General Information

Banbury is the main town serving North Oxfordshire. It has a population of approx. 40,000 people and is twinned with Ermont in France and Hennef in Germany.   The M40 which connected to Banbury in 1990, now provides easy access to London, Birmingham and the North and has made Banbury a very desirable town to be situated in. To find out a bit about Banbury’s History, please click here.

There are a number of small and independent shops in the town centre as well as the big chains you can find in any town.  There is a market on Thursdays and Saturdays as well as a Farmers Market on the First Friday of Every Month.

The Banbury Cross, which is located on a roundabout in the middle of the town, was erected in 1859 to celebrate the wedding of Prince Frederick of Prussia to his bride, the original cross having been pulled down some 250 years earlier.

Apart from the Cross, Banbury is also noted for its Banbury Cakes.

Banbury is mainly famous for the Nursery Rhyme:

Ride A Cock Horse To Banbury Cross
To See a Fine Lady Upon a White Horse
With Rings on Her Fingers And Bells on Her Toes
She shall have Music Wherever She Goes.

Below you will find General Information about Banbury and the surrounding area.
If there is any more information you think we should include, please email and let us know.

  1. Banbury Museum

    Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PG
    Telephone: 01295 753752

    Banbury Museum Galleries Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Banburys Museum is situated in an attractive canal-side location in the centre of Banbury. Exciting modern displays illustrate Banburys history. These include the Civil War, the Victorian market town and the Oxford Canal and Tooley’s Boatyard. The boatyard adjoins the museum and is a scheduled ancient monument that can be visited as part of a guided tour. Significant collections on display include costume from the 17th Century. There is a regularly changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events, as well as a cafe, shop, resource room and conference facilities.


  2. Banbury Tourist Information

    Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury
    Telephone: 01295 753752

    Our Information Centre offers a friendly and efficient service whether you are planning a visit or require assistance during your stay. Our experienced staff will be able to help you plan your visit and to provide you with information relevant to your own interests and visitor experience.

  3. Cherwell District Council

    Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury OX15 4AA
    Telephone: 01295 227001

    We are here to provide the services that are appropriate to the needs and expectations of the people who live within the Cherwell district area. We are working to implement four priorities: A cleaner, greener Cherwell, Cherwell – a district of opportunity, A safe, healthy and thriving district & Cherwell, an accessible value for money council.

  4. Citizens Advice Bureau

    26 Cornhill, Market Place, Banbury OX16 5NG
    Telephone: 01295 221448

    The Citizens Advice service aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. The service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.

  5. Horton General Hospital

    Oxford Road Banbury, OX16 9AL
    Telephone: 01295 275500

    The Horton General Hospital is an acute general hospital serving the north of Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. It provides a wide range of services, including the Emergency Department, general surgery (Horton Day Case Unit), acute general medicine, trauma and orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, critical care unit, coronary care, cancer resource centre and sexual health.

  6. Library

    Marlborough Road, Banbury OX16 5DB
    Telephone: 01295 262282

    As well as being able to borrow books, Banbury Library offers alot of other services such as: Newspapers and magazines, Books in other languages, Audio books, DVDs, Music CDs, Self service, Computers and Internet (book a computer), Local studies centre, Bus pass online applications, Photocopier, Out of hours returns – except Christmas, New Year and Easter.

  7. Victoria Prentis MP – Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire

    Heyford Park House, Upper Heyford, Bicester OX25 5HD
    Telephone: 01869 233 685

    I was born at the excellent Horton General Hospital in Banbury and I have lived in the area my entire life. For seventeen years I was a Civil Service lawyer, and until November 2014 I was in charge of the government’s Justice and Security team, providing supporting to the military and security services. As a local person I face the same challenges as you and I am passionate about delivering positive change for our community. We must ensure that the growth in our towns is sustainable and that proper infrastructure is provided.