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Accommodation in the Cotswolds

If you plan to book a self-catering cottage in the countryside or a small village check the location carefully and remember to plan your grocery shopping.

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Oxford Bus Museum & Morris Motors Museum, adjacent (access through car park)

Exhibits cover more than a century of transport in Oxfordshire. As well as buses there are vans and bicycles. The Morris Motors Museum tells how cars and commercial vehicles were produced at Cowley. Tel. 01993 883617 (when open).
Open WSu & BH (also Sat Jun-Aug) 1030-1630.

Combe Mill 1¼ miles

A working industrial museum at the original sawmill and workshop of the old Blenheim Palace Estate. See the machinery working under steam power on event days.
Open Apr-Sep, WSu 1030-1630. See website for event days.
Note: Combe Mill is near Combe station but as that has a very limited service you need to walk from Hanborough station.

Hanborough and Combe Mill map
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps

Blenheim Palace by bus then ½ mile

A World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Formal gardens and extensive Parkland. Events and exhibitions. Cafes and Restaurants. Tel. 0800 849 6500.
Open Mar-Nov, Daily 1000-1730.
Bus 233 from near station to entrance then ½ mile walk through Park. 6 minutes journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Charlbury, Oxford and Oxford Parkway.

Oxfordshire Museum and Woodstock by bus

Woodstock is a picturesque market town. Galleries in the museum cover the human and natural history of Oxfordshire. Museum Garden. Exhibitions programme. Cafe. Tel. 01993 811456. Admission free to Museum.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700, Sun 1400-1700.
Bus as Blenheim Palace above but 9 minutes journey.

Blenheim Palace and Woodstock map

Witney by bus

Witney is a busy market town in the Cotswolds with a 17th century Butter Cross. It became prosperous from the wool trade and a Witney Wool and Blanket Trail can be downloaded from the website. The archaeological remains of the Bishop's Palace can be seen protected under a modern roof (open M-F 1000-1700).
Bus 233 from near station to Witney Market Square, 22 minutes journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Charlbury and Oxford.

TI Tel. 01993 775802.

Witney map

Witney and District Museum by bus

A small museum of covering the history of Witney, including the local industries of brewing and blanket making. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01993 775915.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFS 1000-1600, Sun 1400-1600.
Bus see Witney above.

Cogges Manor Farm Museum by bus then ½ mile

A 13th century manor house and its grounds giving visitors an insight into farm life. Walled garden, picnic orchard. Demonstrations, tours and animal feeding. Adventure play area. Events programme. Cafe. Tel. 01993 772602.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.
Bus see Witney above, then walk ½ mile.

Cotswolds Hideaways
Cotswolds Hideaways
Cotswolds Hideaways

Burford by bus

Known as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds', Burford was a wealthy wool town. It is very picturesque with a medieval bridge and old stone houses, many having attractive Tudor and Georgian fronts.
Bus 233 from near station to Burford, 40-50 minutes journey. M-S ½-hourly, Sun hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.

TI Tel. 01993 823558.

Tolsey Museum by bus

Local history in the Tolsey market house built in the early 1500s. Exhibits portray the local crafts and trades.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFSSu & BH 1400-1700.
Bus see Burford above.

Burford map

Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote EH by bus then ¾ mile

Extensive and picturesque ruins of a 15th century riverside manor house.
Open Any reasonable time.
Bus 233 from near station to Minster Lovell, White Hart, then ¾ mile walk. 30 minutes journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.

Minster Lovell map