Much of Shipton is a conservation area and the village lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). West Oxford District Council based in Witney is responsible for many of the local services while the local Parish Council plays an active role in maintaining the village and providing additional local facilities, the playground which was completely rebuilt in 2011 being a recent example.

Local amenities include the Wychwood Church of England Primary School, St Michael’s Stores and Post Office and the Wychwood Surgery, all within the village. There are bus connections to Witney, and Chipping Norton and the Shipton railway station is on the Cotswold Line running from Paddington to Hereford.

The village is on the Oxfordshire Way footpath, which can be used to walk north-westwards up the Evenlode Valley to Bruern Abbey and Bledington, or eastwards down the valley to Charlbury.

Attractions such as Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, the Cotswold Wild Life Park near Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire are all within easy reach by car.