Dreamy Days in Oxfordshire0
Mothering Sunday is fast approaching, if you’re still unsure on plans to spoil your dearest Mother then fear not, Les Routiers have been investigating the UK and Ireland for the best places to eat drink and sleep. This week we are focusing on one of the most beautiful counties in the UK, Oxfordshire, brimming with sensational heritage and amazing landscapes, with the most inspiring city at its heart…
From the varied rural landscape, excellent for cyclists, walkers, to a cultural getaway in Oxfords city centre – renowned for its history and heritage, there are so many fantastic things to see, places to visit for all the family. Whether you are a culture vulture visiting the historical Oxford attractions such as Britain’s greatest palace – Blenheim Palace, the Ashmolean Museum or indulging in a spot of retail therapy at Bicester Village – Oxford can provide an array of activities for all year round.
Oxfordshire’s museums are some of the most famous attractions while visiting this great county. They come in all shapes, sizes and ensure all year round interest for visitors, especially families. Most have a programme of temporary special exhibitions, tours, as well as ‘hands on’ and ‘family fun’ sessions -sometimes by torchlight.The Ashmolean, is the world’s first public museum, re-opened by the Queen following a £61 million refurbishment, it holds treasures from ancient Greek and Roman statues to Egyptian mummies to Lawrence of Arabia’s robes – the collection is too vast to list. Oxford’s art collections range from the magnificent Western Art in the Ashmolean Museum, to the Old Masters on display in the Christ Church Picture Gallery.
If you want to see more priceless collections within beautiful surroundings, then take your loved ones to Blenheim Palace. Oxfordshire’s stately homes contain priceless collections of portraits, landscapes, sculpture and objects. The Blenheim Palace collection is without a doubt, one of the finest collections without equal. Stunning portraits, tapestries, an exquisite collection of furniture grace the Palace interior, set against a magnificent backdrop of ornate ceilings and striking stone work.
Sometimes you just need to put the brakes on, slow down, relax, and indulge yourself. Transport yourself into a world of beauty, marvel at the glorious Blenhiem Palace gardens, with breathtaking views over the lake said to be ‘The finest view in England’. The park was landscaped by Capability Brown, whilst walking through these spectacular gardens, you will experience the magnificent Water Terraces, the Italian Garden, the Rose Garden and the Secret Garden, all with their own particular magic.
Discover the surprising gardens lying behind high college walls, many with sculptures by famous artists. Learn how to grow an orchard, prune roses or plant veggies at Waterperry Garden, or visit a Chelsea medallist – Newington Nurseries for a garden nursery with a difference.
So spoil your lovely mother and take her to a place where she won’t forget. From the imposing Great Hall to the beautifully intricate State Rooms, the Palace balances delicate detail with ambitious architecture on the grandest scale.
If your mum is a bit of shopaholic, then discover the beautiful Bicester village. Located with a glorious backdrop of Oxfordshire countryside, this is the place to go for the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands. Normally only found in the most exclusive shopping streets, offering fabulous savings all year round. Shopping is pure pleasure at Bicester Village, where sophisticated boutiques, spacious boulevards, attentive service and a friendly, unhurried atmosphere combine to offer a truly unique retail experience.
To finish a wonderful weekend away in Oxfordshire, indulge in some wonderful home cooked food at an establishment that provides a warm welcome, The Black Boy a Les Routiers favourite. They have been catering business for over 15 years and have had the privilege of working with high profile mentors such as Raymond Blanc and Paul Heathcote. With The Black Boy, they are taking the fine dining concept and turning it on its head, providing well-priced, home-made food with Artisan bread, traditional pub fayre, not to forget their homemade pork scratchings! Add their Kids Kitchen and weekly jazz/blues nights in the mix, they provide that little bit more. So, if The Black Boy is your destination venue or you’re local, you can be sure to find something to please you.
Whether it be for mother’s Day or simply a chance to escape, Oxford and Oxfordshire is the destination to take all your stresses away, with beautiful landscapes, fantastic heritage sites, it will be a hard place to leave.