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How to visit The Cotswolds without a car

The Cotswolds is a vast area with more than 100 miles from the northern to the southern part, so you would be excused for thinking that visiting without a car is near impossible. But you’d also be wrong, as it happens… here’s how to do it:

When you’re planning your trip to the Cotswolds without a car, the two most important aspects of your planning must be to choose a base that is easily accessible by public transport, and to stay near the base. 

Choose Woodstock 

Woodstock in Oxfordshire Cotswolds is one of the most obvious places to choose due to its proximity to Oxford, which has direct trains and buses from all over the country. Once in Oxford, you are a reasonably priced taxi ride from Woodstock, and there are several direct bus routes to Woodstock from Oxford too.  

But it is not just the perfect place because it’s easy to get to, it’s perfect because there are so many fabulous things to do and places to visit in Woodstock, that you will not be running out of experiences in walking distance any time soon. 

Blenheim Palace and much more

No holiday in Woodstock would be complete without a day spent at Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill is the top tourist attraction in the Cotswolds for a reason, it is simply spectacular, and it is well worth spending a whole day here. 

When visiting Woodstock, the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust Museum and Oxfordshire are both well worth a look in. And you will find it difficult to walk 10 steps in this town without passing one of the many interesting and historic places, like the five-hole stocks, fire marks and wall plaques, private residences that used to be occupied by people like Cromwell and Thomas Chaucer, and many more. 

Add an abundance of outstanding natural beauty in the countryside, and the always exciting town of Woodstock with its fantastic shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and museums to this list, and you are in for a fabulous treat when you come to the Cotswolds without a car and get stuck in exploring on foot.

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