Things To Do

There are many things to do locally which are suitable for people of all ages. Here are just a few places you could visit when staying with Chilton Apartments & Cottages!

Oxford – (14 miles from Chilton/20 mins by car) perhaps the most famous University city in the world. Oxford is steeped in history and boasts magnificent architecture.

Blenheim Palace Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford (24 miles north of Chilton/40 mins by car) is Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace and is considered Britain’s greatest palace. Well worth a visit if the weather’s fine. And the beautiful, historic town of Woodstock is a delight too.

Roman City of Bath – (66 miles from Chilton/1-hour drive) Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions.

Stonehenge – (52 miles from Chilton/ 1.5 hours by car) This world-famous stone monument was erected around 2500 BC.

The Cotswolds – (40 miles from Chilton/1 hour by car) Well-known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), sleepy villages and for being so ‘typically English’.

Cotswolds Wildlife Park – An enjoyable day out for the family.

Windsor Castle - (38 miles from Chilton/1 hour by car) The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

Stratford – (70 miles from Chilton/1 hour 20 mins by car) Get a taste of Olde England at Sir William Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Also within close proximity to Chilton:-

The Living Rainforest - Ideal for families if you have an hour or two to spare. Parents will like the tropical plants and exotic birds, while the kids will love the tarantulas, scorpions and crocodiles! It’s well worth a visit, especially if the weather isn’t great and it’s only 8 miles from Chilton.

The Living Rainforest is open daily, with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. They open at 10.00 am and close at 5.00pm. Last visitors are admitted at 4.30pm each day.

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, RG18 0TN

Tel. 01635 202444

Pendon Museum - This indoor model village and railway recaptures the English countryside as it was in the 1930s. It is mainly open weekends between 2.00 pm and 5.30pm, as well as some weekdays during holiday periods. The museum volunteers have been painstakingly developing the models since 1954! The attention to detail is quite amazing and you don’t have to be a model railway enthusiast to appreciate it. Again, it’s ideal for a bad-weather day and is also only 8 miles from Chilton.

Pendon Museum, High Street, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QD

Tel. 01865 407365

White Horse Hill - Near Uffington village on the Berkshire Downs is perhaps the most well-known prehistoric chalk hill figure in the world. The Bronze Age horse has been shown to date back some 5,000 years. You can get great views of the county from the hill on a clear day. It’s well signposted and located some 13 miles from Chilton and 6 miles west of Wantage off the B4057.

Didcot Railway Centre - Located next to Didcot Parkway Station, 4.5 miles from Chilton. You can experience what it was like to travel on a steam train and enjoy the luxury of the 1930s Great Western Railway. There are interactive consoles for kids with practical explanations about steam power. You can also get a meal in the restaurant. Open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year and daily through the summer & school holidays.

Didcot Railway Centre, Station Road, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7NJ
Tel. 01235 817 200

Natural History Museum - Oxford - Located on Parks Road, near Oxford city centre, this is surely one of the greatest museums on Earth. Don’t miss it if you’re visiting the area! The museum building alone is simply magnificent but once you step inside you are presented with an incredible array of artifacts from the planet’s history. These include dinosaurs, dodos and giant crabs, as well as meteorites older than the Earth itself!  The Museum is particularly good for kids. who are encouraged to locate items on organised trails. Next door is the equally famous Pitt Rivers Museum with its shrunken heads! The Natural History Museum is open everyday from 10am-5pm and it is free to enter.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW Tel. 01865 272950

Avebury – (43 miles from Chilton/ 1 hour drive) Approximately 5,000 years old, this is one of the finest and largest Neolithic monuments in Europe.

Legoland – (38 miles from Chilton/1 hour by car)

Other activities

For very young children there is an indoor adventure playground (9 miles from Chilton). Snakes & Ladders, Audlett Drive, Abingdon OX14 3NJ

There is a swimming pool in Didcot (4.5 miles) which is open daily, though please check for opening times.  Didcot Wave, Newlands Avenue, Didcot OX11 8NX tel. +44(0)1235 819888.

There is also a cinema in Didcot which is 5 miles from Chilton. Cineworld 27 Station Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NE           Tel. +44(0)871 200 2000

For iceskaters, the nearest rink is the Oxford Ice Rink, Oxpens Road, Oxford OX1 1RX Tel: 0844 8933 222

Outlet shopping

Bicester Village – (30 miles from Chilton/ 40 mins by car) 130 designer outlet boutiques open all year round.