Things to do in Witney - The Fleece


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Located in a lovely, leafy spot in Witney – no matter whether you are here to work, relax, study, eat, drink or be entertained, the town and surrounding area has lots to offer. Witney is the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th century Butter Cross and church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire.

An attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of shops, supermarkets and a twice weekly market. Leisure facilities can be found at the Witney Lakes Resort and the Windrush Leisure Centre. After a busy day, join us back at the pub for a plate of something delicious before resting your head.

The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Exhibits over 260 different species of animals. The park is set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens 2 miles south of Burford. Not just for the children.


Burford is 7 miles from Witney and is considered the Southern gateway to the Cotswolds. A beautiful old Cotswold town, its high street enjoys beautiful views over the open countryside down to the willow fringed River Windrush in the pretty Windrush valley. A fine arched medieval bridge crosses the river at the foot of the hill.  The perfect spot for coffee and mooching. The Garden Centre is definitely worth a visit, not any ordinary garden centre!


For some serious retail therapy, Bicester Village is the perfect destination and only half an hour away from Witney. Shopaholics need look no further.


We are within close proximity to Oxford, with convenient bus routes running late into the night. ‘The city of dreaming spires’, Oxford is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been home to royalty and scholars.  Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town.  Still with its ancient University but home also to a growing hi-tech community resulting in a happy marriage between the ancient and modern. A must-see for any visitor.

Our Sister Pubs

If you are visiting Oxford, do pop into one of our sister pubs for a drink or a bite to eat. The Bear & Ragged Staff, Cumnor or The Fishes, North Hinksey are both set just outside the centre and are the perfect watering holes after a walk around the city.

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