Minster Lovell Hall was home to Richard III's right-hand man Lord Lovell, one of the richest men in England. Designed to show off his great wealth, the hall was finally abandoned, dismantled and demolished, leaving only the fascinating remains that stand today. All, including pooches on leads, are welcome.
The Old Swan captures the charm of bygone years, throw in a good measure of modern convenience, add to it the laid-back atmosphere of the gastro-pub inspired dining room and log-fired bar and you’ll feel like there’s no place like it. Couldn’t be more romantic if it tried.
This is a simple nine hole course which is a great intro to the game for little ones. Open during the summer (when the duty hut is open), there are also adventure play areas in the same park including a wet play area, cricket wicket, bowling greens and football pitches.
The Lamb at Crawley has a reputation as one of the best inns in Oxfordshire with polished wooden floors, traditional oak beams, flickering candles and a welcoming atmosphere. Situated in the pretty village of Crawley it’s perfect for all occasions from a quick drink to private dinner party.
Witney is a successful and expanding market town and the museum reflects this in exhibitions and talks throughout the year. Often history is seen as a little dry but it doesn’t need to be, as well as celebrating the past the museum looks at modern Witney and its events and people in living memory.
New kid on the block - Coffeesmith is an independent cafe, bar, hang-out with a warm friendly atmosphere right in the centre of town. Makes the most delicious cakes including sweet potato brownies (yep they’re good for you) and sublime vicky sandwich concoctions such as raspberry and vanilla pod mascarpone.
Teddy Bears of Witney was the first shop in the UK to specialise in selling new and old teddy bears. Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and all love bears. There’s a vast range from renowned manufacturers as well as an free museum display of adorable teddy pals.
The Old Pill Factory is a charming, vintage shop with a difference. Here you’ll find a friendly welcome along with fab items for your home including a mix of hand painted and restored antique furniture, lamps, linens, mirrors, ceramics, toys and vintage home ware such as cool french door numbers.
Here lies the remains of a vast Roman courtyard villa with a fabulous feature of an almost complete mosaic tile floor. This was a ‘courtyard villa’, and significant finds of pre-Roman Iron Age pottery and other features beneath the former south-west range show exciting evidence of earlier occupation.
Fantastic new restaurant and bar that’s taking the area by storm. Owned by the Chequers Smokehouse crew it screams cool. Fantastic japanese food and wicked cocktails. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to see what’s happening such as the exciting Quiz Sunday that includes cash prizes, amazing cocktails and live DJ.
Crocodiles of the World is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm all year round including Bank Holidays. Book tickets online and enjoy your day gazing at these beautiful reptiles. You can even be a keeper for a day to get up close with your new crocodilian friends.
Chequers Smokehouse, started by four friends, serves authentic American food including hand-made burgers, chicken wings, pulled pork, ribs, hot dogs and mac and cheese. The combination of the in-house smoker’s skills and secret recipe barbecue sauce make a sensational menu. There’s also live music, milkshakes and cocktails.
Spend a day getting creative at one of the best craft studios around. There’s pottery to paint as well as getting arty with mosaics. There’s also fab Decopatch, the multicoloured paper craft technique that works on just about everything. Open all week you’ll also find holiday workshops for all.
This is a members club for grown ups, nestled on the edge of the Cotswolds this health haven guarantees peaceful and relaxed surroundings. Offering many different spa treatments, delicious food and superb entertainment. There’s also a golf course with plenty of dog legs and the chance to use every club in the bag.
A vibrant family-run pub with a delicious and diverse locally-sourced menu. There’s a great selection of world wines and all are welcome whether looking to eat or pop in for a quick pint of one of the excellent real ales. Wednesdays are a must visit with fish board specials.
An independent family business with their own craft bakery and heritage that stretches back to 1890. Great for afternoon tea or a sandwich at lunchtime. Indulge in a handmade cake or shortbread biscuit and make sure you take home their elegantly packaged goodies such as the Huffkins Maple and Vanilla granola.
Como Lounge was recently opened by owners wanting somewhere cool to hang out themselves. Seating almost 300, it’s full of eclectic furniture and fabulous portaits, paintings and mirrors. It’s also got a fantastic roof terrace (Witney’s first) and superb menus including a creative cocktail list and vegan dishes, tempting even if you’re a carnivore.
