The Historic Market Town of Bicester

The Historic Market Town of Bicester is full of Saxon heritage. Bicester was originally a small market town in Oxfordshire which has grown into a major tourist attraction and is now one of the fastest growing towns in the UK. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is filled with pretty streets featuring many restaurants, shops and cafes.

History of Bicester

vespasianBicester and the surrounding areas are very rich in history. Just outside the town, at a site known as Alchester, archaeologists have excavated a tombstone that commemorated the life of a retired legionary. The stone confirms the presence of II Augustan Legion that was commanded by Vespasian, who was later to become Emperor of the Roman Empire.

Bicester Today

Bicester is an ideal base for exploring the wonderful County of Oxfordshire & Surrounding areas such as the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Waddeston Manor, Stowe Gardens & Oxford. Excellent train links as well as the M40 help to keep the Town moving well into the 21st century.

The town retains many of its charming 16th century features. It is also where the traditional markets are held every Friday as well as the Farmers’ Markets on the second Thursday of every month, selling local produce from within a 30 mile radius. During the year Bicester hosts many events throughout the town and Garth Park ranging from the Jazz Festival to the Last Night of the Proms.

In the Town itself, Saxon settlements have been unearthed which are dated to early 7th century. Also the town is mentioned in the Doomsday book under the name of Bernecestre.

From Iron age settlements to Roman invasion and forts then Viking attacks, Bicester has a great history for you to explore.

Have a look at Bicester’s timeline.

Bicester has become a major tourist attraction for those wanting to buy that something special. It is the home of the open air pedestrianized shopping centre, Bicester Village designer outlet. It attracts well over 3 million visitors each year. Home to 120+ luxury shops selling some of the worlds best designer brands.

We are also home to Bicester Avenue with its feature store Wyevale. It is one of the largest home and garden centres in the UK. You will find everything from plants, giftware, garden furniture as well as a food hall selling fresh produce. Also at Bicester Avenue you will find more shops including Lakeland, Laura Ashley, Hobbycraft, Cotswold outdoor and camping shop to name just a few.

If you are looking to get married in Bicester you can find details of our registry office here. Bicester Register Office