Location & Activities
The hotel is situated in Chesterton, just over a mile from Bicester – the once-quiet market village turned outlet mall that famously offers designer and big-brand fashion at vastly discounted prices. Oxford is just a short drive away for its wealth of museums, galleries and incredible architecture. You’ll also be just an hour from the Cotwsolds, where must-dos include visiting Chastleton House and Broadway Tower, taking strolls in the grounds at Blenheim Palace, and getting up close with giraffes at the superb Cotswold Wildlife Park. Chesterton Hotel is a five-minute drive from Bicester Village station.
Bicester Village Shopping Outlet
Shopping in Oxfordshire is varied ranging from the global brands to independent shops.
One of the County’s most popular places to shop is Bicester Village, home to over 160 boutiques of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Belstaff, Gina, Marni, Rupert Sanderson, Temperley London, with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price all year round., as well as exceptional savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, all year round.
Bicester Village is just 46 minutes by train from London Marylebone and just 5 minutes’ drive away from The Chesterton Hotel.
The Village offers luxury services that include Valet Parking, Hands-free Shopping, the award-winning Bicester Visitor Centre, and onsite tax refund and money change service.
Discover a world of luxury and visit The Bicester Village Shopping Collection.
Distance from hotel: 1.7 miles
Spend an inspiring day exploring a national treasure.
Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture that boasts over 300 years of history to discover. This World Heritage Site is set within more than 2000 acres of Parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, and the Palace itself houses some of the finest collections of antique furniture in Europe. Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is Britain’s Greatest Palace and offers visitors a precious time, every time.
Distance from hotel: 9.6 miles
Rousham House & Garden
A lovely Jacobean house with Georgian remodeling. The house is set in superb landscape gardens, which have remained unaltered since they were designed in the early 18th century. The gardens, designed by William Kent, were one of the first and most influential of the style which became known as English landscape gardening, such as the ponds and cascades in Venus’s Vale, the Cold Bath, and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend’s Building, the Temple of the Mill, and, on the skyline, a sham ruin now as the ‘Eyecatcher’. The house has been owned by Dormer family since it was built.
Distance from hotel: 7.3 miles
Bicester Heritage is the UK’s first business campus dedicated to historic motoring and aviation. Comprising of a cluster of industry leading specialists, Bicester Heritage delivers a unique customer experience by providing a supportive ecosystem of skills and businesses, geared towards the historic motoring market.
Distance from hotel: 2.8 miles
Whether you are a film buff who wants to know more about what’s been filmed in the county, or you are just intrigued to see which celebrities have walked the same paths as you will, find out more about the films in Oxford and Oxfordshire that were shot in the county.
Retrace the steps of Harry Potter in Oxford with your family or friends. See the Tudor dining hall at Christ Church that inspired the Hogwarts Great Hall, as well as the staircase that was used several times during the films. The cloisters at New College were also used as a location in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, including the infamous scene where Mad-Eye Moody turned Malfoy into a ferret and the Bodleian Library‘s Divinity School was featured as the Hogwarts infirmary. Even though neither of Alice in Wonderland films was made in Oxfordshire, Oxford was where author Lewis Carol met little Alice and where the whole story began! Take a Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland tour in Oxford to explore where movie productions took place, what inspired Lewis Carol to write Alice in Wonderland and to see where Alice lived. To find your special Alice in Wonderland souvenir visit Alice’s Shop, which was Alice’s sweet shop 150 years ago.
Oxford is the key location for the filming of Inspector Morse and Lewis, and most recently, Endeavour. enjoy a drink in the Morse Bar at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel or a meal at The Buttery where Inspector Morse and Endeavor was filmed outside. Take an Oxford Official Walking Tour of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour to find out more about all three the tv series.
Distance from hotel: 15 miles
The Oxford Artisan Distillery
The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) welcomes visitors to its distillery, in the heart of Oxford, for a behind-the-scenes experience where you can discover the traditional approach to craft distilling using sustainably farmed populations of heritage grain and bespoke hand-built copper stills. You’ll see what goes into the spirits and truly understand what grain to glass craft distillery is all about.
Distance from hotel: 14 miles
Pitt Rivers Museum
The Pitt Rivers Museum is one of Oxford’s most popular attractions, famous for its period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many cultures around the world, past and present.
The museum’s collection is arranged typologically, according to how the objects were used, rather than according to their age or origin. This layout owes a lot to the theories of Pitt Rivers himself, who intended for his collection to show progression in design and evolution in human culture from the simple to the complex. Whilst this evolutionary approach to material culture is no longer fashionable in archaeology and anthropology, the museum has retained the original organisation of the displays. The display of many examples of a particular type of tool or artifact, showing historical and regional variations, is an unusual and distinct feature of this museum.
The museum has a high density of objects on display, and the displays are changed periodically.
Distance from hotel: 12.8 miles
University of Oxford
Starting as early as 1096 with some form of teaching, Oxford is the oldest English-speaking university in the world.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings said it is the second-best university in the world with Harvard University.
The university is 38 colleges and six private halls. All of these colleges have their own buildings and their own staff. Oxford is quite different from most modern universities where all the students live on a campus. Oxford does not have a campus, although it does have some central places where students from different colleges can come together (for example, libraries and the students Oxford Union).
The Bodleian Library (founded in 1602) is the main library of the University of Oxford, and one of the oldest libraries in Europe. It is the second largest library in the United Kingdom after the British Library.
Distance from hotel: 15 miles
Hinton Skydiving Centre is the Closest Full Time Skydiving Centre to London, Birmingham, Northampton, Banbury, Bicester, Milton Keynes and the Midlands with fast links from the M1, M5, M6 and M40 Motorways, and there is always something going on from competitions, corporate events and charity fun-days, to progression courses and seminars for club members.
Distance from hotel: 16 miles