As a Birthday Break we headed to Oxford and took in all the sights during our 4 night stay. On the way down we paused at Kelmscott Manor before arriving at the AirBnB on Osney Island, Oxford. On Sunday we had an 'extended' Extended Tour of thee Bodleian Library and Reading Rooms which also included Duke Hunfrey's Medieval library, Divinity Hall, Convocation House and Radcliffe Camera. Over the next three days we also managed to visit the Ashmolean Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Carfax Tower, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Blackwells Bookshop, the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford Castle, the Covered Market and the Botanical Gardens with lots of nice dining in the evenings. On our way home we stayed over for one night in the Priest House at Coln Rogers and took a leisurely drive up through the Cotswolds, with visits to Chastleton House and the Rollright Stones along the way.
We stopped at Croome Park (NT) on way down to Bristol for a long bank holiday weekend. Whilst there we walked the city and saw plenty of street art, enjoyed the market, an exhibition on bones/skeletons, the SS Great Britain, Cabot Tower, Everyman Cinema, Clifton Observatory & Bridge and finished up with a trip to Tyntesfield (NT)
The ancient moated site of Astley Castle holds unequivocally modern living accommodation clasped within the shell of the Castle. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the huge living room and kitchen look out over Astley’s former collegiate church and into beautiful internal courts formed by ruined spaces.Landmark Trust
A lovely weekend with Jon, Lesley, Myles and Steph. Had a Day trip to Warwick Castle with fun in the castle dungeon tour. The falconry display was also very entertaining. Plus we got to carve some pumpkins and play CodeNames which the kids seemed to love.