There are many other places of interest within easy distance of the White Hart Hotel. Stay at The White Hart and your visit will not only offer superb relaxation but also the opportunity to enjoy visiting some of these wonderful venues.
Banbury, and the villages nearby, are popular for weekend breaks to explore the Oxfordshire countryside and the Cotswolds.
Banbury is a historic market town famous for Banbury Cakes, the Nursery Rhyme “…….to Banbury Cross” and the Oxford Canal that passes through the historic market town.
Places to Visit
Banburys Museum is situated in an attractive canal-side location in the centre of Banbury. Exciting modern displays illustrate Banburys history. FREE ADMISSION
Tooley’s, the oldest working dry dock in Britain, has been in continuous use since 1790 when it was established to build and repair the wooden horse-drawn narrowboats.
Historic House built in 1300 and enlarged in 1550s. It is surrounded by a large moat and set in parkland
Local Arts & Crafts – Hook Norton Pottery
Hand produced stoneware pottery. The showroom exhibits a wide variety of work including casseroles, mugs, jugs, bowls as well as individual pieces.
For more Tourist Information: www.visitnorthoxfordshire.com/
Banbury Castle was built from 1135 by Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln, and survived into the Civil War, when it was besieged. Due to its proximity to Oxford, the King’s capital, Banbury was a Royalist town, but the inhabitants were known to be strongly Puritan. The castle was demolished after the war.
Banbury played an important part in the Civil War as a base of operations for Oliver Cromwell.
The opening of the Oxford Canal from Hawkesbury Junction to Banbury on 30 March 1778 gave the town a cheap and reliable supply of Warwickshire coal. In 1787 the Oxford Canal was extended southwards, finally opening to Oxford on 1 January 1790.
A Stylish Getaway in Oxfordshire
Bicester Village is located just an hour from London and 15 minutes by train from the centre of Oxford and within easy reach of the White Hart Hotel. This luxury shopping destination is home to over 160 boutiques of world-famous brands, each offering exceptional value with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price.
Bicester Village also had a great selection of restaurants and cafés, as well as luxury services that include Valet Parking, Hands-free Shopping, the Bicester Visitor Centre, and onsite tax refund services.
Our VIP Luxury Shopping Break with Dinner is a great way to enjoy all that Oxfordshire has to offer with the added bonus of a VIP invite which entitles you to 10% reduction on food, drink and clothing on the already heavily discounted prices at the outlet
Oxfordshire Hotels are 3 star and 4 star hotels located close to Bicester Outlet Shopping.
Book a Weekend Break or Mid Week Break at one of our quality country hotels:
Relax with friends after your Christmas Shopping
Be pampered by our hotel personal friendly service
Unwind with a glass of wine with our AA rosette dining in a comfortable environment.
Book early for the January sales.
Many of the Towns and Villages in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire also have spectacular Street Fairs and Farmers Markets.
For bargain hunters, explore the lanes of Banbury, Deddington or Buckingham and discover the wonders of what these markets offer!
Bicester Village – Outlet Shopping address:
50 Pingle Drive
Bicester Village Visitor Centre
Tel: +44 (0) 1869 366 266
Monday to Fri: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm*
*Burberry, Clarks, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren & Versace open 12pm – 6pm Sundays
Deddington Arms Hotel, Deddington, Banbury – 12.5 miles / 25 minutes
Cartwright Hotel, Anyho, Banbury – 9.3 miles / 19 minutes
White Hart Hotel, Dorchester-on-Thames – 22.7 miles / 34 minutes
Free Secure Car Parking with CCTV
Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire. Set in parkland and built of the rich local Hornton ironstone, it was selected by Simon Jenkins as one of only twenty to be awarded five stars in his book England’s Thousand Best Houses.
The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the early fifteenth century, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550’s. It was a centre of opposition to Charles I and was besieged and damaged after the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.
Broughton Castle was one of many fabulous locations used for BBC2’s Wolf Hall series starring Damien Lewis, Mark Rylance and Claire Foy. Filming took place in 2014 and the series is showing on BBC2 in Jan/Feb 2015, and on PBS from April 2015.
The Claydon Estate has been the home of the Verney family since 1620.
The Estate has a proud tradition of looking after the land, wildlife, property, its employees and latterly visitors. The Verney family is keen to encourage visitors to Claydon where they are ensured a warm welcome to enjoy the Estate and its surroundings.
The Estate as you see it today was originally laid out in the 1700s and successive generations have sought to maintain its features in a traditional way meaning that they remain largely unaltered, although modern uses have been established.
