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Visit Oxfordshire and discover one of the most beautiful English counties, with the most inspiring city at its heart.

Visit Oxfordshire and discover one of the most beautiful English counties, with the most inspiring city at its heart.

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  • 1. Visit Oxfordshire and discover one of the mostbeautiful English counties, with the mostinspiring city at its heart...Offering so much to see and do all year round, Oxford and Oxfordshire makes an excellentdestination for all, whatever the weather.Explore Oxfordshires rural landscape, unspoilt villages and market towns, or maybe followone of the countys many walking trails and cycling routes to discover the unexpectedtreasures and delights.If youre looking for a cultural getaway or a romantic city break then Oxford is a must.Renowned for its history and heritage, exquisite architecture and ancient University, Oxfordsits at the very heart of this rural county. Take time out to enjoy the countys bustlingmarket towns, discover the film and literary connections or simply watch the world go bywhile sipping a drink by the river.Widen your horizons by visiting world class museums, family appeal attractions or a varietyof festivals held throughout the year catering for all ages and interests.Its easy to visit Oxfordshire; Oxford is just 50 minutes from central London on the high speed rail link or 90 minutes by frequent bus services. We look forward to welcoming you to Oxfordshire. shire Oxford www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com
  • 2. Few regions can boast Oxfordshires variety, beauty, heritage and luxury.Discover towns and villages surrounded by the greenestof Oxfordshire countryside.• Head west to the Cotswold hills where grey stone villages nestle insecluded valleys.Visit Burford, one of the most picturesque towns in England, orpop into Woodstock after a morning at Blenheim Palace forafternoon tea, or stroll around the many antique shops on offer. Banbury Blen heim Pala Chipping Norton ce Harmit Wo k oodstoc ag W Burford e photo Witney s Carterton A• At the very heart of the county we have Oxford- the city of Dreaming Spires. Oxford will surpriseand enchant you with its magnificent architecture,impressive yet intimate colleges, romantic rivers, Faringdonand hidden nooks and crannies. The whole place The Ashas a buzz, a vibrant atmosphere which is hard hmolea Wantageto define. nVisit the Ashmolean – Britains first public museum, or take a walk around thecity on one of our official guided walking tours to get an insight into college life. Oxford
  • 3. • Head North: the Ironstone Hills gently undulating landscape is ideal for walking, cycling and golf - followed by a relaxing spa treatment. Visit thatched villages such as Great Tew and visit great houses like Broughton Castle and Chastleton House . as tle on C Har ug ht m Bro itage pho tos • Head East: the wooded Chiltern Hills, once a focus of industrial activity, now shelter quiet country pubs and flint houses, dating back hundreds of years. Bicester tos pho itage odstock Nar m Har row Boa t on Oxford Can al WheatleyAbingdon Harmita s Didcot On Thame Henley ge photo s Henley-On-Thames photos ge Harmita Didcot • Head South where the River Thames dominates, ailway R and towns such as Abingdon, Wallingford and Henley grew up along its banks.Visit Didcot Railway Centre, with Britains only 7ft gauge, and the replica GWR locomotive, Fire Fly. Harmitag ep hotos ha mes River T www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com
  • 4. A Pageant of Oxfordshire Gardens A Suggested Group Itinerary Thursday On the way into Oxford, we’ve arranged a special tour of the scented gardens and herbaceous borders at Waterperry Gardens, formerly a School of Horticulture for Ladies. Once checked in to your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free until dinner. Overnight in Oxford for 3 nights. Friday Today’s walking tour will include visits to some of the University college gardens that are Blenheim rarely seen by the general public. We’ve also included a special tour of the Oxford Palace p University Botanic Garden, the oldest in the country dating back some 380 years. You might nd Lake Roses a also like to add a visit to the Harcourt Arboretum, which is an integral part of the plant hotos collection at the Botanic Garden. Saturday At 10am you’ll be at the gates to Blenheim Palace, where, before seeing the fabulous collections inside the ancestral home to the Duke of Marlborough, we’ve lined up an expert-led Garden Discovery Tour. Before returning to Oxford, you will also visit the wonderful and historic garden at Rousham House which represents the first phase of English landscape design created by William Kent (1685 - 1748). Sunday Like all English counties, Oxfordshire offers an extensive selection of private properties whichWaterperry photos open when at their best as part of the National Garden Scheme. Few of them, however, offer such a long list of entire villages that open between May and July. There were 19 group Waterperry G openings in the 2010 edition of the Yellow Book and, depending on your choice of dates in ardens 2011, we are sure to be able to find one where the visit will begin with a pub lunch and before your return journey home, will finish with tea and cakes at one of the gardens being visited. Group Travel If your group is looking for history, culture, shopping, theatre, entertainment or the great outdoors, whether you have got a few days or just a morning, then Oxford and Oxfordshire makes the perfect destination for your group. Theres an array of unique things to see and do in Oxfordshire and we are situated within an hours drive from London. We have some great ideas for accommodation and group tours and how you can experience Harmitage phot the "Exclusive Oxfordshire" during your stay. Plus suggestions for your itineraries to make en Botanic Gard your group visit a successful trip. os Please visit our website for more ideas: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/group-travel Or contact us on 01865 252409 or email: Jo Butler - jbutler@oxford.gov.uk www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com