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 – the 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 a 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 sombre 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 not only provides 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
7: Oxford to Blenheim Palace and Woodstock via Oxford Parkway
The 7 service connects Oxford to Blenheim Palace and Woodstock via Summertown, Oxford Parkway and Kidlington. Buses depart every 30 minutes.More info
Park & Ride 500: Oxford Rail Station to Woodstock
park&ride500 is an express service connecting Oxford Rail Station, City Centre, Summertown, Oxford Parkway, Blenheim Palace and Woodstock with minimal stops on its route.More info
S3: Oxford to Chipping Norton via Blenheim Palace
The S3 service links Oxford to Chipping Norton, via Summertown, Yarnton, Begbroke, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Old Woodstock, Over Kiddington and Enstone. Buses depart every 20 minutes.More info
Things to do in Woodstock
Running throughout 2018 is The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum’s contribution to the commemoration of the Centenary of WW1. During the latter half of the First World War, men and women of all classes and social backgrounds from across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire contributed in a myriad of ways to the war effort. This second of two exhibitions, covering the years 1917-19, tells some of their personal stories, through fascinating artefacts, images and films. The exhibitions covers everything from Oxfordshire’s VC winners,…
Modern Art Oxford and Drawing Room jointly present A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, a group exhibition that celebrates the sustained power of drawing in the digital age. The exhibition at Modern Art Oxford brings together a dynamic selection of recent works by 14 international artists who are committed to the materiality of paper and pencil, showcasing a remarkable attention to detail and skill. In an age of mass media, where the rapid proliferation of images leaves many…
Peter Rabbit hops, skips and jumps right off the page in this interactive exhibition about Beatrix Potter's most famous creation. Discover original illustrations and memorabilia and see how Potter turned her mischievous bunny into an international celebrity. Have fun and games with your favourite characters in the activity play room, visitors can have fun helping Mrs Tiggywinkle hang up the laundry or visit Mrs Rabbit in her burrow! Children can dress up as Peter, help plant carrots in Mr McGregor’s…