Woodstock

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.

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.

If you like walking and would like to explore the area, here is a lovely walk and route map around Woodstock and Blenheim Palace.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Things to do in Woodstock

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July 2021

July 27 @ 10:00 am - December 31 @ 4:00 pm

Painting in Coloured Light: Discovering the modern stained glass designs of John Piper

River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, Mill Meadows
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF United Kingdom

Butterfly and moth collage on gouache and ink background: detail from the Farnborough cartoon for All Saints Church, West Berkshire, by John Piper. © The Piper Estate / DACS 2021…

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August 2021

August 8, 2021 - August 8, 2022

The Stables Exhibition

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom

We have created an immersive and interactive experience in the Palace’s historic stable block showcasing the importance of horses at Blenheim through the centuries. We have restored the original tack…

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August 12 @ 10:00 am - October 29 @ 4:00 pm

I grew up in the 80’s

Banbury Museum & Gallery, Spiceball Park Road
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 2PQ United Kingdom
£5.00

A chance to wallow in nostalgia! Travel back to a childhood spent in 1980’s Britain. Revisit the vibrancy, quirkiness and innovation that defined the decade. From Betamax to the BMX,…

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