What to do Top Ten
The following list highlights some of the attractions we would recommend to visitors, crews and pilots whether passing through for a few hours, a whole day, or perhaps the weekend. London of course is only an hour away by train, but here we have focused on local places of interest within 30 or so miles. For a quick 5 minute run into the likes of Woodstock (for Blenheim Palace), subject to availability, a staff member may be able to offer you a ride - otherwise please book a taxi (see our transport section) to meet you on arrival at our GA terminal. Alternatively, hire cars can be booked from just outside the airport from as little as £25/day. If pre-booking, you may need to fax a copy of your driving license and to ask if the car could be collected from the airport and keys left at the operations desk or the security office. Maps and guides to Oxford are available at our operations desk or in the GA terminal.
Enjoy your visit to Oxford!
Tel: 08700 602 080Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, voted recently as the Greatest Briton of all time, and has many attractions for the whole family. Home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and one of Britain's greatest houses, Blenheim is a World Heritage Site. The palace hosts over 425,000 visitors a year on top of the 137,000 that last visited the CLA Game Fair, 50,000 who visited the Blenheim Flower Show, 45,000 that visited the Blenheim Horse trials and 25,000 that went to the 2005 Blenheim Festival of Flight. In addition to these events, Blenheim plays host to numerous other events, festivals and concerts through the year. The picturesque town of Woodstock, adjacent to the airport and Blenheim Palace, hosts a variety of interesting shops, the Oxfordshire museum, excellent, hotels, restaurants and pubs. To see what there is to do there, view www.wakeuptowoodstock.com or www.woodstock-oxfordshire.co.uk
Rousham Park House & Garden 8 Miles
Tel: 01869 347 110
Bicester Village Outlet Shopping 11 Miles
Tel: 01869 323 200
Bicester Village, visited by 5.5million visitors in 2011, is home to over 130 designer outlet boutiques set around delightful open-air pedestrianised streets, offering up to 60 per cent off previous seasons’ collections from the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brand names including, Anya Hindmarch, Aquascutum, Ted Baker, Church’s, Bally, DKNY, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samsonite, Ermenegildo Zegna and Hugo Boss.
Set in Oxfordshire, close to the idyllic Cotswolds, Bicester Village is approximately one hour from London and Birmingham, and is easily accessible by road and rail. Many of the country’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants are close by, including the two Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons as well as some of the country’s finest cultural landmarks such as the university city of Oxford and the World Heritage site Blenheim Palace birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Tel: 01993 823 006
Broughton Castle 18 Miles
A stunning Tudor mansion house surrounded by parklands and a moat. Visited by Queen Ann and centered amongst the area where the first battles of the civil war took place.
Chastleton House 18 Miles
Tel: 01494 755560
One of England’s finest and most complete Jacobean houses carefully conserved by the National Trust in the 1990’s, after over four hundred years of continuous occupation by the same family. The rules of the game of croquet were codified here in 1865.
The Cotswolds 20+ miles
Regarded as one of the UK’s most picturesque regions, the Cotswolds is an area of gently rolling hills lying directly to the west of Oxford Airport. From Burford (see above), one can venture into counties including royal Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire to the north and Wiltshire to the south. Villages and towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, the Slaughters, the Tews, Chipping Camden, Winchcombe and Broadway, are all within 30 - 45 minutes of Oxford Airport. An ideal region in which to stay for a weekend, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon are nearby to the north and far to the south is the stunning city of Bath. If contemplating going to visit this area for more than a day, we can offer advice on places to stay from private houses and cottages to world-class five star hotels whilst also arranging for tours by private chauffeur. Contact us here and we can help organise your stay.
For a full overview on what the Cotswold region has to offer, try these related sites:
Sulgrave Manor 24 Miles
A superb example of a manor house and formerly the home of the ancestors of George Washington. See also: http://www.stratford.co.uk/sulgrave/
Silverstone Racecourse 26 Miles
Centered within the heart of the UK’s motor racing industry, Oxford airport is only a stone’s throw from the famous Silverstone race track, home to the British Grand Prix and other race days. Apart from regular races, one can enjoy driving experiences from supercars to karting.
Other attractions within 30 miles:
Waddesdon Manor - 22 Miles
An astonishing Renaissance-style château designed in 1874 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his vast collection of art - a National Trust property
Stonor - 26 Miles
Stonor, a magnificent country house open to the public, has been the home of the Stonor family for more than 800 years and a centre of Catholicism throughout - including all the dark days following the Reformation
A palladian house built in the early part of the 18th Century by Sir Francis Dashwood the Premier Baronet of Great Britain. The Dashwood family still live in the mansion, it is now the home of Sir Edward Dashwood Bt., the 12th Premiere Baronet of Great Britain
Henley on Thames - 30 Miles
A pretty Oxfordshire market town next to the Thames famous for hosting the Henley rowing regatta. Many wonderful shops, restaurants and pubs to explore and enjoy. See also: http://www.henley-on-thames.org/
Cliveden - 37 Miles
Cliveden is unique. The setting, architecture and interiors all speak eloquently of extraordinary extravagance and remarkable refinement. There is a palpable sense of history, for this is a house that for over 300 years has been dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics.