Woodstock, eight miles north west of Oxford is often visited for two reasons: Blenheim Palace - birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; and his grave in nearby Bladon. However, Woodstock has much more to offer...
It is a fine Georgian town with a distinct Royal heritage, containing many attractive period buildings: the 18th century Town Hall; the Church of St Mary Magdalene with its Norman doorway, early English windows and a musical clock, which plays tunes hourly.
Woodstock is renowned for its antique shops but also has an interesting selection of other shops and galleries, as well as some excellent pubs and restaurants. For those interested in military history, the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum gives an Oxfordshire perspective with galleries exploring the liberation of Bergen - Belson Concentration Camp; the role of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry; and the plight of prisoners of War.
Be sure to check out Blenheim’s year round events calendar, Woodstock’s Literary Festival and Christmas Lights.
With a variety of places to stay and things to do, Woodstock is definitely worth visiting.