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  1. 1. VisitOxfordshireThe Official 2013 Guide Showing Attractions, Events and Where to Stay in OXFORDSHIREwww.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com
  2. 2. LOOK OUT FOR THE FREE ANNUAL PASS OFFER IN 2013 - BUY ONE DAY, GET 12 MONTHS FREE! Visit Oxfordshire and discover one of England’s most beautiful counties, with Oxford, a timeless gem at its heart. Welcome to Oxfordshire Oxfordshire London Blenheim Palace, situated in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, set in 2,000 acres With so much to see and do all year round, Oxford As for accommodation – from world class hotels to Main image Iffley Lock © H Armitage and Oxfordshire are an excellent choice for a cosy B&Bs, Oxfordshire’s range of places to stay of stunning landscaped Park and Formal Gardens, Smaller images long weekend, mid-week break or longer holiday. should suit all tastes and budgets. Blenheim Palace; Enjoy our visitor attractions, waterways and golf Toad of Toad Hall; It’s easy to visit Oxfordshire. 50 minutes from London offering a perfect day out for all. courses, or explore the varied landscape by following Bicester Village; by train or 90 minutes by 24/7 bus services, Oxford Bridge of Sighs, Oxford signposted walking trails and cycling routes. © Capital Sport also has direct buses from Heathrow and Gatwick For a cultural getaway or a romantic break, Oxford has airports. Once here, you can visit much of Oxfordshire Cover images Oxford skyline; few equals. Renowned for its history and heritage, by public transport or sit back and relax on a Broughton Castle; exquisite architecture, ancient University and driver/guided tour. River Thames at Tadpole Bridge, near Bampton; literary connections, Oxford’s museums, theatres, We look forward to welcoming you to Oxfordshire. Waterperry Gardens concert venues and night life are at the hub of this Open dates 9th February - 13th December 2013 rural county. Oxfordshire’s great houses and estates, Buy One Day, Get 12 Months Free! charming villages and traditional pubs attract TV and 4 History and Heritage 14 Map of Oxfordshire Terms & conditions apply CONTENTS film crews from throughout the world. Oxfordshire’s 5 Glorious Gardens 15 Partners of Experience (usually) mild climate ensures exuberant gardens, 6 Fun For All The Family Oxfordshire For more information flourishing Farmers’ Markets and a range of 7 Food and Drink 16 Win a two night eateries to tempt every palate. visit blenheimpalace.com 8 Oxfordshire on Screen break in Oxfordshire 20-26 Accommodation or call 0800 849 6500 9 Cycling and Walking 10 Oxford 26-34 What To See 12-13 Events and Festivals and Do Britain’s Greatest Palace like us on facebook 2013 www.facebook.com/blenheimpalace OXFORDSHIRE is waiting for you!2 www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 3
  3. 3. Whether walking the prehistoric Ridgeway past the mysterious White Horse, exploring the Rollright Stones or climbing the Iron Age fort at Oxfordshire’s gardens delight the eye, nose – and often the ear – Wittenham Clumps, you’ll soon feel part of a very ancient landscape. whatever the season or weather. History and Heritage The Glorious Castles have played an important role in Oxfordshire’s history. While Wallingford’s lies in picturesque ruins, St George’s Tower at Oxford Castle Unlocked Pendon Museum’s exquisite miniature landscape pays homage to ‘the golden age of steam’ in a rural setting. Gardens of Oxfordshire endures as a watch-tower over the surrounding Oxford’s magnificent architecture, impressive yet intimate countryside, highlighting ‘the other side of Oxford’ – colleges and romantic rivers, have eternal charm. its violent past. In contrast, tranquil Broughton The Oxford Official Guided Walking tour Castle near Banbury, surrounded by parkland is probably the best introduction to this fascinating city. and moat, remains a family home. With five important free museums, including the Visit magnificent Blenheim Palace, gifted by a splendid Ashmolean, Oxford appeals to everyone, grateful nation to the first Duke of Marlborough. all year round and whatever the weather. