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03 January 2015

A Road Trip through Old England

The mellow hills of the Eastern Cotswolds make for prime road-trip territory. This 80-mile journey through these towns and villages isn’t the sort of excursion you’ll want to rush. The Cotswolds initially made its fortune through the wool trade, and it remains an unhurried region. By topping and tailing the drive with Oxford at one end and Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester at the other – you’ll find plenty more reasons to take your time throughout this English driving experience.

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  • Oxford

    Oxford’s history has been moulded by countless different characters. Over the centuries, its colleges have educated everyone from Cardinal Wolsey and Christopher Wren to JRR Tolkien and Stephen Hawking. It remains a wonderful, and at times eccentric, place to explore.  The quads and cobbles of colleges like Christ Church and Merton are still heavy with atmosphere. The city’s 240-year-old Covered Market is a trove of seasonal local produce and the priceless curios of the Pitt Rivers Museum will have you peering into cases for hours. Leaving town, the road reaches Woodstock within 25 minutes.

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    From 05/01/2015

    Oxford city
  • Woodstock

    The attractive small town of Woodstock has regal heritage (Henry VIII is one of several monarchs to figure in its distant past) and is best known for being home to the magnificent Blenheim Palace. Built in the early 1700s for the Duke of Marlborough, it’s a grand piece of  baroque architecture standing on stunning grounds. As Winston Churchill’s birthplace, it also houses various displays on the former PM’s early years. Its park is open year-round, while the palace and formal gardens reopen in mid-February. Back on the road, Kingham is an enjoyable half-hour drive away.

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    Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill
  • Kingham

    Kingham is an upmarket village of honeyed stone, rolling views and critic-fêted gastropubs. It’s also the kind of quintessential country stopover that defines the modern Cotswolds. Book a table for dinner at either The Kingham Plough or The Wild Rabbit, both acclaimed by Michelin. Kingham’s location also makes it a good hub for touring some of the area’s other visitor hotspots. Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold are all less than ten miles away. The route continues, winding north into Warwickshire where it reaches the riverside town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    As the home town of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon has become synonymous with the world’s most famous playwright. It’s still a working market town – and a picturesque one – but visitors tend to focus on seeing the Bard’s half-timbered birthplace or catching a performance at one of the three main theatres. Keeping the medieval theme, Lambs Restaurant serves classic food in a 16th-century building. Now leaving the Cotswolds, the road carries on towards Worcester.

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    House in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Worcester

    Known for everything from its porcelain (Royal Worcester was founded here in 1751) to its sauce (Lea & Perrins was first sold from a pharmacy on Broad Street in 1838), Worcester is a pleasant but understated county town. Its 800-year-old cathedral, sitting on the banks of the River Severn, is the main attraction. It’s faced by a statue of Sir Edward Elgar, who spent much of his life in the town. Worcester’s well-connected Midlands setting also makes it a handy spot to finish a car-rental trip. Plus, if you’re looking to continue the journey further afield, the nearby Malvern Hills offer great potential for a winter walk.

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    From 05/01/2015

    The Worcester Cathedrals ceiling
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