The picturesque old market town of Woodstock is mostly popular with visitors for providing easy walking access to nearby Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Churchill and one of the United Kingdom's major World Heritage Sites. As well as the famous wartime leader, Woodstock has associations with Capability Brown and you can see something of his landscaping handiwork here in the surrounding parklands. The majestic grounds of Blenheim Palace are in particular popular with walkers and include breathtakingly beautiful formal gardens, a large lake and plenty of opportunities for rambling off-the-track.
Hotels in Oxfordshire for Woodstock Delights
Woodstock makes a great destination for visitors throughout the year because of the close proximity of Blenheim Palace. Autumn is the best time to come here if you're the outdoor type, as that is the time when the palace gardens are particularly rich in stunning colours. There are also always plenty of events taking place in and around Woodstock and the palace, from medieval jousting and horse trials to Battle Proms, concerts and craft fairs over the Christmas period. Blenheim has also often been used as a film set for productions such as Gulliver's Travels and Young Victoria, so many visitors get a distinct sense of déjà vu even if they've never been here before.
Explore Woodstock History from Oxfordshire Hotels
One of the loveliest towns of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Woodstock is criss-crossed by cobbled streets and punctuated by delightful tearooms and historic pubs. It is home to some of the best boutiques in the region and has a nice selection of antique shops and independent art galleries to browse around. In the very heart of Woodstock stands the impressive Oxfordshire Museum, which charts the town's history from Roman times to the present day in a series of exhibits and relics from across the area. Around the town there is then a range of tearooms, cafés, pubs and high-end restaurants to relax in and enjoy some of the region's seasonal cuisine. As Woodstock is just a few miles to the north of Oxford, you'll have easy access to that great city if you stay here in an Oxfordshire hotel.