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A trip to Oxford and the surrounding areas wouldn’t be complete without seeing these top 10 attractions.
From the newly built Westgate Oxford shopping centre to the utterly stunning historic buildings of the University of Oxford, the top 10 tourist attractions in Oxfordshire are a must-see on any Oxford sightseeing trip. Even better, many Oxfordshire hotspots are free to visit for all the family.
There are plenty of family-friendly places to visit in Oxfordshire. Get up close with exotic animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park or explore Cogges Manor Farm. If culture is more your thing, you could soak up some culture at the Ashmolean Museum, discovering over 1,000 years of history at Oxford Castle and Prison, visit the medieval Broughton Castle, or visit the Duke of Marlborough at majestic Blenheim Palace.
Owned by the same family since 1447, Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified medieval manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire. Built on an island surrounded by a three-acre moat, Broughton Castle’s exquisite architecture, beautiful gardens and brand-new tearoom makes it well worth a visit.
If you love shopping then you can shop ’til you drop at Bicester Village – a luxury shopping destination which is home to more than 160 world-famous brands, from Swarovski to Saint Laurent, with savings of up to 60% recommended retail price all year round. It’s the ultimate shopping experience if that’s up your street!
Love history? Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting the stunning Baroque architecture and over 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland to explore. A year-round calendar of tours, exhibitions, experiences, and events reveal the sheer splendour of Britain’s Greatest Palace.
When you visit Oxfordshire you can check out the world’s oldest public museum, the Ashmolean Museum. Home to important collections of art and artefacts ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, there is something for everyone. Also don’t miss Oxford University’s other eclectic museums, the Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers Museum, History of Science Museum, Botanic Garden and the Bodleian Libraries.
Immerse yourself in over 1,000 years of history at Oxford Castle and Prison. Step back in time with our costumed guided tours and see fascinating stories come to life. Hear the great tales of Empress Matilda or the fate of Mary Blandy, one of the prisons’ most famous criminals. Descend into the atmospheric crypt of St Georges Chapel, where you can touch the stones where Oxford University was rumoured to begin and stand in the birthplace of King Arthur.
No visit to Oxford is complete without visiting the city’s waterways – the mighty River Thames which flows through to London, the River Cherwell and the historic Oxford Canal, now over 200 years old. The waterways allow you to explore the hidden side of the city, take part in fun activities and see the city from a different perspective. There is so much to do on the river, from punting and cruises to walks with incredible riverside views.
Stroll around the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, enjoying uninterrupted views of the 260 species of animals in 120 acres of beautiful parkland. Watch Rhinos graze on the lawns in front of the Manor House. Walk up the Giraffe walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures or explore the Old Walled Garden’s Tropical House with free-roaming sloths, birds and bats.
Oxford Official Walking Tours now available with small socially distanced groups! Explore Oxford with a skilled and knowledgeable guide. See the filming locations used in Harry Potter, Inspector Morse, and the University’s most famous buildings: the Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Sheldonian Theatre, and the Bodleian Library. Read More
Discover traditional Cotswold’s life at Cogges Manor Farm, a 17th Century farmstead with museum and café. Explore over 15 acres of the manor house and grounds, walled garden, picnic orchard, moated islands, and river Windrush walk. Children love to feed the farm animals and go wild in the adventure play and nature island! Also featured as Yew Tree Farm in Downton Abbey.
Make shopping inspirational, exciting, and fun at Westgate Shopping Centre – the major retail and lifestyle destination in the centre of Oxford, home to prestigious global brands plus eclectic restaurants, a five-screen boutique cinema and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining.
The University of Oxford is made up of 38 independent colleges, including the magnificent Christ Church, and their historic buildings can be found all over the city. See famous University buildings such as the Radcliffe Camera and Sheldonian Theatre on an Oxford Official Walking Tour – the best way to see the city.
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