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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. Watlington

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    Watlington

    Reputedly England’s smallest town, nestling in the shadows of the Chiltern Hills, Watlington offers a traditional welcome, with specialist shopping, great hospitality and outstanding landscapes.

  2. Wallingford

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    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…

  3. South Oxfordshire

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    Henley on Thames

    South Oxfordshire is an area full of natural beauty, picturesque villages, shops to browse and places to stay and to eat.

  4. Kelmscott Manor

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    Lechlade

    The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames.

  5. Shipton under Wychwood

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    Shipton under Wychwood

    Heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and still a place of mystery, the area was once the ancient Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood, much of which survives. Shipton is the largest of the Wychwoods (the others are Ascott and Milton), each having their…

  6. City Sightseeing

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    Oxford

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

     

  7. Cherwell Boathouse

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    OXFORD

    The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic restaurant and punt station close to the centre Oxford. Established in 1904 and it has been a family run for over 50 years as a working Boathouse and restaurant with over 80 handmade punts in the water.

  8. Ramsden

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    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.

  9. Didcot Railway Centre

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    Didcot

    Full Steam Ahead as Trains Get Green Light at Railway Centre

    ​​Didcot Railway Centre has announced the resumption of its popular steam train rides.  Visitors will be able to take a trip behind one of the Great Western Railway’s steam express…

  10. 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.

  11. Farmer Gow's

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    Faringdon

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

  12. Buscot

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    Buscot is a small Thames-side village about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Lechlade. Originally part of Berkshire it is now in Oxfordshire. A short walk from the end of the village leads past Buscot Weir field to Buscot Lock on the River Thames.

  13. Bruern

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    Bruern

    An Abbey is recorded at Bruern as early as 1147. The monastery was small and disreputable even compared to others in the Cotswolds, with a racy history of succession plots, deposed abbots and riots!

  14. Banbury

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    Made famous by its cakes and a much-loved nursery rhyme, Banbury combines a fascinating history with lots of bright new modern attractions and things to do

  15. Witney

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    Witney

    Known across the world for blanket making, especially in North America where the Witney Point Blanket was traded in exchange for furs, the town owes its prosperity to the wool trade.
    Witney is the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire…

  16. Spelsbury

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    Spelsbury

    Spelsbury is a small village on the road between Chipping Norton and Charlbury. By the side of the road there is a large canopied water fountain, of honey coloured stone, built in memory of Constantine Augustus Dillon.

  17. Wallingford Museum

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    Wallingford

    Wallingford Museum is a colourful, delightfully intimate and family friendly local history museum, housed on two floors of this medieval oak-beamed building in the heart of Wallingford in Oxfordshire.

  18. Didcot

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    Didcot

    Didcot is a town and civil parish in Oxfordshire and the area around has been inhabited for at least 9000 years.

  19. River & Rowing Museum

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    Henley-on-Thames

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

  20. North Oxfordshire

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    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

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