Situated in the centre of Lower Heyford near the Oxford Canal and mid-way between Oxford and Banbury, this 19th century freehouse is the perfect place to relax, drink and dine whether you arrive by boat, foot, bike, train or car. Car parking outside the pub or, for walkers wishing to combine a day out with a vist to us, there is plenty of space at the nearby Heyford Station & Station Yard car parks. Nearby Rousham House and Blenheim Palace offer a great country day out before or after your visit to us here at The Bell Inn.

21, Market Square, Lower Heyford, Oxfordshire. OX25 5NY. Find us on Google Maps


Lower Heyford is a very historic, pretty village situated on the Oxford Canal and by the River Cherwell. There are many local activities that may lead you past our door – we’d be delighted to welcome you.

Rousham House & Gardens are just over a mile away and over the centuries have maintained an influence on the local area – we’ve even named one of the pub rooms in their honour. Rousham Gardens are some of the most cared for in England – being in the same family for many centuries – and are widely regarded as the finest work of William Kent featuring many beautiful small buildings as well as an ‘eyecatcher’ and a ‘haha ‘ both of which are still used for their original purpose to this day. Very well worth a visit – perhaps combined with a meal or drinks at The Bell Inn….

Blenheim Palace hardly needs any introduction – one of the most famous Palaces of England – and is located around 15 minutes drive from Lower Heyford. More information at www.blenheimpalace.com

Walkers The Bell Inn is a regular favourite for visiting walkers on one of the many Cherwell Valley Walks. Several feature The Bell Inn. There’s a great circular 1/2hr village walk taking in the Church, boatyard, canal and lift bridge as well as through the centre of our village. The Oxford Canal towpath is also popular – we’re just 5 minutes from the Lift Bridge at Lower Heyford (Br 205) and the village itself is well worth walking to and through with its pretty main street lined with a variety of thatched houses and traditional ‘hovels’. See if you can spot the long-closed old White Horse or Red Lion inns nearby! We welcome walkers, even with muddy boots, but we’d appreciate advance notice of your arrival (if in a group of 8 or more) especially if you’d like to all sit together indoors….

Cyclists: There are so many great cycling opportunities in the Cherwell Valley in Oxfordshire and we’d be delighted if your ride includes a stop for a drink or perhaps lunch. Just ask and we’ll happily re-fill your water bottles! Feel free to walk your bike into the garden – there is plenty of wall to lean it against whilst keeping it safe and secure. Cycling Clubs/groups are very welcome – but we’d appreciate advance notice of your arrival (if in a group of 8 or more) especailly if you all wish to sit together indoors…..

Boaters: We are always delighted to welcome boaters to The Bell Inn. It is the perfect place to relax after a day on the water. We have close links with the narrowboat holiday hire companies and are delighted to welcome holiday makers, their children, and dogs. There are usually plenty of good moorings around Lower Heyford, so find a spot to moor once you’ve reached Bridges 205/6. Lower Heyford has a full length turning point at the Wharf so is ideal as a destination for boats coming down from Napton and Braunston. The quietest place to moor is along the straight section of towpath midway betwen the lift bridge (No 205) and the boatyard (Heyford Wharf). We are just a 5 minute stroll from there – either walk over the lift bridge (No 205) bearing right, or up the short rise from from Heyford Wharf (Bridge 206), turning left into The Lane. We recommend advance booking if you’re dining or you’re a group of 8 or more….

If you fancy hiring a boat for a holiday or a day have a look at the Oxfordshire Narrowboats website.

Plenty of space for everyone both inside and out. Have a look at our gallery for photographs of our new twist on this traditional inn.