Banbury is a vibrant market town amidst the scenic villages of Oxfordshire. It’s always been a desirable place to live, but for many it was simply too far from the capital. Fortunately, that’s now changed with the development of a high-speed rail link to London Marylebone.
Improved access to the nearby M40 provides further advantages for the working professional, as does the presence of nearby business such as Jaguar Land Rover, Jacobs Douwe Egberts and Kraft.
In the town centre, historic sights blend with contemporary attractions and local businesses. It gives a sense of village community, while offering all the convenience of urban living. Castle Quay Shopping Centre boasts a selection of 70 shops and also houses the town’s museum. Developed with Banbury’s heritage in mind, this complex preserves the quaint character of the area, with cobbled streets and a weekly market at its centre.
Other attractions include a cinema, leisure centre and the many nearby villages. These promise a quintessentially English experience, complete with country pubs and thatched cottages.
Transportation in Banbury
Banbury now sits on London’s commuter belt thanks to the recently introduced faster train service. Rather than taking 80 minutes with several stops as it did in the past, London Marylebone is now accessible via a one-stop 55-minute journey. Other services link to the rest of the country, such as Birmingham at just over 50 minutes and Oxford at 20 minutes.
Situated close to the M40 motorway, Banbury offers a similar appeal for those travelling by car. It’s easily reached via a newly upgraded dual carriageway (A422) which links to north Banbury and the town centre. This provides convenience for travel to the capital, as well as Birmingham and major hubs across the UK.
Primary and secondary schools in Banbury
First-rate schools are located throughout Banbury and its surrounding villages. Options are extensive for primary schools with 30 in the area, including the renowned Great Tew Primary School, which was deemed ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
At secondary level, Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney has also been awarded ‘outstanding’ status, while The Warriner School in Bloxham is home to a 120-acre farm.
Private boarding facilities are available at Tudor Hall School – catering to girls – and Bloxham School for children aged 11 to 18. The nearby Banbury and Bicester College offers a range of further education courses, along with apprenticeships and international studies.
History of Banbury
Although an excavation in 2002 uncovered remains of a settlement dating back to the Iron Age, it wasn’t until the 14th century that Banbury gained prominence as a trading hub. During this time, weekly markets attracted visitors from surrounding Oxfordshire and a wool industry flourished.
Despite the damage suffered during the Civil War and the devastating fire of 1628, the town proved resilient, with ongoing improvements to infrastructure. During the Victorian period, gas-powered lighting was installed and both the Horton Infirmary and railway station were opened.
Today Banbury is best-known for its namesake cake and the nursery rhyme “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross”. The latter is commemorated in the town with a statue depicting a “Fyne lade upon a White Horse”, while the fruity Banbury cake is still served at the many cafes.
It may have developed into a modern town with 21st century luxuries, but Banbury still retains the old-world charm of its market town past.
Things to do in Banbury
Widely known for its historic sights, Banbury is also home to modern luxuries as well as family-friendly attractions. Some of the highlights for both visitors and residents include:
Castle Quay Shopping Centre
MFA Bowling Alley
The Retreat at Mayfield House
Rye Hill Golf Club
Spiceball Leisure Centre
How to get to Banbury
By road: Banbury can be reached from Junction 11 of the M40, taking the A422/A361 exit and following signposts for the town.
By rail: Banbury station operates direct services to London and all major cities across England and Scotland.
Commercial estate agents in Banbury
Chancellors is the leading Banbury commercial estate agent, with extensive experience of letting and selling retail, office, restaurant and warehouse property in the Oxfordshire market town.
Types of commercial space in Banbury
We see a lot of demand for commercial space in and around Banbury. One of the most in-demand locations is Pembroke House at Banbury Business Park, which offers an array of suites varying in size from 5,000 to 16,514 sq ft.
With its open-plan layout, abundant on-site car parking and easy access to the M40, Pembroke House is an ideal location for a wide variety of businesses.
As a commercial estate agent in Banbury, we also see a lot of interest in retail space close to the historic Market Place. A host of retailers can be found in the area, including the likes of Claire’s, Sports Direct, Miss Selfridge and The Body Shop.
Major industries and businesses in Banbury
Traditionally, Banbury’s economy revolved around its cattle market, which closed in 1998. A key facet of Victorian life in the town, it was once the largest cattle market in Western Europe, with cattle driven to the town on the hoof from as far away as Scotland to feed the growing population of London and other towns.
Banbury is home to a host of big employers, which helps to give the town one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the UK (0.9% as of March 2018). Major employers include Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the multinational owner of beverage brands such as Jacobs, Kenco and Tassimo.
The town also has a proud engineering heritage, with several well-known motorsports operations having been based in the area. Arden Motorsport – owned by Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner – is still located on the Thorpe Way Industrial Estate, while the likes of Manor Racing and Simtek have also been situated in the town.
Below, you’ll find a selection of links to organisations and businesses serving the local area.
Chancellors estate and lettings agent in the popular Oxfordshire market town of Banbury is located at Horse Fair, around a 10-minute walk from the train station and Castle Quay Shopping Centre, and just a stone’s throw from the famous Banbury Cross monument.
With more than 30 years’ experience in property sales and rentals, our team has all the necessary local knowledge to assist buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants looking to find out more about Banbury house prices. Banbury boasts a range of property types, including three bedroom semi-detached houses, flats, detached homes and bungalows.
The wide range of sales and letting services available at our Banbury branch include free, no-obligation market appraisals, an extensive portfolio of residential and commercial properties, land and new homes, property management support, and expert investment and market advice.
Banbury and as far north as Woodford Halse and as far south as Duns Tew, and incorporating all villages to the east and west too.