Places To Go When It’s Hot, Hot, Hot

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This National Treasure, houses some of the finest antique collections in Europe and boasts over 300 years of history to discover.

 

Explore this World Heritage Site set in more than 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and tour the array of Formal Gardens, or take the miniature train to the family-friendly Pleasure Gardens.

Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of events, themed tours and exhibitions throughout the year.

Blenheim Palace is Britain’s Greatest Palace and offers visitors a precious time, every time.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK (by species). The park is set in 160 acres (0.65 km2) of landscaped parkland and gardens 2 miles south of Burford on the A361, Oxfordshire, England. Around 350,000 people visited the park in 2012.

Adams Farm

A rare farm treat in the heart of the Cotswolds

From Gloucester cattle to Guernsey goats, Cotswold sheep to crested ducks, there's a rare breed for every week of the year. Daily demonstrations, tractor school and farm safari ride. Touch barn, adventure playground, bouncy pillows, conservation area, gift shop and café.

Discover our Rare Breeds through History as you stroll the walkways surrounded by our fifty flocks and herds of farm animals. Enjoy our undercover facilities in the Touch Barn and Demonstration Barn. Help bottle feed the lambs and goat kids, hold a chick and experience our seasonal demonstrations, including lambing, shearing and milking.

With a passion for rare breed conservation, Joe Henson opened the Cotswold Farm Park in 1971. We have welcomed millions of happy visitors in the 44 years since opening. This family-run business is not to be missed.

Oxford Aqua Park

  • Open to all ages from 6 years old (6 to 7 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the Aqua Park)

  • Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your booking time

  • All participants must be competent swimmers

  • Participants must be at least 1.1m tall

  • Buoyancy Aid (Life Jackets) are included

  • Sessions start on the hour every hour

  • Wetsuit hire £5 per person

  • All pre-booked sessions must be paid for in advance

  • We are unable to offer refunds

  • Please note we have no lockers on site.

Shakespeare Birthplace

Visit the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up.

 

Shakespeare's Birthplace has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. This is the house where William Shakespeare was born, grew up and played. He ate meals in the hall and he slept and dreamt in these rooms. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway.

See how his father, John, earned his living as a glove maker and explore The Shakespeare Exhibition, before entering the house and it's outstanding gardens.

 

For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, this house is a shrine. Here you will discover the world that shaped the man and find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Follow in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but other well-known visitors such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy.

 

Shakespeare's Birthplace is a fascinating house that offers a tantalising glimpse into Shakespeare's early world. It's a special place that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

Bourton - On - The - Water

The Cotswolds is set in the heart of England, famous for its honey coloured stone architecture and idyllic village scenes. Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton on the Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike, there is plenty to see and do with a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout.

Hop-On Hop-Off Oxford

Home to the oldest University in Britain, Oxford is an architectural marvel. You'll get fantastic views of its honey coloured buildings as well as glimpses of many of its Colleges' courtyards. Let City Sightseeing Oxford introduce you to this vibrant and cultured city. With one fantastic route with 20 bus stops, you're free to hop on and off at your leisure to make the most of your stay. Join us around Oxford!

Oxford's biggest punt station, the Cherwell Boathouse

Ever watched people punting and felt you’d like to have a go? Pick up a few tips at Cherwell Boathouse, grab the pole and off you go.

 

Enjoy punting on the river Cherwell at Oxford's biggest punt station, the Cherwell Boathouse. With over 70 hand built boats available for hire, it's a trip along the River Cherwell is the perfect place to take your partner on a romantic afternoon. There are shady shallows, blossom-laden bushes and low-slung bridges to negotiate – not to mention the rollers to take you to the next river level. After your trip it's only right to indulge in some delicious grub; and the Cherwell Boathouse offers a range of options. If you’d like to enjoy al fresco dining on dry land, drop into the Teahut Bar and Café for a light meal on the river terrace, or alternatively you can pre-order a sumptuos picnic from the Teahut bar and enjoy it along the river banks or on your rip down the river.

Walking In The Cotswolds

Walking in the Cotswolds provides a wealth of choices with gentle strolls, hilly hikes and a variety of circular walks including many level, stile-free walks for wheelchairs and easy access.

 

There are many ways to enjoy walking in the Cotswolds, depending on your own ability and interest.  You could venture out on your own with a map and compass or with the help of circular route guides.  You may prefer to join the company of a walking group or guided walks leader.  If you prefer the idea of walking with others, you could join one of the hundreds of guided walks that take place across the Cotswolds, the majority of which are led by our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens.  Many other organisations also run walking programmes and events including the Wildlife Trusts, National Trust and local authorities.  However used you are to walking this is one of the best places in the country to get outside and take a stroll or a ramble.

Cycling in the Cotswold

Open countryside with sweeping views, hidden valleys with shaded lanes, woods, stone walls and wildflowers: varied cycling, perfect cycling! The terrain is best described as gentle and rolling, so that any hills are rewarded with a freewheel afterwards. Quaint villages and old stone inns offer frequent and welcome opportunities to take a well-earned (or unearned!) break for food and drink.

Bibury Trout Farm

Bibury Trout Farm is one of Britain’s oldest, and certainly most attractive, trout farms. Founded in 1902 by the famous naturalist Arthur Severn, it was situated to stock the local rivers and streams with native Brown Trout. It is now owned and operated by sisters Kate Marriott and Sheena Woodhams and covers 15 acres in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Cotswolds, the Coln Valley.  The crystal clear waters of the Bibury Spring provide the essential pure water required to run our hatchery, which spawns up to 6 million trout ova every year. It is also home to a great variety of other species, such as kingfishers and threatened water voles.

The village of Bibury itself was famously referred to as the ‘most beautiful village in England’ by William Morris and we can certainly understand why, Make sure you visit historic Arlington Mill, Arlington Row and the beautiful St Mary’s Church. Photo opportunities are around every corner in this small and perfectly formed Cotswold village.

HIGHCLERE CASTLE

Enjoy exploring the history, gardens, events and life behind the scenes of "The Real Downton Abbey". Highclere is a beautiful Castle and landscape and one Highclere Castle share with many thousands of visitors. 

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