Local Attractions

Situated in Oxfordshire on the edge of the Cotswolds, Middle Aston House is perfectly located to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty and historical importance.

Detailed below are just a few of the delights you can explore in the local area:

  • Blenheim Palace, Park & Gardens – One of the finest heritage properties in England built in the 1700s and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Less than 10 miles (20 mins drive) from Middle Aston. Tel: 01993 811325 www.blenheimpalace.com
  • University of Oxford Colleges – Over nine centuries old, it is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Generations of famous scholars have studied there through the ages including five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners, 25 British Prime Ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. It was Christ Church College’s Great Hall which inspired Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter movie. Less than 15 miles (30 mins drive) from Middle Aston. www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com
  • Rousham House & Gardens – Built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer. A former royalist garrison with gardens designed by William Kent. Garden is open all year. House by prior arrangement only. Less than three miles (five mins drive) from Middle Aston. Tel: 01869 347110 www.rousham.org
  • Stowe School and Gardens – Former home of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos and public school since 1923 with one of the finest landscape gardens in Europe. Less than 20 miles (45 mins drive) from Middle Aston. Tel: 01280 818282 www.stowe.co.uk
  • Broughton Castle and Gardens – Known as the most beautiful castle in England with stunning gardens. Open specific dates in high season only. Less than 12 miles (20 mins drive) from Middle Aston. Tel: 01295 276070 www.broughtoncastle.com
  • Sulgrave Manor – Early English manor house and home of the ancestors of George Washington. Open high season only. Less than 18 miles (45 mins drive) from Middle Aston. Tel: 01295 760205
    www.sulgravemanor.org.uk
  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford – Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is the most important museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Britain. Less than 15 miles (30 mins drive) from Middle Aston. Tel: 01865 278002
    www.ashmolean.org
  • Bicester Shopping Village – Enjoy exceptional savings of up to 60% off RRP at more than 130 top-name boutiques, from Anya Hindmarch to The White Company, DKNY, Hugo Boss and Salvatore Ferragamo. Open 10am-7pm most days. Less than 9 miles (25 mins drive) from Middle Aston. Tel: 01869 366 266 www.bicestervillage.com
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park – Encounter anteaters, peer at giraffes, roar at the lions or waddle like a penguin, in over 160 acres of beautiful parklands. Less than 30 miles (50 mins drive) from Middle Aston. Tel: 01993 823006 www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk