Things to do near Brackley
Day Out With The Kids have found lots fun things fun things to do near Brackley for you and the family to discover, including zoos and wildlife parks, tourist attractions and tours and river cruises. What’s more, the weather shouldn’t be a problem – many of the attractions are indoor. Finding the right day out near Brackley for your family is easy – click the link below to plan your next adventure.
Towcester Race Course
Set in beautiful parkland in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, Towcester Racecourse is ideal for a picturesque walk, corporate events or simply a day out at the races. Its £7.5 million conference centre provides excellent facilities.
Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. A true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens. Ride the miniature train to The Pleasure Gardens, a dedicated family area that offers a giant hedge maze, butterfly house and adventure playground. Buy one day, get 12 months free so you can keep coming back to explore all that there is on offer.
The home of British motorsport, Silverstone is famous around the world for its heritage and has hosted some of the most memorable races in history. Silverstone is also renowned for its world class facilities, and even when there aren’t events taking place it’s well worth a visit for track days, corporate entertainment or just taking a look around. With the track practically on our doorstep, Elm Tree is ideal for Silverstone accommodation all year round.
Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. It regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The official historian of World War II British Intelligence has written that the “Ultra” intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. Located in Milton Keynes, Bletchley Park is now a flourishing heritage attraction.
Stowe Landscape Gardens
The breathtaking Stowe Landscape Gardens have inspired writers, philosophers, artists and thinkers since the 18th Century, and continue to do so today. Acquired in the 1980s by the National Trust, the gardens have been restored to their former glory with over 40 temples and monuments amid a glorious backdrop of lakes, valleys and plantlife. At Stowe there’s something to see all year round.
One of the most picturesque cities in Britain, with examples of architecture dating from every period back to the Saxons, Oxford contains plenty of things to see and do and is a wonderful place in which to spend a day. Whilst Oxford contains plenty of heritage, it is also a thoroughly modern city, making it ideal for shopping trips or simply having a walk round.
Stratford Upon Avon
Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside on the banks of the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. There is plenty of culture and heritage here, as well as traditional pubs in which to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.
Warwick is known as the finest medieval castle in England. Located a 40-minute drive from Elm Tree Farm, it encapsulates over 1000 years of English history. There are ramparts, battlements and even a dungeon and torture chamber: all absolutely authentic and in excellent condition. Displays include medieval weaponry and a waxwork display of a weekend party circa 1898. The grounds, including Peacock and Rose gardens, are especially popular. Numerous events are held each year, including the Medieval Festival, Flight of the Eagle and Meet the Castle Craftsmen.
Set in the heart of the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside, Claydon House offers plenty of heritage and things to see. Built in Georgian times, Claydon House has gorgeous interiors and military associations going back hundreds of years, with Florence Nightingale being one of its more famous regular visitors.
Built in 1635, Rousham and its beautiful landscape gardens are a must-see for scholars of the work of William Kent (1685-1748), one of the pioneers of English landscape architecture. The gardens remain almost as he left them. Great for long walks and picnics amid stunning surroundings.
A settlement has existed at Stow-on-the-Wold since the Iron Age, and today it is a picturesque town with a population of 2000 people. With a steam railway, historic architecture and plenty of shops and tea rooms, Stow-on-the-Wold is a quintessential English town set in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Wicksteed Park is a great day out for all the family, with rides and attractions as well as scenic walks and the tranquillity of a historic grade II country park. From log flumes to nature reserves, there is enough at Wicksteed Park to keep everyone occupied.
As recently as 1967, Milton Keynes was just a small village in Buckinghamshire. Today it is a large town with all sorts of facilities, amenities and things to do. From shopping and indoor ski slopes to theatres and stately homes, Milton Keynes provides plenty of activities for everyone.
Set in 14,000 acres of gorgeous Northamptonshire countryside, Althorp House has been home to the Spencer family for over 500 years. Indeed, the late Diana, Princess of Wales is buried in the estate. With 19 rooms to explore including one of Europe’s finest collections of furniture and artworks amid tranquil surroundings, Althorp House offers much to do.
Bicester Village is renowned as a shopping destination in which you can indulge in a spot of retail therapy. Just 14 miles away from Elm Tree and with over 130 boutique shops selling designer goods, there’s plenty to explore and plenty of things to buy.
Waddesdon Manor is a national trust country house in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, England. It is located in the Aylesbury Vale, 6.6 miles (10.6 km) west of Aylesbury. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French châteaubetween 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild as a weekend residence for grand entertaining.
Rookery Open Farm is a safe and clean environment, created on this commercial sheep and cattle farm for families to enjoy themselves whilst learning about farming methods. Attractions include the lambing and calving season, a large pets’ corner full of waterfowl area, pigmy goats, baby calves incubator hatching, two bouncy castles, miniature tractors, outdoor play area with loads of fun equipment, an indoor soft play and undercover sand pit and go karts!
Walking – Everywhere!
Elm Tree is located in picturesque Northamptonshire, and as such there are limitless opportunities for walks in the countryside. Visit the Walking in England website, or simply talk to us to find out more.
Brackley was historically a market town based on the wool and lace trade. A highlight must be the fascinating antique cellar, packed with antiques, furniture, jewellery, homeware and collectables. It has connections with Formula 1 as it is close to Silverstone and home to the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.
Buckingham, which is twinned with Mouvaux, France was declared the county town of Buckinghamshire in the 10th century. It has a variety of restaurants and pubs, typical of a small market town, as well as number of local shops, where you could easily lose half a day browsing their goods. Market days are Tuesday and Saturday and the Swan Pool has a great heated baby pool for the little ones.
Banbury is a market town on the River Cherwell in Oxfordshire. It is a significant commercial and retail centre for the surrounding area, which is predominantly rural. Banbury is home to the world’s largest coffee-processing facility (Jacobs Douwe Egberts), built in 1964. The town is famed for Banbury cakes – similar to Eccles cakes but oval in shape as well as the nursery rhyme “Ride a cock horse to Banbury cross”. There’s a great swimming pool and large soft play for the kids.
In Stoke Bruerne you will find the Blisworth Tunnel, historic locks and bridges, a weighing machine, winding hole and traditional canal pubs – all the features of a living canal village. Nearly all the homes and buildings in the village have been here 200 years or more. Little has changed since the heyday of Britain’s canals, between the early and mid-1800s. The two village pubs have a long heritage, with The Boat Inn having been established in 1807, and the Navigation Inn in 1822. Both were built to support the new trade bought by the canal.