Places to visit in 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 Cherwell in Oxford for a student's-eye view of highbrow colleges, walks though rambling deer parks, botanic gardens and lush meadows, and jaunts to Henley-on-Thames to see varsity teams row in posh regattas. Walkers amble between stony Cotswold villages like Witney and Woodstock, and tread ridgeways over the Chiltern Hills as red kites swoop overhead. Meanwhile, shoppers spend happy days lost in Bicester’s designer outlets and old-school covered markets.

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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

 

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

 

Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Sit back, relax and sample the cask ales and pub grub at Oxford’s oldest drinking hole.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Discover heritage and luxury in the heart of Oxford

Uncover the history of Oxford Castle Quarter, and then relax at the luxurious Macdonald Randolph Hotel on a city break in historical Oxford.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
View from a height over the rooftops of Oxford city, the historic buildings and the landmarks of the university city. Night. Buildings lit up.

Top things to do on a city break in Oxford

Whether it’s punting on the River Cherwell or learning about the real Alice in Wonderland, there are heaps of things to do 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Lights, camera, Oxford – a screen tour to remember

From Inspector Morse to Harry Potter, don't miss a stop on this trip through Oxford's greatest screen moments.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

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

 

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

 

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 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

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