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Around & About

A growing list of places of interest local to The Bird in Hand. Helping visitors to the area find the best places to go. If you want more information on any of these, why not pop in and see us - we might have some further literature, advice or even discount tickets for some of them.

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean was created in 1908 by combining two ancient Oxford institutions: the University Art Collection and the original Ashmolean Museum

Website: ashmolean.org

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum is one of the jewels of the Cotswolds and one of the largest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country.

Website: batsarb.co.uk

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped the magnificent Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, award-winning formal gardens and the great Lake, offering a unforgettable day out for all.

Website: blenheimpalace.com

Chedworth Roman Villa

Nestling in a wooded combe in the heart of the Cotswolds and surrounded by beautiful woodland walks are the remains of one of the largest Roman villas in the country.

Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

Combe Mill Museum

A Grade II* Listed Building, Combe Mill Museum is the original power house of the old Blenheim Palace Estate timber mill and workshops. This working industrial museum offers visitors a fascinating insight into work that went on behind the scenes of the Blenheim Estate over the last century or so.

Website: combemill.org

Crocodiles of the World

There is no other zoo like Crocodiles of the World! We are the UK's first and only crocodile zoo and the only place in the UK you can see Siamese crocodiles, Black caimans, and many other endangered species!

Website: crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk

North Leigh Roman Villa

The remains of a large, wellbuilt Roman courtyard villa. The most important feature is a nearly complete mosaic tile floor, patterned in reds and browns.

Website: english-heritage.org.uk

Oxford Castle - Unlocked

The site has been used as a place of incarceration since 1071, continuing until the closure of HM Prison in 1996. The old buildings have been preserved and are now open to the public revealing a time capsule.

Website: oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University''s scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens.

Website: www.oum.ox.ac.uk

The Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House and has been open to the public since 1970.

Website: cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

The Hook Norton Brewery

Brewery tours Monday to Friday. School educational parties are welcome and are free of charge. Brewery Tours on Saturday (10.30am and 1.30pm) Tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approximately 2 hours. They consist of a trip around the Brewery, museum and village museum, followed by beer sampling. On leaving you will receive a badged glass as a memento of your visit.

Website: hooknortonbrewery.co.uk/public_visitors

The Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum cares for the University of Oxford's collection of anthropology and world archaeology. Discover more about visiting along with information on the famous collections and our contemporary research.

Website: prm.ox.ac.uk

The Wychwood Brewery

The tour experience Your afternoon at the brewery will last approximately two hours. The guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and takes you through the brewing process of Wychwood & Brakspear Beers. After the tour you are invited to sample our flagship Legendary Hobgoblin and our range of Wychwood and Brakspear bottled beers.

Website: wychwood.co.uk

University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Botanic gardens are collections of plants that are grown for purposes other than purely aesthetic reasons – but in Oxford Botanic Garden we do try to arrange the plants in attractive, sympathetic and exciting ways. Many gardeners come here to seek inspiration.

Website: botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk

Witney & District Museum

Entirely by volunteers, the museum is set across two floors, holding a large collection of archives and photographs which would if you're researching your family tree or trying to find out more about the history of your house which may be of help.

Website: witneymuseum.co.uk