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Visitor information centres

There is a dedicated visitor website, but you may prefer the warm welcome offered by the friendly and knowledgeable staff in our Visitor Information Centres.

The centres offer a range of services including:

  • accommodation booking
  • events and leisure information
  • local ticket sales
  • souvenirs, maps and guides

There are two Visitor Information Centres and one Visitor Information Point in West Oxfordshire:

Location Opening hours
Burford Visitor Information Centre
33a High Street, Burford, OX18 4QA
Call: 01993 823558
Email: burford.vic@westoxon.gov.uk
Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm
Bank Holidays 10am to 4pm
Witney Visitor Information Centre
3 Welch Way, Witney, OX28 6JH
Call: 01993 775802
Email: witney.vic@westoxon.gov.uk                  
Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 4:30pm
Bank Holidays 10am to 4pm
Chipping Norton Visitor Information Point
The Guildhall, Goddards Lane, Chipping Norton,
OX7 5NJ
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 1pm
Bank Holidays Closed

 

Attractions

Tourism is important to the local economy, generating over £282m a year. Some of the attractions include:

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park
  • Chipping Norton Theatre
  • the River Thames and
  • charming market towns like Burford, Chipping Norton, Witney and Woodstock.

To plan your visit on the Oxfordshire Cotswolds website.

Transport links

Major roads link the district to larger centres nearby, including Oxford, Swindon, Cheltenham and Banbury.

The Cotswold and Cherwell Valley railway lines pass through the district. The Cotswolds line operates from London Paddington to Hereford and Worcester. There are seven railway stations in West Oxfordshire on this line: 

  • Hanborough
  • Combe (limited service)
  • Finstock (limited service)
  • Charlbury
  • Ascott-under-Wychwood (limited service)
  • Shipton (limited service)
  • Kingham

The London Paddington and Oxford to Banbury line stops at Tackley station, in the east of the area.

About West Oxfordshire

  • West Oxfordshire is a rural area covering 71,494 hectares. With around 109,300 people living in the district, it is the second most sparsely populated of the 67 local authorities in South East England. A third of the district is in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 2% lies within the Green Belt surrounding Oxford city.
  • The district has 83 parishes, ranging from towns to hamlets.
  • The district's population is spread out over a wide area, however it is mainly concentrated in the towns of Witney and Carterton. Other towns are Burford, Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Woodstock.
  • 41% of the total population live in the district's two largest towns - Witney (over 28,700) and Carterton (around 16,500).
  • The proportion of older people in West Oxfordshire is above average with 3.1% aged over 85 compared with 2.4% nationally.
  • The largest populations of people in West Oxfordshire who were born outside the UK are from Poland, Germany, Ireland and the USA.
  • West Oxfordshire has a strong and diverse economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
  • Tourism plays a major role in the district's economy, attracting over four million visits and around £282.5 million to West Oxfordshire per year. Visit the Cotswold Tourism website.
  • Parking at council owned car parks is free.
  • We set our share of the annual council tax bill for a Band D property in 2019/2020 at £99.38 and continue to have the second lowest council tax charge of all 201 district councils in England.