Experience Oxfordshire Guide 2019

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Welcome to Oxfordshire

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Welcome

I would like to extend a personal welcome from myself, the

team at Experience Oxfordshire and all of our partners to our

fantastic visitor destination - Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire is an exceptional county that shows

quintessential England at is best. We simply have everything -

the world-renowned City of Oxford, famous for the University

and known as the City of Dreaming Spires for its dramatic

skyline. We also have a designated Cotswold Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty, traditional market towns and

beautiful stone villages, as well as being able to explore the

River Thames and all within close proximity (just an hour) to

the capital City of London.

Hayley Beer-Gamage

We are steeped in history and rich in heritage whilst also

having a great year-round modern events programme -

check out the events pages in this guide and on our own

website to explore. Home to famous literary figures, many

well known film and TV locations and wonderful traditions,

there is a plethora of things to explore and experience during

your stay.

This guide showcases some of the many things there are to

see and do across the City and County, providing you with

inspiration on places to stay, places to eat and much more

- as well as some hidden treasures. I am sure that this guide

will spark your curiosity, and our website will certainly help

with that.

experienceoxfordshire.org

We look forward to welcoming you to our world-class visitor

destination very soon. I love it and know you will too and

once you have visited we know you will want to come back!

Hayley Beer-Gamage

Chief Executive, Experience Oxfordshire

Welcome to Oxfordshire


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Contents

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Welcome

Welcome to Oxfordshire

Introduction to Oxfordshire

Attractions in Oxfordshire not to miss

#ExperienceOx

From Saxons to Spires: A Historical

Journey Through Oxford & Oxfordshire

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Around the County II

Vale of White Horse: Ancient Beauty

Oxfordshire's Ridgeway Trail:

Waylands Smithy to Wallingford

West Oxfordshire: Gateway to

the Cotswolds

Explore the Cotswolds: Woodstock

to Burford

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The City of Dreaming

Spires: Oxford

Oxford City Centre Map

48 Hours in Oxford

Nightlife in Oxford

Student Life in Oxford

Where the Locals Live: Beyond

the City Centre

Where to Shop & Eat in Oxford

Exploring Oxford from The Water

Around the County

Cherwell: The Impressive North

South Oxfordshire: Hills & Villages

River Rapids: Oxford to

Henley-on-Thames

Oxfordshire Map

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Food & Drink

Foodie Favourites From Oxfordshire’s

Experts

Pubs & Pints Across Oxfordshire

Local Produce: A Taste of Oxfordshire

Suggestions for Afternoon Tea

in Oxfordshire

Inspirations

Only in Oxfordshire: Quirky Traditions

Oxfordshire’s Screen & Literary Links

Toddlers to Teenagers: Fun For the

Whole Family

Travel Toolkit

Easy Day Trip Destinations You Can

Take From Oxford

Travelling Into Oxfordshire

Travelling Around Oxfordshire

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Accomodation

Accommodation Listings

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Attractions in Oxfordshire

not to miss

Bicester Village

Europe’s ultimate luxury shopping destination. Home to more

than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques. Each offers savings

of up to 60%, all year round.

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Introduction to Oxfordshire

Ashmolean Museum of Art

and Archeology

The world's oldest public museum, founded in 1683, the

Ashmolean is home to world famous collections and artifacts

ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.

Blenheim Palace

Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, the

birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a UNESCO World

Heritage Site.

University Museum of

Natural History

Situated in an impressive neo-Gothic building, the Oxford

Museum of Natural History offers a variety of different

permanent collections, exhibitions and events.

The Bodleian Libraries and

The Weston Library

Discover the 15th century Divinity School, medieval Duke

Humfrey’s Library, the impressive Radcliffe Camera and

Weston Library.

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University of Oxford Colleges

Comprising of 38 Colleges, the University of Oxford dates

back to the 11th-century and is one of the world’s leading

academic institutions.

Pitt Rivers Museum

Founded in 1884, the Museum has a collection of over

500,000 archaeological and ethnographic objects from all

parts of the world.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Discover more than 250 species of animals and explore 160

acres of beautiful parkland in West Oxfordshire.

Westgate Oxford

The ultimate retail and lifestyle destination situated in

the centre of Oxford. Home to prestigious global brands,

inventive and eclectic restaurants and cafes, a five screen

boutique cinema and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining.

The Botanic Garden

of the University of Oxford

Founded in 1621, the Botanic Garden is the UK’s oldest

botanic garden and is one of the most compact yet diverse

collections of plants in the world.

Visitor Information Centre

Find out what more there is to see and do in

Oxfordshire at the Oxford Visitor Information

Centre. Pick up leaflets, guide books, gifts,

book tickets for attractions or speak to our

multilingual team.