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, an exhibition M about his achievements and his grave at nearby Main image Bladon, attract many visitors. Oxfordshire’s All Souls College & Sundial © H Armitage Kelmscott Manor, the Tudor manor which was the TOP 5 MUST SEE Smaller images, home of William Morris, (founder of the Arts and Historical Attractions clockwise from Crafts movement), is a great place to visit. top left • Blenheim Palace St George’s Tower; Sulgrave Manor holds particular interest for Roof Boss, Magdalen • Bodleian Library College © H Armitage; American visitors as the home of George Broughton Castle; Washington’s ancestors. • Sulgrave Manor Didcot Railway Centre; Oxfordshire’s industrial past is celebrated with restored • Oxford Castle Unlocked William Morris’ Bedroom, Kelmscott Manor locomotives at both Didcot Railway Centre and • Ashmolean Museum © Society of Antiquaries of London Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. In central Oxford, college gardens nestle behind high walls; Founded by a pioneering lady horticulturalist, Main image Parents Walk, Buscot Park the Botanic Garden, Britain’s oldest Botanical Waterperry Gardens are still a source of delight, © Peter Auger Garden fronts the River Cherwell where novice inspiration and gardening education. The magnificent Smaller images, punters tangle with their poles and paddles. herbaceous border, working apple orchards, programme clockwise from of courses and splendid tea shop are just some of the top left Blenheim Palace’s rolling parkland, landscaped by Blenheim Palace Park; attractions. Cotswold Wildlife Park; ‘Capability’ Brown includes the Great Lake and Newington Nurseries; Cascade, contrasting with the formal Rose Garden Buscot Park’s Peto-designed Water Garden lies amid Waterperry Gardens and intimate Secret Garden recently restored by shady woodland avenues, a charming dolphin sculpture the 11th Duke of Marlborough. its focus. Overhead, many varieties of notable native birds, dart about amid the branches of the trees. Its ‘eye-catcher’ set amid cornfields, Rousham’s formal gardens with pools and sculptures seem arrested in When the cold winds of winter bite, award-winning time while moated Broughton Castle’s fleur de lys- Newington Nurseries’ tropical orchid houses shaped flower beds evoke a different age and time. are an excellent source of Christmas presents and refreshments. M Oxfordshire’s • Buscot Park • Batsford Arboretum TOP 5 MUST SEE • Waterperry Gardens • Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens Gardens • Blenheim Palace Step back in time and experience the historical wonders in Oxford and OXFORDSHIRE OXFORDSHIRE is a gardeners delight at whatever time of the year you decide to visit4 www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 5
  4. 4. ‘If the kids are happy then I’m happy,’ is most parents’ cry. Eating out in Oxfordshire is a delight, with venues and menus In Oxfordshire everyone can be happy. to suit all occasions and purses. Fun for all the family Most Oxfordshire museums run family-friendly events – Whilst in Oxford take a trip to Oxford Castle many, such as the Pitt Rivers, are famous for their Unlocked and meet the inhabitants and the appeal to children. Adults and children alike love to ride Prison Warden. behind full-sized restored steam locomotives at Didcot If you want to take it easy, then relax on a 45 minute Railway Centre or study the intricate detail of the river cruise or venture on the open top bus miniature landscapes at Pendon Museum. tours and see the delights on offer in Oxford. Rain or shine, Cotswold Wildlife Park is a delight – M its gardens no less than the animals in its care. Younger children particularly enjoy interacting with Oxfordshire’s farm animals at Farmer Gow’s and the maize maze at Millets Farm. TOP 5 MUST SEE Family Attractions If the family need to let off steam, many Oxfordshire towns boast an open air swimming pool – while • Didcot Oxford has the only ice rink for miles. After admiring Railway Main image the magnificent Blenheim Palace, a short (free) Centre City Sightseeing train ride takes the family to their wonderful adventure • Go Ape, Food and Drink © H Armitage playground and butterfly house. And if the teens Wendover Woods Smaller images, clockwise from are with you, the promise