Visit Bicester and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bicester, Oxfordshire. Although there are no Roman remains to justify the ‘castra’ ending of its name, the fact that it is only 1 mile north of the site of the Roman town of Alchester on the present A42 1, itself following a Roman road, would suggest that there had been a military settlement here. Today it has one of the largest army depots in the country, in spite of which it is a curiously unspoilt little market town. The three-cornered Square has an interesting building once the Town Hall. There are several old gabled houses, mostly 16th century, in Sheep Street, where, from the many sadlers' shops you will smell the tang of good leather and saddle soap. Bicester is the centre of the Bicester Hunt, established in the late 18th century. The roads surrounding and coming into the town have broad green verges on both sides and the hedges and ditches are trimmed, dug and maintained by a community proud of its hunting tradition.
The street going towards the church has some old stone houses. St Edburg's, the parish church, has some interesting 12th and l3th century features. One of the arches with a triangular head may well be Anglo-Saxon. It is joined by three Norman arches, one of which is now the chancel arch, the others having once formed part of a central tower. It possesses many fine monuments and some exceptional roof beams as well as some curious medieval carvings placed in unexpected parts of the church.
Nearby towns: Aylesbury, Banbury, Brackley, Buckingham, Kidlington, North Leigh, Oxford
Nearby villages: Ambrosden, Ardley, Blackthorn, Bletchingdon, Caversfeld, Chesterton, Kirtlington, Launton, Marsh Gibbon, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Steeple Aston, Stoke Lyne, Upper Heyford, Waterperry, Witney
Have you decided to visit Bicester or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bicester bed and breakfast (a Bicester B&B or Bicester b and b)
- a Bicester guesthouse
- a Bicester hotel (or motel)
- a Bicester self-catering establishment, or
- other Bicester accommodation