The Cotswold market town of Woodstock is located between Oxford and Chipping Norton, having thousands of visitors to the area every year. The town centre has thriving restaurants, magnificent hotels, many local gift shops and quintessential antique shops. Woodstock is a picturesque Cotswold market town with merging architecture of Tudor style and Cotswold stone buildings. The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock is the focus of historical interest, showcasing masses of artefacts and history relating to the surrounding region. The Cotswolds are renowned for having many beautiful landmarks including stunning stately homes, magnificent palaces, historical places and charming market towns and villages. One of the most famous places to visit for Cotswold tours is Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, a vision of majestic beauty in 2000 acres of land.
Beautiful Cotswold Attractions
Blenheim Palace is an astounding place to visit and has been a popular Cotswolds attraction for visitors to the area for years. The palace offers tours that take you around the Churchill Exhibition and the famous State Room. You can also enjoy formal garden walking and driving buggy tours with many seasonal events such as the Christmas Craft Fair, Battle Proms and the Blenheim Palace Flower Show in late June. The Blenheim Palace Food Festival at the end of May every year invites guest to watch demonstrations from local producers, having a vast range of food and drink. You will see craft brewers, artisan bakers, international cuisine and plenty of sweet flavoured popular foods. There are driving tours in the spring that take you to the lambing fields in Blenheim Palace Estate where the farm often has around 3000 lambs each season.
Sir Winston Churchill
Blenheim Palace is perhaps most famously known as the birthplace and home of Sir Winston Churchill. The estate first belonged to the Churchill family when the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, was given the home as a reward by Queen Anne. After his victory over France in the War of The Spanish Succession, Queen Anne gave John Churchill Blenheim Park offering for it to be his family home. At the time, the estate was dilapidated, so Anne also gave him £240,000 to pay for the rebuild of the estate. Sir Winston Churchill was later born at the palace in 1874 and he also proposed to his wife to be, Clementine Hozier at the beautiful Temple of Diana in the palace grounds. Churchill died in 1955 and was buried with his family at a church in a nearby village called Bladon. Blenheim Palace is set in 2000 acres of stunning land. The estate was originally known as Blenheim Park and now has magnificent gardens with a beautiful lake that is overlooked by the palace. Blenheim Palace remained in the Churchill family for decades and is now owned by the 11th Duke of Marlborough, the late John Spencer-Churchill who died in 1999.
North Cotswold Tours
The beautiful market towns in the North of the Cotswolds include Moreton-in-Marsh, Woodstock, Witney, Chipping Norton and Burford. They are all typically beautiful of the area and the famous market wool towns that make up the landscapes of the Cotswolds. There are many attractions in the region, giving visitors many places to see and things to do on Cotswold tours. If you’re travelling to England and staying in or near London, there is an easy train journey directly to Moreton-in-Marsh, taking only 1 hour and 40 minutes. Visit one of the most beautiful places in England, where the countryside is typically unspoilt and green rolling hills, with peaceful villages and charming market towns. Discover the hidden gems and many beautiful attractions, absorbing the Cotswold countryside. Book your Cotswolds tour with the Secret Cottage Tour, giving you a unique and personal experience of a day in the Cotswolds. We can pick you up from the nearby train station in Moreton-in-Marsh in our 7-seater luxury minibus, taking you off to explore the picture-perfect attractions of the area. We show you stunning stately homes, pretty Cotswold villages, beautiful market towns and bring you back to our home The Secret Cottage for a delicious buffet lunch, an afternoon traditional Cotswold cream tea, also a hot drink and pastry in the morning. We love to keep our guests well fed during our 6-hour Cotswold tours, while you relax and hear all about life in the Cotswolds. We advise our guest to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!