The historic market town of Woodstock, on the River Thames, is an ideal base for exploring many parts of the Upper Thames Valley. It is home to Blenheim Palace and conveniently situated for Abingdon, Henley, Oxford and Reading, and is within easy reach of the M40.
What To Do And See
Woodstock has a number of buildings of historic interest, and various antiques and craft shops, many of which are situated in the High Street or in the Lamb Arcade.
The Museum houses artefacts showing the rich history of the area, and there is a variety of recreational activities and restaurants.
The great bridge, with its nineteen arches, has parts dating back to medieval times and among the buildings in the town, many examples of architecture from Elizabethan times can be seen. And, of course, no visit to Woodstock would be complete without a visit to Blenheim Palace, one of England's largest houses and the home of the Churchill family for the last 300 years.
Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace in 1874 and is buried in the nearby village of Bladon.
The poet Geoffrey Chaucer once had a home in the town and starting in the 16th century, the town once prospered by making gloves.
To the west of the town an old railway branch line recreates the time when steam trains ruled the tracks.
There are plenty of walks, from a stroll along the river to long walks through the nearby countryside, and only a short drive away is Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, which is rich in wildlife and offers wide views across the valley.
Other nearby attractions include Dorchester Abbey, Beale Park and the historic City of Oxford.
How to get there
Woodstock lies on the A44 between Oxford and Chipping Norton. Or, if coming from the M4, take junction 9 and follow the A34 towards Oxford before joining the A44 at the Peartree Interchange.
Woodstock Website: http://www.woodstock-oxfordshire.co.uk