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Small town neighbouring the beautiful Blenheim Palace Estate

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An ancient gate in Woodstock

Woodstock is a historic market town in the Heart of England, located at the edge of the Blenheim Palace Estate, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Set in the striking Oxfordshire countryside, just 8 miles north of the city of Oxford, there is plenty to see on a holiday cottage getaway in Woodstock.

Blenheim Palace is one of the most recognisable stately homes. Built in 1704 for the first Duke of Marlborough, it is still occupied by the same lineage – it is currently home to the 12th Duke. Sections of the palace, such as the state rooms, are open to the public, as are most of the 2000 acres of parkland, lakes, and formal gardens.

Many of the gardens were designed by Capability Brown, Henry Wise and Achille Duchene. These include water terraces, Italianate walled gardens, the Churchill Memorial Garden, and a rose garden. The upper water terrace is often compared to the Parterre d’Eau at the Palace of Versailles, such is its grand design

In the expansive park lands there are long lake walks and an arboretum to discover.

The Vanbrugh Bridge is a spectacle in itself, with an unusual design that incorporates chambers below the roadway. The 134-foot tall column on which a statue of the first Duke of Marlborough stands is an impressive sight that dominates views across the estate.

Blenheim Palace also hosts a programme of events and exhibitions so be sure to check their listings.

You won’t go hungry in Woodstock with plenty of coffee shops, tearooms, pubs and even well-regarded restaurants in town to cater to call palettes.

Oxford Museum of Natural History

The centre of the market town is characterised by several older buildings found around the Market Place, Oxford Street and the High Street. The Town Hall and Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene stand out and are worth a look.

A day trip to Oxford is a must for anyone staying in Woodstock.The city is one of the very best academic seats in England where many of the nation’s greatest and best were educated. The skyline is punctuated by the dreaming spires and domes.

Much of Oxford University is open for tours and self-guide walks, so grab a guide book and get lost in the narrow streets of one of the country’s most beautiful cities.

Beyond the University is a very good shopping centre, with a wide range of brand leaders and chains. Oxford has museums galore, so make sure a visit to the Ashmolean Museum of Arts and Archaeology, the Pitts River Museum, and the Oxford University Natural Museum are on your agenda.

"Blenheim Palace was the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill…"

Elsewhere in Oxford you can take a punt up the River Thames through Christ Church Meadow - a great place for a walk and a picnic too.

Oxford Castle is just at the edge of city centre; partially open to the public, the ruins of this Norman castle are well worth a look. It was formerly used as the city prison, but now it houses a heritage project and a restaurant.

The choice of eateries in Oxford is endless, with a good mix of established brands and independents.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Woodstock. Why not take a look at our collection of holiday cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there

The Museums

Oxford has a broad selection of museums, but if archaeology and natural history is your specialty you are especially in luck.

Oxford

With Oxford a short driving distance away, a good explore of the city is in order.

Blenheim Palace Estate

A day trip to Blenheim Palace is a must for anybody visiting Woodstock.

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