Windsor & Oxford Weekend Break
Windsor & Oxford Weekend Break
Staying at the Holiday Inn Heathrow - 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 1 - Windsor:
Free time to explore and shop in this historic town- a beautiful, unique and historic destination, The Royal Borough offers a huge range of activities for children, teenagers and adults. From exploring the castle to leisurely boating on the River Thames to romantic horse-drawn carriage rides through Windsor Great Park, there is a large array of relaxing activities on offer.
With a wide range of things to do, great shopping and dining and perfect places to relax and unwind, then look no further than the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead! Relax and be inspired by the seasonal interest in the beautiful gardens and along the riverbanks. Crowned by stunning Windsor Castle.
Add optional extra - entry to Windsor Castle:
The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, formerly the official residences of the late Queen. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and the homes and workplaces of a large number of people. The magnificent State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Gainsborough. In December, the state rooms are decorated for Christmas.
In 1992 fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle. By good fortune the rooms worst affected were empty at the time, and as a result, few of the Castle's artistic treasures were destroyed. The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1997, is a testament to the extraordinary skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.
St George's Chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. It is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the senior order of British Chivalry established in 1348 by Edward III. Within the chapel are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I.
Day 2 - visit Oxford:
Free time to explore, sightsee and shop in this University town. Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community.
Add optional extra - entry toBlenheim Palace:
Home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of 'Capability' Brown parkland and Formal Gardens. The exquisite Baroque Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens and the magnificent Lake.
Inside, the scale of the Palace is beautifully balanced by the intricate detail and delicacy of the carvings, the hand painted ceilings and the amazing porcelain collections, tapestries and paintings displayed in each room.
The Palace and its Formal Gardens and Park were created a World Heritage Site in 1987 and a great deal of restoration and conservation work has been undertaken in recent years. Your visit makes an important contribution to the on-going restoration and conservation programmes which are necessary to ensure the Palace and its wonderful grounds are preserved for future generations.
Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, the Palace was created a World Heritage site in 1987.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
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