You must go here! Places to visit from the Highwayman Hotel, Kidlington.
Not many people visiting the area can resist the University City of Oxford famous for its dreaming spires and seat of learning. The setting of the world famous “Inspector Morse” and latterly “Lewis” crime thrillers the former being written by Colin Dexter a local resident only adds to the rich tapestry Oxford has to offer its visitors. Even if you only have a short stay look out for the world famous Bodleian Library or take in a visit to Christchurch College or the Sheldonian Theatre. Carfax Tower in the very centre of Oxfords shopping centre is well worth a visit and if you can manage the steps the view from the roof is breathtaking.
Home of the Duke of Marlborough the palace and grounds are the epitome of our English heritage. Set in the heart of Oxfordshire and within 4 miles of the Highwayman, Blenheim was the home of World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill whose grave can be found in the small village church at Bladon, the village nestles close to the estate. Complete with garden centre and extensive water features Blenheim is now home to The Game Fair and of course the International Horse trials. Also used as a summer open air concert venue few people that have visited leave unimpressed by the pure splendour of the buildings and grounds.
Shopping at the famous Bicester Village
While Oxford offers its visitors an extensive array of shops if you’re really looking for fashions top brands then Bicester Village is a must. With ample car parking and easily accessible by bus it is well know on the net as London’s Bicester Village. A word of warning ladies don’t forget to take either your partner or the credit card!
Kidlington - history on the doorstep
Within a mile of your hotel, in the old village is St Mary’s Church with its impressive Norman spire, along side you will find the Almshouse’s these are detailed in the Doomsday Book complete with the names of the individuals who had been granted refuge by the church engraved in the stonework above each window. Much of the land north of the church is owned by Sir Richard Branson who has his home in Kidlington at Mill End.
The Oxford Canal
Adjacent to the hotels beer garden runs the Southern section of the Oxford Canal. Take a walk along its meandering towpath and to the north you will soon come across the canal side village of Thrupp neatly set along its banks Thrupp offers residency to more boat owners than houses and still maintains a British Waterways maintenance depot today.
Oxford can be easily reached by the towpath if you set off in a southerly direction. The canal runs directly into the very heart of the city offering links to the Thames at Dukes Cut or alternatively via a swing bridge close to the city centre in Hythe Bridge Street. It’s a three hour walk there and back but the views from the canal over Oxfordshire's fields and woodlands are outstanding.
Golf, Golf, Golf
Locally we have North Oxford Golf Club (2 miles) and Kirtlington (5 miles) both offer excellent facilities.
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