Bicester Historic Town guide

Take a tour of historic Bicester

Did you know there are 100 listed buildings in Bicester?  Residents and visitors to Bicester are now able to take a self-guided tour around the town’s most historic sites, thanks to the introduction of a new heritage walk and informative map.

Enthusiasts from Bicester Local History Society have devised the route and provided the information with our support.  It includes some lesser known facts about the town, originally named Bernecestre, meaning ‘fort of warriors’ and dating back to around 600 AD.

The guide is packed full of historical information, alongside a map of the walk, has been produced by us, with the support of Bicester Village. The artwork has been created by Oxfordshire designer, Lyn Shields, who is also working on a mural to be installed at Bicester Library, detailing an illustrated timeline of Bicester’s past.

The trail can be joined at any point and takes in historic King’s End, the Dovecote and Garth House.  The heritage trail adds to the three 5K health routes in Bicester, which encourage residents to follow the painted blue lines, offering a free and easy way to build fitness into daily routines.