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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.

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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. Black Bourton

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    Black Bourton

    Near to Bampton, this village is worth a visit to see the outstanding 13th century wall paintings in the church. There is also a thriving vineyard producing nine different wines. Visitors are welcome but it’s best to phone in advance (01993 842028).

  2. Broughton Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Banbury


    Broughton Castle is essentially a family home lived in by Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family. The original
    medieval manor house, of which much remains today, was built in about 1300 by Sir John de Broughton.

    It stands on an island…

  3. Bicester

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    Set around a pleasant market square, Bicester is one of Oxfordshire's most popular towns. Find things to do and explore nearby towns and villages.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. Oxfordshire

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    Oxford

    Visit Oxfordshire and discover one of the most beautiful English counties, with the most inspiring city at its heart.

  7. Didcot Railway Centre

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    Railway

    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…

  8. Moulsford on Thames

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    Originally in Berkshire, this small Thames-side village was transferred to Oxfordshire in 1974 and is now part of South Oxfordshire.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Cornerstone Arts Centre

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    Theatre

    Didcot

    Cornerstone is a purpose-built theatre, entertainment and arts venue in the heart of Didcot, south Oxfordshire. Cornerstone provides a varied programme of comedy, drama, music and family shows, together with a wide range of courses, workshops and…

  12. Hardwick Parks Watersports Park

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    Standlake

    The watersports centre is located between our two lakes. We have a wide variety of watersports available both on a board and on your feet! There's no better day out than one on the water!

  13. 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…

  14. Museum of the History of Science

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    Museum

    Oxford

    Displays include scientific instruments, fine Islamic and European astrolabes, early chemical apparatus, clocks, medical instruments, original penicillin apparatus.

  15. 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…

  16. Sulgrave Manor

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    Banbury


    Sulgrave Manor is a superb example of a modest Manor House and Garden of the time of Shakespeare, and was the home of George Washingtons direct ancestors. In 1539 the Manor was bought from Henry VIII by Lawrence Washington a successful Northampton…

  17. Sheldonian Theatre

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    Oxford

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

  18. 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...

  19. The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

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    Oxford

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

  20. 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.

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