Popular Day Trips

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With excellent transport links, there are plenty of places to visit from Banbury.

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Stratford upon Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is just a thirty minute coach ride from Banbury and has so much on offer. Most obviously for those who have an interest in the English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare or perhaps those studying the famous poet at school or college.

Why not visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or Mary Arden’s Farm?

Holy Trinity Church, Shakespeare’s final resting place is also nearby, being the final destination of the famous commemorative parade which takes place in April each year to mark the birth of the world’s greatest playwright.This is a wonderful time to see Stratford-upon-Avon so alive!  The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RSC) is also a very popular tourist attraction with its roof top restaurant and wonderful views of the town.

There is also the opportunity to try punting or a simple boat ride along the river.

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Oxford, being around 45 minutes from Banbury by coach (17 minutes by train) revolves around its prestigious university established in the 12th century.  The architecture of its thirty eight colleges in the city’s medieval centre led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it “city of dreaming spires”.

Visit a museum, Oxford Castle, the Botanical Gardens or book one of the many tours on offer, including Harry Potter Locations Tour or an open top bus tour. There is so much to see, one day will not be enough!

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The capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom, standing on the River Thames in the South East of England.

Considered one the world’s most important global cities making it also the most visited. 

Visit Big Ben, Buckingham Palace,  London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The British Museum, Westminster Abbey…….. the list is endless! Reach London from Banbury in one and a half hours by coach or just an hour by train.

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The Cotswolds

Well worth making the forty minute journey by coach from Banbury to visit The Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty and the second largest protected landscape in England.

Take time to enjoy this predominantly rural landscape with its golden-coloured cotswold stone-built villages, historical towns and stately homes and gardens.

While away an afternoon amongst the many tea rooms, museums, cosy pubs or picture-book houses.

Popular tourist spots include Chipping Camden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway and Bilbury.

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Warwick Castle

This medieval castle developed from a wooden fort was originally built by William the conqueror during 1068 and is situated just twenty five minutes away from Banbury by coach.

Experience one thousand years of jaw-dropping history, great battles,  ancient myths, spell-binding tales, heroic knights and the dark castle dungeon.

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Blenheim Palace

The birth place and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill and one of England’s largest houses built between 1705 and 1722 is just under half an hour from Banbury by coach.

Many events take place here including it’s ever-popular Blenheim Palace flower show in June each year.

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Cadbury World, Birmingham

Cadbury world is a visitor attraction,  incredibly popular with our school group guests & chocolate lovers, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour created and run by the Cadbury Company.

Fifty minutes from Banbury by coach.

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Cambridge is a university city on the River Cam approximately fifty miles north of London.

Tour the city’s grand medieval colleges, Ely Cathedral or university famed museums.

One hour forty minutes from Banbury by coach.