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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. 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.

  2. Charlbury Museum

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    Museum

    Charlbury

    Charlbury Museum is an independent museum, run entirely by volunteers. Its five rooms are crammed with exhibits revealing the history of this ancient market town. There is plenty here to interest both adults and children. The contents include:…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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.

     

  9. Bampton Garden Plants

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    Garden Centre

    Bampton

    Bampton Garden Plants started out as a small plant sale that occurred a couple of times a year serving local residents in and around the village of Bampton.

  10. 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…

  11. Oxford Bus Museum

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    Museum

    Long Hanborough

    As well as over 30 buses on display, there are other numerous exhibits adding a period feel. Visitors can enter several of the vehicles and there are often free vintage bus ride.

  12. Wessex Mill

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    Historic Site

    Wantage

    A working flour mill producing flour for bakeries and home baking.

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Oxford Town Hall

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Oxford

    A victorian building opened in 1897 and still used for local government. Original rooms such as the Court Room and Council Chambers are available to view as is the City Plate Collection. Home to the Museum of Oxford from Spring 2012.

  17. The Story Museum

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    Museum

    Oxford

    Our schools performances, exhibitions and workshops help children engage with and enjoy stories. Transforming your

    school into a ‘story museum’ for the day can be one of the most inexpensive, inclusive and powerful ways of stimulating everyone’s…

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

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