of a trip to Go Ape top at Wendover Woods should guarantee goodwill. • Cotswold Wildlife Park Alice Weekend • River & Rowing Museum © The Story Museum; Head over to Henley-on-Thames and visit the River Cotswold Wildlife Park; & Rowing Museum with galleries dedicated to • City Sightseeing Go Ape, Wendover rowing, the River Thames, the history of Henley Bus Tour Woods; River & Rowing From Michelin-starred manor to Cotswold gastro-pub; dining experiences, then try the Mad Hatters Tea Main image Museum and the superb Wind in the Willows exhibition. from The Big Bang, a new bangers ‘n’ mash Parties at the Malmaison as part of the When Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons restaurant in the heart of Oxford Castle, to the Alice met Harry Walking Tours. For more Smaller images, new Oxfordshire Pantry, Blenheim Palace’s information on Farmers’ Markets please visit clockwise from busy tea shop, the dining experience will become www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/ top left Jesus College part of your treasured memories . whats-on © H Armitage; Pieminister Pie; A rural county, producing the finest quality beef and lamb, For that special take-home present, what could The Eagle and Child Oxfordshire also grows fresh fruit and vegetables, be better than some local Oxfordshire wine, @ H Armitage; on sale in the network of Farmers’ Markets, farm shops, some knock-out Hook Norton beer or Oxford Open Market @ H Armitage Oxford Covered Market and PYOs, or served some fresh apple juice from Waterperry’s from field to plate at the (award-winning) restaurant orchard? Fallowfields. If your cookery skills need inspiration, Waterperry Gardens, Weber Grill Academy and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons offer first-rate classes for beginners and more experienced cooks. Looking to enjoy some riverside dining? Then try No1 Folly Bridge or one of the many riverside pubs on offer in the county. Or, if you fancy some unique M Oxfordshire’s • Le Manoir aux • No1 Folly Bridge Quat’Saisons TOP 5 MUST SEE • Fallowfields • The Big Bang Oxford Food and Drink • Oxford Covered Market There’s fun and games for all of the family in OXFORDSHIRE – no matter how old you are! Why not try something new in OXFORDSHIRE?6 www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 7
  5. 5. From Harry Potter to Sherlock Holmes and Downton Abbey Some of the most delightful ways to explore Oxfordshire are to Inspector Morse, come and explore Oxfordshire film locations by walking, or by bicycle, with picturesque villages dotted amidst seen on film and screen. the rolling green countryside. Oxfordshire on Screen Cycling and Walking Main image Bampton Church © H Armitage Smaller images, Harry Potter’s popularity continues to attract people to visit the film locations and inspiration behind the films. Oxford has many sites to visit. Christ Church’s of Bampton. Greys Court and The Swan at Swinbrook have also been used in seasons 2 and 3. For more information on Film and TV locations in in Oxfordshire clockwise from top left Great Hall, along with Keble College’s Oxfordshire, please visit www.visitoxfordand Dorchester Abbey; dining hall, was the inspiration for the studio- oxfordshire.com. Or, try one of the Oxford Christ Church; constructed Hogwarts’ dining hall. Film Sites walking tours and see for yourself. Anna Karenina, filmed at Didcot Railway Oxford is also the key location for the filming of M Centre © Laurie Sparham, TVM; Inspector Morse and now Lewis. Have a coffee Oxfordshire’s Secret Garden, in the Morse Bar at the Randolph Hotel, Blenheim Palace or take a walk around some of Morse’s favourite pubs. TOP 5 MUST SEE The Eagle and Child, The White Horse, Oxfordshire on Screen The Kings Arms and The Bear are all in the city centre and have featured in episodes. • Bampton Downton Abbey Blenheim Palace was used as Buckingham Palace • Christ Church Harry Potter in The Young Victoria and again in 2010 for • City of Oxford Gullivers Travels. Inspector Morse and Lewis Fancy walking in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby of Midsomer Murders? Then visit South Oxfordshire • Blenheim Palace and Buckinghamshire. The Young Victoria Scenes from the very popular TV show