Visiting Denman is an experience in itself, but it pays rich dividends to leave some time to get out and about too. 


Nestled in lush, green Oxfordshire countryside, in the picturesque village of Marcham, Denman is the perfect base for exploring this quintessentially British county. With the historic market town of Abingdon just 3 miles away, the breathtaking University City of Oxford 8 miles away, and the entirety of the rambling Cotswolds practically on your doorstep, Denman offers far more than just great courses and its own extensive grounds.


Oxford, of course, is replete with attractions, from the historic university colleges themselves to the Ashmolean museum, the Bodleian Library and the recently ‘unlocked’ Oxford Castle. So whether you want to walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps, take the Lewis Carroll ‘Alice’ tour, or experience pre-Raphaelite Oxford, there’s something for everyone. Denman’s Lifestyle roster features several Oxford-themed courses for those who want to delve deeper into the city’s treasures.


Abingdon boasts the Abingdon Museum, with its local history display, exhibitions and displays of contemporary craftwork, as well as the nearby Milton Manor House, a 17th century Inigo Jones building with chapel, gardens and displays of porcelain and teapots. Historic Blenheim Palace is also reachable from Denman, and nearby Didcot features the Didcot Railway Centre, a living museum of the Great Western Railway. 


Or, if you’d prefer just to ramble under your own steam, there are numerous walks to enjoy in and around Denman itself. Roam (or jog, if you’re so inclined) the grounds or wander further afield into the surrounding countryside. Learning at Denman is inspirational, and so are its surroundings.


Local Attractions


Abingdon County Hall Museum - Reopened in July 2012 with a new permanent exhibition on the history of Abingdon-on-Thames.


The Ashmolean - Oxford's famous museum of art and archeaology.


Blenheim Palace - A World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.


The Bodleian Library - The main research library of the University of Oxford and one of the oldest libraries in Europe.


Didcot Railway Centre - Offering a unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway


Greys Court - The picturesque 16th-century mansion and tranquil gardens were home to the Brunner family until recent years.


Highclere Castle - Highclere Castle, or Downton Abbey as it is more commonly known, is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.


Oxford Castle - The secrets of the site’s history are unlocked to reveal tales of murder. romance, betrayal and execution...



LAST UPDATED: 15 February 2013.

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