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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. Ramsden

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    Towns & Villages

    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.

  2. Buscot Old Parsonage

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    Historic House / Palace

    Faringdon

    An early 18thC house of Cotswold stone, set on the banks of the Thames and with a small garden.

  3. Saint Michael at the North Gate Saxon Tower

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

    Oxford's oldest building, boasting the oldest stained glass in Oxford. Associated with William Shakespeare, William Morris and Charles I.

  4. Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    Oxford

    The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is a museum displaying many of the University's natural history specimens.

  5. Deddington Antique Centre

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    Shop / Shopping Centre

    Deddington, nr. Banbury

    Nestling within the historic village of Deddington, this 18th century listed building houses an 'aladdins cave' of antique treasures on four floors.

  6. Ardington House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Wantage

    Home of the Baring family. Early 18thC beautifully symmetrical house with unusually fine brickwork. The entrance is dominated by the Imperial staircase.

  7. Cotswold Woollen Weavers

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    Shop / Shopping Centre

    Filkins

    The splendid 18th century buildings, in the idyllic setting of the tranquil village of Filkins, house the design studio, mill shop and gallery, textile museum and coffee shop.

    The beautiful cloth is traditionally woven, with textures and colours...

  8. Oxford Playhouse

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    Theatre

    Oxford

    Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy,...

  9. Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

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    Music Hall

    Kennington, Oxford

    The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in the UK. Praised as ‘excellent’ by Gramophone Magazine and ‘thoroughly impressive’ by BBC Music Magazine, the Orchestra’s reputation is based on the uncompromising artistic...

  10. The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

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    Museum

    Oxford

    A rich collection of historical woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, over a dozen historical keyboard instruments. A complete bow-maker's workshop.

  11. The Oxford Shakespeare Company

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    Theatre

    Oxford


    We bring you Shakespeare’s most musical of comedies As You Like It; a tale of Toffs in the woods, apparently on holiday!

    A story of the battles of love, language, justice and court v country, this is one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies,...

  12. Ashmolean Museum

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    Museum

    Oxford

    Collection of art and archaeology, from ancient Egypt to the 20thC. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, silver, glass and coins, plus art from the Far East.

  13. Ex(c)iting Game

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Oxford

    The games, provided by Ex(c)iting Game are suitable for almost all ages. If you would like an unusual, exciting hour while you are staying in Oxford, you must visit us and we will guarantee you an hour of unique excitement.

    Family program,...

  14. Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Burford

    One of Oxfordshire’s top attractions and one of the most beautiful zoological collections in the country is Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. Get eye-to-eye with Giraffe, Walk with lemurs or watch rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns.

  15. Heyford Wharf

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Lower Heyford, Bicester

    Just 20 minutes from Banbury or Oxford takes you to the idyllic Heyford Wharf with its convenient rail station alongside. Our 200 year old working boatyard offers a village shop, gifts, bistro cafe, dayhire and holiday boats, and cycle hire.

  16. Sho4Travel Oxford Tours

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    Sightseeing

    Thame

    Escorted day visits in spacious 7-seater air-conditioned vehicles. There are seven different personally guided drive tours available (8 hour Full day tour, 5 hour Short day) which are suited to families or larger groups travelling together.

    Short...

  17. Thame Museum

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    Museum

    Thame

    The 16th century wallpaintings installed in Thame Museum hold many fascinating clues to the past. They are now on show to visitors, displayed in a special exhibition room.

  18. Vale and Downland Museum

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    Museum

    Wantage

    The museum is housed within a converted 16thC cloth merchant's house.

    An interactive auditorium presents the history of the Vale and Downland area. Special collections from across the Vale display the story of Wantage and the rural life of its...

  19. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

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    Museum

    Woodstock

    A museum which tells the personal lives of generations of men and women experienced through war.

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