Things to See and Do in Oxford
The Westwood Hotel is ideally located as a gateway to some of the country’s greatest tourist attractions.
Our staff will be delighted to discuss and assist you with planning your visit to the area. We are only 15 minutes from the centre of Oxford.
Few cities in the world possess the intellectual riches, romance and dreamy beauty that drift through the dusky, honey-hued limestone streets and alleys of Oxford. The bewitching tangle of scholarly buildings that make up this exceptional medieval city glimmers with soaring spires, heavy-set churches and colleges, wood-panelled libraries, hidden quadrangles and delightfully wonky cobblestoned streets.
The earliest college here dates back to the 1200s and Oxford has been a centre of learning ever since, with the 38 colleges that comprise the University dotted around the city rather than concentrated on one big campus.
Students flit around on scruffy bicycles, while behind the stone façades of the colleges, a prestigious intellectual life thrives with all the associated pomp, ceremony and academic elitism that the University is synonymous with. But while it certainly dominates, Oxford isn’t solely about student life.
Peel back the heavy cloak of tradition, and a more modern side of the city reveals itself in cool little bars, pretty cafés and elegant restaurants. The gracefully curving High Street has been mostly cleared of traffic and cleaned up to reinstate it as the nexus of urban life... and a beautiful one at that.
Oxford is one of the most enjoyable places in Europe to spend a weekend: it’s romantic, eccentric, undemanding, intriguing, and offers a wonderful blend of gentle rural relaxation and low-pressure city life. Where else can you take a punt along a river in the morning, explore a historic library in the afternoon, and drink in Tolkien’s favourite pub in the evening? Weekend here and you’ll never forget it.
The hotel is situated just 20 minutes away from Bicester Village making us the ideal location for both the culture of Oxford and the number one retail destination outside of London.
Bicester Village is set near the Cotswolds at the heart of rural Oxfordshire and enjoys a prime central location in England with exceptional transport links. The Village is home to over 130 boutiques including Anya Hindmarch, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Polo Ralph Lauren, Smythson, Tod’s, TAG Heuer and Vivienne Westwood.
See special offers regarding 10% discount when staying with us.
Golfing in Oxfordshire
Oxford offers a wide range of golf courses, all of which are easily accessible from the hotel.
If you are planning a golfing tour in Oxford, we can help. We can arrange a custom package tailored to your needs.In addition to luxurious accommodation and private dining we can arrange special rates at the magnificent course of Frilford Heath Golf Club, the owner Anthony Healy is a member. For further details please contact us.
Frilford Heath Golf Club
Less than 10 minute drive from the hotel
Location: Frilford Heath, Abingdon, Oxon
Tel: 01865 390864
Frilford Heath is one of a select number of courses to boast 54 Holes of Championship Golf providing a mix of Traditional and Modern design. It is situated in classic golfing country and the sandy subsoil ensures that the courses are always open. Frilford hosts top amateur events for R&A and English Golf Competitions.
The Cotswolds is an area of England about the size of greater Tokyo.
Popular with both the English themselves and visitors from all over the world, the Cotswolds are well-known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), sleepy villages and for being so ‘typically English’.
There are famous cities such as Bath, well-known beautiful towns like Cheltenham and hundreds of delightful villages such as Burford and Castle Combe. Above all, the local honey-coloured limestone, used for everything from the stone floors in the houses to the tiles on the roof, has ensured that the area has a magical uniformity of architecture. You will see ‘Drystone walls’ everywhere in the fields. Many were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, a matter of considerable skill as there is no cement to hold the walls together. They represent an important historical landscape and a major conservation feature – and are of course still used by farmers to enclose sheep and cattle.
During the 13-15th centuries, the medieval period, the native Cotswold sheep were famous throughout Europe for their heavy fleeces and high quality of wool. Cotswold wool commanded a high price and the wealth generated by the wool trade enabled wealthy traders to leave their mark by building fine houses and wonderful churches, known as “wool churches”. Even today, the sight of sheep on the hillside is still one of the classic Cotswold images.
Not all villages are well known, and today many still hold their secrets. Amongst the treasures to be found are perhaps a hidden village off the beaten track, perhaps Painswick, Biddestone, Winchcombe or Woodstock, or an unspoilt historic church, such as at Northleach often called the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds” – open the church door and you will discover a hidden world of history.
Today, the larger market towns and villages of the Cotswolds are famous for their shops, such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Cirencester, Chipping Norton and Tetbury.