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A visitor’s guide to Chipping Norton

About Chipping Norton

Affectionately known as Chippy by the locals, Chipping Norton is a historic town in the Oxfordshire district. The word ‘Chipping’ is derived from an old English word meaning ‘market’ and the town is typical of the Cotswolds, with its famous honey-coloured stone buildings. It is lively and vibrant with enough going on to make it a popular tourist and visitor destination, whilst, at the same time, retaining the peace and tranquillity of a small market town. Chipping Norton is historically famous for wool and tweed production, whilst more recently, Chadlington – 3 miles south – has become best known as the home of Diddly Squat Farm; Jeremy Clarkson’s farming estate. Chipping Norton has remained an up-market destination for travellers visiting the Cotswolds, with towns including Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Burford all less than 30 minutes away by car.  

  1. Heythrop Zoological Gardens
  2. The Lido
  3. Fairytale Farm
  4. Station Mill Antiques Centre
  5. Chipping Norton Museum of Local History
  6. The Rollright Stones
  7. Chipping Norton Theatre
  1. Daylesford Farm Shop
  2. Burford Garden Company
  3. The Quiet Woman Antiques Centre
  4. Jaffe & Neale Bookshop & Café
  5. Station Mill Antiques Centre

Blenheim Palace
18-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

As well as being a beautiful destination simply to explore the grounds and magnificent building, Blenheim Palace also hosts a selection of great events throughout the year. As well as this, Blenheim Palace offer a range of tours, including an ‘Upstairs’ tour, ‘Downstairs’ tour, and The Miniature Train tour, where you can ride between the Palace and the Walled Garden on the narrow-gauge railway. The great thing is, you can make your visit to Blenheim Palace as interactive, active, long or short as you want.

Chipping Norton Museum of Local History
2-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street

Run by the Local History Society, Chipping Norton Museum is the perfect way to learn about the towns’ rich history. As part of the exhibits, visitors can expect to see Roman artifacts, farming equipment, and parish records. Spend an hour or two at the museum and find out all there is to know about Chipping Norton’s past.

Chipping Norton Theatre
3-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street

The Theatre in Chipping Norton is a theatre, cinema, gallery, and concert hall. The small theatre makes a big impression, with great reviews from The Daily Mail, The Guardian, and Oxfordshire Life. Add some culture to your Cotswold stay and take in a show or film at Chipping Norton Theatre.

Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection
24-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Go back in time at Cotswold Motoring Museum and take a look at vehicles of old, as well as the extensive toy collection. The museum is popular with visitors and car enthusiasts and was awarded the Museum of the Year award in 2011 by Classic Car Weekly. Motor on down to this great museum while you’re in the Cotswolds.

Fosse Gallery
18-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Fosse Gallery, said to be one of the most important UK art galleries, proudly displays contemporary British art in Stow-on-the-Wold. The owner is well known for her keen eye and the gallery has been proudly displaying art for over 40 years and it continues to grow in popularity and status amongst the art community.

Silverstone Interactive Museum
44-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Housed in what was once a Second World War RAF hangar, Silverstone Interactive Museum is now an extremely popular visitor attraction. A treasure-trove of history and memorabilia, the museum is a must visit for motorsport fans and petrol heads.

The Yellow Hat Tribe Gallery
9-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

The Yellow Hat Tribe Gallery is local artist Irene Tyack’s studio, and she has become as much a part of the attraction as her artwork itself, with visitors frequently commenting on her friendliness. As the name implies, Irene’s artistic signature is a wide-brimmed yellow hat which features in her paintings. Keep little ones entertained as you browse the artwork by seeing how many of them they can count!

Wellington Aviation Museum
14-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Take your museum visit to new heights and enjoy aviation art and memorabilia at the Wellington Museum. With great displays and exhibitions, visitors can see how World War Two impacted on small market towns including Moreton-in-Marsh.

Blenheim Palace
Events held throughout the year

Not only is Blenheim Palace a beautiful destination to visit for the Palace and grounds, they also host some brilliant events throughout the year, including Bushcraft Activities, The Luna Open-Air Cinema, and Food Festival. So, whether you fancy a picnic in the grounds, or you’re up for some activities, Blenheim Palace is a great destination.

Chip Lit Fest
April

Chipping Norton Literary Festival is a great event for all ages. With short-story competitions, conversations with famous authors, and new novel introductions, Chip Lit Fest is a great way to indulge your bookish side in the Cotswolds.

