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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. Rycote Chapel

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    Church / Chapel

    Near Thame, Thame

    Peaceful 15thC private chapel with exquisitely carved and painted woodwork. Rycote has many intriguing features including 2 roofed pews and a musicians' gallery.

  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. 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...

  4. 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.

     

  5. Lechlade & Bushyleaze Trout Fisheries

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    Fish Farm

    Lechlade

    Trout and fly fishing. First organic Trout farm in the UK.

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. The Story Museum

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    Museum

    Oxford

    Our schools performances, exhibitions and workshops help children engage with and enjoy stories. Transforming your

    school into a ‘story museum’ for the day can be one of the most inexpensive, inclusive and powerful ways of stimulating everyone’s...

  9. Bach Visitor & Education Centre

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    Historic House / Palace

    Wallingford

    The home and workplace of Dr Edward Bach who created The Bach Flower remedy system in the 1930s. The gardens contain many remedy plants and the house features Dr Bach's consulting room.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  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. 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.

  14. 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...

  15. 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,...

  16. 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...

  17. 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.

  18. Museum of the History of Science

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    Museum

    Oxford

    Displays include scientific instruments, fine Islamic and European astrolabes, early chemical apparatus, clocks, medical instruments, original penicillin apparatus.

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