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Living in Burford: The local area guide

Burford is a charming town in the countryside of England, situated in the beautiful Cotswolds. The town's history can be traced back to 1086, when its first written reference appeared in the famous Domesday Book. In recent years, Burford has become well-known for its picturesque walking trails and its long and interesting heritage.

With an impressive 900 years as a town under its belt, Burford is full of historic achievements, such as the famous town markets and thriving trade industries, including wool production, weaving and agriculture.

The town also plays host to the country's oldest chemist shop and has a beautifully-designed medieval bridge, located at the foot of a hill, where it crosses River Windrush.


The most recent Census took place in 2011, when Burford had a small population of approximately 1,850. The town's residents represent an almost even split between males and females (49% and 51% respectively) - a statistic which is in line with national averages.

The average age in Burford was recorded as 49 years old, while the median appeared in the early fifties. However, with 56.9% of residents being married at the time of the census, it also proved a popular home for couples and families.

The town also benefits from high employment rates, and the most popular occupations included senior positions such as managers, directors and officials - which accounted for 22.2% of the population. Skilled trades ranked second with a percentage of 13.5, closely followed by professional and technical associates (13.4%).


High-quality education starts with Burford Primary School and Nursery, which received a ‘Good’ score in a recent report by Ofsted. Burford Church of England Primary School, which is a popular choice for local residents, received an impressive ‘Outstanding’ score during an Ofsted report carried out at the same time.

Many secondary school students attend Burford School, which is a state school with a paid boarding option. The school was founded in 1571, and maintains consistently high standards. The school received a ‘Good’ score in its Ofsted report, with standout areas including behaviour and safety, and leadership and management.

University students are just a 30-minute drive from Oxford's excellent higher education options, including Oxford Brookes and the world-renowned University of Oxford.


One of the most popular routes into Burford is by car. Those who drive to or around the town can take advantage of free town centre parking on both the street and public car park. The car park has a generous 12-hour maximum stay time.

While there is not a railway station in Burford itself, there are still plentiful options for those travelling by train. The nearest train station is Shipton Station, which is just five miles away. Nearby is Charlbury Station, which is approximately 7 miles from the town centre. This station is served by regular trains that run to London Paddington in approximately one hour and thirty minutes.

There are also regular services operated by Stagecoach, running from Oxford to Gloucester, calling at Burford and Cheltenham on the way.

Amenities and shopping

Burford is home to many craft and gift shops, with the town's speciality being local and handmade pieces. The VIC is a popular gift store where you can pick up charming handmade items.

The town is also known for its beautiful country inns and pubs, such as The Cotswold Arms or the highly-regarded Royal Oak.

Burford is also a short drive away from Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, which is a favourite amongst children and adults alike. The parish church of St. John the Baptist is also well-worth a visit, with a design that dates back to the 15th century.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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