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Things to do in Oxfordshire & The Cotswolds

The cultural capital of Oxfordshire is Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires and there are pltny of tourist attractions to enjoy on days out. With its honey-coloured stone architecture, noble lawns and prestigious colleges, the unchanging beauty of this city will always dominate the county.

Learning and exploring are synonymous with this city, even for tourists. Why not start with a guided walking tour around the city that focuses on literature, film, geography and culture? With countless city locations being used as the backdrop for television and film sets from Morse to Harry Potter, you may get a feeling of déjà vu. Oxfordshire is also home to several points of interest used for filming in the The hit ITV drama Downton Abbey including Bampton and Greys Court. Download a PDF guide to follow in the footsteps of the Crawley family.

In the north of Oxfordshire the lush and fertile Cherwell Valley is centred on the lovely town of Banbury, where you can really see a fine lady upon a white horse - or a statue of her, anyway. It's just one of the bustling market towns that punctuate a journey through Oxfordshire. For more information on the county's towns and villages, see our interactive map of Oxfordshire.

Things to do in Oxfordshire this weekend

Many of Oxfordshire's tourist attractions are open all year round so find something to do today with activities listings each showing a map and opening times for your convenience. Or why not browse our Oxfordshire events guide to find out what's happening this week.

Top 11 things to do in Oxfordshire

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With picturesque villages, breathtaking natural scenery, a world-renowned university city and over 6,000 years of history, if you're looking for fantastic days out, Oxfordshire has it all, and can even accommodate you if, like many others, you find yourself wanting more time to explore: 

List of things to do & places to visit for days out in Oxfordshire

For more information about Oxfordshire, including ideas for days out, accommodation and events, browse the county's things to do and towns and villages in the list below. Use the 'map view' button to find something near you.

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Stonor Park

Stonor Study

Close to Henley on Thames, Marlow and a stone’s throw from London, is the ancient home of the Stonor family, dating back to the twelfth century, this...

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  1. Add Stonor Park to your Itinerary

    Stonor Park

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Henley-on-Thames

    Close to Henley on Thames, Marlow and a stone’s throw from London, is the ancient home of the Stonor family, dating back to the twelfth century, this has been their family home for over 850 years.

  2. Add Crocodiles of the World to your Itinerary

    Crocodiles of the World

    Type

    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Location

    Carterton


    Come and join us on a great day out with photo opportunities, feeding displays, crocodile talks and much more. Not to mention meeting all the amazing crocodiles, alligators and caimans.
    Highlights include:
    Meet all 12 crocodile species - including rare Siamese crocs
    Underwater viewing...

  3. Add Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway to your Itinerary

    Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Location

    Chinnor


    We are a standard gauge railway operating both steam and diesel hauled train services from our station at Chinnor in Oxfordshire. It operates part of the old Great Western Railway branch line which ran between Princes Risborough (Buckinghamshire) and Watlington (Oxfordshire).

  4. Add Fulbrook to your Itinerary

    Fulbrook

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Burford

    A short distance from Burford, the village overlooks the Windrush valley. The parish church is Norman, showing traces of earlier Saxon work. There is a fine yew tree in the churchyard with a girth of over 19ft and almost 1,000 years old!

  5. Add Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra to your Itinerary

    Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    Type

    Music Hall

    Location

    Kennington, Oxford

    The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in the UK. Praised as ‘excellent’ by Gramophone Magazine and ‘thoroughly impressive’ by BBC Music Magazine, the Orchestra’s reputation is based on the uncompromising artistic standards of its founder and Music Director, Marios...

  6. Te Lo Cuento De Camino Ltd

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location

    Oxford

    Discover with our guide why Oxford is known as the city of draming spires, the history of the university, how it works, the requirements to get in and its most famous students through their colleges. But not just Oxford University, also anecdotes, legends and customs along its streets, theatres,...

  7. Add The Beacon to your Itinerary

    The Beacon

    Type

    Theatre

    Location

    Wantage

    The Beacon is illuminating Wantage through the culture, leisure and entertainment.
    As a vibrant gathering place for the local community, we offer a varied programme of live events from cinema, music, theatre and comedy to a regular activity timetable of classes and workshops.

  8. Add Walk the Landscape to your Itinerary

    Walk the Landscape

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location

    Oxfordshire Cotswolds

    Walk the Landscape is a family company, based near Banbury, providing walking holidays and hiking tours in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire and the Heart of England.

  9. Add Cogges Manor Farm Museum to your Itinerary

    Cogges Manor Farm Museum

    Type

    Farm

    Location

    Witney

    The Cotswold stone farm buildings grouped around the farmyard and the manor house beyond provide a tranquil setting that belies its proximity to Witney’s bustling town centre.

  10. North Oxfordshire

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Located at the heart of middle England, North Oxfordshire boasts a landscape of rolling countryside, the thriving market towns of Banbury and Bicester, picturesque thatch topped villages, and a wide range of good quality overnight accommodation and a