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Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace

Lying eight miles north-west of Oxford, this picturesque Georgian town is ideally placed for trips to the historic university city.

Woodstock's biggest attraction is Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Don't miss the Marlborough Tapestries and magnificent Long Library - its walls are lined with more than 10,000 books. That's a lot of reading. Outside, go for a wander in the Capability Brown landscaped gardens and lose yourself in the giant maze. Blenheim also hosts events throughout the year, including concerts, fairs and Countryfile Live.

Walk and punt your way around Oxford

The university is all around you on a visit to Oxford. It's made up of 38 colleges, including the magnificent Christ Church College. Take a walking tour to find out more about some of the buildings.

Punting is a popular tradition in the city. Hire a boat to take out onto the River Cherwell, or enjoy a chauffeured punt so you can travel in style while indulging in strawberries and cream.

Explore the Cotswolds

Take in the picturesque scenery of the rolling hills, valleys and villages that make up one of the most beautiful parts of the country. There are some lovely walks around the former royal hunting forest of Wychford, while the Oxfordshire Way takes in several charming towns and villages where you can stop off for some light refreshment in a cosy pub or tearoom.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Woodstock? Travelodge Oxford Peartree Hotel is around five miles away. Other options include Travelodge Bicester Hotel and Travelodge Oxford Abingdon Road Hotel.