Visiting by foot

“Access to Castle Quay is level at almost every entrance.  There are six main entrances – three accessed from the Canalside Walk and three from the town centre.  Along the Canal, you will find the Cherwell Entrance (the main access point for those arriving by car) and the Canalside Entrance by H&M.  There is also an entrance by the Banbury Museum – which is stepped but has a lift for use by shoppers with special needs.  In the town centre, there are two entrances from the Market Place – the Cornhill Entrance and the Market Place entrance.  There is also the Bridge Street Entrance next to Debenhams.

Visiting by Car

Castle Quay has 830 ‘pay on foot’ parking spaces  in the North and South Car Parks that span the canal next to the shopping centre.  In addition there are another 370 spaces in car parks adjacent to the centre.  The parking is well signposted on major routes into Banbury, and is only a few minutes from Junction 11 of the M40.  There are designated spaces for Parent & Toddlers as well as Disabled.

If you are planning your journey, type OX16 5UN in to your satnav.

View our Castle Quay Centre Map for a local view and find parking information in our parking section.

Visiting by Bus

Banbury’s Bus Station was re-developed at the same time as Castle Quay and gives easy pedestrian access to the shopping centre, either via the Canalside Entrance by H&M or via the Bridge Street Entrance next to Debenhams.  For information on local bus timetables, please contact 01295 276341.

Visiting by Train

Banbury’s Train Station is a short walk along Bridge Street from Castle Quay.  For information on all train services, please call the National Rail Enquiries Line on 08457 48 49 50 or visit

The nearest Taxi Rank to Castle Quay is on Bridge Street; there is also a Taxi drop-off point by the entrance to the South Car Park, just off Castle Street.

Visiting by Canal

Banbury’s town centre and shopping districts are easily accessible by the Oxford Canal, and Banbury’s waterways offers a working dry dockyard – the oldest in Britain – 3 miles South of Cropredy and 20 miles North of Oxford.

Tooley’s, the oldest working dry dock in Britain, has been in continuous use since 1790 when it was established to build and repair the wooden horse-drawn narrowboats which plied the newly constructed canal network, so vital to the development of the Industrial Revolution.

The Oxford Canal

Map courtesy of canaljunction

Visiting from outside the UK

Banbury is one hour from London’s Heathrow airport (LHR) and only 40 minutes from Birmingham International (BHX).  London Gatwick and East Midlands airports are approximately 2 hours from Banbury.

If you are visiting Banbury as part of your vacation or a shopping weekend and require advice on accommodation, then please email us with your travel dates and requirements  to [email protected].  For advance bookings discounts can be arranged with local hotels and guest houses.