb paintings. The gardens are a joy with terraces, lake and a Doric temple.

Visitors to Banbury will find plenty of interest and an excellent choice of hotel accommodation.

Planning a visit to Banbury?
Please support the Pictures of England website by booking your Banbury hotels & accommodation through this site.

Add town to favourites

Recommended towns & villages near Banbury

The Pond, Wroxton, Oxfordshire


(2.7 miles, 4.3 km, direction W)

Quintessential pretty Oxfordshire village showing a wealth of attractive thatched cottages, built mostly following a fire which struck the village during the latter half of the 17th-century...

Information | Pictures (11) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

Farnborough Hall 15 June 2011


(5.9 miles, 9.5 km, direction N)

Traditionally known as the last outpost of the Cotswolds...

Information | Pictures (3) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages



(6.6 miles, 10.7 km, direction NW)

Historic Warwickshire spot where Charles I raised his standard in 1642...

Information | Pictures (4) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

Queen St, Culworth.


(6.9 miles, 11.1 km, direction NE)

Sweet Northamptonshire village set amid delightful open countryside which centuries ago was sufficiently important to have it's own fair and market...

Information | Pictures (6) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

Sulgrave - home of George Washington's ancesters


(7.1 miles, 11.5 km, direction NE)

USA President George Washington's ancestral home in England...

Information | Pictures (2) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

All towns in Oxfordshire
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Recommended attractions near Banbury

Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle

(2.6 miles, 4.1 km, direction SW)

Broughton is surrounded by a moat, but the fact that it called a "castle" is somewhat misleading, for it is more a superb example.....

Information | Pictures (1) | Hotels

Swalcliife Barn, Swalcliffe, Oxfordshire

Swalcliffe Barn

(5.0 miles, 8.1 km, direction W)

Known locally as the Tythe Barn, Swalcliffe Barn was built for the Rectorial Manor of Swalcliffe by New College, who owned the.....

Information | Pictures (2) | Hotels

A picture of Brook Cottage Gardens, Alkerton

Brook Cottage Gardens, Alkerton

(5.3 miles, 8.5 km, direction W)


Information | Pictures (16) | Hotels

Farnborough Hall 15 June 2011

Farnborough Hall

(5.7 miles, 9.1 km, direction N)

Honey-coloured stone house with exquisite plasterwork and fine landscaped garden...

Information | Pictures (25) | Hotels

Upton House and Garden June 2011

Upton House & Gardens

(6.0 miles, 9.6 km, direction NW)

The impressive mansion, built in the 17th century on an earlier site, was remodelled in the 1920s by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted,.....

Information | Pictures (37) | Hotels

All attractions in Banbury
All attractions in Oxfordshire
Complete A to Z of attractions in England

Hotels & Accommodation in Banbury

Banbury Hotels  Banbury Cottages  Banbury Bed & Breakfast

Cromwell Lodge Hotel in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England4 stars

Cromwell Lodge Hotel

Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (0.0 miles, 0.0 km)
The majestic 17th-century Cromwell Hotel is in the centre of historic Banbury. It has a restaurant, a bar, 24-hour front desk, free parking and free Wi-Fi....
More info and book online..  Price from £45.00

Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England3 stars

Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel

Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (0.1 miles, 0.1 km)
Originally a 17th-century coaching inn, The Mercure Banbury Whately Hall is set in its own gardens and has a croquet lawn. It has an on-site restaurant with free Wi-Fi, a bar and free parking....
More info and book online..  Price from £58.00

The Three Pigeons Inn in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England

The Three Pigeons Inn

Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (0.1 miles, 0.2 km)
The Three Pigeons Inn is a restored 17th century coaching inn in Banbury Town Centre, and offers landscaped gardens and a Winter Garden restaurant. The Castle Quay Shopping Centre is a 3-minute walk f...
More info and book online..  Price from £100.00

Dashwood Apartments in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England3 stars

Dashwood Apartments

Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (0.3 miles, 0.5 km)
Located in a quiet corner of the town of Banbury, just 5 minutes from the M40, these fully-furnished apartments offer homely comforts with excellent facilities including free Wi-Fi and parking....
More info and book online..  Price from £80.00

Best Western Banbury House Hotel in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England3 stars

Best Western Banbury House Hotel

Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (0.3 miles, 0.6 km)
Located in the attractive market town of Banbury in Oxfordshire, Best Western Banbury House is an elegant Georgian property with free Wi-Fi, free parking and an electric car charging point....
More info and book online..  Price from £44.00

All Accommodation in Banbury..

Banbury Reviews

See all Banbury reviews..

Please login to make a review

Nearby travel help

Banbury Station(0.6 miles, 1.0 km)
M40 Junction 11(1.2 miles, 2.0 km, direction NE)
Kings Sutton Station(3.7 miles, 6.0 km, direction SE)
M40 Junction 10(9.8 miles, 15.7 km, direction SE)
Birmingham International Airport(31.9 miles, 51.3 km, direction NW)
London Luton Airport(43.3 miles, 69.7 km, direction E)
Banbury to London(64.6 miles, 103.9 km, direction SE)

Member created tours

Pier on Ulswater
by cathyml

Castle Combe
The Cotswolds
by urmimala singh

Rievaulx Abbey Pigeons
by Stephanie Jackson

Misty Summer Morning
by urmimala singh

Sponsored Links