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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. 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.

  2. Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    Oxford

    The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is a museum displaying many of the University's natural history specimens.

  3. Water Fowl Sanctuary and Children's Farm

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    Nature Reserve

    Banbury

    Reception barn, leading to natural environment for hundreds of birds and animals. Oxfordshire special conservation awards 1990. Snacks cabin in season. Young animals and birds for sale (licenced).

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. Oxford Playhouse

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    Theatre

    Oxford

    Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy,...

  11. 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!

  12. In Fine Spirits

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    Cycle/Vehicle Hire

    Wantage

    We are based in Oxfordshire. For further information on our Mobile Bar Hire or VW campervan bar hire or any other service please call Kevin on 07789 722138

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 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...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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...

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