My name is Naomi, We are a family of 4 based in London. We enjoy travelling and exploring the UK and abroad.

Our visit to Woodstock started with a short train ride from London. We arrived in Oxford and took a taxi to Woodstock. The ride was about 20 minutes from Oxford Station.

Our first impressions of Oxford was of a town full of so much history.

We stayed in an enchanting and picturesque 18th century mews cottage in Browns Lane, located down a quiet lane in the heart of Woodstock. It was fantastic and unlike anywhere else we have stayed.

The next morning, we walked to Blenheim Palace which was a short distance from our accommodation.

On arrival, we got a chance to explore the Park and Gardens of Blenheim Palace, we spent almost an hour by the lake, enjoying the beautiful view and just relishing the calm that we are not accustomed to.

Our first stop at Blenheim Palace was ‘Butterfly House` located in the Walled Garden, home to butterfly species from all around the world. There were visual drawings of the life cycle of the Butterfly which the kids really loved. As we walked around, if you stood still, the butterflies would approach and perch on you which was very thrilling for the adults and kids alike. It was our first time being so close to that many butterflies at the same time!

Afterwards,we spent some time exploring the maze and the playground after our visit to the Butterfly House.

Next up, we took the miniature train across the Palace which was a fun experience.

Our next stop was a walk through the formal gardens which led us to ‘Clementines` where we had a sumptuous Afternoon Tea.

After our Afternoon Tea, we explored the collections of art, tapestry and antiques with the tour starting from the birth room of Sir Winston Churchill  in the home of his Grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. 

Our tour continued down The Great Hall where if you looked up, you will see the beautifully decorated ceiling adorned with a painting by Sir James Thornhill. The ceiling is 20 metres high.

We toured the Royal connections, crowns and coronets and learnt so much about the history, from the clothes worn to ,Tiaras, statutes, paintings and many more.

Our visit to Blenheim Palace offered an unforgettable experience for my family.

Later that day, visited The Oxfordshire Museum which was free entry. The kids got involved in an I spy trail ticking off everything they could find.

They particularly loved the Dinosaur Gallery which had an interactive session.

In the evening of our second day, We had a lovely dinner at The Kings Arms. We found the people of Woodstock to be very friendly and most places were welcoming to dogs which we had not really experienced.

On our last day in Woodstock, we took a bus ride to Oxford. Oxford is home to 1,500 listed buildings from every major period of British Architectural history from the 11th century onwards.

We visited Pitt River Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History which were both free to enter.

We ventured to Westgate Oxford for a stint of shopping. We loved the décor of the shopping centre.

We also tried Social Street Food in Westgate which had a broad selection of food from around the world.

We enjoyed our trip to Woodstock, most of the activities were free and educative. We enjoyed learning so much about the History of Oxford.

We can’t wait to return.

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