Set in the Evenlode Valley, the town of Charlbury grew from a small clearing in the Wychwood Forest to a prosperous market town, due largely to its reputation as a glove making centre during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Surrounded by the remains of the ancient Wychwood Forest and encircled by the Oxfordshire Way, this Quaker town is full of fascination and wonder, combining rural charm with bustling town life. The railway station, serving the London to Worcester mainline, makes Charlbury a popular and accessible location for visitors wanting a deliciously satisfying taste of the Cotswolds.
Cornbury Park, on the edge of the town, was originally one of the royal hunting lodges for the Wychwood Forest. The present house, mainly 16th and 17th century, is not open to the public but hosts a number of public events including the annual Wilderness music festival.
In Sheep Street you can find the Good Food Shop, owned and run by the local community, a sandwich shop, delicatessen and health food shop rolled into one.