Coopers Hill Cheese-Rolling
May

You’ve seen it on the TV – people hurling themselves down a precipitous verge in pursuit of a wheel of cheese and probably asked yourself, why would anyone want to do that? The event is steeped in history and believed to be 600 years old, but the exact reason why the tradition started remains unclear. Not for the faint-hearted, competitors often injure themselves in pursuit of the cheese-wheel.

Fantasy Forest Festival at Sudeley Castle
July

Escape the trappings of modern-day life to another world. Held in the beautiful grounds of Sudeley Castle, the festival is great for families or sci-fi / fantasy enthusiasts. Expect live music, fire displays, and fantastic costumes, with visitors encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters.

Moreton-in-Marsh Show
The first Saturday in September

Attracting visitors from all over the country and running annually since 1949, the Moreton-in-Marsh Show aims to improve the standard of farming, as well as showing local farm crafts. The Show helps to promote horses through their educational competition and is a popular event with young equestrians from all over the country.

Moreton-in-Marsh Show

Cotswold Club House
22-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Cotswold Club House is your go-to for all things soft-play in the Cotswolds, offering a great day out for kids, along with fitness classes for adults, and a lovely onsite café. Enjoy coffee and cake in the café whilst the little ones have a great time in the play area.

Fairytale Farm
33-minute walk or 4-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

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 entertained for hours. What’s more, because they’re having so much fun, it won’t feel like learning at all!

The Lido
8-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street

Described as an oasis of calm in a busy world, ChippyLido offers open air swimming in two heated pools – a 25 metre pool, and a paddling pool for young children. Whether you are dedicated to getting to a certain number of lengths, or you simply want to splash around with your family, ChippyLido is a lovely pool to visit.

Bitter and Twisted Bar and Kitchen
1-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: pub food, drinks, lunch, snacks, alfresco dining

Bitter and Twisted serve up great twisted takes on classic dishes. They are independent and family owned and have a wonderful reputation in the area. As well as cosy interiors, Bitter and Twisted have a terrace area. Why not enjoy a glass of something cold in summer, and cosy up in winter with a hot meal.

Pit Kitchen
4-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: soups, sandwiches, flatbreads, alfresco dining

Pit Kitchen, run by two brothers, aims to bring East London’s food scene to the Cotswolds. Their motto: A few things done really, really well, is clear to see in their menu. By day, the brothers serve up soup and sandwiches, and by night, they focus on Turkish inspired flatbreads. Because they only offer a small number of options, it allows the brothers to ensure that each dish is delicious. Sometimes, less is more. 

Spice of India
2-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: lunch, dinner, takeaway, contemporary

Spice of India offers up fresh, authentic Indian cuisine. Along with the classics we all love, Spice of India also serve up house specials and chef’s specials, with a wide range of great dishes to choose from, available to eat in or takeaway.

Thai Shire
On Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: dinner, takeaway,

Thai Shire is a great authentic Thai restaurant in the Cotswolds. Enjoy tasty, wholesome food cooked by passionate and dedicated chefs in the heart of Chipping Norton. Offering takeaway and dining in options, Thai Shire is the perfect stop for dinner after a day exploring the Cotswolds.

The Blue Boar
2-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: pub classics, Sunday roasts, drinks, lunch,

Serving up pub classics in cosy surroundings, The Blue Boar specialises in seasonal dishes bursting with flavour. Their Sunday roasts are excellent, with high-quality British meat, potatoes roasted in goose fat, fresh, seasonal vegetables, and a closely guarded secret gravy recipe. Head on over to The Blue Boar for a lovely meal, drinks, or a roast on a Sunday.

The Chequers
2-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: pub food, drinks, lunch, snacks, live entertainment

Parts of The Chequers building in Chipping Norton date back as far as 1444, and it was thought to once have been a medieval house with cottages either side. In more recent years, the pub has gained a great reputation in and around Chipping Norton for their cosy and friendly atmosphere. The Chequers also host the Cotswold Comedy Club on the first Thursday of the month.

The Kingham Plough
10-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: sophisticated pub food, drinks, lunch, snacks

With great reviews and a menu which champions fresh and local ingredients, The Kingham Plough is a great destination for a pub lunch or evening drink. Serving seasonal dishes in their cosy, rustic pub surroundings, the pub is renowned for its food, with previous chef patron being Emily Watkins, winner of Great British Menu. The pub is now under new managers, who have previously worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc and Jamie Oliver.

