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A few hours in Burford, The Cotswolds Review

A few hours in Burford, The Cotswolds Review

Burford was our first stop in our 2019 Cotswold trip and it was chosen purely based on its close proximity from our London starting point and its reputation as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’.

Car parking was free and very spacious and there were paid toilets available.

We walked past a trickling river into Town and passed several pretty yellow stone buildings on our way to the famous Burford Church. I saw some Christmas wreathes and bird feeders for sale which appeared to operate on a honesty policy.

Finally we arrived at the Grade I listed Church of St John the Baptist or Burford Church. 

Burford Church

A few hours in Burford

This beautiful building started construction in 1175 in the Norman style and was completed in 1500 with an updated gothic design with pointed arches. The biggest differences since its construction was the addition of the tiled floor during the 1870s and a kitchen, toilets and new lighting.

A few hours in Burford

Burford church is one of the UK’s most popular churches and sees around 100,000 visitors a year.

The exterior was really beautiful and dramatic with souring glass windows and spires and intricate detail in every nook and cranny. The surrounding cemetery thankfully didn’t look too frightening in the sunshine, but the church grounds would probably be a pretty spooky place to visit at night. In the daytime everything had a buttery yellow glow and this was one of the more impressive churches that I’d visited.

Immediately entering the building I noticed the intricately engraved ceiling, a sense of the impressive scale and the contactless donation point with notices in several languages. This church had international appeal and it knew it.

It was during the Christmas period so there were winter touches throughout including Christmas trees and areas set aside depicting the birth of Christ.

This wasn’t too noticeable though since the main hall was so impressive with tall wooden ceilings, carved columns, monuments and gorgeous stained glass windows.

A few hours in Burford

A few hours in Burford

 

A few hours in Burford

Words simply couldn’t do the building justice and you would need to see it to believe it. It was all so very light and bright for such a large stone construction.

Burford High Street

Afterwards we visited the high street which was reasonably pretty aside from the large tarmac road slicing through it. It was a shame that they couldn’t construct the road out of traditional stone or to make the road less conspicuous, but this was a popular town so this wasn’t unexpected. I’ve heard that the houses along Burford Hill were very pretty but we didn’t get a chance to visit.

We visited a few traditional shops.

I passed the tourist centre which was very cute, but it was a shame to hear that they were struggling with funding throughout the whole of the Cotswolds.

A few hours in Burford

I read in a website that the library was worth visiting, but it just looked like an ordinary library that you could find in London during the early 2000s.

Lastly we popped into the award winning Huffkins Cotswold Bakery & Tearooms established around 1890. The desserts looked amazing but it was so early in the morning that I just wasn’t ready to eat. I did wish that I’d bought a cake to go though.

Summary

Our stop in Burford was far too brief and we probably missed quite a few things, however the town had beautiful traditional buildings and Burford Church alone was worth the visit. This was a great start to a busy day driving around the Cotswolds.

Burford Church

Website: https://www.burfordchurch.org/

Address: Burford Church Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY

Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00

Huffkins Burford

Website: https://www.huffkins.com

Address: 98 High Street, Burford, Oxfordshire, Ox18 4QF

Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 8:30 – 17:00, Sun: 10:00 – 17:00

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