15-16 Broad Street,

Oxford,

OX1 3AS

T: 01865 686430


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Keep up to date with all the latest news and information from around the county by checking

our website, www.experienceoxfordshire.org, and following our social media channels

listed. Here you will find the latest events and announcements, as well as comprehensive

information on places to stay, discount tickets and transportation that will help you to make

the most of your time spent in our beautiful county.

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Visiting Oxfordshire? We’d love to hear from you! Follow us and send your messages to the

social media accounts; our friendly team are happy to answer any questions you have about

visiting, and we love to see how you experience your time here. Tag us in your posts using

the hashtag #ExperienceOx for retweets and regrams and be sure to check in regularly for

exclusive info, key events and great things to do.

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Introduction to Oxfordshire

From Saxons to Spires

A Historical Journey Through Oxford & Oxfordshire

During its history, Oxfordshire has been a largely rural county with a network of medieval

market towns such as Wallingford, Thame and Wantage. Industries, including tweed in

Chipping Norton and brewing in Henley, processed the products from farming.

Sitting at the heart of the county, Oxford was founded in the 9th century by Alfred the Great,

and by 1066 was one of the largest towns in England.

Over the centuries, Oxfordshire has combined its traditional heritage with modern living and

attractions, allowing visitors to experience an unforgettable mixture of culture, both past and

present. Follow the journey below to discover a brief history of Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Start Here

911 Oxford was first

mentioned in Anglo-

Saxon Chronicle as

Oxnaforda.

1071 Oxford Castle was

built by the Normans. Visit

Oxford Castle today

and your costumed

guide will tell you many

more tales about this

ancient site and prison.

1249-1264 Oxford’s

first colleges, University,

Balliol and Merton were

established.

1542 Oxford officially

became a city with the

appointment of its first

bishop.

1602 The Bodleian

Library reopens after the

Duke Humfrey's library

is refurbished by Sir

Thomas Bodley.

1555 Three Anglican

bishops, known as the

Oxford Martyrs, were

burnt at the stake for

their Protestant beliefs, at

a location now marked

by a cobbled cross in

Broad Street.

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1644 Oxford became

the headquarters of the

King's forces during the

Civil War. The King took

up residence at Christ

Church, and the Queen

at Merton.

1650 England’s first

coffee house opened on

Oxford’s High Street. The

site is now occupied by

the Grand Cafe - stop

here for great coffee

and cakes.

1790 The Oxford Canal

was completed linking

London to the Midlands.

Visit Tooley’s boatyard in

Banbury, once a thriving

centre for horse drawn

boats.

1966 The City and

County Museum opened

in Woodstock to tell the

story of Oxfordshire.

Visit what is now The

Oxfordshire Museum

to discover the story

of the County from

dinosaurs to a fuel rod

for a nuclear reactor.

1973 Oxford Bus

Company started

operating the first Park

& Ride in the UK and

the M40 from London

reached Oxford.

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1683 The Ashmolean

Museum, the world’s first

public museum, opens

its doors, showcasing

the personal collection

of Elias Ashmole, a

wealthy antiquary who

gifted many artefacts to

the University.

1705 work began

on the building of

Blenheim Palace, near

Woodstock, for the Duke

of Marlborough and his

family.

1839 First annual

regatta held in Henley.

Queen Victoria’s

husband Prince Albert

was its first royal patron.

1844 Brunel’s Great

Western Railway from

London reached Oxford,

and in 1852 a new

station was built on the

Botley Road.

1913 William Morris’

Cowley factory was the

first in Britain to produce

a million cars. Cowley is

the birthplace of the Mini

and at the BMW Mini

Plant Visitor Centre you

can follow the creation

of this amazing car.

1987 The first Inspector

Morse episode, which

was filmed in several

locations across the city,

was aired on TV. Follow

Morse’s footsteps with

an Oxford Official

Inspector Morse,

Lewis and Endeavour

Walking Tour.

2017 Westgate Oxford

was reopened; home

to a multitude of high

street brands and

rooftop restaurants,

transforming Oxford’s

retail offering.

