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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. Sheldonian Theatre

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

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

  2. 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.

  3. Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours

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    Walking Tour

    Oxford

    Our Official Guided Walking Tours are an enjoyable and interesting way to explore our beautiful city, history, University, famous people and odd traditions.

  4. 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.

  5. Sulgrave Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

    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…

  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. 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.

  8. Detective Tours

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    Trips & Tours

    Oxford

    Specialised luxury tours to places of television and filming interest for individuals, clubs and coach operators. Officially recognised and conducted by experts. Midsomer Murders, Morse, Poirot, Bond, Potter, Downton, Sherlock, Paddington all covered

  9. All Saints' Church

    Nuneham Courtenay

    All Saints' Church

  10. 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.

  11. 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.


  12. 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.

  13. Ewelme Watercress Beds

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    Nature Reserve

    Reading

    Ewelme is situated at the western end of the Chilterns, on the eastern slopesof the Thames valley. It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

  14. 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…

  15. Canons Ashby House

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    Historic House / Palace

    DAVENTRY

    NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTY
    Elizabethan Manor House, home of the Dryden family. Unaltered since 1710. A grand church is all that remains of the Augustinian Priory (Exhibiton in Church). Interesting formal garden.

  16. The Spa at Witney Lakes Resort

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    Spa

    Witney

    The Spa at Witney Lakes Resort provides you with the chance to taste the exotics as well as adding a touch of luxury to your regular treatments.

  17. 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…

  18. 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.

  19. 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

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