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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle – Behind the scenes of the real Downton Abbey

Visit Highclere Castle and relive every scene from the Downton Abbey series.

Explore the Castle, learn about the real history and take a walk around the beautiful gardens.

Look around some of the 12 bedrooms in the castle, walk up and down the beautiful stairs and admire the artwork on the walls.

Today, the castle is the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and everyone is welcome to visit.

Highclere Castle is only 15 minutes drive from the hotel.

Photograph courtesy of Highclere Castle.

Bicester Village

Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the ultimate shopping destination. Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, Bicester Village is located in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, only 20 mins away from Oxford.

Find boutiques of leading British and international luxury fashion brands with savings of up to 60%* all year round, including Alexander McQueen, Armani, Bally, Coach, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Saint Laurent Paris, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Valentino and many more.

The Village offers a wide range of services to enhance your visit, including Hands-free Shopping, VIP Lounge, Valet Parking, the award-winning Bicester Visitor Centre, an onsite Tax Refund, currency exchange service, personal shopper, luggage drop and home delivery. The Village has a comprehensive multilingual concierge service and you can also earn miles and rewards with 14 airlines via Frequent Flyer programmes when you shop at Bicester Village.

Spacious boulevards, attentive service and a friendly, unhurried atmosphere combine to offer a truly unique retail experience. So much to enjoy, whether it’s browsing prestigious boutiques, or sampling fine food and drink in the Village’s cafés and restaurants.

Paultons Park

Paultons Park

Paultons Park is the UK’s number one family theme park with over 70 exciting rides and attractions to enjoy.

There are plenty of things to see and do including main attractions such as Peppa Pig World and Jurassic World. There’s plenty of big and small rides, play areas, entertainment and an astonishing collection of animals and birds.

Paultons Park is only 1 hour by car from the Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel.

Photograph courtesy of Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon Canal links London with the Bristol Channel, and passes through spectacular landscapes including Wiltshire and the rolling Cotswolds.

In 1724 the River Kennet was made navigable from Reading to Newbury, and by 1727, boats could reach as far as Bath.

Today, visitors can enjoy boating, walking and cycling along the peaceful towpaths and spend a family weekend at this beautiful waterway.

The Kennet and Avon Canal is only 45 minutes by car from the hotel.

Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse

The racecourse is over 100 years old and combines heritage and history with everything a modern sporting venue can offer.

Offering top quality entertainment over 29 racedays a year, Newbury Racecourse is on of the UK’s leading horse racing venues with a range of contemporary facilities to enjoy during your visit.

Newbury Racecourse is only 20 minutes by car from Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel.


Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The home of Bombay Sapphire Gin, invites you to uncover the secrets of this world famous gin.

Behind the doors of the historic distillery, Laverstoke Mill in rural Hampshire, you can unveil the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire.

Choose and book from an array of exciting distillery experiences, including self-discovery or hosted experiences, and cocktail masterclasses.

Please note, children under 18 (including infants) are not allowed in the gallery while masterclasses are taking place.

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery is only 25 minutes by car from the hotel.