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Abbey House Gardens

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Gardens)

      
Malmesbury Wiltshire England
Description : 

With 1300 years of history, the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden, two saints thrown down the well, and now one of the great gardens of the world. The spirit of the place shines through and could be the best garden visit you ever make.

Where the Cotswold meets the West Country, featured on many TV programmes, this truly spectacular 5 acre garden - which helps to maintain a safe and social distance - beside the 12th century Abbey Church in the centre of Medieval Malmesbury and straddling the River Avon has brought praise from around the world. 

www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk

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 csa 2021


Abbey House Gardens

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Accommodation)

      
Malmesbury Wiltshire England
Description : 

With 1300 years of history, the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden, two saints thrown down the well, and now one of the great gardens of the world. The spirit of the place shines through and could be the best garden visit you ever make.

Where the Cotswold meets the West Country, featured on many TV programmes, this truly spectacular 5 acre garden - which helps to maintain a safe and social distance - beside the 12th century Abbey Church in the centre of Medieval Malmesbury and straddling the River Avon has brought praise from around the world. 

www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk

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 csa 2021


Didcot Railway Centre

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

         
Didcot Oxfordshire England
Description : 

 

In common with other outdoor attractions, Didcot Railway Centre will reopen in mid-April following the Government's announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown. The resumption of activities will see the Centre's popular Steam Days take place at weekends and Wednesdays from 14 April.

Further information about the Centre can be found at www.DidcotRailwayCente.org.uk

 

 

Saint locomotive 299 and a vintage train at Didcot Railway CentreDidcot Railway Centre's unique Great Western Railway "Saint" Class locomotive has received a highly commended accolade in the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards 2020 placing it in the top three restoration and conservation projects nationally.

The locomotive, No. 2999 'Lady of Legend', is a recreation of an iconic type of Great Western steam engine last seen in 1953 when the last of the original examples was scrapped. The £825,000 project was undertaken by a team of dedicated volunteers and took almost 24 years to complete with 2999 taking to the tracks in 2019.

To celebrate, the 2999 will be in steam and working passenger trains on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October as part of the Centre's series of Autumn Steam Days. Visitor numbers are strictly limited and tickets must be booked in advance at DidcotRailwayCentre.org.uk. The "Saints" were the blueprint on which the GWR based their designs for the first half of the 20th century. Examples of subsequent developments can be seen alongside 'Lady of Legend' at Didcot which houses the most extensive collection of locomotives from one railway company anywhere in the world.

Chief Executive, Emma Jhita, said, "This is wonderful news, a real tribute to the hard work and enthusiasm of the team here at Didcot. It is particularly rewarding to be recognised nationally, especially as we're not a conventional museum or gallery."

 

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Didcot Railway Centre

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Museums and Arts)

         
Didcot Oxfordshire England
Description : 

 

In common with other outdoor attractions, Didcot Railway Centre will reopen in mid-April following the Government's announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown. The resumption of activities will see the Centre's popular Steam Days take place at weekends and Wednesdays from 14 April.

Further information about the Centre can be found at www.DidcotRailwayCente.org.uk

 

 

Saint locomotive 299 and a vintage train at Didcot Railway CentreDidcot Railway Centre's unique Great Western Railway "Saint" Class locomotive has received a highly commended accolade in the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards 2020 placing it in the top three restoration and conservation projects nationally.

The locomotive, No. 2999 'Lady of Legend', is a recreation of an iconic type of Great Western steam engine last seen in 1953 when the last of the original examples was scrapped. The £825,000 project was undertaken by a team of dedicated volunteers and took almost 24 years to complete with 2999 taking to the tracks in 2019.

To celebrate, the 2999 will be in steam and working passenger trains on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October as part of the Centre's series of Autumn Steam Days. Visitor numbers are strictly limited and tickets must be booked in advance at DidcotRailwayCentre.org.uk. The "Saints" were the blueprint on which the GWR based their designs for the first half of the 20th century. Examples of subsequent developments can be seen alongside 'Lady of Legend' at Didcot which houses the most extensive collection of locomotives from one railway company anywhere in the world.

Chief Executive, Emma Jhita, said, "This is wonderful news, a real tribute to the hard work and enthusiasm of the team here at Didcot. It is particularly rewarding to be recognised nationally, especially as we're not a conventional museum or gallery."

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180 years after it was incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1835, the Great Western remains Britain's best loved railway. It was built on a heroic scale by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, with a broad gauge, beautiful bridges and sumptuous stations. It served some of the most scenic areas of England and Wales and called itself The Holiday Line. It invented the Cornish Riviera as a tourist destination. In the 20th century the GWR's Cheltenham Flyer was the world's fastest train. Its locomotive policy in the first half of the 20th century was an object lesson in the benefits of standardisation and evolutionary design. With the end of steam on the horizon by the 1940s, the GWR had built a fleet of diesel railcars and experimented with gas turbine locomotives.

Today Didcot Railway Centre encapsulates the long history of the GWR. The replica of the 1840 broad gauge locomotive Fire Fly offers an experience of travel at the beginning of the railway era. The collection of more than 20 standard gauge locomotives from the 1890s to the 1940s include many of the standard classes typified by tapered boilers, copper-capped chimneys and Brunswick green paintwork. They are completed by Didcot's preserved fleet of chocolate and cream carriages. On a steamday you are guaranteed a ride in vintage carriages from the 1930s or 1940s.

But Didcot is much more than a train ride. The original engine shed, built 1932, is an exhibition hall which displays locomotives in their authentic surroundings. As the only complete GWR locomotive depot that has survived, Didcot also has a coal stage and turntable in working order. Within the railway centre, buildings have been brought from around the GWR system and re-erected. These included two signal boxes, one of which is regularly opened with staff to explain how semaphore signalling works. There is a picnic area where you can sit and watch the trains go past.

The railway centre also includes a comprehensive museum of small relics and artifacts from the GWR. These include the colourful posters which decorated stations, an amazing variety of silverware, glass and crockery used in restaurant cars in the age of elegant dining, and the everyday items crafted in brass or steel and marked with the magic initials GWR.

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The entrance to Didcot Railway Centre is at Didcot Parkway railway station on the London to Bristol main line. For information about events, please refer to our website, www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk 

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For further details, please refer to www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk 

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Upton House and Gardens

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

      
Banbury Oxfordshire England
Description : 

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Oxford Country Cottages is a series of luxury 4* self-catering cottages on Lower Farm at the end of the Cotswold village of Noke, a secluded country retreat with the 1000 acre RSPB Otmoor reserve as our neighbour and all just five miles from Oxford centre and Bicester centre.

One, two and three bedroom cottages sleeping up to 24 in total and available for holidays and business short lets throughout the year.

Stunning and tranquil courtyard garden - Jacuzzi Hot Tub and a Wendy House full of toys for the Children with no passing traffic - Green Tourism award -  heated by our biomass boiler - all have access to 1 Gigabit pure fibre optic broadband,

www.oxfordcountrycottages.co.uk