The market town of Banbury is situated on the River Cherwell in Oxfordshire. It’s a popular place for families and first time buyers alike, thanks to its links to London, Birmingham and Oxford via the M40, plus its closeness to the scenic Cotswolds. Its affordable property market makes it even more appealing, with a wide range of new homes currently on offer in the area.
Living and buying property in Banbury
Banbury offers a lot to new home buyers, with a bustling town atmosphere combined with proximity to some of the country’s most beautiful rural spots. It’s home to the Banbury Cross (made famous by the nursery rhyme) and Banbury cakes, which are still highly popular.
Banbury’s railway station is serviced by Chiltern Railways, running to London and Birmingham on the Chiltern Main Line and First Great Western links to Oxford, Reading and Paddington, London. There are also train services from CrossCountry to Gloucester, Cardiff, Leicester, Bristol, Southampton and more.
Additionally, Banbury has excellent bus services, with regular routes around the town and surrounding area to many major towns and cities. The M40 is also conveniently close, with London situated around 60 miles away.
Things to do
There’s plenty to see and do in Banbury, whether you’re a young couple, retired, or you’re planning on a day out with the kids. One of the main attractions is Tooley’s Boatyard, the Oxford Canal’s main boatyard in the day, but now an historic site with a 200-year-old blacksmiths’ shop.
The museum is well worth visiting to find out the history and heritage of Banbury Cross. The tourist information centre is in the entrance of the building. There are also many parks and gardens in and around Banbury, the Spiceball Leisure Centre and Spiceball Country Park being the largest. It includes a sports centre, swimming pool and skateboard park as well as a children’s play area and three large fields. In the summer, festivals are held in the People’s Park, Neithrop, and there is another park and recreational area at Easington Recreation Ground.
Banbury has two main shopping centres, the Castle Quay Shopping Centre and Banbury Gateway Shopping Park. Both have a wide range of main high street shops and include many coffee houses and cafes. For entertainment and night life, meanwhile, there are many quality restaurants, pubs, clubs, venues for live music and a cinema.
Banbury is currently expanding and business is booming. A new motorway services and 30-acre mixed-use development site is coming to Junction 11 of the M40, just outside of town, which marks just how far Banbury has grown, and businesses within the community continue to thrive.
With trains to Central London taking around an hour (and just 18 minutes to Oxford), many of Banbury’s residents choose to commute to work while enjoying all the benefits of living in a traditional market town.
As you might expect from a town so close to one of the world’s leading universities, Banbury offers a high standard of education for all age groups.
Hook Norton Primary School was recently awarded Outstanding by Ofsted, and likewise, Hanwell Fields Community School and Kings Sutton Primary Academy are well regarded. Secondary schools in the area are also performing well, such as the Outstanding-rated The Cooper School, and The Warriner School in Bloxham.