Oxfordshire Journals

"The Cotswolds"

A travel journal to Oxfordshire by Judy

Blenheim Palace Grounds Photo, Oxfordshire, England More Photos
Quote: This enchanting part of southwest England is dotted with small villages and market towns each offering many attractions for visitors. Nestled in the rolling hills and meadows you'll find Woodstock, Burford, Witney Chipping Norton and many other picturesque villages.

"The Cotswolds"

Overview

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Blenheim Palace near Woodstock, beautiful churches including St. Mary's in Chipping Norton, Ditchley Park in Charlbury, and the thatched cottages of the Tews.

Quick Tips:

Bring lots of time when you visit this area of England. The pace is slow and relaxing and the interesting villages hold many historical lessons if you take the time to listen.

Best Way To Get Around:

There are guided tours specializing in this area or you can use the public transportation between towns, however if you are skilled at driving on the left hand side of the road, a car would be best.

The Feathers Hotel Courtyard Bar

Restaurant | "The Feather's Hotel Courtyard Bar & Garden"

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A great place for a relaxing lunch. Local cuisine with a splash of charm. We had soup and sandwiches which were delicious. The servers were friendly and top notch. Don't miss this one if you're ever in Woodstock.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 7, 2000

The Feathers Hotel Courtyard Bar
Market Street
Oxfordshire, England

Cotswold Roaming Tours

Attraction | "Cotswold Roaming"

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I spent two full days touring the Cotswolds with this group before striking out on my own. Small vans make for a much more cozy group and the guides take the time to answer your questions and recommend side trips to take in the future. All in all, I found this tour group very refreshing and would use them again.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2000

Cotswold Roaming Tours
PO Box 784
Oxford, England
+44 1865 308300

Blenheim Palace

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Blenheim Palace Grounds Photo, Oxfordshire, England
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Located near the town of Woodstock, this is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the home of the Duke of Marlborough. The grounds surrounding the palace are spectacular in their beauty. A lake with a picturesque bridge, gardens and rolling green meadows spotted with beautiful trees makes this a wonderful place to see. The Palace itself is interesting and the guided tours take you back in time as you move from room to room. The tapestries on the walls and the antique furniture are lovely. The guides have humorous stories to tell about the former residents of this magnificent home.

Burford

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This is an elegant and historic town by the Windrush River. Lots of antique shops here. The main street of Burford is lined with shops and the magnificent St. John the Baptist Church dominates the town with its 15th century spire. The nearby 16th century Kelmscott Manor and the Swinform Museum are worth a visit. Also nearby is the Cotswold Woollen Weavers exhibition complete with craft workshops. This is a working weaving mill in an 18th century barn.

About the Writer

Judy

Judy
Grants Pass, Oregon