Bicester: Historic town and shoppers paradise
Bicester is situated in the North East of Berkshire and has a history of over a thousand years. It was recorded in the Domesday Book and today is a busy market town, home to Bicester Village - the factory designer outlet shopping village.
What To Do And See
Bicester is filled with pretty streets featuring many restaurants, shops and cafes. For those visitors into serious shopping and finding fantastic bargains, Bicester Village Shopping Centre, just south of Bicester, will be a great destination.
The Market Square retains many of its charming 16th century features and is one of many places in Bicester of historic interest. The town hosts events around the town and in Garth Park, ranging from a Jazz Festival to the Last Night of the Proms.
Bicester is perhaps best known in shopping circles for the Bicester Village outlet shopping centre. Located just off the A41 to the south of the town, it has luxury fashion shops, homeware boutiques and discounted designer stores. Here you can enjoy outlet shopping with up to 60% discounts.
But the town's centre also has a wide range of local and national shops, together with cafés, pubs and restaurants, not to forget the traditional street market on Fridays.
The Ministry of Defence's largest ordnance depot - Logistic Services Bicester - is located just outside of town. The depot has its own internal railway system, the Bicester Military Railway.
Interesting places nearby are Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Warwick Castle, a stronghold for over 1,000 years and Waddesdon Manor, the home of the Rothschilds, containing priceless art, furniture and wine collections.
Well-known Cotswolds towns such as Woodstock, Burford and Bibury are within easy driving distance, as is the Formula 1 race track at Silverstone. Chipping Norton with its many elegant buildings and fine views over the Cotswolds is only 40 minutes away by car, as is Aylesbury with buildings from the medieval, Georgian and Victorian periods, as well as the 20th century
How to get there
From the M40 at junction 9 take the A41 towards Bicester.
From Oxford follow the A34 towards the M40 and at the roundabout at junction 9 follow the A41 to the town.
Bicester Website: http://www.bicester.gov.uk