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Henley Regatta

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Oxfordshire

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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Wallingford Museum

Wallingford Museum

Attractions include:- The Wallingford Story, a SIGHT & SOUND experience – a walk through time from the Romans and Saxons to the Civil War,...

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  1. Add Wallingford Museum to your Itinerary

    Wallingford Museum

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Waterperry Gardens  to your Itinerary

    Waterperry Gardens

    Type

    Garden Centre

    Location

    Oxford

    Waterperry Gardens
    Eight acre ornamental gardens with a fascinating history, including; Plant Centre, Gift Barn, Gallery, Museum, Teashop and events throughout the year.
     

  5. Add The MG Car Club to your Itinerary

    The MG Car Club

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    Abingdon

    The MG Car Club is the original club for MG owners, based in the heart of MG country, Abingdon in Oxfordshire. We are a not for profit organisation, with eight full time staff and a worldwide membership of 40,000 enthusiasts. We welcome every type of MG, from the very first cars to the very latest...

  6. Add Dorchester-on-Thames to your Itinerary

    Dorchester-on-Thames

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    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Dorchester On Thames

    A charming, riverside, Oxfordshire village five miles from Wallingford, and nine miles from Oxford, Dorchester-on-Thames is steeped in history. Close to an Iron age hillfort, it was formerly a Celtic market centre and a Roman town, but it was the advent of Christianity that truly put...

  7. Add Shipton under Wychwood to your Itinerary

    Shipton under Wychwood

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    Towns & Villages

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    Shipton under Wychwood

    Heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and still a place of mystery, the area was once the ancient Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood, much of which survives. Shipton is the largest of the Wychwoods (the others are Ascott and Milton), each having their own considerable attractions. Shipton has a wide...

  8. 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,...

  9. Add Vintage Days Out to your Itinerary

    Vintage Days Out

    Type

    Event Venue

    Crafting the perfect day out - Enjoy a unique experience enjoying truly elegant travel.

  10. Add Northmoor to your Itinerary

    Northmoor

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Northmoor

    A small village, close to the River Thames, handy for Oxford, and south east of Witney. Tucked away off the beaten track with plenty of walks. The recently restored 14th century church, and the pub provide a village focus.