Woodstock is a fine Georgian town located in the Oxfordshire Cotswold and has a distinct Royal heritage, containing many attractive period buildings: the 18th century Town Hall; the Church of St Mary Magdalene with its Norman doorway, early English windows and a musical clock, which plays tunes hourly.
It’s a great place from which to explore the county, as it’s only eight miles north west of Oxford, with regular bus services linking Woodstock and the city and train stations at Long Hanborough and Oxford Parkway.
Woodstock’s main visitor attraction is the World Heritage site Blenheim Palace – birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and currently home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Blenheim Palace is open all year round boasts a magnificent palace, Capability Brown landscaped gardens, and year round programme of events including Countryfile Live. Discounted tickets available at the Visitor Information Centre.
In the centre of Woodstock is the Oxfordshire Museum which details the county’s history. For those interested in military history, the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum gives an Oxfordshire perspective on the somber history of the liberation of Bergen – Belson Concentration Camp, the role of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and the plight of Prisoners of War.
Woodstock has a good choice of independent shop, galleries and a great selection of places to eat and drink. The Macdonald Bear Hotel and The Feathers not only provide great accommodation to visitors in Woodstock but also boasts of some delicious menus to sample.
Be sure to check out Blenheim Palace’s year round events calendar, Woodstock’s Literary Festival and Christmas Lights.
Where is Woodstock?
How to get to Woodstock
The new number 7 service connects Oxford and Woodstock, with stops in Summertown, Water Eaton and Kidlington. Buses depart every 30 minutes.More info
Park & Ride
The quickest way into Oxford. Visitors to the city can park at five Park&Rides in the city: Seacourt, Peartree, Thornhill, Redbridge and Water Eaton (Oxford Parkway).More info