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About Kidlington

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Kidlington is a large village and civil parish between the River Cherwell and the Oxford Canal, 5 miles (8 km) north of Oxford and 7 1⁄2 miles (12 km) southwest of Bicester. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 13,723. Kidlington's toponym is derived from the Old English Cudelinga tun: the tun (settlement) of the "Kidlings" (sons) of Cydel-hence. The Domesday Book in 1086 records Chedelintone, and by 1214 the spelling Kedelinton appears in a Calendar of Bodleian Charters. The Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin dates from 1220 but there is evidence of a church on the site since AD 1073. St Mary's has fine medieval stained glass and a 220-foot (67 m) spire known as "Our Lady's Needle". It is a Grade I listed building.


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Kidlington Travel Links

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Road –
Kidlington is situated close to the M40 that links London to Birmingham. It lies on the A4260 Oxford to Banbury Road which runs through the village.

Rail -
Kidlington railway Station was opened as Woodstock Road Station, on the Great Western Railway, near Langford Lane in 1852 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The Great Western Railway added a branch line between Kidlington and Woodstock in 1890, a new Blenheim and Woodstock railway station at Woodstock and renamed Woodstock Road Station as Kidlington Station. British Railways closed Kidlington railway station in 1964. The station building remained in 1983.  From the 1980s onwards it has been Oxfordshire County Council policy to have a new station on land between Flatford Place and Thorne Close on Lyne Road. The policy is as yet unfulfilled. At Water Eaton, 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) south of the centre of Kidlington, there was a railway halt at Oxford Road on the former Varsity Line. The halt was opened by the London and North Western Railway in 1905 and closed by its successor, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1926. In October 2015 Chiltern Railways and Network Rail opened a new Oxford Parkway railway station near the site of the former Oxford Road Halt with trains every 30 minutes to London Marylebone via Bicester Village and High Wycombe in one direction, and to Oxford in the other direction.



Taxi Firms in Kidlington

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With so much to do within Kidlington and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Kidlington is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Kidlington Minibus and Taxis, Kidlington Cars and My Taxicab.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Kidlington

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Highwayman Hotel Kidlington -
A delightful, historic former coaching inn offering bed and breakfast, a friendly family pub restaurant on a canal side setting. Dating back to the early 1700’s the Highwayman Hotel at Kidlington near Oxford has been a coaching inn, and public house for 300 years. Located to the north of Kidlington on the A4260 and close to Oxford Airport, this friendly family run guest house is ideally situated for those with business commitments but better still if you’re visiting Oxford for pleasure. With ample secure parking and a pleasant canal side garden the Highwayman offers all that a traveller could wish for at an affordable price. The hotel offers a choice of accommodation including twin, double and single bedrooms, all of which come with an en-suite bathroom and shower and are tastefully decorated.  Televisions and tea & coffee making facilities can be found in all the rooms. Within the hotel there is a public bar for traditional cask and keg ales, fine wines and spirits and all other beverages.  They also have a restaurant for lunches and evening meals and all food is cooked on the premises.

Sturdy’s Castle, near Kidlington -
Sturdy's Castle Country Inn, located between the West Oxfordshire villages of Tackley and Kidlington and conveniently located near to Woodstock, can not only offer its visitors comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in Woodstock, with free wi-fi across the whole site from the restaurant to the hotel, quality cuisine in its 80 seat restaurant and a friendly and relaxing bar lounge in which to enjoy a drink with friends and family. Sturdy's Castle accommodation Woodstock is the perfect setting for those seeking somewhere to stay close to the many of Oxfordshire's delightful tourist attractions. Located just outside of Kidlington on the A4260 Oxford to Banbury Road, Sturdy's Castle sits at the gateway to the Cotswolds, boasting some of Britain's most beautiful countryside, towns &villages. Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of Winston Churchill, can be found less than 3 miles away in the charming market town of Woodstock and the famous dreaming spires of the internationally renowned university city of Oxford are also a mere 9 miles away. Sturdy’s Castle Hotel is very pleased to introduce a brand-new service, Premium Sky Channels including Sky Atlantic &The Complete Sky Sports Channels. This service has been introduced to all our Hotel Rooms at no extra cost.

