OxfordshireThe rolling dales of the Oxfordshire countryside are best explored by car. The Thames meanders through the city and countryside beyond. West of Oxford lie the Cotswolds, an area of quaint villages, and yellow stone houses. A beautiful day’s outing can be had in the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford. There are many historical buildings in Oxfordshire including Blenheim Palace, the home of Winston Churchill, and Sulgrave Manor, the home of George Washington’s family.

Another good starting point is the Chiltern Sculpture Trail which is managed by the local Forestry Commission. It is situated between junctions 5 and 6 of the M40 and open all day throughout the year.

Just outside of Oxford, in Henley-on-Thames, is the Bohun Gallery. This is a small commercial gallery of particular interest to those keen on contemporary British figurative art. Artists shown by the gallery include John Piper, Mary Fedden, Elisabeth Frink and the estate of Julian Trevelyan etchings. Monthly exhibitions program includes new artists and sculpture in the garden in the spring.

The attractions of London and Windsor are also within an hour’s drive, as are leisure parks such as Chessington, Legoland and Thorpe Park. Oxford does not have its own airport. The three major airports most frequently used by people visiting Oxford are Birmingham Airport, London Heathrow and London Gatwick. All of these can be easily accessed by road and rail as follows:

Birmingham Airport; by rail from Birmingham International Station; by road via the M40 motorway; by coach from Birmingham City Centre Coach Station. London Heathrow Airport; by rail from London Paddington via the London Underground; by road take the M4, join the M25 at Junction 15, then take the M40 at Junction 16. London Gatwick; by rail to London Victoria then taxi or London Underground to London Paddington; by road take M23 to M25, then join the M40 at Junction 16.