Just 8 miles north of Oxford is the small town of Woodstock, mostly visited because of its proximity to the spectacular Blenheim Palace, often called the best palace in England. However, Woodstock has so much to offer on its own to warrant a longer stay after you’ve explored the palace and its grounds.
The attractive stony streets are populated with small specialist shops such as local butchers, delis, bookshops and antique centres. Other attractions in Woodstock include the fascinating Oxfordshire museum, which traces rural Oxfordshire life back through centuries of history and the unique ‘textile tour’ which takes in a range of tapestries and needle work on display throughout the area.
Blenheim palace is a short walk from Woodstock and is one of Britain’s finest tourist attractions. The palace itself (open February-December) holds attractions throughout the year, including jousting competitions, craft fairs and a literary festival. The palace, which has been featured in films such as Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix and Gulliver’s Travels, is also famous for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Set in 2,000 acres of beautiful gardens, woods and lakes designed and landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, the palace is a perfect day out for those staying in Woodstock or the surrounding area.
Woodstock is a beautiful place to explore, with postcard perfect streets carved from Cotswolds stone and plenty of teashops, inns and restaurants selling traditional local produce around for moments of respite.