Downton • Broughton Castle Abbey are filmed in the Oxfordshire Cotswold village Shakespeare in Love Oxfordshire is an excellent county for walking Cyclists armed with OS maps are free to explore at will. Main image Harcourt Arboretum and cycling with its gently undulating countryside, Bainton Bikes, Oxford Cycle Tours and © H Armitage temperate weather (most of the time, anyway) and Capital Sport provide guided cycle rides of Smaller images, network of country roads, bridleways and public varying lengths and degrees of exertion to give you clockwise from footpaths between towns and villages. There’s often that extra special experience. top left Oxford Canal Towpath a local tea shop, pub or historic church en route, © Bainton Bikes; For suggestions on routes, downloads, guided ready to welcome and provide refreshment. Cycling around colleges cycle tours and bike hire, please visit © Capital Sport; Famous long-distance footpaths, which criss-cross the www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/ Footpath signs county include the Ridgeway, the Thames Path, cycling © H Armitage the Oxfordshire Way, the Shakespeare Way and the Cotswold Way, are worth a try and you can walk along the Oxford Canal towpath as far as Coventry – and beyond. M Oxfordshire’s • The Thames Path • The Ridgeway TOP 5 MUST SEE • Bainton Bikes • Capital Sport Cycling and Walking • Oxford Cycle Tours OXFORDSHIRE has featured in many TV programmes and films over the years OXFORDSHIRE welcomes all cyclists and walkers to discover our county’s hidden gems8 www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 9
  6. 6. Founder and Music Director Marios Papadopoulos Oxford THE UNIVERSITY OF UNIVERSIT TY Drawn by the ‘dreaming spires’, visitors find there’s more Philomusica OXFORD SHOP P to Oxford than the wonderful buildings. In Residence at the University of Oxford The University’s only official store Extraordinary concerts in Oxford and beyond 2013 Guest artists include: Peter Schreier Maxim Vengerov Valery Gergiev Nicola Benedetti Situated on Oxford’s High Street, we stock a wide range of e Nigel Kennedy stylish gifts, official clothing and mementoes. András Schiff Menahem Pressler Christoph Prégardien Anne-Sophie Mutter Choir of New College, Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir Box Office: 01865 980 980 www.oxfordphil.com The University of Oxford logo is the registered trade mark of the University of Oxford. Oxford 106 High Street, Oxford Every purchase purchase rchase Oxford a world Philomusica is licensed to use the mark in the branding of events in the United Kingdom. www.oushop.com www.oushop.com benefits the University y Main image Narroboats on the Oxford Canal © H Armitage class city ‘I never realised there’s so much to see and do – I wish I could stay longer,’ is the frequent response to a visit. Five world-class free museums, the Bodleian Library, 38 colleges mostly open to the public M Smaller images, clockwise (including ‘the Harry Potter college’), Britain’s first from top Salters Steamers Botanic Garden, Oxford Castle Unlocked, The City of Oxford’s on River Thames © H Armitage; five towers to climb for views of the legendary spires, open-top bus tours, Official Guided TOP 5 MUST SEE Balliol Historic Collections © H Armitage; Walking Tours, four theatres, three music New Theatre, Oxford; venues, Alice in Wonderland’s Cathedral, river • River Cruises • Bodleian Library Bicycles on Broad Street and canal trips, punting, cycle tours both short • City Sightseeing • Ashmolean Museum © H Armitage and extended, an 18th century shopping mall, Bus Tour • Christ Church College accommodation to suit every taste and pocket, and a wealth of eateries from all over the globe – not to mention narrow winding streets – all make Oxford a destination for an extended visit. Oxford events (Light Night, Alice’s Day, Eights Week, May Morning, Open Doors) lend the city a particular buzz throughout the entire year. Not sure where to start? Then visit us at the Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street for help and advice or take one of the walking tours of the city as an introduction. Make Oxford your base whilst visiting the splendour of OXFORDSHIRE10 www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 11