From Saxons to Spires: A Historical Journey Through Oxford & Oxfordshire


OXFORD VISITOR

INFORMATION CENTRE

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LUGGAGE

Store your luggage while you explore

Leave your shopping and enjoy lunch

Monday to Saturday:

9.30am – 4.30pm

Sunday:

10am – 4pm

From £5 for up to 3 hours

From £8 for up to a day (within our opening hours)

From £10 for up to 24hrs

From £15 for up to 48 hrs

At the Oxford Visitor Information Centre

15 - 16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS

Conferencing

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Conferencing are your experts

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Westgate Oxford

Gloucester Green

Oxford Covered Market

High Street

Clarendon Centre

Little Clarendon Street

Alice's Shop

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Cherwell Boathouse

Cafe Loco

Ashmolean Restaurant

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Old Parsonage Grill

Gee’s

Malmaison

Acanthus Restaurant

COSMO

Dirty Bones

Pho

Sticks n' Sushi

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Magdalen Bridge

Christ Church College

Martyrs' Memorial

Bodleian Library

Ashmolean Museum

Oxford Playhouse

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Old Fire Station

St. Michael's Tower

Natural History Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum

Sheldonian Theatre

Museum of the History of Science

Radcliffe Camera

Carfax Tower

Botanic Garden

Modern Art Oxford

Story Museum

Oxford Ice Rink

Oxford River Cruises

Salter's Steamers

Oxford Cathedral

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Oxford Visitor Information Centre

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Go for a Real Treat

Visit Oxford’s world-famous

heritage Covered Market providing

a unique showcase for the very best

in gifts, fashion, local crafts, and

food and drink.

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5.30pm

Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

We are open on bank holidays

See our website for individual shop opening times

The Covered Market Oxford

is owned and run by

Oxford City Council

www.oxford-coveredmarket.co.uk


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48 Hours In Oxford - A Whirlwind Weekend

With so much to see and do across Oxford, it can be

hard knowing where to start. Oxford is a city worldrenowned

for its academic reputation and ornate

buildings, which have led to its title, coined by English

poet and Oxford academic Matthew Arnold, of the

‘City of Dreaming Spires’.

The City of Dreaming Spires: Oxford

Today, the majestic city attracts millions of visitors every

year, and with so much to see and do, we want to show you

exactly how and where to make the most of your time in this

iconic city. But don’t just feel limited to one weekend, we’d

love for you to stay in Oxford longer…

Day One

9:30 am

Kickstart your weekend in the heart of it all, with a filling

breakfast or brunch at the social enterprise cafe located

inside the Old Fire Station on bustling George Street.

After you’ve filled up, head left and go down Broad Street

- stopping inside the Oxford Visitor Information Centre

along the way. Continue further down the road to explore

some of Oxford’s most famous landmarks including the

Sheldonian Theatre, the Weston Library, the Bodleian

Library and the Bridge of Sighs.

10:45 am

To maximise your time, pre-book an Oxford Official

Walking Tour and start your guided walking tour around

more of Oxford’s iconic sites and locations. Tours are led by

professional green badge guides and usually include entry

into one of the University of Oxford’s 38 colleges.

Radcliffe Broad Camera Street

Bridge of Sighs

Alternatively, if you don’t want to walk, the City Sightseeing

double decker, open top bus tour is a great way to see

around the city. Listen to your guide as you are driven

around with the option to hop on and hop off at 19 stops.

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Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails

1 pm

After your morning tour, it’s time for a well-earned lunch.

If you can’t decide what to have, visit COSMO Authentic

World Kitchen on Magdalen St for a plethora of cuisine

choices. Alternatively, a great location for views over the city

and seasonally prepared dishes is the Ashmolean Rooftop

Restaurant.

2 pm

Whilst in the heart of the city, Oxford’s range of museums

will cater to all tastes and ages. Visitors can choose from

the Ashmolean Museum - Britain’s first public museum

and home to world-famous artefacts and collections,

the Museum of the History of Science, the Museum of

Natural History and neighbouring Pitt Rivers Museum.

Alternatively, The Museum of Oxford tells the history of the

city. Best of all….they are all FREE!

9 pm

Upon finishing your

frightfully fun ghost tour,

head just a short walk

across town to the Oxford

Castle Quarter which

is home to a selection

of restaurants and bars.

Oxford’s prison used to

be on this site but is now

the boutique Malmaison

hotel, which is a great

place to stay the night in a

converted prison cell!

6.30 pm

A wonderfully unique way to spend your time in Oxford, join

one of Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails on a Friday or Saturday

evening. Illustrated with props and illusions, follow Victorian

costumed Bill Spectre as he guides you through the historic

city, leaving you with a “deliciously scary tingle down your

spine”! Alternatively, take the Oxford Official Walking

Tours Pub Tour and explore the fascinating history of the

city's many pubs - with (some) drinks included!

Malmaison

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Day Two

10 am

Next door to the Malmaison

is the Oxford Castle &

Prison. Take a guided

tour and let the characters

reveal their fascinating

stories entrenched in the

building’s 1,000 year history

while you explore the Saxon

St George’s Tower and

descend deep underground

to the 900 year old crypt.

