Things to do in Chipping Norton
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Chipping Norton is a small, historic town located in Oxfordshire, and has the distinction of being situated on what was once a Norman castle; as the most elevated town in the county, this unique and beautiful town is nestled on the very scenic western slope of a fantastic hillside. Named for the old English word for market ‘ceapen’, the site boasts one of the oldest markets in Britain, having been established in the 13th century.
Combined with the fascinating and historical architecture and the breathtaking location, this is one of the most extraordinary sites and one of the most amazing and enjoyable tourism draws in all of Britain.
Getting to Chipping Norton
Located just along the M40, Chipping Norton is easy to get to by car, taking about an hour and 14 minutes from London; by train the travel time is slightly longer at 2 hours at approximately 2 hours and 28 minutes and while there is no rail station immediately within the town, passengers are dropped at nearby Kingham Railway Station, approximately 4 ½ miles away.
Bus travel is also readily accessible and from London takes approximately 2 ½ half hours.
When to Go
Chipping Norton is widely regarded for its historic market and those visitors who wish to take in the medieval landmark, market day is Wednesdays and the Farmer’s Market takes place on the third day of each month.
From the 70s to the 90s, the town was home to several recording studios where groups such as Duran Duran, Radiohead and the Proclaimers recorded their work; the town also boasts a variety of festivals, such as the Music Festival in March, the Jazz Festival in September and the beloved Literary Festival which takes place in April.
There is also an annual Beer Festival in June, a Food Festival in May and a variety of other interesting and amazing events throughout the year; if it’s festivals you’re after, you’ll do well attending the town in one of these months, however if it’s the historic landmarks you’d like to see, summer is most likely the best time to go.
Top Sights and Activities
One of the most distinctive things about the town is the gorgeous scenery that surrounds it and there are a variety of local historic attractions such as the ancient Rollright Stones, the wonderful Chipping Norton museum which houses a variety of Prehistoric and Roman artifacts and the amazing theatre which is home to a fabulous and eclectic programme of live performances throughout the year.
Chipping Norton is one of the most fantastic and historic tourist sites in all of Britain and with its interesting and robust history there are a variety of landmark sites and activities to partake in; for a wonderful summer holiday look no further than Chipping Wood, Oxfordshire.