One of the delights of visiting the Cotswolds is exploring its different areas, each with their own unique identity. Take a walking tour through the picturesque Blenheim Palace, only 20 minutes away by car. Blenheim Palace hosts an array of events, from art exhibitions and sporting events to seasonal entertainment such as Christmas and Halloween at the palace.
Duvall Park is moments away from many renowned attractions. From shopping at designer outlet Bicester Village, to exploring the Cotswolds. There is sure to be something for everyone. The Cotswolds covers a huge area, almost 800 square miles.
Famous for its English Market towns and villages built from honey- coloured stone, the Cotswolds are the largest area of outstanding natural beauty in England and Wales. Their gently rolling hills make them perfect for keen walkers and cyclists. The Cotswolds is also home to many award-winning pubs and restaurants serving high quality food and drink. All the different areas of the Cotswolds each have their own distinct feel and identity, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The famous Bicester Village is a founder member of a collection of 11 global shopping destinations, which all offer world renowned designer brands at excellent savings. Bicester Village features boutiques from leading designers such as Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, Mulberry, Versace, Burberry and many others. The site also features an abundance of restaurants, from a wide range of cuisines. You are sure to find something you’ll love.
Built between 1705 and 1722, this historical palace is now open to the public. Take a walk through the beautifully maintained gardens or attend one of the many exhibitions throughout the year. One of the most popular is the Churchill Exhibition, which follows the path of his life, starting with his birth at Blenheim house. The exhibition is brought to life using artifacts, letters, photographs to recreate his story, a must see for any history enthusiast.
World famous for its University and place in History, Oxford has become a home to many scholars and royalty. It is one of the oldest towns in the UK, established in the 9th century. It is now a bustling multicultural town, featuring an impressive array of bars and restaurants. Visit the Oxford Botanic Garden, the UK’s oldest botanic garden founded in 1621 and share the scientific wonder and importance of plants within the world, all just 28 minutes’ drive from the Duvall Park.
Built around 1300 by Sir John de Broughton, Broughton Castle is now home to arms and armour from the civil war period. These are now on display in the castles Great Hall. Visitors are also able to see the gatehouse, gardens and park along with the 14th century parish church of St Mary, featuring many family tombs, hatchments and memorials.
Crocodiles of the World
Featuring all 12 crocodile species, Crocodiles of the world is a must for any animal enthusiast. The zoo offers incredible underwater viewing enclosures, hatchling enclosures, as well as feeding displays, crocodile talks and much more. There is also an outdoor picnic area and gift shop.
Finest Hour Experience
Providing aerobatic flying experiences in immaculately restored aeroplanes, this adrenaline fuelled experience offers the chance to fly in some of the most iconic planes in recent history including the Tiger Moth biplane. Operating from the Chiltern Park airfield, there is the opportunity to tour over some of the UK’s heritage sites famous during the English Civil War.
Hook Norton Brewery
Discover the technique used to brew traditional British beer using hops, malt and spring water. The brewery tours run throughout the day, all accompanied by an experienced local guide, finishing the day with a tutored beer tasting session. The brewery also features a shop selling unique gifts and merchandise.
Take a walk through the idyllic Watterperry Gardens, nestled within the Oxfordshire countryside and spanning 8 acres. The gardens feature a stunning 200-foot herbaceous border along with formal gardens, riverside walk and lily canal.
Oxford United FC
Going to an Oxford United home game is a fantastic day out for any fan of football. Enjoy a pint of beer and pie as you watch Oxford United compete in League 1 with the likes of Sunderland FC, Portsmouth or a hotly contested game against rivals Swindon Town FC.
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