New Homes in Bicester
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Dating back to Saxon times, Bicester is a historic market town in Oxfordshire.
It has great transport links both by road and rail making it an excellent choice for commuters, with easy access to London, Birmingham, Banbury and Oxford.
Things to see and do
Bicester’s historical roots as an agricultural market town can be easily spotted in its half-timbered buildings, which are hundreds of years old. Further historical spots include St Edburg’s Church dating back to 1104 and the Old Priory and Old Vicarage built around 1500. A traditional market is held once a week, along with a Farmers’ Market once a month where fresh produce can be sampled.
You’ll find several cafes and restaurants in Bicester, whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon tea or luxurious evening meal you’re guaranteed to find something. There are also a number of traditional inns and pubs to enjoy an evening out. ..
Time out and R&R can be enjoyed at picturesque Garth Park which has national award-winning gardens. Look out for a range of activities and concerts hosted throughout the year.
If you’re after action and adventure check out ‘Go Ape’ which offers treetop activities and challenges, while Waddesdon Manor offers a more tranquil day out. View the Rothschild Collection of art treasures in the French Renaissance-style chateau before visiting the wine cellars, restaurants, aviary and impressive grounds.
Set in the Oxfordshire countryside, Bicester Village offers a shopper’s haven. Filled with over 130 designer outlet boutiques, you can bag a bargain in one of the village’s chic boutiques before enjoying a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants and cafes.
The nearest motorway serving the town is the M40, with junction 9 and the A41 being the route into the town. Bicester’s convenient location affords it excellent connections into London (1 hour 13 minutes), Birmingham (1 hour 12 minutes) and Banbury (24 minutes).
The town has a ring road which consists of the A41, A4095, A4421 and Vendee Drive which forms part of the B4030.
Bicester Town and Bicester North are the two stations serving the town, with connections to London (1 hour every 15 minutes), Oxford (45 minutes every 40 minutes), and Birmingham (1 hour 18 minutes every 40 minutes). A new project is currently underway which will see the current journey time of 30 minutes to Oxford, halved.
Chiltern Railway’s trains between Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill call at Bicester North.
Bicester is within an hour's drive of three international airports. London Luton is the closest at 47 miles away and taking just over an hour to reach by road.
Living in Bicester
With a history that stretches back to Saxon times, Bicester is characterful market town with a rich heritage to look back on. You can discover more about the area and its charms below, while there’s more information on arrangements like our Part Exchange scheme on our latest offers page.
Things to see and do in Bicester
Strolling around the town centre reveals a collection of beautiful half-timbered buildings and Bicester’s roots as an agricultural marketplace. St Edburg’s Church dates back to the beginning of the 12th century, while the Old Vicarage and Old Priory were built around the year 1500. There’s still a weekly market and a monthly farmers’ market you can shop at, while the town centre also reveals a number of cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Garth Park and Bure Park Nature Reserve are a pleasant spots for a little walk close to the heart of town, while the pretty Island Pond Wood is just off Blackthorn Road on the outskirts. Head south to Alice’s Meadow and Asham Meads Nature Reserve or further afield to the Chiltern Hills, or make the most of the beautiful Cotswolds to the west. Oxford is also less than 15 miles away and great for a day out exploring the city’s unique history and culture.
There are a number of schools ranked as good by Ofsted in Bicester, including Brookside Primary, St Mary’s Catholic Primary and Longfields Primary and Nursery School. The Bicester School and Cooper School are both mixed secondaries which are also good in Ofsted’s eyes, while the town is home to Bicester Technology Studio too.
Transport links in Bicester
Bicester has very strong transport links. There are two train stations close to the centre of town, Bicester North and Bicester Village, while there are a number of bus routes serving the local area and beyond. The M40 motorway passes close to town, providing you with quick, direct access to London in the south and Birmingham to the north, while Oxford is less than 15 minutes away on the train. Services to London take under an hour, making Bicester viable for commuting to the capital on a daily basis.
The Bicester property market
Those commuter links and the quiet atmosphere around town means house prices are considerably higher than the national average. Property is a lot cheaper than in London though, making this a popular place for people to live who want more space, especially families with children.
There are some great properties in and around town, including an exciting collection of new 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes off Middleton Stoney Road close to Whitelands Farm Play Area. Buying new is the perfect way to tailor your home to the modern way of life, while you could also benefit from money-saving schemes like our Movemaker offer when you buy your new home with us.
Help to Buy Bicester
In Bicester you can take advantage of Help to Buy South West of England if you are a first time buyer. Take a look at the Help to Buy South West of England page to find out how the scheme works and how it can help you move.