Vanbrugh House



Fancy feeling like royalty during your next trip to Oxford? Our Oxford hotel has got you covered! Not only is Vanbrugh House Hotel the epitome of luxury, but Oxford itself is a history that’s steeped in rich history and royalty-inspired things to do. 

Visit Blenheim Palace

Located in Woodstock, just a short 20-minute drive away from our hotel, you’ll find the stunning Blenheim Palace. This beautiful country house boasts an impressive 12,000 acres and is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its impressive grounds. The palace was the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, so is a great place to visit if you’re a keen historian. You can also experience how royalty might have lived years ago by exploring some of the palace state rooms and booking a tour of the house. 

The palace is open daily from 10:30am-4:45pm, while the park opens from 9am-6pm. 

You can plan your visit over on their website.

Explore Christ Church College 

The Christ Church College is arguably one of the most iconic buildings in Oxford. But did you know it’s also deeply connected to the Royal Family? Having been founded over 500 years ago, it was taken over by King Henry the Eighth back in 1556. His involvement in the college has ensured that it’s stayed connected with the Royal Family over the years, with various members staying and being educated there. Today, you can book to visit inside the college for £16 per person, or you can explore the gardens for free.

Plan your visit and learn more here

Discover Oxford Castle

If you’re looking to step back in time then a visit to Oxford Castle is a must! Initially, the castle was used for defence to stop intruders invading the city. Most of the castle was destroyed during the English Civil War when royalists made Oxford their capital. Later on, it was restored and turned into a prison, which saw men, women and even children reprimanded for their crimes. It’s said to be haunted by many of the prisoners, and is thought to be one of the most haunted buildings in the UK!

You can tour the castle and prison to learn more about its royal history and the prisoners who occupied the cells. To learn more about how to book your place, please visit their website.

Have an afternoon tea at The Grand Cafe

What better way to feel like royalty than by enjoying a traditional afternoon tea? The Grand Cafe offers the most famous and opulent cream teas in Oxford, having been established since 1650. Inside the cafe, you can soak up the indulgent interior, including marble pillars and gold leaf decoration. The afternoon tea itself consists of delicious treats such as sandwiches, petit fours and scones. 

To view the menu or enquire about their afternoon tea packages, please visit here

Visit the Oxford Botanical Garden 

For a right royal day out, look no further than the Oxford Botanical Garden. It’s the oldest botanical garden in England and was founded back in 1621. It’s now home to more than 5,000 plant species and features exhibits such as the Arboretum and plenty of trails to explore. You can pack yourself an afternoon tea picnic and pretend you’re in Bridgerton as you take in your surroundings!

The Oxford Botanical Gardens is open daily from 10am-5pm and costs £6.30 for an adult ticket. Learn more over on their website

We hope that our blog has given you inspiration for your royal-inspired trip to Oxford!

If you’re looking for more attractions to see and do while you’re here, check out our blog.

To book your next staycation at Vanbrugh House Hotel you can check availability here.

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