Take a break from a hectic journey along the A40 and spend some time exploring the charming Cotswold market...
Burford is often referred to as the Gateway to the Cotswolds and with good reason. Firstly, because Burford is the first of the traditional “chocolate box” Cotswold towns you come to, when arriving in the Cotswolds by car from London and the South of England. And secondly, because Burford is everything a visitor to the Cotswolds could ever wish for in a picture-perfect market town. So whether you're visiting Burford for the day or you're staying one of the super hotels, B&B's or holiday cottages in Burford, you will find it is both full of life and excitement while somehow still being picturesque and full of that famous natural beauty that is the essence of the Cotswolds.
“The Picture Perfect Cotswold Market Town”
The High Street in Burford is one of the most photographed places in the Cotswolds. Whether you’re at the top looking down or the bottom looking up, it is a wonderful view. But it is the walk up and down the High Street that is particularly wonderful, as here you will pass antiques shops, clothing stores, museums, restaurants, gift shops and just about any kind of shop you could hope to see. The buildings are traditional, many in Cotswold stone, all beautifully kept and keeping Burford looking picture postcard perfect.
Just off the High Street is one of the most popular eateries, The Angel at Burford. Popular for it’s outstanding food, laid back atmosphere and cosy feel, you can be sure of a warm welcome and a good time at this dining pub in the centre of town. Hidden from sight when you pass The Angel in the street, is the most wonderful, enclosed garden behind the building. On sunny days this garden is one of the most wonderful places to be in all of Burford, a real hidden gem.Dogs are made to feel very welcome at The Angel, both in the bar, garden and in the restaurant, as are children of any age.
Kathy says, “The Best Sunday Lunch my family and I have had, we had at The Angel in Burford. The meal was accompanied by super service.. we couldn't possibly ask for more”.
One of the oldest family businesses in the Cotswolds is the popular chain of 5 tea rooms, Huffkins. The first Huffkins opened on the High Street in Burford in 1890 and since then the Huffkins name has been synonymous with quality baking and good, old-fashioned cups of tea. With tea rooms now also Stratford-upon-Avon, Stow-on-the-Wold, Witney and Cheltenham, there is a Huffkins close by almost wherever you are in the Cotswolds.
Since 1175, when St John the Baptist was originally built, the building has had many additions, changes and alterations, but one thing that has stayed the same as the church has always been a focal point in Burford and a place in the town where communities meet and gather.Today the church is well visited by locals and visitors alike, and it is the subject of many a photograph and holiday snap. The spire on the church can be seen from miles away on the road from Stow-on-the-Wold to Burford, so when you come into the town from there, look out for it, it’s stunning on a clear day.
Burford High Street and side streets are home to some of the most photographed Cotswold stone cottages in all of the Cotswolds. So for tourists, locals and visitors partial to those pretty chocolate-box Cotswold cottages, a walk around town with a camera is sure to produce some of the most stunning photographs.
It can’t be said enough, Burford Garden Centre is, quite simply, the mother of all garden centres. Whether you’re into design, flowers, plants, home wares, country clothing, delicious food or amazing children’s toys, you will love a trip to Burford Garden Centre. When in Burford, you mustn’t miss Burford Garden Centre. Whether you’re in town along, with friends or as a family, there’s something for you at this fabulous shop, restaurant and garden centre all rolled into one super package.
In the early 1500’s The Tolsey was Burford’s market house. Centrally located in town, this is where the town’s traders came to pay for their stalls and the use of market facilities and a meeting point for the Borough Court. From 1960 The Tolsey has been a wonderful little museum full of artefacts and history, all giving the visitor an idea of what it was like in Burford hundreds of years ago. Whether you have 20 minutes to spare or a couple of hours, The Tolsey is a truly wonderful gem of a museum and one not to be missed.
Situated on the High Street, The Highway Inn is one of Burford’s best restaurants. Friendly service, cosy interior and truly wonderful, hearty food is what this establishment is all about, and whether you’re in town for lunch or dinner, you will sit back at the end of your meal in The Highway Inn and wish you could start it all over again.
Burford is home to some wonderful antiques shops right on the High Street in the centre of town. So whether you’re looking for antique furniture, instruments, figurines or pretty much any kind of antiques, you could stumble upon a perfect find on your way through the Gateway to the Cotwolds.
Burford is home to one of the most wonderful attractions in the UK, Cotswold Wildlife Park. A 160+ acre park where endangered and rare species are side-by-side with more well-known animals, 260 animal species in total, all lovingly cared for and looked after.
This popular park in Burford offers a marvellous day out for families with children of any age, couples or singles, in fact anyone with a love of animals, nature and the outdoors. When in Burford and the Cotswolds, don’t leave out the rhinos, giraffes, lions, bats, spiders, red pandas, owls, monkeys, penguins and all of their friends at Cotswold Wildlife Park.
Sonja says, “Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford is one of my favourite places to go in the Cotswolds with my daughter. We have so many wonderful memories from there”.