  7. 7. Come and experience Oxfordshire for a year of events and festivals which will have you coming back for more! Events in Oxford 13 July Blenheim Palace Battle Proms Evening Picnic Concert www.battleproms.com 28 September Oxford to Cambridge Bike Ride www.bhf.org.uk/oxcamride OCTOBER and Oxfordshire 13 July Oxfordshire County and Thame Show www.thameshow.co.uk 18–21 July 1 October–30 November Ghost Fest at Oxford Castle Unlocked www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk Art in Action at 5–6 October ALL YEAR APRIL 27–31 May Waterperry Gardens Day Out with Thomas Cotswold Wildlife Park – December 2012–December 2013 19–21 April Lemur Week www.artinaction.org.uk Didcot Railway Centre Britten in Oxford Festival Oxford Folk Weekend www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk www.britteninoxford.co.uk www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk AUGUST 11–26 October 31 May–9 June 20 April–12 May 3 & 10 August Oxford Lieder Festival FEBRUARY Dorchester Festival Oxford Pride Parade and Event Wild Nights www.oxfordlieder.co.uk www.oxford-pride.org.uk 9 February–1 April www.dorchesterfestival.com Cotswold Wildlife Park Lights, Camera, Action – JUNE www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk NOVEMBER/DECEMBER Celebrations of 100 years of Blenheim Palace, 27–28 April Buscot Park Game Fair 13 June–11 August 4 August 9 November–13 December The Star of TV and Film www.contour.uk.net Stradavarius Exhibition Annual Gala Day Christmas at Blenheim Palace Car Making in Oxford www.blenheimpalace.com Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway www.blenheimpalace.com Ashmolean Museum Events will take place in 2013 to celebrate the MARCH MAY www.ashmolean.org www.chinnorrailway.co.uk 22 November centenary of the production of the first car at 1 May 21–23 June 9–11 August Christmas Light Night William Morris’ Cowley factory on 28 March 1913. 1–11 March www.oxfordschristmas.com May Morning in Oxford The Blenheim Palace Flower Show Wilderness Festival Dancin’ Oxford www.dancinoxford.co.uk www.oxfordmaymorning.com www.blenheimpalace.com Cornbury Park 29 November–12 January 2014 Morris was the driving force behind this innovative www.wildernessfestival.com Robin Hood – Pantomime industry and rose from humble beginnings in Oxford to 4–6 May 22–23 June 9–24 March Oxford Playhouse become a multi-millionaire who donated huge sums to Blenheim Palace Didcot Railway Centre – 24–26 August Oxfordshire Science Festival www.oxfordplayhouse.com www.oxscifest.com Jousting Tournament Guests Peppa Pig and George Foodies Festival in medical research and helped found an Oxford college. Featuring ‘The Knights of Royal England’ www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/ South Park, Oxford Weekends from The first car left the old Military Academy on Hollow 16 March–7 July www.blenheimpalace.com events/peppa_pig.html www.foodiesfestival.com 30 November–22 December Way on 28 March 1913 and from there William Morris’ Freedom of the River – Day Out with Thomas 4–27 May SEPTEMBER production plant expanded from its location a few The Story of Paralympic Rowing Oxfordshire Artweeks JULY to visit Father Christmas hundred metres from Plant Oxford’s current buildings River & Rowing Museum 7 September Didcot Railway Centre From left to right Various venues across Oxfordshire 3–7 July where the popular MINI is built today. www.rrm.co.uk Banbury Town Criers Competition www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk Zebra, Cotswold www.artweeks.org Henley Royal Regatta Wildlife Park 16–24 March www.hrr.co.uk and Street Organ Festival For more information visit 5 May www.banbury.gov.uk © Cotswold Wildlife Park; Sunday Times Oxford Abingdon Air & Country Show 6 July www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com Open Doors Literary Festival 12 September 2013–5 January 2014 www.abingdonairandcountryshow.co.uk Alice’s Day © H Armitage; www.oxfordliteraryfestival.com Headington Quarry Tickets sold at Oxford Visitor Information Centre Venues: all over Oxford Francis Bacon and Henry Moore For up to date information Visit Nuffield Place 29 March–14 April www.storymuseum.org.uk/ Ashmolean Museum Morris Dancers A