Cotswold Lodge Hotel, near Kidlington -
A warm welcome awaits you at The Cotswold Lodge Hotel. This 4-star central Oxford hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the historic city, whether you are staying for business or pleasure. From casual meetings over coffee to corporate functions and nights spent in the beautifully turned out and comfortable rooms, you will find a well-equipped and conveniently located hotel. The hotel’s period features and elegant Victorian architecture provide the perfect backdrop for weddings and functions. Free wi-fi and parking make The Cotswold Lodge the ideal hotel to conduct business, whether used as a base or an Oxford meeting venue. The hotel has 49 bedrooms comprising of a mixture of Oxford twin, Oxford king, Courtyard single, Courtyard double, Courtyard king, Standard king & 10 feature rooms. The rooms offer comfort and privacy with elegant furnishings & modern en-suite bathrooms. All the rooms include a direct dial telephone, high-speed wireless broadband internet connection, tea and coffee making facilities and satellite television. The feature rooms – all named after Oxford colleges – retain the distinctive architectural features of the original Victorian building. These rooms have especially luxurious furnishings with half tester beds and Italian marble in the bathrooms. As the hotel does not have any lifts and rooms are located over three floors, please contact the hotel directly to discuss any mobility issues.



Places to Get Married in Kidlington

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Rhodes House Oxford, near Kidlington -
Rhodes House is a hidden delight in the heart of Oxford. Designed in the style of a Cotswold mansion, Rhodes House has been the gathering place for Rhodes Scholars and their distinguished guests for nearly 100 years. Now Rhodes House is available for others to walk the same boards and enjoy this historic venue. Rhodes House is ideal for both corporate and private events. They offer a variety of rooms for businesses seeking an inspirational conference or meeting space, families and friends looking for the perfect wedding or party venue, and production companies hunting for that special film or photo shoot location. This is the venue where imagination and history blend together to create a perfect day and the best of memories. Inside you will find dramatic bay windows, beamed ceilings, and warm wood floors. Outside you will discover the award-winning gardens, which provide a colourful backdrop for a drinks reception and photos. But your wedding needs more than a beautiful location. The experienced Rhodes House Events team will work with you to transform your ideas into reality and make planning your event as easy as possible.

The Sadler Venue Oxford, near Kidlington-
 The Sadler Venue, on the outskirts of Oxford, is completely private. It’s bright and modern so that you can design it to be dressed and lit in whatever colour and style you wish for your special day, from traditional to contemporary, funky to vintage. The Venue hosts many weddings, birthday parties and celebratory events from 60 to 200 people, in its modern contemporary space with seamless views across the fountain, lake and wildlife corridor. With contemporary, spacious and modern architecture, The Sadler Venue is the perfect place to host your special event.  As you arrive, you’ll find the large natural light-filled atrium, a fully licensed bar run by the friendly and experienced bar team who will look after your guests and drinks throughout your day, and a space in which to celebrate. Your menu can be chosen to whatever your heart desires, and the exceptional catering and waiting team can attend to everything. When the sun sets, the inside and outside lighting schemes mean the colours can be selected by you, making your day all the more personalised.

Woodstock Town Hall, near Kidlington -
Enjoy your wedding in our Grade Two listed Town Hall with 250 years of history and tradition. Set in the very heart of Oxfordshire’s historic market town adjoining the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace, they offer civil marriages and partnerships and reception facilities in the Town Hall Assembly Rooms or the nearby Community Centre. For further details ring the Town Clerk’s office on:- 01993 811216 or e-mail



Event Planning in Kidlington

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Complete your event in Kidlington with DarkStar Discos, the Kidlington marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering.

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Top Restaurants in Kidlington

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The Turnpike Yarnton, near Kidlington -
The Turnpike was built over two hundred years ago but was originally known as The Bunch of Grapes. In 1719, this section of the Stokenchurch to Woodstock highway became part of the Turnpike Trust. To the south of any existing building, a cottage and toll booth were constructed and a gate was put across the road. The Turnpike Trust was dissolved in 1878 and the toll booth demolished. The pub building is constructed of Cotswold Stone and the roof is Cotswold stone slate, once described as 'the finest in Oxfordshire' by Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate, on one of his visits to Mr George Kolkhurst who owned Yarnton Manor. The first registered landlord was a Mr William Tubb who ran the inn from 1784-1785. A country pub near you oozing rural charm and rustic character, the picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub food on the menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing the bar. Whether you are planning dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with family, book a table online and enjoy some quality time with those you love the most. They also have a vegan menu at The Turnpike in Kidlington available 6 days a week.

