Kingham is a tiny village and parish in Oxfordshire with less than a thousand people. It sits between Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold, within just several miles of each in the Evenload Valley. Kingham is less well known than the other two villages on the route, but it is no less enchanting. Voted “England’s Favourite Village” of 2006 by Country Life Magazine, its streets are lined with lovely thatched cottages from the 17th and 18th centuries.
There is a railway station a mile from Kingham providing service to and from London Paddington, Oxford, Worcester and Hereford. Many of the Cotswold towns are inaccessible by rail, so this is a very unique and exciting feature.
The town is home to a couple of breathtaking churches. Churchill has a church tower high on a hilltop and visible from quite some distance. It is designed to be a more slender version of another tower in Oxford. St. Andrew, another church in town, was built with a Norman design in the 17th century.
Kingham has two public houses, the Plough and The Wild Rabbit and a single hotel, The Mill House. Either of these pubs is a great place to stop in and have a bite to eat or a refreshing pint of real ale. Since Kingham only offers a single hotel, be sure to reserve your room in advance if you plan to spend the night, or else stay at nearby Stow-on-the-Wold or Chipping Norton.
If you are getting a train to Kingham station it is advisable to book a Taxi in advance, Kingham Taxis