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
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For centuries, artists and scientists have wrestled with how to convey three-dimensional objects on the page. Using some of the Bodleian Libraries’ finest books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, Thinking 3D tells the story of the development of three-dimensional communication over the last 500 years.Find out more »
Every map tells a story. Talking Maps is a celebration of maps and what they tell us about the places they depict and the people that make and use them. Drawing on the Bodleian's unparalleled collection of more than 1.5 million maps, this exhibition brings together an extraordinary selection of ancient, pre-modern and contemporary maps from a range of cultures and in a variety of formats as well as showcasing fascinating imaginary, fictional and war maps.Find out more »
Celebrating champion jockey Lester Piggott who was the first baby born in the maternity unit at Wantage Hospital in 1935. Life size bronze statue of Lester Piggott was unveiled by Lester himself on 18th August in the museum garden. Check out the museum Facebook page @valeanddownlandmuseum to see a video from the unveiling. 19th August – 21st December Vale and Downland Museum.Find out more »