The Old Mill Coffee House & Bistro
2-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: Full English breakfast, brunch, lunch, takeaway

The Old Mill is great when only a proper fry-up will do for breakfast. For lunch, try their freshly made sandwiches and salads or, if you just fancy coffee and cake – that’s delicious too. A great all-round café in the heart of Chipping Norton.

Whistlers
1-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: alfresco dining, lunch, dinner, pizza, refined dining

Whistlers offer great options for visitors, who can choose from a refined restaurant menu, or authentic stone baked pizzas with a range of delicious toppings. Relaxed but sophisticated dining awaits visitors to Whistlers and it’s the perfect addition to a visit or stay in Chipping Norton.

Wild Thyme
On Chipping Norton High Street
Perfect for: dinner, lunch, drinks, takeaway, refined dining

Starting in 2008 and quickly becoming a popular destination for locals and visitors to the Cotswolds, Wild Thyme has remained a destination for great food and hospitality. Like many businesses, Wild Thyme has diversified due to COVID-19, and are now offering a takeaway service, so you can enjoy restaurant quality food in the comfort of your Cotswold cottage.

Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village
25-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

If you’re staying in one of our cottages in Bourton-on-the-Water, or maybe in one of our other properties but Bourton is on your list to visit, try the Model Village. The one-ninth scale replica is a charming and exquisitely detailed representation of the Cotswold town, and even has a model village within the model village!

Broadway Tower Country Park
24-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Broadway Tower, a great destination and attraction by itself, is surrounded by Country Park where deer are free to roam. The Park offers a great walk, in and around the deer park. Step back in history and explore the sites’ Nuclear Bunker in a guided tour, or relax and take in the surroundings at the Morris and Brown café.

Cogges Manor Farm
29-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Cogges Farm hosts lots of events throughout the year, including festivals and workshops, in the grounds of their Grade II listed manor building. Enjoy a great walk through the meadow and woodland areas, have a picnic in the gardens, pet the farm animals, or combine all three for a fantastic memorable experience for adults and children alike!

Compton Verney Park
30-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Compton Verney Park has a long history that dates back to 899 as a Saxon Settlement. In more recent years, it’s also become an art gallery, displaying Folk Art. After strolling around the grounds and park, visit the onsite café for a hearty meal or light bite, and soak up Compton Verney’s history, from Saxon Settlement to art gallery. 

Station Mill Antiques Centre
11-minute walk from Chipping Norton High Street

Station Mill Antiques Centre is a treasure-trove of antiques and collectables. Housing curios from 80 reputable dealers, the centre is a hit with bargain hunters and with those who love all things retro and antique.

The Baobab Tree
17-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

The Baobab Tree in Stow-on-the-Wold sells unique and quirky gifts over two floors. Enjoy browsing for someone special, or even better, for yourself!

The Borzoi Bookshop
17-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Shop local and support an independent book shop during your visit to the Cotswolds and buy your next read from The Borzoi Bookshop in Stow-on-the-Wold. Part of the community for 40 years and with a great reputation, Borzoi is the perfect place to pause, take a break, and browse the shelves for your next favourite book. The staff are very helpful and will be more than happy to help you to find the perfect read.

The Cotswold Cheese Company
13-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street (Burford Branch)

The Cotswold Cheese Company, founded in 2006, has become a well-established brand in the area. With branches in Burford, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Stow-on-the-Wold, the shops now stock more than 120 artisan and farmhouse cheeses. Don’t forget the crackers!

The Cotswold Frock Shop
14-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

If you’re searching for that special dress for your wedding or occasion, The Cotswold Frock Shop in Stow-on-the-Wold is the perfect place to browse with family and friends. The friendly staff will guide you through the process, so whether you are trying on dresses for the first time, or you have visited lots of dress shops, The Cotswold Frock Shop is certain to have you saying yes to the dress!

Bliss Tweed Mill
3-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Now made into luxury apartments, Bliss Tweed Mill, built in 1872, was once a thriving mill. Producing tweed cloth from local wool, the mill supplied much of the UK with its fine cloth. The Grade II listed building, with its circular chimney stack, is built from local limestone and sits within acres of green space. Just a short walk from the high street, it’s worth taking a look at this historic and important building.

Four Shire Stone
10-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Four Shire Stone is a small but significant monument which marked the boundary upon which four English counties met; Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, and Worcestershire. Since its creation, however, Worcestershire’s boarders have changed, meaning that the stone now marks where three of the counties meet. The Stone is even said to have inspired Tolkien!

