Banbury is an old market town situated in Oxfordshire, and is a place that has continued to retain in its traditions and culture despite modernisation. The rural appearance of the town does not take anything away from the fact that Banbury is, in fact, one of the most important retail centres in the area. The Oxford Canal runs right through the area while places like Banbury Museum, Tooley’s Boatyard, the Spiceball Centre & Park and Banbury Cross are just some of the popular attractions in the town.
Banbury is the home of a number of major companies like Alcan Industries Ltd., Kraft Foods and Prodrive. The Virgin Racing team in Formula One is also based in Banbury. There are many airport-transfer services operating out of office space in town alongside architectural companies, catering services, event management companies and management consultants. The town is also emerging as a popular place for call centres, with one of the country’s largest housing associations, Sanctuary Housing Association, recently setting up its main customer service call centre in Banbury.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Banbury has a number of entertainment venues with the most popular being the Formula Fast Karting tracks, which hosts regular events and open-race days. The Banbury Hobby Horse Festival also brings in a number of visitors every year while The Mill Arts Centre and Stagecoach Theatre are popular venues for a variety of live-music, theatre and performing arts. Eating out in Banbury opens up a whole new world of food with everything from Indian to Latin American food being served up. The Red Lion is a place known for its contemporary cooking style while Veritas serves up fine French cuisine. Siam House is the place to go to for exotic Thai cuisine.
Oxford Canal is a popular waterway for recreational use and can also be used to commute around town. Travelling to London by train is made easier thanks to Banbury Railway Station, which operates on the Chiltern Main Line. Buses remain a popular mode of transport to get around town while the A422 is the town’s connecting link to the nearby M40 motorway, which provides convenience for drivers. London Heathrow Airport is the closest international airport, just a few miles from Banbury.