Oxfordshire

With skylines pierced with spires and domes, palace estates and idyllic meadows, Oxfordshire has a dreamlike quality. Top things to do in Oxfordshire include a punt on the River Isis in Oxford for a student's-eye view of highbrow colleges, walk though rambling deer parks and lush meadows and head to Henley to see varsity teams row in posh regattas. Be sure to add gourmet retreats in manor houses and horsey events hosted by dukes to your to-do list. There is something for everyone in Oxfordshire. Walkers amble between stony Cotswold villages and tread ridgeways over the Chiltern Hills as red kites swoop overhead. Meanwhile, shoppers spend happy days lost in designer outlets and covered markets.

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With skylines pierced with spires and domes, palace estates and idyllic meadows, Oxfordshire has a dreamlike quality. Top things to do in Oxfordshire include a punt on the River Isis in Oxford for a student's-eye view of highbrow colleges, walk though rambling deer parks and lush meadows and head to Henley to see varsity teams row in posh regattas. Be sure to add gourmet retreats in manor houses and horsey events hosted by dukes to your to-do list. There is something for everyone in Oxfordshire. Walkers amble between stony Cotswold villages and tread ridgeways over the Chiltern Hills as red kites swoop overhead. Meanwhile, shoppers spend happy days lost in designer outlets and covered markets.

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Enjoy a romantic escape to Broughton Castle

Enjoy a romantic escape to Broughton Castle

Stroll hand in hand through the beautiful gardens and grand Elizabethan manor of Broughton Castle on a romantic break in Oxford.

Location: Banbury, Oxfordshire

 
Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum in autumn and the splendid sight of rare birds of prey soaring above the surrounding Cotswolds Hills.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 
Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Pop in for a drink by the fire or a locally-sourced meal, and then stay over at this charming inn in the idyllic Cotswold village of Kingham.

Location: Chipping Norton, Cotswolds

 
Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

The kind of place you dream of but seldom find – an old stone inn, full of charm and history, in the beautiful Cotswold village of Burford.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

 
Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Explore the vineyard and sample the wine and beer produced in this truly independent brewery in Oxfordshire.

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

 
Meet Downton Abbey's farmyard animals at Cogges Manor Farm

Meet Downton Abbey's farmyard animals at Cogges Manor Farm

A place of family fun and learning and one of the idyllic settings for ITV’s Downton Abbey, Cogges is a wonderful family attraction in Oxfordshire.

Location: Witney, Oxfordshire

 
Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Ever marvelled at a soaring bird of prey and wondered how they are trained? Find out on a special Advanced Entry visit to Millets Farm Falconry Centre.

Location: Frilford, Oxfordshire

 
July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of Wonderland with a fun-packed day of events on Oxford’s unique Alice’s Day.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Enjoy a gentle bike ride along cycle tracks or quiet country roads in the fresh air to discover the delights of Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot.

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire

 
August events: Discover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

August events: Discover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Head to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s iconic World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace, for BBC Countryfile Live, which will be hosted from the 1 - 4 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

 
August events: Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

August events: Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Feeling hungry? Eat and drink your way around one of the UK’s biggest food festivals.

Location: Oxford South Parks, Oxfordshire

 
Romantic punting on the River Cherwell

Romantic punting on the River Cherwell

Ever watched people punting and felt you’d like to have a go? Pick up a few tips at Cherwell Boathouse, grab the pole and off you go.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Walking in the Cotswolds

Walking in the Cotswolds

Join a walking route from Bourton-on-the-Water to the Slaughters.

Location: Oxfordshire

 
Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Sample local Oxfordshire food at this famously good pub on the banks of the River Thames.

Location: Wolvercote, Oxford

 
Join Bill Spectre on his award winning Ghost Trail

Join Bill Spectre on his award winning Ghost Trail

Dressed as a Victorian undertaker, Bill will lead you through the streets of this pretty city lifting the lid on this great seat of learning.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Discover beautiful Oxfordshire on a cycling holiday

Discover beautiful Oxfordshire on a cycling holiday

The Carter Company's tours are authentic travel experiences, giving you the chance to discover hidden gems and local secrets across Oxfordshire.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Take a peek behind the ancient walls of Christ Church

Take a peek behind the ancient walls of Christ Church

Discover the fascinating history of Christ Church with an exploration of this majestic college, Great Tudor Hall and Cathedral.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Enjoy lavish shopping at Bicester Village

Enjoy lavish shopping at Bicester Village

From Prada to the White Company, vintage to catwalk fashions, Bicester Village is the destination for shopaholics everywhere to head to.

Location: Bicester, Oxfordshire

 
July events: Get on board for the Henley Royal Regatta

July events: Get on board for the Henley Royal Regatta

Enjoy the excitement and action of a classic English pastime in the scenic Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Henley, Oxfordshire

 
Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

The fantastic walking tours are the perfect way to explore and learn about the history, famous residents and odd traditions of this unique city.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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