things to do in and around Blenheim Palace, Oxford

explore Blenheim Palace and beyond

Along with the stunning Blenheim Palace and its calendar of events, the local area around our retreat is teeming with places to visit.

Whether you’re looking for a shopping haven in Bicester Village or wanting to learn more about the history of the local area in Woodstock’s array of museums, it’s all here waiting for you when you book accommodation near Blenheim Palace.

Blenheim Palace

3 min drive / 20 min walk from retreat

A World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history, Blenheim Palace is the perfect day out for people of all ages.

Enjoy tours around Blenheim Palace and explore the gorgeous grounds. Visit The Walled Garden, Marlborough Maze, The Butterfly House, The Miniature Train and the Formal Gardens.

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Harry Potter tree and Blenheim Lake

5 min drive / 30 min walk from retreat

One for the Potterheads! The Harry Potter tree was featured in the Order of the Phoenix and is located within walking distance of your holiday accommodation at Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat. Visit this picturesque, modern landmark, surrounded by centuries old history.


Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park

15 min drive from retreat

Established in 1936, this is known for being Oxford’s largest park and is a popular place for both tourists and local visitors. With 42 hectares to explore, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy.

The park makes a great day out for families and friends with plenty of things for everyone. Little ones will love the splash zone, the children’s play areas and the Cutteslowe Park Miniature Railway.

Bicester Village

20 min drive from retreat

Perfect for the designer shopper, Bicester Village is under 30 minutes away from our Oxfordshire retreat. This beautifully landscaped village has over 160 designer brands with an open-air setting, giving you a totally unique, luxury shopping experience. Expect to find designers such as Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci and even OffWhite.

There’s also a wide range of restaurants and cafes to help you refuel.

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Cogges Manor Farm

20 min drive from retreat

Learn all about the heritage of Cogges Manor Farm with over 1000 years of history and stories dating back to the Saxon period. Cogges Manor Farm is the perfect family day out when you base yourself at our accommodation near Blenheim Palace.

Visit the resident animals and explore the 17 acres of grounds and heritage trails around the farm. Discover the Walled Garden and adventure play fort and take advantage of the various events, festivals and workshops held throughout the year.

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Oxford Botanic Garden

30 min drive from retreat

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden was founded in 1621. It’s Great Britain’s oldest botanic garden and also one of the world’s oldest scientific gardens. You’ll find over 5,000 different plant species across the 1.8 hectares as well as the Botanic Garden Boutique.

Throughout the year there are also a range of family friendly events such as the Garden Eye Spy Trail, the Christmas Pudding Trail and even a Winter Wonders trail.

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45 min drive from retreat

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds covers nearly 800 square miles of beautiful landscape. You’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants and tea rooms to visit, as well as market towns, charming streets to walk and castles to explore. Plus, it’s all within driving distance of your Blenheim Palace stay.

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5 min drive from retreat

Located in Woodstock, our Blenheim Palace retreat is on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds and offers a wonderfully traditional village to visit. The town itself has a 900 year history of hospitality, so you’ll be sure of a warm welcome in this historic place. The village is also home to the Oxfordshire Museum and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.

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