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A visitor’s guide to Burford

Burford

About Burford

Burford depicts the Cotswolds perfectly in glorious technicolour. This 16th century market town has character and charm in abundance. The iconic high street flanked by ancient buildings is steeped in history and sweeps down to the River Windrush and its medieval bridge. Although now housing all manner of boutiques, tearooms, and emporiums outwardly, the frontages appear little changed since Tudor times.

This pretty town is high on the list for most visitors to the Cotswolds and, as you wander through its tiny alleyways and side streets, you’ll discover its vibrant and colourful past. In addition to the pleasing array of pubs, restaurants, and cafes, you’ll also find tiny antique shops filled with treasures, quaint gift shops and the oldest pharmacy in the country.

Regarded as the gateway to the Cotswolds, Burford is an enchanting place to visit. The location is sublime, surrounded by world-class attractions and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

  1. Arlington Row, Bibury
  2. Asthall Manor
  3. Burford Garden Centre
  4. Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
  5. Crocodiles of the World
  6. Lodge Park & Sherbourne Estate (National Trust)
  7. St John’s the Baptist Church
  8. St. Oswald’s Church
  9. Tolsey Museum
  10. Wychwood Brewery
  1. Afternoon Tea at Huffkins Café
  2. Brian Sinfield Gallery
  3. Burford Garden Centre
  4. Cotswold Club House
  5. Crocodiles of the World
  6. Lunch in a cosy Cotswold Pub
  7. St John’s the Baptist Church
  8. Tolsey Museum

Brian Sinfield Gallery
Burford

Specialising in 20th century traditional and semi-abstract works of art by mainly British artists, the gallery showcases widely acclaimed artists as well as new, rising stars. The gallery is open daily with numerous exhibitions throughout the year.

Burford Art Gallery
Burford

Set within the lovely surroundings of the Burford Garden Centre, the Burford Art Gallery offers a carefully curated display of artworks across a range of mediums. Artists and craftspeople from all over the country are featured but the majority are from the Cotswolds or neighbouring counties.  

Tolsey Museum
Burford

The Tolsey is Burford’s tiny but perfectly formed museum dedicated to the town’s long and rich history. Housed within the historic Tudor market building you’ll get a great insight into Burford through the ages. Entry is free but donations are welcomed.   

Wren Gallery
Burford

Occupying four showrooms on Burford High Street, the Wren Gallery has been established for more than 20 years and predominantly showcases contemporary British and Irish art. They also have a strong tradition of exhibiting Cornish art and usually have a number of works in stock.

Cornbury Music Festival
July

This most English of music festivals is charming, fun and a honeypot of good music, good food and entertainment. This is where the Cotswold elite, rockers, urbanites, farmers, and country loving folk all share an open-air party in the most beautiful of settings.

Lechlade Festival
May

Set over three days, the award-winning, family-friendly Lechlade Festival offers a jam-packed lineup of music plus a programme of free workshops for children and adults alike. Learn music and dance, brush up on your circus skills, refuel at the huge selection of food stalls and browse the shopping village for all manner of tempting goods.

The Big Feastival
August

This fabulous three-day festival brings together Michelin star chefs, award-winning food producers with street food, supper clubs and unique pop-ups, plus fabulous family activities and some of the biggest music artists in the UK. Set on Alex James’ farm in the heart of the Cotswolds, enjoy the best food and music against a memorable backdrop. 

things to do in the cotswolds this summer

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
20-minute drive from Burford

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

Bourton-on-the-Water
15-minute drive from Burford

This picture-postcard village lies offers a wealth of attractions including Birdland Park and Gardens, the Model Village, Dragonfly Maze, and the Cotswold Motoring Museum. Wander alongside the riverside walk, as the River Windrush flows through the centre of the village, before refuelling with a cream tea in one of the lovely independent cafes.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
6-minute drive from Burford

Home to one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and diverse gardens, the park is home to more than 260 different species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild, and sits in 160 acres of landscaped parklands and gardens. Daily activities include penguin feeding and the Madagascar walk through.

Crocodiles of the World
Burford

Dedicated to the conservation of these much-maligned creatures, you’ll be able to see 17 of the 24 species currently found in the world including fresh and saltwater crocodiles, caiman, and alligators. For those who want to get even closer, there are wild keeper experiences for children and grownups alike.

Fairytale Farm
25-minute walk from Burford

Divided into six zones, including Huff and Puff, Enchanted Walk, and Fairy Dell, Fairytale Farm has something to keep the whole family entertained. With animals including pigs, goats, ponies, lambs, chickens, rabbits, and alpacas, as well as an adventure playground, Fairytale Farm has enough to do to keep children occupied for hours. What’s more, because they’re having so much fun, it won’t feel like learning at all!

Fairytale Farm, Bolthole Retreats

Angel at Burford
Burford
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

The Angel at Burford is a 16th century coaching inn packed with character. This popular family-run restaurant can be found just off the high street. Expect wooden beams, open fires, and a lovely walled garden and sun terrace for outside dining. The menu offers excellent traditional meals.

