For a cultural getaway or a countryside ramble, Oxfordshire is a captivating county. Oxford itself, at the very heart of this rural county, is renowned for its heritage, exquisite architecture, and ancient university. But it’s well worth taking time out time out to explore the surrounding landscapes, enjoy the county’s bustling honey-coloured market towns, discover the film and literary connections or visit beautiful Blenheim Palace.
The first colleges of Oxford were built in the 13th century, but it wasn't until 1878 that women were admitted to the university.
Britain’s most spectacular stately homes
As these photos show, we have some gorgeous grand houses in Britain, from giants such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and Highclere Castle to lesser-known gems
From Downton fantasies to dreams of Mr Darcy, nothing captures the imagination quite like Britain’s beautiful stately homes.
Once solely the proud ancestral seats of royalty and landed gentry, which the rest of us could only peek from afar or working ‘downstairs’, manor houses and country estates across the UK have now opened their doors and their gardens to the public. Architectural wonders, beautiful landscaping, lavish art collections and intriguing tales of visiting royals and secret scandals lie beyond their gates…