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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.

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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. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. Oxford River Cruises

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    Boat Trip

    Oxford

    Oxford River Cruises provides a range of luxury boat trips, sightseeing tours and unique picnic cruises in the heart of the historic city of Oxford.

    Their vessels provide a comfortable and intimate setting for an unforgettable river experience...

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

     

  10. Abingdon Abbey

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    Garden

    Abingdon

    Range of medieval domestic buildings remaining from Abingdon Abbey.

  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. 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.

  13. Sheldonian Theatre

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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...

  16. 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

  17. Barefoot Books

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    Family Fun & Activities

    Oxford

    The Oxford Studio is a friendly, inviting place to meet friends, find books and education games around the world, enjoy all kinds of workshops and hold magical birthday parties.  It’s a place where children are free to read, play and experiment,...

  18. 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...

  19. Ex(c)iting Game

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Oxford

    The games, provided by Ex(c)iting Game are suitable for almost all ages. If you would like an unusual, exciting hour while you are staying in Oxford, you must visit us and we will guarantee you an hour of unique excitement.

    Family program,...

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