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Witney is a thriving market town in Oxfordshire, just off the A40 Cheltenham to Oxford road.

Church Green
High Street


Those familiar with the writings of A. A. Milne, in particular Winnie-the-Pooh, might remember the game of "Pooh Sticks" from the book. The game is played on a bridge over a river and competitors drop their sticks in the river (at the same time) and see whose stick emerges downstream first. Childish fun, but these days the town hosts the annual World Pooh Sticks Championship. Organised by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires and raising funds for the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires Charitable Trust Funds, it is held over the River Windrush close to the centre of town. There are both team and individual competitions, though advanced registration is required.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The town lies on the A40 London to Fishguard main road. 12½ miles from Oxford, 30 miles from Cheltenham and 25 miles from Swindon (via the A4095 and A420).

By bus[edit]

Witney is on the route used by the Swanbrook 853 bus from Oxford to Gloucester.

853 (Swanbrook): Oxford → Cassington (A40) → Witney → Minster Lovell → Burford → Northleach → Andoversford → CheltenhamGloucester

By train[edit]

The town railway station was closed in 1965 and has now been re-developed into an industrial estate.

  • 1 Long Hanborough Railway Station, Station Road, off Main Road, Long Hanborough, OX29 8LA (6 miles NE of town). Probably the nearest railway station to the town but is a small station with limited services. Station operated and services run by Great Western Railway Hanborough railway station on Wikipedia Hanborough railway station (Q2582643) on Wikidata
  • 2 Oxford Railway Station, Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HS. Larger and more mainline station with more frequent services. Station operated and services run by Great Western Railway. Oxford railway station on Wikipedia Oxford railway station (Q1880536) on Wikidata

By bicycle[edit]

Get around[edit]

Witney town centre is compact and can easily be covered on foot. Even the surrounding housing estates are no more than a brisk 15-minute walk from the town centre.


Holy Trinity Church
Riverside Cottage Riverside House


  • 1 Forest of Wychwood (9mile Circular Walk). Wychwood on Wikipedia Wychwood (Q8039567) on Wikidata
  • 2 Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA, +44 1993 772602. Daily until early November 10AM-17:00 (last entry 16:30). Historic farmyard, feed the animals, explore the manor house and grounds. Adult £5.90; Child £4.40. Cogges Manor Farm on Wikipedia Cogges Manor Farm (Q5141103) on Wikidata


  • 1 Waitrose (Supermarket), 25 Woolgate Centre, Market Square, Witney, OX28 6AR, +44 1993 778411. M-Th 7:30AM-10PM; F 7:30AM-9PM; Sa 7:30AM-10PM; Su 10AM-4PM.
  • 2 Sainsbury's (Superstore/Supermarket), Witan Way, Witney OX28 4FF, +44 993 776038. M-F 7AM-11PM; Sa 7AM-11PM; Su 10AM-4PM. ATMs. Cafe (different hours). Pharmacy




Witney is home to the Wychwood Brewery, and many of the beers which it produces are available around the town. Priced around £2-3 per pint or bottle.


Witney has a few hotels including a Premier Inn. The Marlborough overlooks the Market Square in the town centre. The Witney Hotel and the Fleece Hotel, a great gastro pub can be found nearby on the beautiful Church Green.


  • 2 Post Office, Unit 20 Woolgate Shopping Centre, Market Square, Witney OX28 6AP. M-Sa 9AM-5:30PM; Su 10AM-2PM.

Go next[edit]

Map of places with Wikivoyage articles nearby

Routes through Witney
CheltenhamBurford  W UK road A40.svg E  → Eynsham → Oxford

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