General Information about Banbury
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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.

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.

Brown's Original Banbury Cakes
The Maltings, Beanacre, Hook Norton, OX15 5UA .
Telephone: 01608 730194
Maker's of Brown's Original Banbury Cakes since 1818. Used to be baked in Parson's Street in the Old Cake Shop dated 1568. Now distributed through local shops and by mail order.

Banbury Crematorium -
Southam Road, Banbury, OX16 1ST.
Telephone:  01295 226500.   Click here to find on the map
Click on the MAP button to find the location.

Banbury Museum -
Banbury Museum and Tourist Information Centre
Within Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PQ .

Telephone:  01295 753752
See the Banbury Map for location. 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 (for more information about guided tours and charges, please contact 01295 272917). 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.

Banbury Tourist Information -
Within Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PQ .

Telephone:  01295 753752
See the Banbury Map for location. Opening Hours for Banbury Tourist Information Centre are Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday 8.45am - 5.15pm and Wed 10.00am - 5.15pm and Sat 9.30am - 5.00pm - Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.30pm .

Banbury Town Council -
The Town Hall, Bridge Street, Banbury, OX16 5QB.
Telephone:  01295 250340    Fax: 01295 250820
For details about the Banbury Town Council, Mayor and Town Clerk.

Car Parks -
See the Banbury Map for locations of Car Parks in Banbury Town Centre.

Cherwell District Council -
Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA.
Telephone:  01295 252535
See the Bodicote Map for Location of CDC.

Citizens Advice Bureau -
Cornhill House, 26 Cornhill, Banbury, OX16 5NG.
Telephone: 0870 220 0608
Opening hours are Mon, Wed, Thur and Fri 10 - 4, Tues 10 - 1. See the Banbury Map for locations of Car Parks.

 Cyber Cafe;@ Best Computer Training-

16 South Bar, Banbury, OX16 9AA    Click here to find on the map
Telephone: 01295 271888
We are now offering computer access to anyone on a timed basis -
Opening Hours: Mon & Tues 08.30-20.00 - Wed, Thurs & Fri 08.30-17.30.

Horton General Hospital -
Oxford Road, Banbury.
Telephone:  01295 275500
See the Banbury Map for location of HGH.

Library -
Marlborough Road, Banbury.
Telephone:  01295 262282
See the Banbury Map for location of Banbury Library.

Map -
Click here to see the Banbury Map

Market Days -
Market Place, Banbury.
Banbury Market is every Thursday and Saturday.  
There is a special Farmers Market on the First Friday of Every Month.
See the Banbury Map for location of Market Place.

Museum -
Banbury Cross, Banbury.
Telephone:  01295 753752
See the Banbury Map for location of Banbury Museum.

Newspapers -
Banbury Guardian / Banbury Citizen
7 North Bar, Banbury.

Telephone:  01295 264321
Banbury Cake
62 High Street, Banbury.

Telephone:  01295 256111
See the Banbury Map for location of Banbury Newspaper Offices.

Police -
Warwick Road, Banbury.
Telephone:  0845 505 505
See the Banbury Map for location of Police Station.

Post Office -
High Street, Banbury.
Telephone:  0845 7223344
See the Banbury Map for location of Banbury Post Office.
For Sub-Post Offices,
Click here

Public Toilets -
Banbury Cross, Banbury.
See the Banbury Map for location of Public Toilets.
As well as those marked, there are more Toilets in the Castle Quay Centre.

Trains -
See the Banbury Map for location of Banbury Station.
for latest Arrivals and Departures Information

Twin Towns -
Banbury is twinned with Hennef in Germany and Ville-Ermont in France -

Weather -
This is a private weather station in Milcombe that is updated every 10 min's

Shine Local Directory
The Banbury-Cross website is expanding to other postcode areas and this franchise is called the Shine Local Directory.

If you know anyone who would be interested in running a Shine Local Directory in their own local area - please email

See the Shine Local/Banbury Directory now...