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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.

Accommodation

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. City Sightseeing

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    Trips & Tours

    Oxford

    Open top bus tours of Oxford and the Historic University. Tickets valid all day. All major sights covered. Live guides.

     

  2. 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...

  3. Priory Cottages

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    Historic House / Palace

    Steventon

    Former monastic buildings converted to 2 houses. The south cottage contains the Great Hall of the original priory.

  4. Bill Spectre's Ghost Trails

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    Walking Tour

    Oxford

    You are hereby cordially invited to join Bill Spectre on a Theatrical tour of Oxford’s ghosts. Public tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Private group bookings in Oxford, Burford and Woodstock available at other times by arrangement. For a dinner event...

  5. Farnborough Hall

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    Farnborough, Banbury

    National Trust Property.
    Home of the Holbech family since 1684, reconstructed in the early 18th Century. William Holbech enjoyed a protracted grand tour 1730 - 1745 when he collected paintings and ancient sculpture.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. Pendon Museum

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    Museum

    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...

  10. Charlbury

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    Charlbury

    Charlbury, set in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, grew from a small clearing in the Wychwood Forest to become a prosperous market town, due largely to its reputation as a glove making centre during the 18th and 19th centuries.

  11. Faringdon

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    Faringdon

    The market town of Faringdon in Oxfordshire is perched on a golden limestone ridge between two river valleys. Find things to do and nearby events

  12. Nuffield Place

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    Historic House / Palace

    Henley-on-Thames

    From 1933 to 1963, Nuffield Place was the home of William Morris, Lord Nuffield.

    Built in 1914, it was enlarged in 1933 for Lord Nuffield, and is a rare survival of a complete, upper-middle class home of the 1930s. It retains the majority of...

  13. VisitOxfordTours.com

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    Walking Tour

    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.

  14. River & Rowing Museum

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    Museum

    Henley-on-Thames

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

  15. Oxford

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    Towns & Villages

    This ancient university city is both timeless and modern, with plenty of things to do, lively arts venues, bustling shops and fashionable restaurants

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Salters Steamers Ltd Boat Sales

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    Marinas and Services

    Oxford


    Salters Steamers are one of the longest established firms on the River Thames. They are the only company to operate services on the entire 76 miles of Upper-Thames, from Oxford down to Staines (including such famous places as Reading, Henley and...

  19. Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre

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    Garden

    Moreton In Marsh

    Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collections. Enjoy early colour from snowdrops, spring-flowering bulbs and Japanese flowering cherries; escape the heat under the tree canopy in summer and prepare to be amazed...

  20. Northmoor

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    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.

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