Right Royal Treasure Hunt 11–19 May www.ashmolean.org on events follow us William Morris lived at Nuffield Place and there will © H Armitage; Cotswold Churches Festival the-story-museum/alice at Oxford Castle Unlocked be tours and car club events taking place there Oxford Eights www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk www.cotswoldchurchesfestival.org 7 July 12–15 September on Twitter PLEA during the year. S © H Armitage; Alice Weekend 29 March 17 May Cowley Road Carnival Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials @visitoxfordshir dates NOTE E Museums at Night www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk an may b d website Car Plant Tours © The Story Museum; 100 Years Car Making in Oxford www.blenheim-horse.co.uk Ashmolean Museum es s Christmas Festivities www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 7 July to ch ubject Book a tour of MINI Plant Oxford to have the chance © Greg Smolonski; www.ashmolean.org London to Oxford Bike Ride 14–15 September ange to see its new Centenary Exhibition, go to Priscilla Queen of The 31 March–1 April www.bike-events.com Oxford Open Doors Desert at The New Easter Customs at Sulgrave Manor 22–25 May www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk www.miniplantoxford.co.uk Eights Week Inter-Collegiate Theatre, Oxford www.sulgravemanor.org.uk Rowing Races OXFORDSHIRE hosts a wide range of events to suit everyone To find out what’s on in OXFORDSHIRE visit our website12 www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 13
  8. 8. Partners of Experience Oxfordshire The Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours are an enjoyable and interesting way to explore our beautiful city, its history and University. Tickets on sale at Oxford Visitor Information Centre or please call 01865 252037 or you can book online at www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/tours There are lots of things to see and do in OXFORDSHIRE14 www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 15
  9. 9. Win a two night break for two people E The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock is offering the chance to win a two night break for two people in the stunning 21 bedroom boutique style hotel located in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The prize consists of two nights accommodation for two people with breakfast Situated in the heart of the historic market town of Why not try their world record breaking Gin Bar Woodstock, just a minute from Blenheim Palace, and taste the most unusual Gin and Tonic in the UK? The Feathers is ideally located to explore Oxford The prize also includes 2 tickets for entry to Blenheim and its many spires, and the beautiful Cotswolds. Palace where you can explore the 2000 acres of grounds Eating and drinking is at the heart of The Feathers experience. and stunning Palace at your leisure. The award-winning restaurant serves the best of For your chance to win a break simply answer the question modern English cuisine and locally sourced ingredients – below and return your competition entry form by light and fresh in summer, rich and robust in winter. 30th December 2013. Name Which famous Prime Minster was born at Blenheim Palace? a Winston Churchill b Margaret Thatcher c David Cameron Address YOUR ANSWER... Postcode Phone Email Are you happy to receive further information from us? Yes I No I Return to: Visit Oxfordshire, 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AS Terms & conditions are available on our website visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com For all the latest news and offers around Oxfordshire follow us on t @visitoxfordshiryf Visit Oxfordshire16 www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com 17
