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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. Oxford Chelt Wine School

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    Vineyard

    Oxford


    A warm welcome to Oxford Chelt Wine School, not affiliated to any wine merchants or retailers. We run Wine Tastings and Wine Courses in Oxford and Cheltenham for people who enjoy wine and would like to know more about it. No previous experience...

  2. Foxholes Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Bruern

    Foxholes is a tranquil woodland sloping down to the River Evenlode with year-round colour and wildlife interest but particularly noted for its springtime bluebells.

    Managed by Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, this 66ha (165 acre) reserve has a...

  3. Warburg Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Henley-on-Thames

    In this secluded valley high in the Chilterns you will find a mosaic of habitats from birch, conifer and beech woodlands to chalk grassland and scrub.

  4. Barefoot Books

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    Family Fun & Activities

    Oxford

    The Oxford Studio is a friendly, inviting place to meet friends, find books and education games around the world, enjoy all kinds of workshops and hold magical birthday parties.  It’s a place where children are free to read, play and experiment,...

  5. Oxbridge Tours

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    Walking Tour

    Oxford

    As the site of important moments in the arts, sciences, film and sport, Oxford has something to interest everyone, and with Oxbridge Tours, we’ll make sure that you see and hear the best of it!

  6. Deddington Castle (Site Only)

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    Castles & Stately Homes

    Extensive earthworks conceal the remains of a 12th Century castle.
    Open during daylight hours.

    Visit the website for more detailed information.

  7. Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

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    Steam Railway

    Wallingford

    Known locally at "The Bunk" passenger services ceased in 1959. The railway aims to offer steam hauled trains where possible, but also operates an interestin fleet of 08 class diesel locomotives.

  8. Wychwood Wild Garden

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Shipton-under-Wychwood

    Wychwood Wild Garden is a beautiful woodland and garden, close to the centre of Shipton under Wychwood.

    Wychwood Wild Garden covers 12.5 acres of avenues, woods and ponds,much of which was laid out in the 1860s, and provides a haven for wildlife...

  9. University of Oxford Botanic Garden

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    Botanic Garden

    Oxford

    The oldest botanic garden in the UK displays over 7,000 different species in a grade 1 listed garden with exotic glasshouses, water & rock gardens and beautiful boarders. The garden has events for all ages throughout the year.

  10. Swindon Designer Outlet

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    Factory Outlet

    Swindon

    McArthurGlen’s Swindon Designer Outlet is housed in the beautifully renovated Grade II listed buildings of the Great Western Railway Works and is one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe.

     

  11. The Passenger Boat Association

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    Boat Trip

    Fleet

    The Passenger Boat Association represents operators of passenger vessels along the length of the River Thames as well as the rest of the UK.

  12. The Mill Arts Centre

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    Event Venue

    Banbury

    The Mill Arts Centre is a delightful family-friendly canal-side venue based in a converted heritage watermill. Conveniently close to Banbury rail station and town centre, it hosts a jam-packed programme of live events in it's 200 seat theatre, plus...

  13. Sheldonian Theatre

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

    Secular venue for the principal meetings & public ceremonies of the university.

  14. Oxford River Cruises

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    Boat Trip

    Oxford

    Oxford River Cruises provides a range of luxury boat trips, sightseeing tours and unique picnic cruises in the heart of the historic city of Oxford.

    Their vessels provide a comfortable and intimate setting for an unforgettable river experience...

  15. Wychwood Brewery Tours

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    Brewery

    Witney

    Guided tours of the brewery every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and takes you through the brewing process of Wychwood & Brakspear Beers, from the raw ingredients to the finished product...

  16. New Theatre Oxford

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    Theatre

    Oxford

    The New Theatre, Oxford, is owned by The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) who are the biggest theatre owners in the country, owning 40 theatres across the UK.

    There has been a theatre on the corner of George Street for almost 170 years. During...

  17. Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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    Nature Reserve

    Oxford

    The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust cares for 80 nature reserves. Thames-side reserves include: Chimney Meadows – wildflowers, birds and butterflies; Iffley Meadows – snake’s head fritillaries; Hartslock – orchids all summer.

  18. Footprints Tours

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    Walking Tour

    Oxford

    Footprints Tours is a student start-up company, created to show a more fun side of Oxford with our professional and

    trained guides. We’re a group of students and locals determined to show visitors the best Oxford has to offer.

     

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