The Lighthouse Oxford, near Kidlington -
The Lighthouse is a tapas restaurant, cocktail bar and private function venue in Oxford city centre. The Lighthouse is one of the best places to eat in Oxford city centre. The pan-Med tapas lend themselves to social dining with the option of large plates for more traditional restaurant dining. Traditionally a pub, The Lighthouse has emerged as one of the best cocktail bars in Oxford. Drinking at The Lighthouse reveals an unwavering commitment to mixology principles; fresh fruit, balanced flavours as well as striking Instagram opportunities! The wide variety of gins, spirits, beers, ales, ciders and wines cater to a plethora of tastes, seasons and moods. Coffee and cake at The Lighthouse are best enjoyed with a view of the Oxford Castle or on the terrace along the riverside. The vegan and gluten-free cakes are handmade in Oxford and a firm favourite with regulars and staff alike. Combine their tapas dishes to create the perfect menu for your private event in the Boiler Room. Perfect for parties, wedding receptions, meetings and private dining this private hire room hosts up to 50 people. The Lighthouse is a 5-minute walk from the bus and train stations in central Oxford. They are ideally located to complement an evening at the theatre, a day out exploring the nearby tourist attractions or a shopping spree at the Westgate.

The Boat Inn Kidlington -
John, Jane and the team offer a warm and friendly welcome to all customers old and new alike. The Boat Inn, set alongside the beautiful Southern Oxford Canal, is a family and dog friendly canal side country pub which has retained its traditional character and local appeal. This unique and beautiful setting makes the Boat Inn an ideal watering hole for walkers, boaters and hikers to enjoy a tasty meal or a refreshing drink. Wherever possible all produce is locally sourced and cooked to perfection. The new 'Vegetarian Selection' and 'Specials Board' means that there is something for everyone. And, of course, they can look after the children as well. The large fully-enclosed garden with ‘Bouncy Castle’ is perfect for a relaxed family afternoon in the sun. As a member of the bespoke Greene King Head Brewer’s Club, and being Cask Marque accredited, The Boat Inn houses some of the best Greene King Cask Ales, including IPA, Old Trip, and Old Golden Hen and they have a constantly changing guest ale. They also have a complement of premium continental lagers on tap, Becks Vier and San Miguel. Their wines, which include all the traditional favourites, are personally selected to form perfect accompaniments to all dishes on the menu. The Boat Inn has also featured a number of times in the popular, detective drama series Inspector Morse, based on a series of novels by Colin Dexter. It starred the legendary John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis. The Morse Dining Room has many photographic tributes of the episodes featuring the pub.



Top Things to do in Kidlington

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History, near Kidlington -
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning Museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages. Highlights in the collections include the world's first scientifically described dinosaur – Megalosaurus bucklandii – and the world-famous Oxford Dodo, the only soft tissue remains of the extinct dodo. The Museum is part of the University of Oxford's Gardens, Libraries and Museums and is overseen by the Board of Visitors and supported by Honorary Associates. The Pitt Rivers Museum of anthropology and archaeology adjoins the Museum building, so both places can be enjoyed in a single trip. The Museum is open 10am to 5pm every day, including over the Easter weekend. Founded in the 19th century as the focus for scientific activity at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now houses truly remarkable collections and is a vibrant and welcoming place to visit.

The Bodleian Library Oxford, near Kidlington -
Oxford’s libraries are among the most celebrated in the world, not only for their incomparable collections of books and manuscripts, but also for their buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages. Libraries in the Bodleian Libraries group include major research libraries, libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University and, of course, the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years. The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library. Together, the Bodleian Libraries hold over 13 million printed items. First opened to scholars in 1602, it incorporates an earlier library built by the University in the 15th century to house books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. Since 1602 it has expanded, slowly at first but with increasing momentum over the last 150 years, to keep pace with the ever-growing accumulation of books, papers and other materials, but the core of the old buildings has remained intact. Known to many Oxford scholars simply as ‘the Bod’, these buildings are still used by students and scholars from all over the world, and they attract an ever-increasing number of visitors.

