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Things to do in Banbury

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Nature
“Broughton Castle is a medieval fortified manor house in the village of Broughton which is about two miles south-west of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England on the B4035 road. It is the home of the Fiennes family, Barons Saye and Sele. The castle sits on an artificial island in pastureland and is surrounded by a wide moat”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Unique to Banbury to have the home of George Washington's ancestors on our door step.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The White horse pub in Kings Sutton serves very good food and has good staff. Probably the best local food, with good service, amuse bouches etc. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful Views on a clear day! Parking, ice cream vans in the summer, beautiful place to mooch around, fly a kite, or just picnic and watch the sun come up / go down. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Place of worship
“A tranquil Tudor manor house set in rare terraced gardens - just a few miles from Hillrise.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cinema
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“The Mill has something for everyone ! There a regular comedians and Bands on, there are day courses to learn a craft. There is open Mic night for budding pop stars ! You can also pick up many leaflets on local attractions and courses”
  • 10 locals recommend
English Restaurant
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“This is a drive away but is a great place for eating and hanging out in a nice open fire pub. Fab selection of gin! Delightful garden for sunday days ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Exceptional food, consistently. Good at Lunch time and in the evening. booking essential ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Open weekend evenings - has a lovely garden for the summer; and cosy dining and bar areas inside too.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“It may be small but it is interesting, and also has some good exhibitions on there too! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“An excellent atmosphere, even if just for a coffee. Superb Tapa's with an extensive menu if not your choice. Has an excellent Gluten Free menu too, I cant choose a 'good for' as its good any time of day !”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“My personal, top rated pub pub grub in Banbury town centre. Less than 10 Minute walk.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“Good pub mainly dining but also have real ales on tap. About 5 miles (10 mins) from Wisteria Lodge.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Store
“Within the farm shop is a tearoom where you can enjoy breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. They also sell jams and chutneys, tarts and cakes, homemade meat pies and other ready to go meals.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“George Washington’s ancestral home. Historic activities and fun events at different times of year. OX17 2SD”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The White horse pub in Kings Sutton serves very good food and has good staff. Probably the best local food, with good service, amuse bouches etc. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“This is a drive away but is a great place for eating and hanging out in a nice open fire pub. Fab selection of gin! Delightful garden for sunday days ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Exceptional food, consistently. Good at Lunch time and in the evening. booking essential ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Open weekend evenings - has a lovely garden for the summer; and cosy dining and bar areas inside too.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“My personal, top rated pub pub grub in Banbury town centre. Less than 10 Minute walk.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pub
“Pub, very good food. The walk along he canal from Somerton is just the right distance to work up some appetite (1 hours approx.)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“A quaint local pub just 5 minutes drive away. A good pub menu and lovely country cottage features. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Lovely newly renovated pub with excellent food and good ambiance. Very near!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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