Burford Garden Centre Cafe
Burford
Perfect for: breakfast, lunch

Set within the confines of the ever-popular Burford Garden Centre, the café offers inside and outside seating with a regularly changing menu of seasonal breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea dishes.

Carpenters Arms
4-minute drive or 12-minute walk from Burford
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

Just a short walk from the Burford you’ll find the family-run Carpenters Arms. This warm and welcoming country pub offers excellent food and great hospitality. It’s family-friendly, dog-friendly and offers an interesting menu with pub classics and modern British dishes.

Cotswolds Arms
Burford
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

This busy traditional pub is popular with locals and visitors not least for the extensive menu, selection of real ales and live music on a Saturday night. They are also featured on the gluten-free dining guide.

Huffkins Cafe
Burford
Perfect for: morning tea/coffee, afternoon tea

Established in 1890, Burford is the original home of the Huffkins bakery and tea rooms. The founder would deliver his freshly baked wood-fired goods by donkey and cart. Now you indulge in still-wonderful baked treats in the café or pick up coffee and a cake to go from the bakery next door.

Lynwood & Co
Burford
Perfect for: breakfast, morning tea, all day menu

Lynwood & Co brings the down-to-earth coffee culture of Sydney to the beautiful Cotswolds. The cafes are at the centre of the community, and they work exclusively with local and independent suppliers. Expect excellent coffee and homemade food.

Lynwood and Co, Bolthole Retreats

Maytime Inn
8-minute drive from Burford
Perfect for: dinner

The beautiful Cotswold pub the Maytime has been treating visitors to a warm and comforting welcome since the 17th century and it continues today. The menu combines pub classics with elegant modern British dishes and a wonderful array of puddings (they even make their own salted caramel rolos!) When it comes to drinks you can expect a great wine list available by the glass, craft beers, real ales, and over 150 different gins.

Royal Oak at Burford
Burford
Perfect for: lunch, dinner, Sunday lunch

This dog-friendly establishment is tucked away off the main street and offers great service and really tasty food, they are also renowned for their pies. During the winter, the cosy bar and restaurant area are warmed by a log fire. In the summer, you can head out to the sun-trap beer garden and relax in the sunshine.

Spice Lounge
Burford
Perfect for: dinner, takeaway

If you are craving a curry, then look no further than the Spice Lounge. They specialise in contemporary Indian cuisine using local, and where possible, organic produce. You can dine in, pick up a takeaway, or enjoy a delivery if staying within a 10-mile radius.

The Cotswold Outpost
7-minute drive from Burford
Perfect for: breakfast, morning tea, lunch

This café/farm shop/deli is open for breakfast and lunch, all of which feature the best of their local produce. Pick up goodies and stop for a bite to eat. You can sit inside or outside when the weather is good and take in the wonderful views. The Outpost is also dog friendly, and they offer a range of doggie-friendly ice creams too.  

The Lamb Inn
Burford
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

The Lamb Inn is everything you would expect a lovely old Cotswold inn that dates to the 1300s to be. The menu is interesting and award-winning, with traditional classics and modern dishes which can be enjoyed in the restaurant and the bar areas. 

The Swan
8-minute drive from Burford
Perfect for: lunch, dinner

This characterful, wisteria-clad pub lies on the banks of the River Windrush and is suited to relaxed meals and dining. Dishes are seasonal and use the best local ingredients around, including Swinbrook beef and Cotswold cheese. The Swan is steeped in history including a connection to the infamous Mitford sisters – ‘Debo’ the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was the former landlady.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
20-minute drive from Burford

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

Birdland Park & Gardens
16-minute drive from Burford

Birdland Park and Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water is inhabited by over 500 birds including flamingos, pelicans, penguins and even the elusive cassowary. The aviaries, which total more than 50, house parrots, falcons and ibis, whilst the Parliament of Owls, the newest attraction in the park, provides a home for eight different species of owl.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
6minute drive from Burford

Home to one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and diverse gardens, the park is home to more than 260 different species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild and it sits in 160 acres of landscaped parklands and gardens. Daily activities include penguin feeding, and the Madagascar walk through.

Crocodiles of the World
6-minute drive from Burford

Dedicated to the conservation of these much-maligned creatures, you’ll be able to see 17 of the 24 species currently found in the world including fresh and saltwater crocodiles, caiman and alligators. For those who want to get even closer there are wild keeper experiences for children and grownups alike.

Woodstock & Blenheim Palace
25-minute drive from Burford

Enjoy a leisurely wander around the town and choose from a wide range of cafes and historical coaching inns for refreshment before exploring the myriad delights of Blenheim Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is just a short walk from the marketplace. Explore the magnificent palace, which dates back to the 1700s, and the spectacular parklands.

Blenheim Palace

Burford Garden Centre
Burford

The Burford Garden Centre is more than simply a place to buy plants. It’s an under-one-roof emporium of unique, curated plants, gardening items, home décor, furniture, and art. Set over 15 acres, it’s a smorgasbord of ever-changing handpicked products. There’s also a relaxed and informal café.   

