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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 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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Buscot Park

Buscot Park, Faringdon: Art/Furniture Collections, Beautiful ground and gardens

Buscot Park was built between 1780 and 1783 for Edward Loveden Townsend. In 1859 his great-grandson sold the estate to an Australian tycoon, Robert...

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  1. Add Buscot Park to your Itinerary

    Buscot Park

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    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.

  2. Add Oxfordshire Cotswolds to your Itinerary

    Oxfordshire Cotswolds

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Witney

    Throughout history, visitors have succumbed to the charm of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Steeped in history, rich in heritage and awash with natural beauty, the Oxfordshire Cotswolds is rural England at its very finest.

    A charming blend of bustling market towns, like Burford, Chipping Norton and...

  3. Add Bruern to your Itinerary

    Bruern

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Bruern

    An Abbey is recorded at Bruern as early as 1147. The monastery was small and disreputable even compared to others in the Cotswolds, with a racy history of succession plots, deposed abbots and riots!

  4. Add Finest Hour Experiences to your Itinerary

    Finest Hour Experiences

    Type

    Flying

    Location

    Bicester

    Finest Hour provides luxury gift vouchers and aerobatic flying experiences, which can be redeemed in exchange for flights in its fleet of immaculately-restored aeroplanes; your instructor will be one of the most broadly qualified and experienced pilots there is.

  5. Add Vale and Downland Museum to your Itinerary

    Vale and Downland Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Wantage

    The museum is housed within a converted 16thC cloth merchant's house.

    An interactive auditorium presents the history of the Vale and Downland area. Special collections from across the Vale display the story of Wantage and the rural life of its surrounding countryside.

    The latest...

  6. Add Kelmscott Manor to your Itinerary

    Kelmscott Manor

    Type

    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.

  7. 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,...

  8. Add Oxfordshire to your Itinerary

    Oxfordshire

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Oxford

    Visit Oxfordshire and discover one of the most beautiful English counties, with the most inspiring city at its heart.

  9. Add River & Rowing Museum to your Itinerary

    River & Rowing Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Henley-on-Thames

    A unique, award-winning museum with galleries dedicated to rowing, the River Thames and the town of Henley.

  10. 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...