On your visit to Claydon there is much to keep you occupied, including the impressive gardens and mansion house, as well as the range of shops in the Courtyard. When it’s time to stop and relax you have the choice of the Tea Room or The Carriage House Restaurant for delicious meals using the Estate’s own produce.
Cotswold Wildlife Park is located 2 miles south of Burford, mid-way between Oxford and Cheltenham.
“Set in over 160 acres of beautiful parklands the Park has an amazingly diverse collection of species many of which are endangered in the wild. Our dedicated and caring Keepers are passionate about the animals in their care and the opportunity to share their knowledge with the public.
Our beautiful Gardens are carefully tended by our creative team of Gardeners who make every corner of the Park a joy to visit.”
The centuries-old tradition of a Saturday market in Deddington, which ceased in 1830, has been revived – and it’s been thriving since the new millennium. It was the winner in the South East region in Country Life’s “Britain’s Favourite Farmers’ Market 2006″ competition. It was also joint runner-up for the 2005 and 2006 National Farmers’ Market of the Year Award. The market featured once again in Rose Prince’s book The Good Produce Guide 2012. The market’s founder, Charles Newey, was honoured posthumously when the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association (FARMA) awarded him with its “Community Spirit Award for 2006″. The market has also been a finalist in the Banbury Guardian’s Community Awards as Rural Project of the Year and Community Group of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
Great Tew Estate
Located a little over an hour from London, the Great Tew Estate encapsulates much of what might be considered the archetypal English Country Estate. Spring lambs playing in rolling grassland, oak woods with a carpet of bluebells, chocolate box thatch cottages… the Great Tew Estate is all this and much more.
Adjacent to the River Thames, Henley is overlooked by a beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields. Its historic church, Town Hall, market square, many local shops, plus its own theatre/cinema, mean Henley is a delightful place for mooching about.
Best known for its annual Royal Regatta, Henley attracts some of the world’s finest rowers. Why not enjoy your own boat trip down the Regatta course and stop off at the town’s award-winning River and Rowing Museum.
The stretch of river between the regatta finish and Henley Bridge is the location for the annual Henley Festival of Music and Arts. Now a popular hospitality venue, it attracts some of the world’s top entertainers to perform on a floating stage in front of a dinner-jacketed audience; as well as holding exhibitions of art and sculpture.
Henley is 25 miles south east of Oxford and there are delightful walks around the town, leading you along the Thames Path and up into the Chiltern Hills for wonderful views of the Thames Valley.
Nestled along the banks of the Thames, Long Wittenham lies in the Thames Valley in South Oxfordshire under the watchful gaze of Wittenham Clumps, an Iron Age hill fort in our sister village of Little Wittenham.
Mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, Long Wittenham has a rich history evident as one strolls around the village. Cruck Cottage, one of the oldest houses in South Oxfordshire, is believed to date from the 13th century. There are a number of picturesque timber framed and thatched cottages in the village, as well as an eclectic mixture of more modern buildings, from Georgian houses and post-war ‘Cornish’ housing, to barn conversions and new builds.The nave of the village church, St Mary’s, was built in 1120, and over the next three centuries more elements of the current church were added. It is thought that the church was built on the foundations of an earlier Saxon church; during the early 7th century legend has it that St Birinus preached on the steps of the Village Cross, bringing Christianity to the heathen locals.
Away from the distractions of town, business or busy hotels, Mapledurham is an oasis of peace, natural beauty and history which can be an ideal venue for fun corporate events, dreamy weddings or just a good day out. The location has attracted many film and television productions including The Eagle has Landed, Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders and continues to be enjoyed by visitors and holiday- makers alike.
Milton Keynes Shopping Centre
Milton Keynes Shopping areas are situated in the heart of Milton Keynes and are well signposted offering extensive parking.
Milton Keynes is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for a state-of-the-art modern shopping mall, traditional boutique shops, farmers’ markets or even a Swedish superstore, Milton Keynes has it all. You can shop with your family, spend with your friends or just come by yourself to experience what Milton Keynes has to offer.
Below are some of the best areas for shopping in Milton Keynes and remember we couldn’t be easier to get to the city centre is just 5 minutes’ drive from Junction 14 on the M1 and there are over 16,000 parking spaces waiting for you when you arrive. If you’re looking for shopping heaven then look no further.
