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Blenheim, Oxford and the Cotswolds
Steeped in history, rich in heritage and awash with natural beauty, the Oxfordshire Cotswolds offers a unique mix of market towns, picturesque villages, stately homes and, of course, the city of Oxford itself. On this short break we indulge ourselves with a walking tour of the city, including a visit to Christ Church College. We then visit Blenheim Palace and take a scenic drive of some of the Cotswolds prettiest towns and villages.
Dates throughout 2022 & 2023
Suggested itinerary by coach
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The Greatdays team can offer suggestions for a stop-off on the journey.
Oxford, walking tour and Christ Church College
This morning we travel into the centre of Oxford for a 1½ hour guided walking tour of the historic city’s most famous sights and hidden treasures. We go inside the architecturally stunning Christ Church College to see Christopher Wren’s Tom Tower. Our tour includes the Great Hall, quadrangles, the Cathedral and grand staircase. And if all of this looks familiar, it’s because it was used as the setting for ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter films. After the tour there’s free time to explore the city, perhaps visiting the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in the UK. Check in to ‘Oxford Castle Unlocked’ and let costumed characters take you on a journey through the castle’s past as a prison.
Blenheim Palace and the Oxfordshire Cotswolds
Today we head out into the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to visit Blenheim Palace, home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough, and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The 2,100 acres of beautiful parkland were landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. In the afternoon why not take a scenic drive through the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, local highlights include the Georgian town of Woodstock, the lively market town of Chipping Norton, and Burford, a pretty medieval town with exclusive shops and galleries.
Suggested Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in May 2019
Holiday Inn Aylesbury ***
This comfortable and group friendly hotel has 139 bedrooms. There is no lift however there are plenty of ground floor bedrooms and the hotel is set over 2 floors. Group dinner is served in a buffet style. Coach parking is available on-site and complimentary.
DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry ****
Set in 17 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, The DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry is the perfect venue for groups to explore the surrounding area. The hotel bedrooms has luxurious and recently refurbished bedrooms. There is a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym on-site. Coach parking is available on-site and complimentary.
|Dates||4 days / 3 nights|
|2022 dates||From £245.00 per person|
|2023 dates||From £239.00 per person|
Single room supplement available upon request.