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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Rycote Chapel

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    Church / Chapel

    Near Thame, Thame

    Peaceful 15thC private chapel with exquisitely carved and painted woodwork. Rycote has many intriguing features including 2 roofed pews and a musicians' gallery.

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  12. Abingdon Abbey

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    Garden

    Abingdon

    Range of medieval domestic buildings remaining from Abingdon Abbey.

  13. 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.

  14. College Farm Fishing

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    Fishing

    Aynho, Banbury

    OS GRID REF: SP522342
    College Farm Fishing is a family run and owned fishing lake providing fishing facilities for people of all abilities. It has good access, particularly for the disabled, with a very nearby car park with hard standing.

  15. Benson

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    Towns & Villages

    Benson, once known as Bensington, is a large Thames-side village in South Oxfordshire, a short distance from Wallingford

  16. Faringdon Folly

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    Historic Site

    Faringdon


    The last folly to be built in England in 1935 stands at 104ft and offers extensive views of the countryside.


  17. 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...

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