  10. 10. All the comforts of home in the comfor ts o for Quality Assurance and Star Ratings hear t of Oxfordshire heart of Oxfordsh fordshire hire Look for the star rating – this is the official mark of quality awarded to accommodation by Gold and Silver Awards for Accommodation The National Accessible Scheme VisitEngland and the AA. Annual visits are made Our range of luxury three and four star hotels are perfectly situated for enjoying the sites range luxur y r four hoteels perfectly fectl for enjoying to give up-to-date assurance of what to expect. Silver Awards recognise Typically suitable for a person with sufficient exceptional quality at all levels. mobility to climb a flight of steps but of Oxfordshire.. Whether you want relaxation, excitement or enter tainm , we have the Oxfordshire Whether you fordshire relaxation n, ment, entertainment, we haveav Gold Awards are given to the would benefit from points of fixtures and fittings Ratings made easy perfect f for yo ou. perfect hotel for you. very ‘best of the best’. to aid balance. # Simple, practical, no frills Typically suitable for a person with Breakfast Award restricted walking ability and for those that ## VE AA Given to hotels and guest may need to use a wheelchair some of the time. Well presented and well run accommodation with Typically suitable for a person who high scores for breakfast. Oxford Spires Oxford Spires Four Pillar s Hotel f s Pillars ### depends on the use of a wheelchair Good level of quality and comfort and transfers unaided to and from the Just a short walk from Oxford city centre but in a beautiful parkland setting, this contemporary, m ful ary, AA Inspectors’ Choice wheelchair in a seated position. four star hotel is the perfect place to enjoy the buzz of the city along with rural tranquility. with #### Excellent standard throughout ##### Typically suitable for a person who depends The recently refurbished Eastwyke House offers ten luxurious bedrooms,, each with their refurbis shed xurious bedrooms on the use of a wheelchair in a seated These hotels stand out as the very best in the own distinctive character. Service is warm and friendly and comes with the attention to detail chara acter. a deetail ##### UK and the Republic of Ireland, regardless of style. position. They also require personal/mechanical o that is the hallmark of all Four Pillars Hotels. Exceptional with a degree of luxury The selected Inspectors’ Choice hotels are assistance to aid transfer (e.g. carer, hoist). Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4PS xford, Some properties have been quality assessed identified by red stars. VisitEngland ratings Tel: 01865 324 324 Email: spires@four-pillars.co.uk but do not have a specific star rating, for example hotel chains such as Hilton, Premier Inn and Rosette Awards Quality in Tourism, Security House Alexandra Way, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury Travelodge. q Rosette Awards (1-5) Gloucestershire GL20 8NB AA inspectors annually award rosettes to Budget Hotels restaurants for the quality of their food. Tel: 0845 300 6996 Fax: 01684 272550 Oxford Thame Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel f es Pillar s These are part of a chain of branded hotels Email: qualityintourism@glsglobal.com This luxury, four star hotel offers an elegant retreat from the bustle of the city, yet is within m yet n offering clean and comfortable ensuite facilities, Cyclists Welcome 24 hour reservations and a consistent level AA ratings easy reach of Oxford.. Set in 30 acres of parkland leading down to the River Thames, Oxford ford. d. Accommodation providing specific of facilities. They are not, however, awarded equipment and services for cyclists The AA, 15th Floor architecturral dings, sympathetically its unique architectural style incorporates medieval buildings, along with sympathetically a star rating. Fanum House, Basing View i.e. meals, maps and secure storage. designed modern additions. From the stunning baronial-style reception area to the elegant ditions. baronial-s style Basingstoke RG21 4EA River Room Restaurant, you could not find a more perfect setting for a memorable stay. Restauraant, fect memorable Campus Walkers Welcome Tel: 01256 844455 Henley Road, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford, OX4 4GX Sandfoord-on-Thames, GX VisitEngland’s scheme covers the universities Accommodation aimed at walkers Email: Tel: 01865 334 444 Email: thames@four-pillars.co.uk and colleges that are able to accommodate providing meals, maps and drying HotelServicesCustomerSupport@theaa.com visitors during the vacation periods on a room. bed and breakfast or self-catering basis. 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