Visit Oxfordshire’s Country Houses And Gardens
With the warmer weather you may be looking for day trips that allow you to escape the heat and humidity of central London, in which case a bit of time exploring some of the UK’s glorious countryside is definitely in order.
One area you may want to see more of is Oxfordshire, which is home to some truly beautiful gardens and country houses.
If you’re not keen on the idea of driving all that way in a day, you could arrange coach hire from London for you and any friends who want to explore, taking all the stress out of travelling and ensuring you have a relaxing day.
Top of the list of country houses and gardens to visit is Blenheim Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The house itself is beautiful and has a fascinating history, being the birthplace of Winston Churchill no less. But the gardens really steal the show at this time of the year, with 2,000 acres of parkland waiting to be explored.
There are also some excellent places to dine out while you’re discovering Blenheim Palace’s grounds, with the Orangery Restaurant and Water Terrace Cafe among your options.
If you’re hoping for grand castles as well as stunning gardens, Broughton Castle could be the place to go. This 14th century fortification has its own moat, as well as beautiful gardens that are particularly pretty in the summer.
Stonor Park near Henley-on-Thames is another of Oxfordshire’s gems. This is a great option if you’re hoping to stretch your legs after your coach journey, with cycle ways and footpaths to lead you through the landscaped parkland.