Salters Steamers

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11 am

Head over to Folly Bridge

and the River Thames.

From here you can try out

the quintessentially Oxford

tradition of punting. Hire

a punt or be chauffeured

by Salters Steamers and

admire the views of Christ

Church in the distance.

1 pm

Take a short walk back along St Aldates to Cafe Loco.

Here you can have lunch in the cafe or takeaway and enjoy

a picnic just over the road in the beautiful Christ Church

Meadows with views of the River Thames and cows grazing

in the fields. Or, head just 10 minutes’ walk north along

Banbury Road and you will find Gee’s Restaurant and

Bar, a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike situated in

a Grade II listed Victorian Glasshouse and features express

lunches, dishes for sharing and Sunday roasts.

Pitt Rivers Museum

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Choral Evensong at Oxford College Chapel

2 pm

Allow a little time for shopping and browse the independent

shops along the High Street and in the Covered Market.

Close by is Westgate Oxford - the city’s newest shopping

and entertainment centre - and here you will find an eclectic

mix of global fashion brands, high street fashion, restaurants,

bars and a boutique cinema. If official Oxford memorabilia

is what you’re after, the University of Oxford Shop features

a huge variety of exclusive, high-quality Oxford themed gifts

and official University merchandise. Products featuring the

Alumni logo include hoodies, sweatshirts and polo shirts,

enamel or silver cufflinks, and lapel pins. Certainly enough to

keep you busy!

From 5.15 pm

Bring your time in Oxford

to an end with 45 minutes

of world-class Choral

Evensong in a beautiful

Oxford college chapel. It

happens every evening

during Term Time and

starts between 5.15pm and

6.45pm depending on

which college you visit.

Westgate Centre

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Nightlife in Oxford

From traditional pubs, buzzing clubs, live performances and everything in between,

there’s quite a selection of things to do and see in Oxford once the sun goes down.

For an evening kickoff, head to the Oxford Ice Rink for a

disco skate - the ‘Throwback Thursday Disco’ is particularly

fun! Then, head to the Macdonald Randolph Hotel on

Beaumont St. The Randolph Hotel has two opulent bars to

choose from, the Cartoon Bar and the Morse Bar, with both

offering an extensive list of Champagne and gins, as well

as an expertly selected range of classic cocktails, wines and

beers.

Westgate Rooftop Terrace The Westgate rooftop terrace offers sweeping views of

the dreaming spires. In the summer, choose a table on the

terrace to take in the views while you eat. Westgate offer a variety of cuisines to choose from,

although we recommend grabbing a bowl of fresh, healthy Vietnamese food from Pho,

delighting in sushi and grilled skewers from Sticks n Sushi, or feeding your face with NYCinspired

comfort food at Dirty Bones.

Immerse yourself in Oxford’s thriving arts and culture scene with a touch of drama or

comedy; the Oxford Playhouse features both student and professional productions

while the New Theatre features some of the most captivating musicals and plays. For

independent performances, the Old Fire Station and SJE Arts put on incredible Oxfordshiremade

shows and live music. If browsing a gallery is more your style, head to the North Wall

Arts Centre for a theatre production or art exhibition. Or, try your luck at Oxford’s only indoor

golf course Junkyard Golf Club! Their unique and bizarre crazy golf courses will always leave

you laughing!

On the last Friday of every month, explore the Ashmolean Museum after hours; enjoy the

latest exhibition, take in a talk, listen to some live music, or relax at the bar with friends after

work.

Or, for an interactive experience, head just south of the city centre for City Mazes Oxford

– an immersive real-life game where players are racing against the clock to solve a series of

puzzles and challenges using hints and strategy to escape!

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Student Life in Oxford

by Tilly Rose

At the heart of this magical city is the world-famous

Oxford University. Its colleges and halls line the streets.

Step through the porters’ lodges to find picturesque

quads, vast parkland, ornate chapels and grand dining

halls; stepping into an Oxford college is like stepping into

a different world.

'That Oxford Girl', Tilly Rose

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The student experience at Oxford Uni is truly unique, let me give you a sneak peak into life

behind the college walls:

• Mid-October you’ll spot Oxford students, looking like a raft of marching penguins,

parading through the streets in academic dress on their way to The Sheldonian Theatre for

‘Matriculation’; the official ceremony welcoming them into the University.

• Later in the year you’ll see them running from the Examination Schools, soaking wet, as

their friends throw freezing cold buckets of water over them. This tradition in the Oxford Uni

calendar is termed ‘trashings’ – a student-led post-exam celebration!

• As the summer vacation draws near, you’ll glimpse their ball gowns and tails fluttering in the

evening breeze, a vision of elegance, as they arrive at their college balls.

