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Things To Do in Oxfordshire

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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. 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.

     

  2. The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

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    Museum

    Oxford

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

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. Checkendon Equestrian Centre

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    Sightseeing

    Henley-on-Thames

    Established in 1994 and set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.

    Checkendon Equestrian Centre can offer you many equestrian activities for you and your horse.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


  11. Abingdon Museum

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    Museum

    Abingdon

    The former County Hall for Berkshire dating from 1678, displays and interprets archaeological collections with special exhibitions.

  12. A Day in the Country

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    Event Venue

    Banbury

    Stunning venue set in 250 acres of wooded estate - facilities include a conference suite that is situated in a modernised 18th century stone barn with open fireplaces.

  13. 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,...

  14. Bainton Bikes

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    Mountain Biking

    Oxford

    Oxford, famous for its Universities and the dreaming spires is home to one of Britain’s largest cycling communities. All over the city you will find streets accessible only to pedestrians and cyclists and every day the diverse mix of bikes and...

  15. Deddington Antique Centre

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    Shop / Shopping Centre

    Deddington, nr. Banbury

    Nestling within the historic village of Deddington, this 18th century listed building houses an 'aladdins cave' of antique treasures on four floors.

  16. Cotswold Woollen Weavers

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    Shop / Shopping Centre

    Filkins

    The splendid 18th century buildings, in the idyllic setting of the tranquil village of Filkins, house the design studio, mill shop and gallery, textile museum and coffee shop.

    The beautiful cloth is traditionally woven, with textures and colours...

  17. Abingdon Abbey

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    Garden

    Abingdon

    Range of medieval domestic buildings remaining from Abingdon Abbey.

  18. Pitt Rivers Museum

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    Museum

    Oxford

    The University of Oxford Museum of world archaeology and anthropology.

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

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