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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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until March 16, 2020
The first coffee house in England opened in Oxford in 1651, but the story of coffee began many years earlier in the Ottoman Empire. Discover how coffee made its way to England through an exploration of both Ottoman coffee-related objects and English adaptations, which illustrate the fascinating and complex relationship between the two powers at the time. Gallery 29Find out more »
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until March 22, 2020
Learn about the untold stories and hidden narratives of empire, trade and transatlantic slavery through this contemporary art installation inspired by the Ashmolean’s European Ceramics collection. A cup of tea represents comfort for many of us, but every sip connects us to the legacy of the British Empire, global trade and transatlantic slavery. The fashion for drinking sweetened tea from China inspired the luxury tea sets in the Ashmolean European Ceramics Gallery. Behind this wealth was the brutal exploitation of enslaved…Find out more »
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until March 1, 2020
This display explores the complex relationship between food and money by taking a closer look at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s ‘Food for All’ programme. Discover how monetary and numismatic objects such as coins, banknotes, and tokens related to food in the 20th century, and why this was important. Gallery 7Find out more »