Delve into 1,000 years of history on a tour of Oxford Castle, a 10-minute journey from the hotel. This partly ruined Norman stronghold is famed as the site where Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote the King Arthur legends. Tour guides dressed in period clothing will lead you up St. George's Tower for panoramic views of Oxford. Descend into the 900-year-old crypt, or walk through the prison's spooky D-wing.
Visit Britain's oldest botanic garden at the University of Oxford, 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. Experience different climates in large glasshouses showcasing plants from across the globe. Six miles south of the garden, Harcourt Arboretum is home to Britain's oldest Redwoods. Take a walk through the park's woodlands to see many seasonal plants and flowers, as well as a working charcoal kiln.
Travel to Bicester Village retail park via a new direct train route to London Marylebone from Oxford Parkway station, just a minute's walk from the hotel. Bicester Village station, a 15-minute journey from Oxford, is located on the edge of the park's hundreds of outlets. Explore designer boutiques and high-street shops, plus stylish cafés and restaurants, and come home with a bargain.
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Discover the vast grounds and intricate gardens of Blenheim Palace, a 10-minute drive from the hotel. You can take a tour through the stately baroque home, giving you a glimpse into the private apartments of this Marlborough family. The Churchill Exhibition documents the life story of former prime minister Winston Churchill, from his birth in the palace in 1874 to his death 91 years later.
Explore the historic buildings of Oxford University lining the city's streets, many of which date back to the 12th century. Several college libraries and museums are open to the public, and you'll find them all within walking distance of the city centre. Take a guided tour into famous buildings such as Christopher Wren's Tom Tower at Christ Church and the Palladian-style Radcliffe Camera Library.