Here is our pick of local places to visit and things to do while visiting The Maytime Inn
Burford – Often referred to as the ‘gateway’ to The Cotswolds, Burford is a beautiful small medieval town only 3 miles away from The Maytime Inn. With its famous High Street sweeping downhill towards the River Windrush, the town has over 12 pubs, multiple cafés and coffee shops, and unique boutiques and gift shops. The town is a must-see while you’re staying with us.
Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford – Located 2 miles outside of Burford, Cotswold Wildlife Park exhibits over 260 species of animal, set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens. The park’s collection of animals includes large mammals such as giraffe, tapir, camels, and the Asiatic lion. Visit http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk to plan your visit.
Upton Smokery, Burford – Just past Burford off the A40 is the Upton Smokery which specialises in smoked meat, fish, biltong, seasonings, and many more delicious treats to indulge in during your stay and to take home with you as souvenirs https://www.uptonsmokery.co.uk
Bibury – A charming, quintessential Cotswold village located on the River Coln, a 20-minute drive from The Maytime Inn. Known for its honey-coloured 17th century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs, which once housed local weavers, and its trout farm.
Stow-on-the-Wold – Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns, situated on top of a 800 foot hill at the junction of seven main roads through the Cotswolds, including the Fosse Way, a road of Roman origin. It is a large market town with multiple pubs, cafes, and independent shops. A great town to idle the hours away and only a 20 minute drive from The Maytime Inn.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock – Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock located 15 miles from The Maytime Inn, towards Oxford. It is the principal residence of the Duke of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace has vast, stunning parkland to walk around and a number of man-made lakes to admire, while not forgetting the impressive Palace itself which used to be the home of Winston Churchill.
Bicester Designer Shopping Village – Discounted designer shopping at its best with many famous designer labels such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Lululemon, Michael Kors, Mulberry, Stella McCartney, and Temperley London to name only a few. Located in Bicester, only 24 miles from The Maytime Inn https://www.tbvsc.com/bicester-village/en
Oxford – The famous university city of Oxford is a 35 minute drive from The Maytime Inn, with its dreaming spires, and 38 historical colleges. Things to do in Oxford include visiting the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, strolling through the Botanical Gardens, hiring a boat and punting along The Thames, watching a performance at the Oxford Playhouse, taking afternoon tea at The Randolph, or simply indulging your shopping habits in the newly-built Westgate Centre.
Broadway – Often referred to as ‘The Jewel of The Cotswolds’ Broadway is located in Worcestershire, a 40 minute drive away from The Maytime Inn, at the base of Fish Hill on the Western Cotswold escarpment. The village has a number of independent cafes, pubs, boutiques, gift shops, and an incredible deli to peruse. There are stunning walks around Fish Hill which overlooks the Vale of Evesham one side and the Vale of Chipping Camden on the other, and is topped by the famous Broadway Tower, known as the Highest Little Castle in the Cotswolds.
The Cotswold Distillery, Shipston on Stour – This distillery is the producer of The Maytime Inn’s house gin; a delectable, refreshing, London dry-style gin which is perfectly complimented with bay leaf and fresh grapefruit. The distillery was established in 2014 and is one of only six distilleries in England producing whisky. Pre-booked tours of the distillery are available three times a day, seven days a week, and gin and whisky blending classes are also available for any buddy distillers amongst you *please check the Cotswold Distillery website to understand their current operating hours during the covid-19 pandemic* https://www.cotswoldsdistillery.com
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe – With a fascinating history that spans over 1000 years, 10 magnificent gardens, and an estate located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this 15th Century castle is located in the picturesque village of Winchcombe near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, a 40 minute drive from The Maytime Inn.
Cheltenham – Home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, 4 days of horse jump racing culminating in the Gold Cup, held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse. It has many Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, remnant of its past as a spa town. A great town for the shopaholics amongst you with many of the popular, large, high street brands available. Approximately a 45 minute drive from The Maytime Inn.