Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is a small English town in the county of Oxfordshire and one of the most attractive towns in the Cotswolds region.

14 things to do

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The Theatre

Spring Street. The Theatre has a fantastic show case of home made productions, touring shows and recordings for radio programmes of all genres, as well as nationally renowned (and invariably ridiculous) panto.

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The Chipping Norton Museum

This museum is not the most impressive in size (it is essentially just a large room), but it does house a selection of interesting artefacts chronicling the town's history.

DO   —  4 High St

Chastleton House

An early 17th century mansion house now owned by the National Trust, one of the finest and most complete Jacobean buildings in the land

The Leisure Centre

A health and sports centre including a gym, squash courts and an indoor heated swimming pool.

DO   —  Map

Number 24

a small café which serves light lunches and breakfasts, though with an outstanding quality.

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The Old Mill

a bistro that serves basic sausage and chips type food, but is by no means a bad café.

The Lido

An outdoor heated swimming pool open in the summer months.

DO   —  Map

Jaffé & Neale

A bookshop that also does coffee and cakes.

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A restaurant that serves dinner and lunch.

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Spice of India

An Indian Restaurant

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Heythrop Park

Near Enstone.

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The Fox

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The Crown and Cushion

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Wild Thyme

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About Chipping Norton

"Chipping" means 'market', revealing the town's past importance as the main commercial centre for the Evenlode valley. The surrounding Cotswolds were one of the wealthiest parts of England in the Middle Ages, owing to their production of wool; Chipping Norton was one of the beneficiaries of this trade. Many of the medieval buildings built as a result remain in the town centre, adding to its unique character. Many buildings also date from the 18th century. Through the turmoil of the Middle Ages and the reformation, the industrial revolution right up to the modern association with 'The Chipping Norton Set' Chippy (as it is affectionally known by its residents) has seen its fair share of history, and is an essential place to visit while in the Cotswolds, as well as being an idyllic and peaceful location to stay in while also being close to Oxford and Stratford. The town has also been voted one of the UK's top ten Country Towns by the 200,000 readers of Period Living and Traditional Homes.

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