Combe Mill is a Victorian steam and water-powered sawmill now operating as a working museum. The Mill Building itself has fascinating features and the site was the workshop for Blenheim Palace Estate. Upstairs in the Mill building was the important area where craftsmen made the patterns and moulds needed by the estate.
Relaxed with great food this is the sister pub of the Horseshoes. Here you’ll enter into a lively, welcoming atmosphere and on Sunday evenings there's fantastic live music. The ale is changed regularly, there’s a great selection of wines and the Bloody Mary is worth having a hangover for.
Beanbag is a small and perfectly-formed health food store right in the centre of Witney. It’s award-winning, family run and well-stocked with fabulous products to make your body zing. Find everything you need including food, supplements and chemical-free beauty products such as Dr Hauschka and Elysambre make up.
Witney Lawn Tennis Club is a friendly and welcoming tennis club and membership offers an excellent opportunity to become part of this progressive club. With four floodlit courts there are plenty of opportunities to play throughout the year. The club allows five sessions of coaching before needing to join as a member.
Decorus is a beautiful shop specialising in lovely things for the home. It has everything you’d need including fabulous fabrics, particularly country French fabrics and hand-loomed cotton. Whether it’s a nautical, country or cute floral theme you’re after they’ve got them. There are also fab gift ideas including personalised prints.
Open for over forty years, Cotswold Farm Park is home to over 50 breeds. Owned and run by Countryfile’s Adam Henson MBE there is loads to do including feeding the animals and hopping on a farm safari. You can even camp on the farm and watch the sun set over Windrush valley.
Open mic nights at the Hollybush on Sundays are a great way to enjoy every last moment of the weekend and the sessions are well supported by local Witney musicians. In the warmer months the sessions waft out to the garden, and in the winter, the bar is a cosy venue.
West Oxfordshire's only dedicated live music and comedy club open six nights a week. You’ll find four sections including The Raised bar, The Floor, Stage-Side VIP Room and Backstage. Each week Fat Lil’s presents hot bands, from originals to tributes as well as fabulous stand-up comedy acts.
Lily’s attic and Eve are delightful shops offering lifestyle items including homeware, jewellery and accessories displayed on cool shabby chic pieces of furniture. Each item is chosen carefully by the owners so you’ll find something individual and everything’s beautifully wrapped making the perfect gift for yourself or someone else you adore.
The Solan Goose is a sandwich deli, run by two sisters with a passion for good food, using excellent ingredients to create a bespoke gastronomic experience. You’ll find delicious traditional favourites and seasonal fillings as well as mouthwatering picnics such as The Best of British Basket, Italian Cestino and Spanish Cesta.
This unique 100ft tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England It sits on Folly Hill, within a lovely four acre, circular woodland of splendid pine and broadleaf trees, some more than 200 years old. There are also many quirky sculptures to seek out.
The Windrush Leisure Centre is located in the heart of Witney and has a wide range of activities and facilities to suit everyone. Facilities include a fully equipped gym, a six lane 25 metre swimming pool and a four court sports hall suitable for badminton, football, basketball and more.
Harpers stocks exciting menswear, jeans brands and accessories including Money Clothing, Peaceful Hooligan, Antony Morate, Mish Mash and G-Star. The shop is constantly sourcing cool new designers so you’ll find a variety of items to have the slickest wardrobe in town whether you need something for work or play.
Millets Farm Centre has something for everyone including a farm shop, garden centre, cafe, craft gallery and restaurants. Open every day, you’ll find plenty of animals including pigs, Alpacas and Rheas, south american ground birds. There’s a great kids play area and brilliant cafe with home-cooked food.
The Shake Shop is a Grade II listed building, with lots of original features which have lent themselves well to the treasure trove of goodies that fill the shelves within. It truly is one of the loveliest shops in Witney, serving popular shakes and smoothies and old fashioned sweets.
Francis Lovel & Co Ltd was established over ten years ago. It is renowned for providing expert advice on guns of all makes and types, and has an excellent reputation for old English guns and muzzle loading guns. You can buy distinguished cases, clothing and accessories and lessons can be arranged at the shop.