Woodstock (Oxfordshire)

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Blenheim Palace

Woodstock is an attractive small town eight miles north of Oxford, England. It is the nearest town to the popular stately home Blenheim Palace, and therefore popular with travellers looking for food and accommodation.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Stagecoach Gold runs a frequent service, S3, from Oxford city centre. It can be taken from either Oxford railway station or Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford (Bay 8). The journey is about half an hour long, and cost £3.50 one way (£5.70 return) in 2013.

By car[edit]

Woodstock is about 15 minutes' drive north of Oxford on the A44. Traffic can be heavy, particularly in summer and at weekends, and there are limited parking opportunities.

Get around[edit]

Woodstock is small enough to be explored on foot.

See[edit]

  •    Blenheim PalaceWoodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP (bus: Stagecoach Gold S3 bus from Oxford (about 30 minutes); car: A44 from Oxford, signposted from Junction 9 of the M40 and from the A34),  +44 1993 811091, e-mail: . A stately home open to the public. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country on account of its sheer size and opulence, and its strong associations with Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's wartime prime minister (who is buried in the nearby village of Bladon). The Palace has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. £22.00 for adults (upgradable free of charge to an annual pass); concessions available.
  • Chaucer's HousePark Lane, Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Former home of Thomas Chaucer (c. 1367 – 1434), son of the author Geoffrey Chaucer and Speaker of the English House of Commons. The house is now a private residence and can only be viewed from the outside.
  • Church of Saint Mary MagdalenePark Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UG. Every Sunday: 0800 – Holy Communion; first Sunday of the month: 1030 – coffee and cake followed by 1100 family service; every Sunday except first of the month: 1100 – sung Eucharist with Children's Church. Rebuilt in the 19th century, the church has a Norman doorway, early English windows and a musical clock which plays tunes on the hour.

Do[edit]

  • Farmers' Marketin front of the Town Hall, Market Square, Woodstock, OX20 1SL. First Saturday of the month, 0800–1300.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Chef Imperial22 High Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1TF +44 1993 813591. Fresh and tasty Chinese food from various parts of China. Good vegetarian options as well.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • The Blenheim Guesthouse and Tea Rooms17 Park St (in Woodstock, turn into the town centre towards the Oxfordshire Museum, then continue past the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene until the road is at its narrowest point – the hotel is on the left, a few yards from the Blenheim Palace Woodstock Gate),  +44 1993 813814, e-mail: . Lovely guesthouse with tearooms at the end of Park Street. Blenheim Palace is located just around the corner. Nemesis, one of the episodes of the TV series Miss Marple based on the novels of Agatha Christie, was filmed in the tearooms in the 1980s.
  • The FeathersMarket St +44 1993 812291fax: +44 1993 813158, e-mail: . On 1 June 2012, the hotel held the Guinness World Record for having the most varieties of gin commercially available – 161; "our latest count is 174 and growing".
  • Macdonald Bear HotelPark St +44 1993 811124, toll-free: 0844 879 9143. Occupies a 13th-century coaching inn.

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