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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. Frilford Heath Golf Club

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    Golf Course

    Abingdon

    Situated on over 500 acres of glorious undulating heathland, just south of Oxford city, Frilford Heath is built on a sandy

    subsoil this subsoil combined with the latest equipment and modern maintenance schedules enables the Club to

    present the…

  2. Sheldonian Theatre

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

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

  3. 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…

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. The Passenger Boat Association

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    Boat Trip

    Fleet

    The Passenger Boat Association represents operators of passenger vessels along the length of the River Thames as well as the rest of the UK.

  8. 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.

  9. Alice's Shop

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    Shop / Shopping Centre

    Oxford

    The Alice's Shop in Oxford is the authentic Alice in Wonderland Shop because it is part of the original story. Situated across the road from Alice's childhood home, the Oxford University college of Christ Church, Alice's Shop was Alice's sweet shop…

  10. 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.

  11. The Beacon

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    Theatre

    Wantage

    The Beacon is illuminating Wantage through the culture, leisure and entertainment.
    As a vibrant gathering place for the local community, we offer a varied programme of live events from cinema, music, theatre and comedy to a regular activity…

  12. 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.

  13. University of Oxford Botanic Garden

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    Botanic Garden

    Oxford

    The oldest botanic garden in the UK displays over 7,000 different species in a grade 1 listed garden with exotic glasshouses, water & rock gardens and beautiful boarders. The garden has events for all ages throughout the year.

  14. Thame Museum

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    Museum

    Thame

    The 16th century wallpaintings installed in Thame Museum hold many fascinating clues to the past. They are now on show to visitors, displayed in a special exhibition room.

  15. Oxford Proms

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    Event Venue

    Oxford


    Oxford Proms-concerts with international soloists in Oxford’s historic buildings from 7 – 17 August 2013 featuring BBC Proms favourite Michael Collins playing Mozart, and Grieg piano concerto with Mami Shikimori, plus many more favourites.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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