Visit Burford

Why Visit Burford?

Our lovely, picturesque medieval town is set in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and offers many interesting places to visit as well as annual events to enjoy.

Did you know that the High Street boasts England’s oldest trading pharmacy, Reavley Chemist, registered in 1734, although the building dates back to 1401!

Burford also plays host to an exciting, biennial Festival, showcasing many musical, literary, creative and historical interest events bringing a wide range of activities and entertainment to the community; there is also a newly created annual Literary Festival every autumn started in 2021 by the Madhatter Bookshop.

Free Parking

Visitors to our town can enjoy free parking in the large town car park at the lower end of the town as well as free kerbside parking around the town, although there are some time restrictions on the hill and main thoroughfare.

To access the car park, take the turning by Mrs Bumbles and follow the road around past the church, taking care as there is limited road width for passing cars.

Toilet Facilities

Public toilets may be found within the car park – for directions please see Free Parking or the map.

Tolsey Museum

The Tolsey Museum exhibits a small but fascinating collection of local artefacts, documents and antique objets giving an insight into life in Burford in previous centuries.

It is run by volunteers and open from the beginning of April until the end of October, Tuesday to Sunday inclusive, 2pm to 5pm.

The museum is located in the middle of Burford by the corner of Sheep Street, on the first floor of the 16th century Tolsey building, which has it’s own interesting history worth exploring. Access is via a staircase, unsuitable for disabled visitors.

Burford Church

St John the Baptist Church is an evangelical church dating back to the 12th century when building work began. A ‘wool church’ it was funded primarily by the revenues donated by rich merchants and farmers who worked in the medieval wool industry.

A notable landmark in the town, the church welcomes visitors and provides free printed tour guides in many languages.