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Things to do

The Oxfordshire Cotswolds

Located right in the heart of England, the Oxfordshire Cotswolds is rich in heritage and awash with natural beauty.

The towns & villages of honey coloured stone include the bustling market towns of Burford, Chipping Norton, Witney and Woodstock. There is certainly no shortage of things to do with everything from historic houses like Blenheim Palace to great shopping, and a wonderful choice for food and drink. Activities to enjoy include superb walking and cycling.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Set in over 160 acres of beautiful parklands the Park has an amazingly diverse collection of species many of which are endangered in the wild. Their dedicated and caring Keepers are passionate about the animals in their care and the opportunity to share their knowledge with the public.

 Their beautiful Gardens are carefully tended by a creative team of Gardeners who make every corner of the Park a joy to visit

Burford "The Gateway to the Cotswolds"

With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town.

Blenheim Palace

Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history.

A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, landscaped Parkland and stunning Formal Gardens, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors.

Explore over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and 90 acres of award-winning Formal Gardens. Ride the miniature train to The Pleasure Gardens, a dedicated family area that offers a giant hedge maze, butterfly house and adventure playground. A year-round calendar of tours, exhibitions, experiences and events reveal the sheer splendour of Britain’s Greatest Palace.

Cogges Farm Museum

Cogges Manor Farm in Witney, West Oxfordshire is a special place with 1000 years of history. The site appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 with a listed manor house dating back to the 13th Century and 17th and 18th Century farm buildings. The museum has also been used as a setting for the filming of "Downton Abbey"

Bicester Village

Discover a luxury shopping experience at Bicester Village, located a short drive from Sheldon Grange. Bicester Village boasts over130 boutiques of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands, including Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Marni, Saint Laurent, Tory Burch, Temperley London, Annoushka and The White Company, and exceptional savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, all year round.

Sheldon Grange guests can take advantage of additional discounts at Bicester Village


As well as the City of Oxford, the county of Oxfordshire is the jewel in the English crown. Stunning countryside, historic houses and world famous landmarks are all to be found within beautiful shire. It's the reason why the rich and the famous choose to make Oxfordshire their home and why so many TV shows and movies choose Oxfordshire as their backdrop. There really is no better place on earth (in our opinion of course)

The City of Oxford

The "City of Dreaming Spires" is only a short drive from Sheldon Grange and offers a wide range of sights and activities. Oxford is home to ancient historic buildings including the oldest public museum in the world, as well as the famous University of Oxford, one of the top universities on earth. Oxford offers much more than history and beautiful buildings however. It's cosmopolitan modern city packed with top class shopping, restaurants, bars and a vibrant night life

Bampton (aka TV's Downton)

Bampton may seem oddly familiar to some first time visitors – it was used for filming the outdoor scenes in the popular TV drama ‘Downton Abbey’: the old Grammar School Building served as the 'Downton' hospital and St Mary’s Church, whose spire provides one of the landmarks of the upper Thames Valley, also featured prominently.

Crocodiles of the World

Crocodiles of the World is an education centre that provides their visitors with respect, knowledge and understanding for the crocodile. The aim is to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, as well as to open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles. This excellent attraction is basically on our doorstep and only takes 10 minutes to walk!

Kilkenny Lane Country Park

Set within 21 hectares (50 acres) Kilkenny Lane Country Park is an ideal location for playing, walking, jogging, horse-riding or simply relaxing with a picnic. There are 2.5km of footpaths (suitable for wheelchair and pushchair access) and bridleways, as well as an adventure play area.

The play area has sensory elements, landscaped features such as mounds and tunnels, and some unusual features (like willow igloos and a totem pole) and aims to exercise the mind as well as the body

Aston Pottery

From clay to finished product, all our hand-stencilled pottery is designed, manufactured and decorated in Aston, Oxfordshire. 

More than just a manufacturer of fine ceramics to last a lifetime, Aston Pottery offers an unrivalled experience for those looking to shop, eat and simply enjoy the environment we have created.

Cotswold Wollen Weavers

The history of the Cotswolds is a story of sheep’s wool and limestone.

For 500 years the sheep created the rolling Cotswold landscape, and money from the wool enabled the building of the mellow limestone churches, manor houses and Cotswold cottages we love so well. Generations of shepherds, wool merchants, weavers, quarrymen and stonemasons have all made their mark on this land, and, here in Filkins, Cotswold Woollen Weavers continues in this ancient tradition.

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