One of the main reasons to visit a place is to know its heritage and culture. At Oxfordshire one can get plenty to learn just by visiting the charming towns and villages. Each rural town has its own character and place in history. It makes the place worth the visit for several reasons-like its traditions, way of life, pubs, gold courses, typical English food, guided walking tours, opportunity to meet locals and relaxation.
Check in before anything else…
Each town offers unique accommodation for single travellers, families and business guests. There is a choice between a farmhouse, a rural mansion, and old world charm inns. They suit any budget and meet a visitor’s requirement. Some of the towns that offer these lovely stay in options are:
Abingdon-on-Thames-Offers self catering and B & B establishments
Don’t forget to see the ruins of the Abingdon Abbey on the banks of the river. The village exists from the Saxon period and has survived 1000 years of reigns.
Ascott under Wychwood – This village is on the banks of river Evenlode. Its star attractions are the 12th century church, the Norman castle. It also has a memorial to the 16 women Ascott martyrs.
Bampton-Also called Bampton the Bush and belongs to the Saxon era. It is the 3rd largest town in Oxfordshire. Salt minig was its main trade and later wool trade.
Brize-This is where the air force base is located. It is east of Carterton. It still has a 13th century Norman carved door in the St. Britius Church.
Buckland– It is a large estate featuring thatched homes made of gold Cotswold stone. The heritage includes Buckland house Palladian Mansion built in the 17th century for Robert Throckmorton.
The other villages that are worth a visit include Churchill, Chipping Norton and Islip, the royal hunting lodge.
Pubs and things to do
The villages are now excellent tourist attractions. There is motley of things to do other than just walk around. Check out the Wild Life Park and Blenheim Palace. On the east side are the Chiltern Hills. The industrial activity is over and it is alive with ancient pubs and taverns. Towards the North of the shire is the beautiful landscape, ideal for walking tours, cycling and golf. Travel to Great Tew, Boughton Castle and Chasleton House.
The south of the shire is where River Thames takes over. Visit Didcot railway center it the country’s only 7 feet gauge and has the replica of the GWR locomotive Fire Fly.
Pre-historic era comes alive in Dorchester, Great Roll right, Ridgeway, Dragon Hill and Wayland’s Smithy and White Horse. Make your checklist.