The Lampet Arms is a great base for exploring the Cotswolds and the historic market towns of Chipping Norton, Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh within a half an hours drive. The dreaming spires of Oxford and Bicester Village retail park within easy reach with good rail links from Banbury and easy access to the M40 motorway. Below are a few of the local attractions;
BLENHEIM PALACE, WOODSTOCK is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history. Enter the Palace and explore the gilded State Rooms and priceless collections set against striking stonework, and experience the beauty and magnificence of this Grade I listed building. The inspired work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has created a lasting legacy in the Park at Blenheim Palace. The visionary master landscaper constructed the Great Lake and planted thousands of trees in his ten-year tenure here, engineering a landscape that appears natural but is actually contrived to pleasing effect.
THE COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK & GARDENS exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK . The park is set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens 2 miles south of Burford on the A361.
HOOK NORTON BREWERY TOURS sitting in its beautiful, mellow Cotswold Hills landscape, Hook Norton is a proudly independent and passionate family business that takes the very best of its handcrafted brewing heritage and combines it with a thoroughly modern approach, to create a range of real ales for today’s drinkers to enjoy. Hook Norton is one of only 32 family owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE STEAM RAILWAY is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire offering a round trip of over 26 miles. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway's main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham which used to run via Stratford-upon-Avon. It now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Buckland through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond. The railway is in the process of being extended to Broadway in Worcestershire.
WARWICK CASTLE-experience more than 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle! Full to the turrets with dazzling shows and attractions, spellbinding storytelling and fun experiences all year-round, Warwick Castle is an action-packed and unforgettable day out for everyone!
BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER is known for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges. These arched bridges have led to Bourton-on-the-Water being called the "Venice of the Cotswolds". Attractions include Birdland Park and Gardens, the model village a 1:9 scale replica of the village and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.
TURPINS LODGE RIDING STABLES , Tadmarton Heath Road, Hook Norton, OX15 5DQ. All ages and abilities of riders welcome, minimum age 3 years, maximum weight 15 stones. Offering horse riding lessons, hacking, horse livery, pony days and Summer courses. Association of British Horse Riding Schools approved and Council Licenced. With an indoor school, an outdoor school with an all weather surface and a large undercover area for grooming and stable management so all our riding lessons will be able to take place. Come and enjoy horse riding on safe sensible horses and ponies. Set in 30 acres of Oxfordshire countryside on the edge of the Cotswolds, with an indoor school, outdoor school and access to miles of bridleways giving excellent off road horse riding.
TADMARTON HEATH GOLF CLUB- visitors are welcome throughout the week at Tadmarton. There is often availability on weekend afternoons too but it is always advisable to ring the professional’s shop (01608 730047) to check. County cards are accepted.