- thecentre:mk and intu Milton Keynes combine to make one of the largest covered shopping centres in Europe
- The city centre alone has over 400 shops
- Check out The Hub in Central Milton Keynes for a mix of shops and lively restaurants and bars
- The Kingston Centre, close to the M1, offers a range of big brand names including Next, Boots and M&S as well as a large Tesco Extra and some smaller shops including a gallery and a model shop
- The recently opened MK1 Shopping & Leisure Park at stadiumMK houses a huge Primark store as well as M&S, River Island, Outfit, BHS and H&M
- In the surrounding market towns and villages, you’ll find a wealth of traditional boutique shops offering designer clothes, crafts and gifts, galleries and antiques and much more
- Five farmers’ markets operate each month within the surrounding areas of Newport Pagnell, Olney, Woburn, Stony Stratford and Wolverton
- Regular genuine French, German and Italian markets are held within the city centre
MK Dons Football Stadium
The MK Dons Football Stadium is a brand new facility mainly hosting MK Dons football matches but also used for World Cup rugby.
How to get there:
SOUTH BOUND M1: Exit the motorway at Junction 14 and turn right at the roundabout at the top of the exit slip road towards Milton Keynes.
NORTH BOUND M1: Exit the motorway at Junction 14 and take the left-hand filter lane towards Milton Keynes.
Continue straight over the roundabout (Northfield) on H6 Childs Way. At the next roundabout (Fox Milne) turn left onto V11 Tongwell Street. Continue straight over next roundabout (Monkston) along the V11 Tongwell Street. At the next roundabout (Brinklow) turn right along the H8 Standing Way (A421). Continue on the H8 Standing Way (A421) following signs for Buckingham continuing over a number of roundabouts, on reaching the Bleak Hall roundabout turn left onto the V6 Grafton Street and follow signs for the stadium.
Vehicles traveling from other areas should follow the brown football signs which are located on all main approaches to the area.
The stadium can also be accessed easily from the northbound A5 running from Dunstable. Exit the road signposted Central Bletchley and take the first exit off Redmoor Roundabout. The stadium turning is on the left.
Away supporters should follow the brown signs for Football Coaches and enter the stadium site via the Saxon Street entrance (between KFC and McDonalds) which is the most convenient for Gate 3.
Those traveling to the match by car should follow the brown stadium signage. Limited parking is available at the stadium – car parking fees of £7 will be charged.
Pendon recaptures scenes showing the beauty of the English countryside as it was in the 20s and 30s. Highly realistic models recall the landscape of the period and trains provide a fascinating record of the time and how they operated.
Visitors to Pendon enjoy an informative and interactive 90 minute tour covering three indoor galleries. You get to see some of the finest model landscapes, buildings and trains ever constructed, experience a warm and personal welcome from our volunteer staff and have access to a small café and souvenir shop.
The River & Rowing Museum has three galleries dedicated to Rowing, Rivers and the history of Henley on Thames. The Museum is also home to the magical Wind in the Willows exhibition, which brings to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music.
With a constantly evolving calendar of temporary art and photography exhibitions and a year-round calendar of nature trails, craft workshops and family days, there is always something new to see and do.
The museum is open 7 days a week.
Rye Hill Golf Course
Rye Hill Golf Club is set in 200 acres of rolling countryside, with dramatic lakes and both park-land and heath-land features. With all the benefits of a well-drained course that has generous fairways, large undulating greens, dramatic lakes, and fine views of the surrounding countryside.
Just 6 miles from Banbury and junction 11 of the M40, Rye Hill offers a championship course, academy, practice area and well stocked Pro Shop. A versatile clubhouse caters for a thriving membership, societies, corporate and private guests. The superb views come in the form of the church at the village of Bloxham and the rolling Oxfordshire countryside.
The Championship Course is an 18-hole par 72 with stunning views of lakes, wildlife and countryside. The golf course has been a Euro-Pro Tour venue that stands testament to its magnificent beauty and high quality upkeep.
Shot placement is key, particularly around the demanding back nine. With challenging holes, generous fairways and boasting large true greens, Rye Hill offers a good test for all abilities.
Home of the British Grand Prix, British Grand Prix MotoGP, British Touring Car Championship and many other events.
The end of Second World War had left Britain with no major race track but an abundance of airfields. One of these surplus airfields was located outside the village of Silverstone and being roughly in the middle of England was seen as an ideal location, to bring back international motor racing to Britain.
By 1948 The Royal Automobile Club arranged a 1 year lease with the Air Ministry in the spirit of optimism and possibility that characterised the time. An ex-farmer, James Wilson Brown, was employed by the RAC and given just two months to turn the site from a wartime airfield and farm into a race track for the first RAC International Grand Prix.
