Things To Do
Stratford upon Avon 28 miles
It is a 30 minute drive via the M40 to Stratford, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. A full day can be spent here visiting Shakespeare's birth place and the Shakespeare Centre, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House, Hall's Place and New Place. There are many old half timbered houses to be seen particularly in Henley Street and Sheep Street, and many cafes and bars to relax in. The canal side is a good place to people watch, and in the evening an early dinner can be followed by a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or The Swan Theatre.
Oxford 30 miles
A short drive south is Oxford, the city of dreaming spires. With so many beautiful and historic buildings, 38 colleges, museums, churches, theatres, cinemas, and excellent shopping, there is more than enough for one day's visit. Christ Church College, the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums and taking a punt on the River Cherwell are not to be missed. Just outside Oxford is Blenheim Palace, one of the finest baroque houses in the country and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill.
Warwick 21 miles
The main attraction of Warwick has to be the castle. This 12th century stone medieval castle was built on the site of a motte-and-bailey castle built by William the Conqueror in 1086. It is in a stunning setting overlooking the River Avon. Now owned by the Tussauds group it is a wonderful day out, particularly for younger members of the family, who can enjoy many interactive experiences including the castle dungeons, a seasonal bird show featuring birds of prey, and the extraordinary 18 metre tall trebuchet or siege engine which can hurl 150 kg projectiles 25 metres into the air.
Bicester Village 20 miles
For retail therapy you could visit Bicester Village which is now firmly on the tourist trail. In fact it is the most visited tourist destination outside London for wealthy Chinese. All the designer shops are here, but with big price discounts.
Stow on the Wold 24 miles
Stow is a picturesque market town in the Cotswolds important in its time for its sheep fairs, where as many as 20,000 sheep could be sold. The large market square with the ancient cross and the town stocks is surrounded by Cotswold town houses. There are plenty of art galleries and antique shops here to browse.
Silverstone 12 miles
Silverstone is the home of British motor racing and where the British Grand Prix is held every summer. It is also a centre for events, functions, exhibitions and driving days.
The Jurassic Way 0 miles
The Jurassic Way is 88 miles long and follows a Jurassic limestone outcrop from Banbury to Stamford through gently undulating Northamptonshire countryside. The walk passes the front door of the cottage. There are many pretty villages passed through on this recreational walking trail, where the houses are characterised by ironstone and brown ferruginous limestone walls.
Detailed information on the 28 mile southern part of the Jurassic Way can be found by following the link below.