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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. Hardwick Parks Watersports Park

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    Lake / Reservoir

    Standlake

    The watersports centre is located between our two lakes. We have a wide variety of watersports available both on a board and on your feet! There's no better day out than one on the water!

  2. Sho4Travel Oxford Tours

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    Sightseeing

    Thame

    Escorted day visits in spacious 7-seater air-conditioned vehicles. There are seven different personally guided drive tours available (8 hour Full day tour, 5 hour Short day) which are suited to families or larger groups travelling together.

    Short...

  3. The Mill Arts Centre

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    Event Venue

    Banbury

    The Mill Arts Centre is a delightful family-friendly canal-side venue based in a converted heritage watermill. Conveniently close to Banbury rail station and town centre, it hosts a jam-packed programme of live events in it's 200 seat theatre, plus...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. The North Walls Arts Centre

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    Arts Centre

    Oxford

    Arts centre for live music, theatre, film screenings. With a 200-seat theatre space and two intimate studio spaces.

     

  7. 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...

  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. Millets Farm Centre

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    Garden Centre

    Frilford

    Garden centre, farm shop, pick-your-own, trout fishery, munchery, restaurant, picnic area and play area.

  10. 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,...

  11. Oxford Castle

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

    Welcome to Oxford Castle, Oxford's oldest new quarter! The site was once home to the Norman Oxford Castle, then the infamous Oxford Prison. Parts of these historic buildings remain, and have shaped the development of Oxford Castle as it stands...

  12. 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.

  13. Ardington House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Wantage

    Home of the Baring family. Early 18thC beautifully symmetrical house with unusually fine brickwork. The entrance is dominated by the Imperial staircase.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Wessex Mill

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    Historic Site

    Wantage

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

  18. 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,...

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

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