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The cultural capital of Oxfordshire is Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires and there are plenty 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?

Places to visit in Oxfordshire

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 places to visit in Oxfordshire, see our interactive map of Oxfordshire detailing the county's towns and villages.

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

For things to do in Oxford, Bicester, Banbury, Henley-on-Thames and other Oxfordshire towns, browse our pick of the best attractions below or find a more comprehensive list of what to do and places to go at the bottom of the page.

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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 places to stay in Oxfordshire, the county has it all if 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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  1. Bodleian Libraries

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

    The Bodleian is a working library & part of the University of Oxford. It is housed in remarkable buildings which form the historic heart of the University, & has been seen in TV shows such as Inspector Morse, & films such as Harry Potter.

  2. Thame

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    THAME

    Thame, a thriving market town at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, is just 14 miles from Oxford. Its historic centre has a vibrant High Street; host regular events – from festivals to traditional market days; and features in Midsomer Murders

  3. Churchill

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    Chipping Norton

    This small village has some fine buildings and is known locally for its independent furniture workshops. Among its attractions are the church, modelled on various Oxford buildings, a memorial to William Smith and a Victorian fountain.

  4. Oxford Castle & Prison

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Oxford

    Explore the 1,000-year history of Oxford Castle & Prison. Step back in time with our costumed guided tours and listen to fascinating stories as they are brought to life. Discover the great tales of Empress Matilda, the curse of Rowland Jenkes, and…

  5. Kilkenny Lane Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Carterton

    Set within 50 acres Kilkenny Lane Country Park is an ideal location for playing, walking, jogging, or simply relaxing with a picnic. There are 2.5km of paths (suitable for wheelchair access) and bridleways, as well as an adventure play area

  6. Farmer Gow's

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    Farm

    Faringdon

    Farmer Gow’s ~ the ‘favourite place on earth’ for lots of its young visitors.

  7. Stonor Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Henley-on-Thames

    Stunning images of this ancient home and, deer park and beautiful gardens with information on opening times, prices and seasonal events

  8. VisitOxfordTours.com

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    Sightseeing

    Oxford

    Oxford city & university walking & cycle tours or book bespoke themed tours. Many guides are actors or local alumni, who share their passion for Oxford with you via fun anecdotes.

  9. Thames Path National Trail

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    Walking Tour

    Oxford

    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.

  10. Wallingford

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    Historic Site

    Wallingford

    A market town bursting with history and independent charm. It was a former site of one of England’s most impressive citadels and is well known for its medieval bridge and historic buildings. In more recent years Wallingford is recognised for its…

  11. Burford

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    Burford

    With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, the town was originally a fortified…

  12. 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.

  13. Brightwell Vineyard

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    Vineyard

    WALLINGFORD

    Brightwell Vineyard was first planted in the late 1980's and acquired by its present owners in 2000. It covers 16 acres and grows 8 varieties of grape including Bacchus, Chardonnay, Huxelrebe, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir.

  14. Dorchester-on-Thames

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    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…

  15. Oxfordshire

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    Oxford

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

  16. Moulsford on Thames

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    Towns & Villages

    Originally in Berkshire, this small Thames-side village was transferred to Oxfordshire in 1974 and is now part of South Oxfordshire.

  17. North Oxfordshire

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    Towns & Villages

    Located at the heart of middle England, North Oxfordshire boasts a landscape of rolling countryside, the thriving market towns of Banbury and Bicester, picturesque thatch topped villages, and a wide range of good quality overnight accommodation and a

  18. Wallingford

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    Towns & Villages

    Wallingford

    A market town bursting with history and independent charm. It was a former site of one of England’s most impressive citadels and is well known for its medieval bridge and historic buildings. In more recent years Wallingford is recognised for its…

  19. The MG Car Club

    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…

  20. Broughton Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Banbury


    Broughton Castle is essentially a family home lived in by Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family. The original
    medieval manor house, of which much remains today, was built in about 1300 by Sir John de Broughton.

    It stands on an island…

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