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Visit Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is a town in Oxfordshire, in the north-east of the Cotswolds and 20km south-west of Banbury.

A market town for the last 700 years, Chipping Norton was an important local centre for wool trade in the Middle Ages, and is still an active bustling place. Notably for the Cotswolds, you will see more locals than tourists on the streets and in the shops!

There are lots of buildings in the town that date from its period of prosperity, although many were 'overhauled' in the 18th century. The impressive Town Hall dates from the 19th century and is a good example of the local architecture at that time.

Visit Chipping Norton

A market is held in the town every Wednesday, an occasional farmers market during the summer, and Chipping Norton also has all facilities such as supermarkets, pubs and restaurants.

Chipping Norton Highlights

Almshouses. Across England there are various examples of factory owners providing accommodation for their workers, or for those no longer able to work, and Chipping Norton is no exception. The Almshouses were established in the 17th century (around 1640) for elderly widows, and now form a very attractive row of houses

Bliss Mill. Bearing witness to the local wool trade, that continued well into the 20th century, this local ex-mill stands on the edge of Chipping Norton and is an impressive monument to 19th century industrial design. Clearly identidfiable by its tall chimney on a broad cyclindrical base, Bliss Mill is no longer in industrial use - it has now been converted into residential flats.

Interesting note: it was in the town 1763 that a certain Reverend Edward Stone invented aspirin (or rather its precursor, which he extracted from willow bark).

Places to visit near Chipping Norton

Just north of the town visit the 'Rollright Stones', a series of ancient monuments including a stone circle dating back 4500 years, a dolmen, and a single upright stone - two metres high and known as the 'King stone'.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Cotswolds guide and the Oxfordshire guide.

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Map of Chipping Norton and places to visit


Chipping Norton places to visit

Stow on the Wold

Stow on the Wold

Charming Cotswolds village with a good number of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Stow on the Wold guide
Moreton in Marsh

Moreton in Marsh

Moreton in Marsh guide
Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter

Charming water-side Cotswold village with a mill.

Lower Slaughter guide
Bourton on the Water

Bourton on the Water

Beautiful water-side Cotswolds village with a few attractions close by.

Bourton on the Water guide


Burford is a lovely Cotswold town with the "prettiest high street in the UK".

Burford guide
Upper Slaughter

Upper Slaughter

Idyllic Cotswolds village in a charming countryside setting.

Upper Slaughter guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Oxfordshire

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