72 HOURS IN THE OXFORDSHIRE COTSWOLDS
72 hours in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds The Oxfordshire Cotswolds are a rural paradise in the west of the county. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, the Cotswolds are known for their attractive honey-coloured stone buildings and quintessential English charm. The perfect destination for a long weekend away. If you’ve only got 72 hours in the area, we’ve got an action packed schedule for you to enjoy.
DAY 1 9:30 Start your day early in the handsome Georgian town of Woodstock by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace. Get there at 9:30am and enjoy wandering around the park for an hour or so before the Palace opens at 10:30. You can easily wile away the day at the Palace, but our must-sees include the Butterfly House, the Marlborough Hedge Maze and the Temple of Diana, where Winston Churchill proposed to his wife. If you are feeling peckish at any point, visit the Palace’s Orangery Restaurant for lunch or the Water Terrace Café, before you set-off to explore more of the Palace and Gardens.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
15:00 Take some time to explore the town of Woodstock where you will find the Oxfordshire Museum and Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, before heading over to The Feathers for some delicious gin cocktails (they have over 400 gins from around the world). 18:30 End your day at The Bear Hotel and restaurant. Set in what was once a 13th century coaching inn, the award winning restaurant offers a splendid array of British cuisine; we recommend trying their beer battered fish and chips for a traditionally English option.
The Bear Hotel
Old Swan & Minster Mill
DAY 2 10:00 Bright and early it’s time to head to the Cotswold Wildlife Park. With 260 different species of animal, it’s one of the best zoos in Europe. It is very easy to spend a day here as you explore the expansive grounds, take a ride on the miniature train and enjoy the awardwinning gardens. 14:30 Say goodbye to the penguins and take the short journey to Minster Lovell. Enjoy an hour ambling through the picture perfect town, and visiting the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century manor house. After the walk, you could even treat yourself to one of the best afternoon teas in the county at the nearby Old Swan and Minster Mill.
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
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