Tucked away on the far eastern side of the North Cotswolds, Woodstock is a fine Georgian town more than worthy of a visit in its own right. The town itself is home to two excellent museums – The Oxfordshire Museum featuring collections of local history and art, as well as the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum packed with military memorabilia.
Woodstock is a collection of easy to explore, historic, honey-coloured streets which are as beautiful as any you will find across the whole of the Cotswolds. Packed with tearooms and coffee shops, kick off your day with a hearty brunch at Hampers Food and Wine Company or rest your weary legs after a day exploring with a delicious afternoon tea. The deli counter is bursting with over forty British and European cheeses alongside meats, olives, fresh bread and pastries. Perfect to stock up the kitchen in your holiday cottage!Read More
After a hearty breakfast set out on foot from Woodstock, wandering through the old town and you will suddenly find yourself at the Town Gate from where you can enjoy the wonderful view, across the lake to the Grand Bridge and Blenheim Palace behind. The Palace is usually top of the list of must-see attractions for our guests when staying close to Woodstock. From their seasonal art and photography exhibitions, two mile long Marlborough Maze and famous market, decorations and light walk at Christmas, there is always a reason to return to Blenheim Palace.
Antique lovers will delight in visiting the many shops packed full of antiques such as Antiques of Woodstock featuring plenty of antique oak furniture, John Howard at Heritage, known for their collections of antique pottery and lastly Iona House – a gallery of limited-edition prints, etchings and sculptures.
Walkers will be in paradise when staying in Woodstock, which, beyond the obvious walking route taking in Blenheim Palace, is an area full of beautiful, scenic walks. Wychwood walk Number 9 starts from Woodstock and takes in Blenheim Park but from there it also takes in a nature reserve at Jubilee Meadows. Woodstock Two Rivers is a wonderful circular walk from nearby Wootton and takes in the rivers Glyme and Dorn. It offers some of the prettiest views anywhere in Oxfordshire and again takes in Jubilee Meadows as well as Long Meadow, another area managed by the Wootton Conservation Trust.
After a long day shopping or walking there’s nothing better than finding a lovely little country pub and enjoying a chilled pint or glass of wine. In warmer weather relax in the beer garden at the Black Prince – a 16th Century pub opposite Blenheim Palace on the banks of the River Glyme. Or the grade 2 listed Crown serves a fantastic selection of beers and wines, as well as the most delicious home cooked food. For those who prefer a glass of wine then grab a table at the Back Lane Tavern where international small plates and bar snacks accompany a wine list where every red, white and rose wine is available by the glass. Cheers!
We hope you agree Woodstock is most definitely a destination in its own right. And whilst you’d be crazy not to pop in to Blenheim Palace during your stay, the town itself has plenty to entertain our guests too.