Christ Church Meadow Oxford, near Kidlington -
Christ Church Meadow is a rare open space at the heart of Oxford, open to the public all year round. Though seemingly tranquil, the meadow is highly variable, with seasonal flooding and a variety of wildlife that comes and goes. During the Civil War it proved invaluable as a defence against the Parliamentarian forces, but visitors are nowadays more likely to encounter a rare English Longhorn cow than a soldier besieging the city. The meadow has long been used as a site for sport, entertainment and recreation. It was the location for some of the earliest balloon flights in England: in 1784 James Sadler, ‘the first English aeronaut’ rose from Christ Church meadow, landing six miles away after a half-hour flight. In May 1785 Sadler again ascended from the meadow, this time with the statesman William Windham as a passenger. The meadow is enclosed by the rivers Cherwell and Thames - the Thames is known as the Isis whilst flowing through the city. The Isis is home to the college boathouses where rowing teams gather to train and compete. Every summer the major intercollegiate regatta takes place (better known as Summer VIIIs) as it has done since the competition’s inauguration in 1815. Crews from across the university descend annually on the Cherwell to compete in a four-day competition. Fittingly, Christ Church has been the most successful men’s crew, with 32 victories. Sommerville (the former college of Margaret Thatcher) is the most successful women’s crew, with 8 victories since the women’s competition began in 1976. The meadow has also provided a beautiful setting for a number of outdoor performances, including a dramatic celebration of Christ Church’s history in the form of a Son et Lumiere in 1968. It was a star studded performance: scripted by Jan Morris (historian, author, travel writer and honorary fellow at Christ Church), and with a prologue by W.H. Auden (Anglo-American poet, undergraduate and at Christ Church), it was narrated by Sir John Gielgud (actor, Oscar winner and theatre director). Between the river and the Meadow Gate of the college is the large Broad Walk, installed in the time of John Fell (1625-1686), dean of Christ Church and Bishop of Oxford.  Having survived since the seventeenth century, it was in recent years threatened when proposed as the site for a new bypass.  Luckily nothing came of the plans and the walk remains a refuge from the busier city streets.


Kidlington Today

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In the 20th century, Kidlington grew to be a contender for largest village in England (as well as Europe) with a population of 13,723 (compared with 1,300 in 1901). Kidlington residents have so far resisted proposals to become a town, though it clearly qualifies for such status against any criteria. Following a peremptory change by the Parish Council to Town status, the change was voted down in a ballot of the local electorate by 98% and reversed. In June 2016, the BBC reported weekly coachloads of sightseers from China arriving on Benmead Road, Kidlington, who were seen posing for photos in front gardens and against parked cars, with no apparent reason for their interest. The story attracted worldwide interest with Kidlington locals offering interviews about their experience. In November 2016, after analysing results of a Chinese-language questionnaire given to some of the tourists, the BBC found that "looking for the true sense" of Britain was one reason for the visits. An investigative journalist determined that, in fact, Chinese tour operators charge $68 extra for Chinese language tours of nearby Blenheim Palace. Tourists who do not want to pay to visit Blenheim are dropped off in Kidlington, which they find charming, but which tour operators select because it is too far from Blenheim to enable tourists to walk to the Palace and pay the cheaper £25 price for public tours in English. Kidlington has about 50 shops, banks and building societies, a public library, a large village hall and a weekly market. There are seven public houses, two cafes, and four restaurants. The public houses are concentrated along the main A4260 road through the village. North to south these are: the Highwayman Hotel (originally the Anchor, then the Railway Hotel, then the Wise Alderman, before being renamed again in 2009), the Black Horse, the Black Bull, the Red Lion, as well as the King's Arms in the Moors, and the Six Bells in Mill Street. The Squire Bassett was converted into a Nepalese restaurant and renamed the Gurkha Village in 2012. There is a secondary school (Gosford Hill) and a handful of primary schools to deal with the expanding population. Recently Gosford Hill School has started a narrowband radio show for its pupils.

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