Your guide to discovering the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

Experiences

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  1. Inside the community owned Red Lion at Northmoor
    A wonderful selection of Oxfordshire pubs
  2. The Town Hall & Buttercross in Witney
    Surrounded by stunning countryside, Witney lies on the edge of the Cotswolds, just 15 miles west of Oxford. The largest market town in the Cotswolds, Witney’s architecture reflects its past prosperity from the wool trade, including the 17th century Buttercross, the church of St Mary the Virgin and the fine tree-bordered green.
  3. Friends at a cafe in Woodstock
    Right on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds, just eight miles north west of Oxford, lies the wonderful town of Woodstock. Sadly for them, most visitors to Woodstock never actually see the historic town centre, tucked away off the busy main road, as they’re heading to Woodstock’s grand and glorious neighbour, Blenheim Palace. Woodstock is more than worthy of a visit in its own right. A medieval ‘new town’, founded to cater for visitors to a royal hunting lodge, Woodstock has a 900 year record of hospitality.
  4. The Tolsey Museum in Burford
    Burford’s famous High Street sweeps downhill towards the River Windrush, its three-arched medieval bridge and its impressive church, both sides of the street flanked by an unbroken line of ancient houses and shops. Little has changed over the centuries, Burford is popular with visitors, both for its beauty and history but also for its shopping, especially antiques, and for the wide variety of places to eat, with restaurants, pubs and teashops
  5. Chipping Norton
    Chippy’, as it is affectionately known by locals, is a real, working Cotswold market town. Renowned for its antique shops and diverse shopping offer, including a regular market, the lively town centre is always bustling with shoppers and visitors. There is a good choice of places to eat and top quality entertainment at the wonderful theatre, famous for its pantomime and visiting world-class performers.
  6. A view across a field with horses towards Charlbury
    Charlbury is a quiet, unspoilt 'hidden gem' with a growing reputation as a centre for walking. Surrounded by the remains of the ancient Wychwood Forest, the town is full of fascination and wonder, combining rural charm with bustling town life. The railway station, serving the London to Worcester mainline, makes Charlbury a popular and accessible location for visitors wanting a deliciously satisfying taste of the Cotswolds.
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St Oswald's Church at Widford (photo Helena Sylvester)