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Henley on Thames
A beautiful, quaint little place that has totally kept itís oldy-worldy character Ö to the extent that some retailers are not allowed their usual sign livery as itís deemed too bright & colourful, the whole place is very posh Victorian! - Cathryn
Thereís only 1 public car park, between Greys Road & Market Place, by the town hall. - Elias
Henley is a lovely market town on the banks of the Thames with fine buildings, Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants. World famous for its Regatta. First held in 1839 it takes place each July and is a real cultural slice of England proper - Nick
As a resident of Oxford for 50+ years, I think that 'information Britain' covers our city very well. However, I would like to add NORTH PARADE AVENUE, which is just 10 minutes walk north of the city centre in the heart of 'leafy north Oxford'. A mix of interesting shops, restaurants and two public houses. If you wish there is a little more detail at www.northparade.com - Andrew Hall
extremely busy place, best to use the park & ride facility! Itís pretty, the crowded streets are charming & the punts are a must though! Cathy Ö.visitor
Cathy above is right. Oxford centre is a nightmare to park in (and negotiate) - approaching M40 traffic can also be very heavy and the ring roads are much longer than you expect them to be...nick - recently visited by car!
Uffington is a village on the edge of the Vale of the White Horse, in Oxfordshire. There are delightful white cottages crowned with thatch, and the ancient church of St Mary's known as 'The Cathedral Of The Vale,' the Museum is housed in the old school house, and featured in the book Tom Brown's School Days. Above the village is the Iron Age Hill Fort Uffington Castle, walkers can follow in ancient footsteps along the Ridgeway Path to the Neolithic Tomb Wayland's Smithy, nearby is the oldest Hill Figure in England, The White Horse which dates back many Centuries.
Museum lovers will enjoy wandering around the Vale and Downland Museum which has interesting exhibits on display, or get back to nature at Coate Water Country Park, with beautiful grounds and a stunning lake to enjoy, rod danglers may try their luck, or choose your club at the Mini Golf, with wildlife in abundance it has something for everyone, for animals of a different kind Roves Farm has animals to feed, and tractor rides to enjoy. If elegance mixed with Old Masters sounds tempting, then 18th Century Buscot Park may be the answer, with fine furniture, and memorable treasures from Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Rubens - Sharon
The village of Uffington lies on the edge of the Vale of the White Horse, just north of the Berkshire Downs. Overlooking the village is the famous White Horse chalk figure. St Maryís Church, Uffington, built in 1250, is a large church with a high standard of design and workmanship, known as the ďCathedral of the ValeĒ. Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate, lived in the village and Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown's School Days, was born at Uffington vicarage. On Broad Street is the Tom Brownís School Museum, the original building featured in the famous novel. The White Horse of Uffington is thought to be the oldest hill figure in Britain. The image is a representation of a horse (or possibly a dragon) in white chalk bedrock, 374 feet in length and dating back to the late Bronze Age. Other local sites include Dragon Hill, The Manger and Uffington Castle, an Iron Age hillfort overlooking the village. On the Ridgeway long-distance path there is a megalithic tomb known as Wayland's Smithy. Ashdown House is an extraordinary 17th century Dutch-style house famous for its association with Elizabeth of Bohemia, Charles Iís sister. The Fox and Hounds pub can be found on the High Street in Uffington. - Natalie
Blenheim Palace - You simply must go. The grounds are special throughut the year but in late spring a picnic by the lake and a brisk walk to the monument afterwards is a highly prized day of my year - Siobhan Nevard
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