Your Guide to
Chipping Norton, Charlbury and Kingham
“The Undiscovered Cotswolds Club”
If you’re looking for an escape from the stresses and strains of daily city life, you can’t go wrong with a trip to visit Chipping Norton, Charlbury and Kingham in the East Cotswolds.
This peaceful area showcases the beauty of Cotswold villages and market towns with their honey-coloured historic buildings, unbeatable country pubs and especially glorious countryside. Once chosen as ‘England’s Favourite Village’ with its open greens and listed cottages dating back to the 1700s, Kingham has an elegant feel. It is a foodie hotspot with not only a choice of two award-winning restaurants but also a number of other popular options within a short drive. You can meander the quiet village streets or head further afield on bike or foot. You can discover the beautiful surrounding scenery following one of the many footpaths which pass through the village.
Charlbury is a small but vibrant market town that has as yet escaped the hordes of Cotswold tourists. It is undoubtedly a member of the ‘Undiscovered Cotswold Club’, yet it is only an hour from London by train and just 15 minutes’ drive from Soho Farmhouse. Described by The Telegraph as becoming ‘Notting Hill-on-the-Wolds’, Charlbury has a growing reputation with fantastic eateries on offer. During your stay you will see the historic 17th and 18th century buildings, visit great pubs, independent shops, and the local history museum. To the southwest is the remainder of the ancient Wychwood Forest. Part of the forest now makes up the Cornbury Park Estate, the setting for the annual Wilderness Festival.
Finally, Chipping Norton is the largest of these three locations, affectionately known as ‘Chippy’ by the locals. 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 popular with both tourists and local visitors. At the same time, Chipping Norton retains the peace and tranquillity of a small market town. Chipping Norton is historically famous for wool and tweed production, whilst more recently, Chadlington – three miles south – has become best known as the home of Diddly Squat Farm; Jeremy Clarkson’s farming estate.
We hope you enjoy your stay in this much-loved part of the Cotswolds. To help you plan your days we’ve put together a collection of our favourite experiences so you can make the most of your time with our Chipping Norton, Charlbury and Kingham Guide.
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