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.

A map of Chipping Norton.
The former wool mill, Bliss Mill, is a symbol of Chipping Norton but now is a set of luxury flats.

Understand

"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.

Get in

For those living close by, there are multiple bus services that meet at Chipping Norton, most notably the S3 (that travels to Oxford, stopping off at Woodstock, Enstone and other places) and the number 50 to Stratford. For those coming from further afield, coming into Chippy by car is best advised.

Get around

For such a small town, the best way to get around Chippy is by foot. The town is not very wheelchair friendly and in some places steep hills may cause potential problems for the semi infirm or people with baby buggies.

A footpath leading to a farm in Chippy

With the help of a map, phone, or friendly resident, navigating the town is fairly easy.

See

Landmarks

Do

Further afield

Rollright Stones neolithic stone circle near Chippy

Buy

Neo-classical 17th century Town Hall in Chipping North

For shopping, it is advised to visit nearby Banbury or Oxford. That said, Chipping Norton does host a number of small newsagents, supermarkets, gift shops, cafés, a bakery, a clothes shop and even a small department store. Chipping Norton also holds host to very nice bookshop, Jaffe & Neale, and a well run Oxfam bookshop for bookworms and record collectors alike.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Chipping Norton includes multiple places offering accommodation, including:

It may be worth considering many quality hotels and B&Bs in the area surrounding the town, including:

The town has a tourist office housed in the medieval guildhall shown above.

Cope

Places of worship

Stay safe

Chipping Norton is not the most dangerous place, but sensible precautions should always be taken. Chipping Norton does have a Hospital (but with no Accident and Emergency or ambulances, the nearest being in Banbury), Fire station and Police station if anything does go wrong though.

Go next

Any of these places can be reached from Chipping Norton via bus. Oxford and Woodstock via the S3, Stratford by the number 50 bus and Banbury by the 488.

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