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Stay in a Pub in Oxfordshire

Its scenery is perhaps surprisingly varied, its history long and eventful and its heritage rich and absorbing. Located at the heart of England, and aside for being famous for the setting of the TV programmes of Inspector Morse and Lewis, Oxfordshire packs quite a punch making it an ideal destination for a holiday, short break or a weekend away.

In the south-west, the county reaches the glorious Vale of White Horse, where Wantage-born King Alfred defeated the Danes in the 9th century, while to the south-east lie the Chilterns, renowned for their steep scarps and beautiful beechwoods. Both areas ideal for walking holidays.

Away to the west and north-west, Oxfordshire meets the Cotswolds – a land of rolling hills and picture-postcard cottages built of honey-coloured stone. Pretty much at the centre of the county is Otmoor, a sinister swathe of wetland known as ‘the loneliest place in the county.’ Remote and bewitching, this is a favourite haunt of walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. The rivers, too, add to Oxfordshire’s great charm and character; the Cherwell, Evenlode and Windrush all meander through the county, charming names to reflect their prettiness and unhurried nature.

Best known is the Thames, of course, rising in neighbouring Gloucestershire and flowing through the landscape to reach the world famous city of Oxford, one of the great seats of learning with its stunning Oxford University buildings. Thomas Hardy’s Jude likened it to ‘the heavenly Jerusalem.’

It is also a county full of famous museums and historic houses – too many to mention but popular museums within Oxford include the Ashmolean Museum which is the University’s museum of art and archaeology, the Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of History of Science and the Museum of Oxford. Historic houses include Blenheim Palace just outside of Oxford at Woodstock, Chastleton House, Moreton-in-the-Marsh and Buscot Park in Faringdon.