Today you can discover all Silverstone Circuit has to offer by visiting the Silverstone Visitor and Tourist Information centre.
Situated at the main entrance to Silverstone, the Centre is the perfect place to stop off and find out what’s on not just at Silverstone but at attractions all over the region. Visitors can book tickets, find out about travel arrangements and accommodation, or just browse and have coffee.
Visitor Centre Opening Times
Monday to Friday – 9am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 4pm
Silverstone F1 Circuit
Back in 1950 Silverstone was the birthplace of today’s FIA Formula One World Championship and, to this day, remains one of the world’s most historic and challenging tracks.
Stowe Landscaped Gardens
The scale and beauty of Stowe have attracted visitors for over 300 years. Picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks and temples create a timeless landscape, reflecting the changing seasons. Full of hidden meaning, the gardens were created as an earthly paradise, and still cast their spell today.
Your visit starts at the New Inn visitor centre outside the gardens. This fusion of modern and restored 18th-century buildings was where visitors of the past were welcomed to Stowe.
Stop by the light and airy café for delicious fresh food and the shop for unique products inspired by the gardens. The sheer size and space is perfect for those who love the outdoors and enjoy walking. A short walk or a ride in a buggy from New Inn takes you into the gardens, where another world awaits.
Open from dawn to dusk each day
In addition to Shakespeare and the plays of the Royal Shakespeare Company, there is a variety of additional events and attractions on offer throughout the year to enthrall, divert and distract visitors and townsfolk alike.
There’s so much happening throughout the year in Stratford-upon-Avon, it’s why visitors keep coming back again and again. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre offers it’s usual array of exciting, world renowned plays, but there’s so much more on offer. Many festivals run throughout the year, some of which are hosted by the Civic Hall. Discover new authors at the Literary Festival, or sample the delights of local produce at the Food Festival.
Catch a film in the town cinema, take one of the many organised Walks and Tours on offer or simply stroll the town taking in the atmosphere of Stratford-upon-Avon’s unique street entertainers. An event definitely not to miss are the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations, every year in April. The highlight of the weekend is undoubtedly the Procession through the town, and the unfurling of the flags.
Further afield you might want to test your luck and spend a day at the races, at Stratford Racecourse, or dance the night away at the Global Gathering.
A superb venue for National Hunt Racing and Greyhound Racing
Towcester Racecourse, one of the country’s most scenic National Hunt Racecourses, provides a stunning setting to enjoy the thrilling spectacle of racing ‘over the sticks’
Experience the thrill of the greyhound track like never before with a unique night of entertainment and quality dining. Greyhound racing at Towcester Racecourse offers a fantastic night out.
Woburn Abbey first opened to the public in 1955 and has welcomed visitors from all over the globe. There are 22 rooms that you can experience, which house one of the most significant private art collections in the world.
View one of the most outstanding collections of art works on public display. These include:
- The largest private collection of Venetian views painted by Canaletto on public view
- The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
- Artists such as Gainsborough, Rembrandt, Reynolds, and Van Dyck
- Artworks by Queen Victoria and Richard Stone
The splendid rooms include:
- The unique Grotto which dates from the 1630s
- The State Apartments with original 18th century architecture
- The Holland Library which is one of the largest private libraries with an extensive collection of natural history books
- Underground vaults housing the family’s gold and silver collection
- The Chinese Room with its decorative wallpaper
Woburn Safari Park
Woburn Safari Park is only accessible by car and you must arrive in your own vehicle. Woburn Safari Park stretches across 360 acres.
For a day packed with animal encounters and wonderful wildlife, visit Woburn with over 80 species of animals including lions, tigers and bears. Today, it is an award winning attraction which makes a valuable contribution to conservation. Most of all, it is a place where families can enjoy being together and seeing animals in a beautiful environment.
Your day out includes unlimited repeat circuits of the Road Safari drive through animal reserves, followed by adventures in the Foot Safari with a fantastic daily programme of keeper talks and demonstrations. Most of the leisure activities at Woburn Safari Park are included in your great value ticket price.
More usually known as ‘Dorchester Abbey’, the Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul is the parish church of Dorchester-on-Thames – rich in history and heritage, art and culture.
Dorchester Abbey serves not only as the spiritual centre of the village, with many different parish activities, but also as pro-Cathedral and place of pilgrimage. It is a popular tourist destination, educational resource and, as the largest public building in South Oxfordshire, a much-sought after venue for concerts and other major events.