Cutter Brooks
16-minute drive Burford

This fabulous shop is owned by Amanda Brooks, author of Farm from Home, Always Pack A Party Dress and I Love Your Style. Along with clothing and accessories, scent, stationery, vintage and antiques, you’ll also find beautiful homewares and textiles.

Daylesford Organic Farm
22-minute drive from Burford

This beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds is where the Daylesford empire started. Alongside the highly regarded farm shop featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, butchery and fresh fish counter, artisan bread and award-winning cheese, you’ll also find home and garden treasures to buy as well as a café, restaurant, and bar.

Madhatter Bookshop
Burford

A delightfully quirky independent book shop that also unusually sells hats. The owner is friendly and knowledgeable, and the shop offers a great selection of books, children’s books, and cards.  

The Cotswold Cheese Co
Burford

For lovers of all things cheese, a visit to the Cotswold Cheese Co is a must. Inside, you’ll find a mouth-watering array of over 120 different farmhouse and artisan cheeses with a focus on those from local Cotswold producers as well as traditional British classics and favourites from further afield. 

Cotswold Cheese Co, Bolthole Retreats

Arlington Row Cottages
18-minute drive from Burford

Set in Bibury, famously described by William Morris as the ‘most beautiful village in England’, Arlington Row is one of the most iconic sites in the Cotswolds. Stroll through this delightful Cotswold village and take a step back in time.  

Chedworth Roman Villa
27-minute drive from Burford

Cradled in a beautiful, quintessentially English valley are the remnants of what was once one of the grandest Roman villas in Great Britain. Through a series of spectacular mosaics, take a stroll through Britain’s Roman past. The tranquil setting and abundant wildlife make for a lovely day out.

Lodge Park & Sherborne Park Estate
12-minute drive from Burford

Spend time in a peaceful Cotswold estate filled with wildlife including fallow and roe deer, badgers, and foxes. This is also the home of England’s last surviving 17th century grandstand along with 18th century water meadows.

Woodstock & Blenheim Palace
25-minute drive from Burford

Enjoy a leisurely wander around the town and choose from a wide range of cafés and historical coaching inns for refreshment before exploring the myriad delights of Blenheim Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is just a short walk from the marketplace. Explore the magnificent palace, which dates back to the 1700s, and the spectacular parklands.

If you’re looking for a river walk, look no further. There are a range of pretty walks in the Windrush Valley which follow the river, taking in water meadows and the remains of Roman buildings and Norman churches. The quiet, country lanes around Burford also make it very popular for cyclists, with many quintessential villages to explore en route.

For more information about walking and cycling, take a look at our Walking and Cycling Guides online.

Bamford Wellness Spa
22-minute drive from Burford

The ultra-luxurious but perhaps lesser-known elegant Bamford Wellness Spa, is the holistic wellness arm to the Daylesford group which offers a nourishing space of self-reflection, understanding and rejuvenation. In addition to treatments and consultations, there is a programme of yoga, Pilates, meditation classes and workshops hosted by visiting experts.

Barnsley House Spa
22-minute drive from Burford

Barnsley House Spa is a blissful sanctuary tucked away in a picture-perfect Cotswold village amidst beautiful secret gardens. Designed to offer the ultimate in relaxation with a range of treatments, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and spa garden terrace, you may find you never want to leave.

Meadow Spa at Thyme
15-minute drive from Burford

The Meadow Spa at Thyme is a sheer haven of restorative calm and tranquillity. This botanical spa is a place of mindfulness and contemplation with a diverse menu of treatments and therapies. The Botanical Bothy is a new, soon-to-open addition, with treatments using Sense of Nature products and fresh herbs as you unwind to the natural sound of cascading water.

Wyck Hill House
13-minute drive from Burford

Enjoy a little pampering at the Wyck Hill House Spa, which sits in 50 glorious acres. Alongside a range of treatments and therapies, there is a sauna and steam room, and spa day packages are available.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
20-minute drive from Burford

Set high in the Cotswolds, overlooking the Windrush Valley, this is a fabulous day out for the whole family and much loved by locals and visitors alike. See rare breeds, spot new arrivals in the animal barn, follow the wildlife trails and spend time in the glorious countryside.

Birdland Park & Gardens
16-minute drive from Burford

Birdland Park and Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water is inhabited by over 500 birds including flamingos, pelicans, penguins and even the elusive cassowary. The aviaries, which total more than 50, house parrots, falcons and ibis, whilst the Parliament of Owls, the newest attraction in the park, provides a home for eight different species of owl.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
6-minute drive from Burford

Home to one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and diverse gardens, the park has more than 260 different species of animals, many of which are endangered in the wild. It sits in 160 acres of landscaped parklands and gardens. Daily activities include penguin feeding and the Madagascar walk through.

Crocodiles of the World
6-minute drive from Burford

Dedicated to the conservation of these much-maligned creatures, you’ll be able to see 17 of the 24 species currently found in the world including fresh and saltwater crocodiles, caiman, and alligators. For those who want to get even closer, there are wild keeper experiences for children and grownups alike.

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