Woodstock is a historic market town and civil parish in Oxfordshire, just 8 miles north of Oxford. It’s most known for UNESCO World Heritage site, Blenheim Palace, Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace and also home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Built between 1705 and 1722, it is one of the most excellent examples of 18th-century Baroque architecture. It has landscaped parklands, beautiful formal gardens and a lake. Sir Winston Churchill’s grave is situated just a couple of miles outside Woodstock in Bladon.
This intriguing town is also home to two excellent museums. Oxfordshire Museum holds the county’s collections, and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is a military museum. Renowned for its antique shops, Woodstock also has an interesting variety of independent shops. There’s a good selection of traditional pubs in the area, where you can dine and also find accommodation, including the Star Inn and the Woodstock Arms. The MacDonald Bear Hotel is a four-star Woodstock hotel that provides luxury accommodation and award-winning food.
The town is a good base for visiting other Oxfordshire villages in the Cotswolds nearby including Bladon, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water and Bampton, as well as the university city of Oxford.