Things to do in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire, located in South East England, is a region steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. It is most famously known for the University of Oxford, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. The county offers a blend of ancient architecture, scholarly pursuits, and rolling countryside, making it a captivating destination for visitors from around the globe. Its rich heritage is evident in its historic buildings, museums, and galleries that dot the landscape.

Beyond its academic fame, Oxfordshire boasts an array of attractions ranging from picturesque villages to magnificent stately homes and gardens. The Cotswolds to the west provide stunning scenic walks and quaint market towns perfect for exploring. Meanwhile, the River Thames meanders through the county offering opportunities for boating and riverside picnics. With its diverse landscapes and wealth of activities, Oxfordshire appeals to history buffs, nature lovers, and those seeking leisurely exploration alike.

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  • Blenheim Palace: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture but also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Visitors can explore the opulent palace interiors, stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens or get lost in the vast parkland.
  • Bodleian Library: One of the oldest libraries in Europe and a treasure trove for scholars. Public tours are available where visitors can marvel at historic manuscripts and awe-inspiring architecture.
  • Ashmolean Museum: As Britain’s first public museum established in 1683, it houses an extensive collection ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.
  • Pitt Rivers Museum: This museum offers an eclectic collection of global anthropology and archaeology artifacts amassed by General Pitt Rivers.
  • Bicester Village: A luxury shopping destination offering designer brands at discounted prices set within an open-air village environment.
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens: Home to a diverse range of animals from around the world set against stunning gardens and landscapes.
  • Didcot Railway Centre: A living museum dedicated to the age of steam railways with working locomotives and railway memorabilia.
  • Waterperry Gardens: Famous for its ornamental gardens which include beautiful herbaceous borders and formal knot gardens.
  • Waddesdon Manor: A magnificent French Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of arts.
  • Uffington White Horse Hill: An ancient prehistoric hill figure carved into chalk hillsides offering panoramic views across six counties on clear days.
  • The Story Museum: Celebrates storytelling with interactive exhibits designed to engage visitors’ imaginations regardless of age.