Oxford and Oxfordshire Top 20 Things To Do

Oxford Top 10

1 - Take a walking or cycling tour of the city to gather your bearings! Explore the infamous Oxford University College on a walking tour and learn about the general history of the city. We recommend using Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours, Oxford Walking Tours, a Sheldonian Theatre Tour, Cycle Tours Oxford, Bainton Bikes and The Carter Company


2 - Seek out your favourite TV and film locations; did you know scenes from Harry Potter were filmed in Oxford? As were Inspector Morse, Lewis, The Riot Club, Testament of Youth, The Golden Compass and more. 


3 - Climb a tower and view the City of Dreaming Spires from the perfect angle - there are 4 towers to choose from, you can also view Oxford from the University Church, but it must be noted that there a quite a few stairs so be ready! 


4 - Visit a museum! Oxford has a huge range of different museums to choose from, for young kids and for adults wanting to learn more about natural history, science, books, world history, and heaps more! 


5 - Wander the Covered Market! The Market was officially opened in 1774 and has a unique and wonderful atmosphere. It provides its visitors with the wonderful aromas of fresh fruit, coffee and fresh baking and to a feast of sights and sounds.


6 - Punt down one of the famous rivers in Oxford; the Thames or Cherwell Rivers. It's the perfect summer's day activity for all ages to enjoy! We recomment using Cherwell Boathouse or Salter's Steamers. 


7 - Take a cruise! There is nothing more relaxing than taking a cruise down the Thames or Cherwell River, there are even themed tours to take! We recommend using Oxford River Cruises or Salter's Steamers. 


8 - Visit Oxford Castle Quarter where you can take a tour of Oxford Castle Unlocked; a former gaol, wher costumed characters bring the past to life. Climb the mound and see Oxford from another point of view! Visitors to the Quarter can also discover great eateries, like Malmaison Oxford Brasserie, and more! 


9 - Take a sightseeing bus tour, get your bearings of the whole of Oxford. Learn about the city's history whilst relaxing on the open top bus. We recommend using Oxford Sightseeing Tours, there are both live commentary in English or recorded audio commentry in different languages. 


10 - Visit a College: Most of Oxford’s famous colleges are open to visitors - some free, some for a small charge. Current opening times are displayed outside the porter’s lodge of each college. Each and every one of them has their very own character and history, so have a look around to find your favourite



Oxfordshire Top 10 

1 - Visit Blenheim Palace; home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens.


2 - Discover the National Trust houses dotted around the country; Waddesdon Manor, Nuffield Place, Stowe House, Greys Court, Buscot Park just to name a few. 


3 - Oxfordshire is riddled with beautiful gardens and you can read about them in our handy downloadable guide.


4 - Walk or cycle around the county; there are adventurous trails and tracks amongst the enchanting Oxfordshire countryside for all levels of fitness and ability.  


5 - Bicester Village is an outlet shopping experience set in one of the most unique shopping villages in the world. Its picturesque setting is worthy of a full day out, with various restaurants and cafes to keep you well fuelled. 


6 - See the animals! Oxfordshire is home to two of the most beautiful animal parks in the UK; Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, and Crocodiles of the World, both feature animals from all around the world in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. See the Rhinos roam the fields at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens or the Crocodiles lurk in the waters at Crocodiles of the World. 


7 - Oxfordshire has museums dotted around the county for your varied interests; we recommend, the Soliders of Oxfordshire Museum, the River and Rowing Museum, Pendon Museum, Didcot Railway Centre and Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway.


8 - Oxfordshire county even has a working castle! Broughton Castle is home to the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele, whose family name is Fiennes. The ownership of the Castle has remained in the same family since 1447. It's a beautifully kept castle with character and an interesting history - worth a visit, but check their seasonal opening hours prior to your visit. 


9 - Visit Bampton, a small Cotswold Village now home of Downton Village of Downton Abbey. Worth a visit, especially if you're a fan of the television show; just walking around the village you'll see the church, Mrs Crawley's house, the entrance to the hospital and even where the memorial was built in the fifth season. 


10 - Are you organising a group trip? Click here for itineraries to book around Oxfordshire, themed for your interests!