Burford is a charming medieval town nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, a popular destination for those looking to explore the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the region. With its picturesque streets, historic landmarks, and beautiful countryside, there is plenty to see and do in this delightful town. Here’s a guide to spending a day in Burford and the local area.
Your could start your day by visiting the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church, which dates back to the 12th century and features stunning stained-glass windows, beautiful carvings, and an impressive spire. The church is located in the heart of the town and is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.
After the church, take a stroll through the town’s beautiful streets, taking in the many independent shops, cafes, and restaurants along the way. Be sure to walk to the top of Burford Hill where you can admire the stunning view of the town.
If you’re feeling energetic, then the 8.5-mile circular walk from Burford will not disappoint. The walk takes you through the beautiful Windrush Valley, with its rolling hills, stunning countryside, and charming villages, including the idyllic village of Swinbrook, which is famous for its historic church, the church was also used for a scene in the film Bridge Jones Baby. Then enjoy lunch or a pitstop at either The Swan Inn at Swinbrook or The Maytime Inn at Asthall which will be well deserved. Both serving real ale and craft beers on draft and seasonally changing menus offering a la carte dishes to pub classics.
For other lunch ideas, head to one of Burford’s many charming pubs or cafes such as:
The Highway Inn, which offers delicious food in a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Founded in the 17th century, The Highwayman Inn has a long and rich history, and has been a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike for generations. The pub prides itself on its commitment to using the best local food representing the area, and works with a range of local suppliers to source the highest quality ingredients for its delicious and inventive menu. The menu at The Highwayman Inn features a wide range of classic pub dishes, such as pie of the day, fresh fish and chips, and some excellent steaks, all made with the freshest and highest quality ingredients and the menu also features a range of more refined and inventive dishes.
Huffins Cafe founded in 1890, has a long and rich history, and is renowned for its delicious traditional English cream teas, which are made with freshly baked scones, clotted cream, and homemade jam. The cafe also offers a wide range of other delicious treats, including cakes, sandwiches, and hot meals, all made with locally sourced ingredients and cooked to perfection.
In the afternoon you could head to Burford Garden Centre. The centre features a wide range of plants, including trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, as well as a range of home decor and gift items, such as candles, books, and artisanal crafts. In addition to its impressive selection of plants and home decor, the Burford Garden Company also features a charming cafe, which serves a range of delicious food and drinks, including fresh coffee, homemade cakes, and sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients.
If you’re looking for a truly unique and unforgettable experience, look no further than Crocodiles of the World which is located a short drive from Burford, in the village of Brize Norton. This amazing wildlife park is home to one of the largest collections of crocodiles and alligators in the UK and offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.
The park features a wide range of exhibits and attractions, animal encounters, and feeding demonstrations, all of which are designed to provide visitors with a deeper understanding and appreciation of these incredible creatures.
One of the highlights of a visit to Crocodiles of the World is the opportunity to see these majestic creatures up close and personal. Visitors can walk through a series of exhibits, which feature crocodiles and alligators from all over the world, including the Nile crocodile, the American alligator, and the saltwater crocodile, which is one of the largest and most dangerous predators in the world.
Finish off your day with a visit to one of Burford’s many pubs or restuarants for dinner, such as the newly refurbished The Prince Of Burford pub and hotel converted from an 18th-century coaching inn, or The Angel, which offers a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, as well as a wide range of beers, wines, and spirits.
Burford has something for everyone, for an unforgettable adventure through the stunning town and surrounding area.