I am traveling in quest of the ultimate English experience as I am leaving England in three months. Having heard of Bibury for a long time, I finally have got some time to plan a perfect trip to this village. I am going to share with you my master plan on how to get to Bibury from Oxford using public transportation and make the most out of your journey.
Good timekeeping is crucial because buses run very infrequently. My top tip is asking locals if you are in doubt about anything.
9:00 – Oxford, St. Giles – Bus number: 853 (Direction: Cheltenham/Gloucester)
I and my friend bought The Cotswolds Discoverer Pass (Adult 1 day – 10 pounds) which could be used unlimitedly on some buses in the Cotswolds. We would have to change to another bus in Northleach.
10:00 – Northleach, Market Place – Bus number: 855 (Direction: Cirencester)
The 853 now stopped on one side of a public toilet. We had to hurry to the other side to catch the 855 bus. It was a matter of one minute before the 855 bus left so we were quite lucky that we caught the bus.
10:20 – Bibury, The Square
Ask the bus driver to stop in Bibury or make sure you press stop after about 20 mins on the bus. If you have smartphones then use the GPS to locate where you are.
We were now at the Square, which was a 5-min walk away from the Arlington Row, the main attraction of Bibury. A villager kindly directed us towards the Row and asked us to keep an eye on fast-running cars. The pavement was only on one side, and it was quite narrow.
Our first impression of Bibury was that the air was extremely fresh. We could hear birds singing all the times. When cars were not coming, it was utterly tranquil.
The Cotswolds was famous for its wool trade in the Middles Ages. I did not know that when I saw sheep relaxing on grass fields.
You can stay overnight in one of these cottages. It is quite pricey though, and you have to pay for at least three nights.
The yellow car
The yellow car had such a strong presence. I felt that it had been parked there for a long time so I googled about it. Owned by an 82-year-old local living nearby, the car has been accused of ‘photobombing‘ since early 2015. The owner said there was nowhere else to park his beloved car, and he could not care less about tourists.
Personally, I did not mind it so much. I found the car was amusingly cute and invoked the typical British sense of humour. Besides, locals are living there so they have the right to park their cars near their houses. The tourists should respect that.
Bibury Trout Farm
This is a family friendly site, and fishing is its main attraction.
12:00 – Lunch
The Catherine Wheel is only about a 5-min walk from Bibury Trout Farm.
The Catherine Wheel
Bibury was famous for trout so we ordered a pan-fried trout dish, which was really delicious.
14:00 – Wandering around Bibury
St. Mary’s Church
15:17 – Bus number: 855 (Direction: Bourton-Stow-Moreton)
We were looking around the Square in Bibury but we could not find any bus stop. There were no signs or anything! A kind gentleman with a map advised us to go back towards the Swan hotel as it was the main stop.
We were still a bit confused because we were not used to ‘invisible’ bus stops. Luckily a local shop owner let us know where our invisible bus stop was and reminded us to wave. There were several bus stops, and the nearest one to us was close to the post office.
This was the last bus leaving for Northleach. If we had missed it, we would have to take a taxi.
15:37 – Northleach, Market Place
A sweet, melodic surprise was waiting for us in Northleach, and we wished we would have more time to enjoy it. Find out more about it here.
16:35 – Bus number: 853 (Direction: Oxford)
17:45 – Oxford
We had a relaxing exploration of the marvelous English countryside despite having a few difficulties in transporting. It was definitely worth all the painstaking planning, which I quite enjoyed doing anyway.
P.S: The bus timetable I used was specific for the 31st of March, 2016. Check your bus times carefully before leaving.