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
- Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
- Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot
- Finest Hour Experiences, Wallingford
- Pendon Museum, nr Abingdon
- Bill Spectre's Ghost Tours, Oxford
- Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames
- Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
- Bicester Village Shopping Outlet, Bicester
- River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames
- Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton
- Farmer Gow's, Faringdon
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:
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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.