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 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

 
Explore the Midsomer Murders locations

Explore the Midsomer Murders locations

Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby as you explore Causton, Midsomer Newton and more on the trail of the Midsomer Murders locations.

Location: Wallingford, 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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

Rainy Day Activities: Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections; escape the rain for a whole day, or pop in for five minutes for a quick browse.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, 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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore Oxford's Museum of Natural History

Rainy Day Activities: Explore Oxford's Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, housed inside one of the city's most beautiful neo-Gothic buildings.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Do you believe in ghosts? You might do after experiencing the dark, eerie atmosphere of Oxford Castle unlocked.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Wander into the Wilderness Festival

Wander into the Wilderness Festival

A ticket to Wilderness in Oxfordshire's countryside is like a ticket to a mini paradise where art, music, fine food and nature collide.

Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

 
Go on a tour of Oxford University

Go on a tour of Oxford University

A host of famous alumni and one... Harry Potter?

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Eat away the afternoon at the Fishes, a serious gastropub with beautiful views in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: North Hinksey, Oxford

 
Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

 
Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Pack your picnic and plan a day out at Oxford’s Botanic Garden where there is always something interesting to see in the gardens.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Keep on truckin' at Truck Festival

Keep on truckin' at Truck Festival

See big names in rock and dance music perform at an intimate festival on a farm near Oxford.

Location: Steventon, 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

 
Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Enjoy a trip to Didcot Railway Centre, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, 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

 
Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Home to the 12th Duke Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a super family day out.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

 
Escape to a country cottage in picturesque Oxfordshire

Escape to a country cottage in picturesque Oxfordshire

Oxford Country Cottages are situated on Lower Farm in Noke in a stunning courtyard garden.

Location: Oxford, 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

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