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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.

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: 

Towns and places to visit in Oxfordshire

For more information about Oxfordshire, including ideas for days out, accommodation and events, browse the counties towns and villages in the list below.

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Thame

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Historic yet contemporary, with superb shops and surrounded by Oxfordshire's exquisite countryside, Thame offers the quintissential market town...

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  1. Add Thame to your Itinerary

    Thame

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    Thame

    Historic yet contemporary, with superb shops and surrounded by Oxfordshire's exquisite countryside, Thame offers the quintessential market town experience.

  2. Add Oxfordshire Cotswolds to your Itinerary

    Oxfordshire Cotswolds

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    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 Spelsbury to your Itinerary

    Spelsbury

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    Spelsbury

    Spelsbury is a small village on the road between Chipping Norton and Charlbury. By the side of the road there is a large canopied water fountain, of honey coloured stone, built in memory of Constantine Augustus Dillon.

  4. Add South Oxfordshire to your Itinerary

    South Oxfordshire

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    Henley on Thames

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

  5. Add Woodstock to your Itinerary

    Woodstock

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    Woodstock

    Woodstock, eight miles north west of Oxford is often visited for two reasons: Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and his grave in nearby Bladon. However, Woodstock has much more to offer...
    It is a fine Georgian town with a distinct Royal heritage, containing many attractive...

  6. Add Ramsden to your Itinerary

    Ramsden

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    Ramsden

    A beautiful and peaceful stone village on the north-east edge of the Cotswolds. Ramsden, meaning 'wild garlic valley', is another ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside either on foot or on bicycle.

  7. Add Cornwell to your Itinerary

    Cornwell

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    Chipping Norton

    Some of the houses in the village are 17C but in 1939 Williams-Ellis, who had designed Portmeirion in north Wales, remodelled all the cottages in Cornwell.

  8. Add Oxford to your Itinerary

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    Whether you're wandering the magnificent corridors of Magdalene College, or looking out over the city from the top of Carfax Tower, Oxford has a knack for captivating its visitors.

  9. Add Faringdon to your Itinerary

    Faringdon

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    Faringdon

    The market town of Faringdon is perched on a golden limestone ridge between two river valleys – the Ock and the Thames – Faringdon enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding area.

  10. Add Henley on Thames to your Itinerary

    Henley on Thames

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    Henley On Thames

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