There are a wealth of attractions and facilities to explore within easy reach of Shipton under Wychwood.
Located at the centre of the triangle between Oxford, Cheltenham and Stratford, all the attractions listed below are easily reached by car in under 45 minutes.
Burford is only four miles away and is a beautiful Cotswold town, voted by Forbes magazine as the seventh most desirable place to live, in Europe!
Oxford is a major draw for tourists with lots to explore – whether it's the spires, colleges and gardens of the universities, museums, theatres or shopping. You may even want to try punting on the river. Oxford is a city full of history and things to do.
Cheltenham is famous for its horse racing and also offers extensive shopping. Be sure to visit the Montpellier area with it's regency grandeur and chic shops, bars and restaurants.
Stratford on Avon has a special attraction for Shakespeare enthusiasts with the RSC theatre, the canal and general attractions.
For walkers Shipton is well placed to explore the long distant walks of the Oxfordshire Way and the Cotswold Way, as well as a wide variety of shorter walks along the Evenlode and Windrush valleys. Many local bookshops have guides to the walks in the area. Cyclists are also well provided for with clearly marked cycle routes exploring the Cotswolds.
Witney and Chipping Norton are nearby market towns offering traditional charm, the attraction of free car parks and regular farmers markets, always colourful and fun.
Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden and The Slaughters are beautiful Cotswold picture-book places to visit.
Warwick Castle is a great fun day out for all the family.
Cotswold Wild Life Park, just south of Burford, or Cogges Farm in Witney provides a relaxing association with the animals.
Antique hunters will be attracted to Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway, which in addition have a wide variety of other specialist shops.
History is well served with the ruins at Minster Lovell and the ancient Rollright Stones just north of Chipping Norton. These contrast with the grandeur of Blenheim Palace and the gardens at Woodstock - a tour of the Palace apartments or a relaxing walk in the grounds - which ever is your preference. For everyday history there is Chastleton House, one of England’s finest and most complete Jacobean houses or the remains of the castle mound at Ascott-under-Wychwood with associations back to Norman times.
Gardening enthusiasts need look no further than the great gardens of Hidcote and Kiftsgate Court, both within 45 minutes drive. Garden centres abound in the area as do the specialist nurseries of the Evesham valley.
For the beer specialists, there’s the Brewery at Hook Norton – always worth a visit - and the Arboretum and Falconry Centre at Batsford, Moreton-in-the Marsh.
This is a round up of just some of the local attractions, why not let us know your favourite and we will add it to the list!