Banbury Cherwell Centre
Banbury is renowned for the quality of its unique spicy flat cakes and its famous market cross, immortalised in the popular nursery rhyme, ‘Ride a Cock-horse to Banbury Cross’. The original medieval cross has long since gone, destroyed in 1602 by Puritans. The current cross was erected in 1859.
Banbury used to have a castle that was besieged twice by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War, and now not a trace of it remains. The spice cakes, however, continue to be immensely popular! They were first made in 1608 but it wasn’t until 1770 that they became a favourite with the public. Visitors to Banbury can still see the original bake-house, The Original Cake Shop in Parsons Street. With its fine old houses and winding medieval streets, Banbury is steeped in history and oozes real charm. However, it’s not exactly steeped in parking spaces, so parking in Banbury can be a challenge.
Fortunately, the NCP’s Banbury car park at Cherwell Centre is the ideal place to leave your car, as it’s very central and you can book your space in advance. Don’t worry about finding a space on the street or running the risk of a ticket – book ahead and your Banbury parking spot is guaranteed.
The High Street Parking
Banbury’s historic centre is dominated by its medieval square and High Street, the premier shopping thoroughfare here. Enjoy strolling around independent gift shops and high street stores in the shadow of half-timber houses, and leave your car at NCP Cherwell Centre car park in Banbury so you don’t have far to carry the bags.
Take a wander away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street and you’ll come across the Public Museum and Globe Room. Here you can see a small but unique collection of artefacts. Find out about the old Norman church, demolished in the 18th century and replaced by an ‘improved’ neo-classical structure in the 1790s. Although quite a few of the town’s older buildings were knocked down over the years, enough of them remain to create a delightful experience for visitors.
Castle Quay Shopping Centre Parking
Situated beside the Oxford Canal and just off Castle Street, Castle Quay shopping Centre is very central and has numerous shopping outlets, cafés, and snack bars, all under the one roof. The NCP Cherwell Centre Banbury car park is conveniently close by.