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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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Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor

The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames. William Morris...

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  1. Add Kelmscott Manor to your Itinerary

    Kelmscott Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Lechlade

    The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames.

  2. Add South Oxfordshire to your Itinerary

    South Oxfordshire

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Henley on Thames

    South Oxfordshire is an area full of natural beauty, picturesque villages, shops to browse and places to stay and to eat.

  3. 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...

  4. Add Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre to your Itinerary

    Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Moreton In Marsh

    Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collections.

    Enjoy early colour from snowdrops, spring-flowering bulbs and Japanese flowering cherries; escape the heat under the tree canopy in summer and prepare to be amazed by the outstanding autumn colour! You’ll find...

  5. Add Buscot Park to your Itinerary

    Buscot Park

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    A late-18thC country house with landscaped formal park and gardens. House contains the Faringdon Collection of paintings, sculpture and furniture.

  6. Add Charlbury to your Itinerary

    Charlbury

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Charlbury

    Charlbury, set in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, grew from a small clearing in the Wychwood Forest to become a prosperous market town, due largely to its reputation as a glove making centre during the 18th and 19th centuries.

  7. Add Wallingford Museum to your Itinerary

    Wallingford Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Wallingford

    Wallingford Museum is a colourful, delightfully intimate and family friendly local history museum, housed on two floors of this medieval oak-beamed building in the heart of Wallingford in Oxfordshire.

  8. Thames Path National Trail

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location

    Old Station Way, Eynsham

    On its way the Trail passes through peaceful water meadows rich in wildlife, historic towns and cities such as Oxford, Henley and Windsor, many lovely villages and some of the best known landmarks of London.

  9. Add Pendon Museum to your Itinerary

    Pendon Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Long Wittenham

    At Pendon we aim to recapture, in detailed and colourful miniature, scenes showing the beauty of the English countryside as it used to be in the years around 1930.

    Realistically modelled cottages , farms, fields and lanes recall the peaceful country ways of that period. Cavalcades of trains,...