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Local Attractions

There is certainly no shortage of things to do in the Oxfordshire area with everything from historic houses to great shopping, walking, cycling and a programme of events and festivals throughout the year.

Below we have brought you some recommended attractions and things to do during your stay with us here at The Holt Hotel.


Those after ‘retail therapy’ will find great shopping in the busy market towns, which have an array of independent specialist shops and are particularly well known for their art & antiques and local produce. Holt Hotel is also just a short distance from the popular Bicester Designer Outlet Shopping Village which boasts over 130 luxury boutiques

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire just 10 minutes from us here at Holt Hotel. A stunningly beautiful place to visit with something for all the family. Visit for more details.

Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Farm, a sensory and learning wonderland for all the family located approx 15 minutes from the Holt Hotel. A fun day out for all guaranteed.

Althorp House

Althorp House is located approx 1 hour from the Holt Hotel but well worth the visit. One of the most beautiful stately homes in England and covering 13,000 acres of beautiful countryside.

Statford Racecourse

Stratford Racecourse is one of the country’s leading small summer jumps racecourses. Racing takes place regularly from March and October. A great day out for all ages. Located approx 50 minutes from the Holt Hotel.

Silverstone Circuit

The famous Silverstone Circuit, home of British Motorsport is locatedjust 30 minutes from us here at The Holt Hotel.

Attend one of the many races & events or book and enjoy driving experiences & track days.

Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire just approx 18 minutes from us here at Holt Hotel. Broughton Castle was one of many fabulous locations used for BBC2’s Wolf Hall series starring Damien Lewis, Mark Rylance and Claire Foy.


There are a number of golf courses in the Oxfordshire area that are happy to accept visiting golfers, though it is always advisable to contact them in advance.

Kirtlington Golf Club, North Oxford Golf Club, Banbury Golf Club, Rye Hill Golf Club, to name just a few.

Rousham House and Gardens

Rousham House is a country house in Rousham village, merely 4 minutes from us at The Holt Hotel.

Rousham House and Gardens have many wondrous features such as:

  • Ponds and cascades in Venus’s Vale
  • The Cold Bath and seven arched Praeneste
  • Townsend’s Building
  • The Temple of the Mill and on the Skyline
  • A sham ruin known as the ‘Eyecatcher’
  • Herbaceous borders
  • Small parterre
  • Pigeon house
  • Espalier apple trees
  • Long-horn cattle 

For further information about Rousham House and Gardens, visit