Bicester (pronounced Bistur) is a market town located in the north-east of the English county of Oxfordshire, some miles north of the university town of Oxford. It has become a popular destination on account of its being the location of Bicester Village, a large factory and designer outlet shopping village (see below, Buy).

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Bicester has a traceable history of over a thousand years and was recorded in the Domesday Book. Like Banbury further north, it is experiencing growth and prosperity from its proximity to the M40 motorway linking London with Birmingham via Oxford.

The English writer Flora Thompson based her popular Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy on the area north-east of Bicester, encompassing the nearby villages of Juniper Hill, Cottisford, Fringford and Hethe.

Bicester is only a one-hour car or train journey from the cities of London and Birmingham. Exit Junction 9 of the M40 Motorway.

For fastest access, take the M40 Motorway to Junction 9. Follow the A41 for 2 miles towards Bicester. If you’ve come for the shopping village, follow the signs to ‘Village Retail Park’ and ‘Bicester Village Outlet Centre’ Don’t miss the excellent Bicester Avenue home and leisure shopping outlet.

Bicester can be reached from Oxford by following the A34 northwards out of the city (12 miles/18 km).

  • 51.9035-1.151 Bicester North station, Chiltern Approach, Buckingham Rd, Bicester OX26 6EF. Chiltern Railways runs daily service to Bicester North from London Marylebone (every 30 minutes) and Birmingham Moor Street (every hour) (updated May 2017)
  • 51.8931-1.14851 Bicester Village station, Station Approach, off London Rd, Bicester OX26 6HU. Bicester Village operates a direct shuttle bus to the outlet centre. (updated May 2017)

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