The Rollright Stones
7-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

The Rollright Stones comprise of the King’s Men stone circle, the King Stone, and the Whispering Knights. Over 5000 years old, this historic landmark is amongst the oldest and most historic in the area. Keep little ones entertained during a visit by counting and drawing the stones, and by singing the Rollright Chant!

The Rollright Stones

Bourton-on-the-Water Murder Mystery Trail
25-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

This circular loop trail is a great walk around Bourton-on-the-Water with a twist. See more of beautiful Bourton as you solve clues and deduce the culprit. The trail is self-guided, meaning that you can go at your own pace. If you get stuck on a clue, fear not, as there is a mobile text service which will point you in the right direction!

Cotswold Way Walking Route starting point in Chipping Campden
28-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Less than half an hour drive away from the high street at Chipping Norton is the beginning of the Cotswold Way walking route at Chipping Campden. Whether you want to start from the official beginning of the route, or you’d like to do parts of it around Chipping Norton, the town is situated perfectly for exploring the area on foot.

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

Bamford Wellness Spa
11-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Situated in Daylesford Organic Farm, Bamford Wellness Spa is a brilliant luxury spa that’ll leave you feeling totally relaxed. The spa focuses on holistic therapies which ensure your body and mind are in the best state to relax, unwind, and repair. As well as treatments, Bamford Wellness Spa also sell products that are kind to the planet, including sustainable and ethical clothing, homeware, and toiletries.

Cotswolds Spa
4-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Enjoy Cotswolds Spa’s refurbished facilities which include a large hot tub, steam room, sauna, and relaxation area. Enjoy one of the Signature Spa Rituals, full-body massage, or facial tailored to your skin concerns. The relaxation area allows you to make full use of the spas facilities, all in calming, serene surroundings.

Heythrop Park Resort
12-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Relax, refresh and revive at Heythrop Park resort spa. The spa offers a wide range of treatments and spa packages meaning that visitors can tailor their experience as much as they would like. The spa has a 20m heated indoor pool, sauna, and steam room. Feel the stresses and strains melt away as you relax in beautiful surroundings.

Hidden Beauty Oxfordshire
On Chipping Norton High Street

Hidden Beauty Oxfordshire is a small, intimate, and cosy beauty salon on Chipping Norton High Street. Offering specialised facial treatments, manicures and pedicures, and hair services, the salon will leave you feeling wonderful from head to toe!

A Touch of Grace
14-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

A Touch of Grace offer a great range of treatments to their customers, including PHYTO5 facials, manicures, pedicures, massages, make up services and treatments for men. Maybe you are celebrating a special occasion, or you just want to take a moment to properly unwind whilst you’re away. Head to A Touch of Grace for a real treat.

Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre
18-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Batsford Arboretum is a great place to visit for a walk, to browse the garden centre, or enjoy coffee and cake in the café. The beautiful arboretum makes a fabulous destination for nature lovers, with over 1,300 different trees, shrubs, and bamboo. Take a walk through the beautiful winding path and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature at its finest.

Charlecote Park
33-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Another stunning Park, Charlecote offers beautiful landscapes. Whether you fancy wandering through the parkland, picnicking by the river, or spotting the grazing deer, Charlecote Park is a lovely place to visit whilst in the Cotswolds.

Heythrop Zoological Gardens
9-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Heythrop Zoological Gardens is in a private location near Chipping Norton and provides a different experience from a traditional zoo. Heythrop is a great destination for families, and they offer exclusive visits and animal encounters to ensure you can interact and learn about the animals in a safe and fun way. The expert staff and handlers at the Zoo help to make the experience enjoyable and memorable.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens
40-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Sudeley Castle and Gardens is a great destination for those looking for beautifully manicured gardens, an historic and impressive building, and far-reaching grounds. Enjoy a coffee or lunch in the café and explore the castle, keep the children entertained in the adventure playground, or attend one of the many events Sudeley Castle hosts, including the magical Fantasy Forest Festival.

Upton House and Gardens
28-minute drive from Chipping Norton High Street

Enjoy a day out at a beautiful house and garden at Upton. With lots to see and do and beautiful every season, Upton House makes a lovely day trip for children and families. The House exhibits a wonderful range of art and exhibits spectacular displays at various sites in the area.

Upton House
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