• Mid-summer you’ll watch their mortar boards fly through the air on their graduation day.

Oxford is a hub of student life in many different forms; beyond the dreaming spires of Oxford

Uni, also lies Oxford Brookes University and several renowned language schools such as

EC English and Oxford International Study Centre. With its spectacular architecture,

quirky shops, cute cafes and sprawling meadows; the opportunities for students living in the

city are endless. As Nathaniel Hawthorne once said: ‘The world surely has not another place

like Oxford; it is a despair to see such a place and ever to leave it, for it would take a lifetime

and more than one to comprehend and enjoy it satisfactorily’.

Pick up official

memorabilia at

the University of

Oxford shop on

High Street!

Tilly Rose is the founder of ‘That Oxford Girl’; a blog:

www.thatoxfordgirl.com and Instagram: @thatoxfordgirl providing

a student perspective of the application process and life at Oxford

Uni, as well as covering all of the fantastic things the city has to

offer. Her recently released book ‘That Oxford Girl – A Real Student’s

Guide to Oxford University’ offers a refreshing and quirky insight

into one of the top universities in the world – now on sale in Oxford

Visitor Information!

Student Life in Oxford


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Where the Locals Live:

Beyond the City Centre

Travel just beyond Oxford City Centre and you will

find great attractions and local culture in many of the

city’s districts - each with their own unique identity.

Jericho

Just north of the city is the suburb of Jericho. Once an

industrial area due to its proximity to the Oxford canal,

Jericho is now one of Oxford's most sought-after areas

to live with an excellent choice of pubs, restaurants and

shops. Notable favourites are Oliva May, an independent

boutique which showcases international designers, hand

selected items and stunning design, Branca, a contemporary

brasserie and Freud cafe, a great cocktail bar in a former

church featuring hauntingly high ceilings and decadent

stained glass windows.

Olivia May

Jericho

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Port Meadow

Port Meadow

One of Oxford’s hidden gems, Port Meadow is a beautiful open area of ancient meadowland

north-west of the city centre and just a 5-minute walk from Jericho, offering a tranquil retreat

for visitors and locals alike. Home to grazing horses and a herd of pedigree Old English

Longhorn cattle as well as flocks of birds, Port Meadow lies alongside the River Thames and

is said to have provided inspiration for Lewis Carroll's tales of Alice in Wonderland, and J.R.R.

Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Whilst exploring Port Meadow, follow the fairy-light adorned pathway to The Perch Inn, where

you can enjoy an excellent meal in one of Oxford's oldest pubs. Further north of the meadow,

fans of Philip Pullman’s most recent novel La Belle Sauvage and the detective TV series

Inspector Morse may recognise The Trout Inn; famously featured in both, and well worth a

visit for a drink or meal in this 17th-century pub in Godstow.

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Summertown

To the north of the city

centre and away from the

hustle and bustle of Oxford

city centre, Summertown

is a leafy suburb of Oxford

that is also lined with cosy

cafes, boutique shops

and many contemporary

restaurants. It’s home to the

North Wall Arts Centre

which showcases upcoming

artists across comedy,

theatre and dance; the

peace and tranquillity of the

nearby Turrill Sculpture

Gardens and Oxford’s

largest independent gallery

space featuring engaging

exhibitions - the Sarah

Wiseman Gallery. Likewise,

Summertown is also

home to many of Oxford’s

broadcast media such as

the studios for the local

radio networks JackFM and

BBC Oxford.

Cowley Road

The Cowley Road is a

vibrant, multicultural area

of Oxford with many

restaurants, shops, bars

and arts venues including

comic book themed

Atomic Burger, the vintage

Ultimate Picture Palace

and atmospheric, North

African inspired Kazbar. The

area’s unique character

is celebrated every July at

the Cowley Road Carnival

which boasts live music, a

lively parade and multiple

street food vendors. Further

down the Cowley Road is

the home of the MINI Plant

Oxford, originally Morris

Motors, where all the world’s

Minis are built - best of all

there are public tours of the

plant, featuring cutting-edge

robotic assembly lines.

St Clements

Adjacent to Cowley Road,

St Clements is another street

bustling with a variety of

eclectic restaurants and

bars. Wander on from

St Clements, and you

will come to South Park;

a beautiful, vast green

space overlooking Oxford’s

dreaming spires; and home

to The Oxford Artisan

Distillery (TOAD), where

you can take a tour of

the site and try some for

yourself.

Sarah Wiseman Gallery

The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD)

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Where to Shop & Eat in Oxford

Oxford is a hub of top-notch shopping and dining

choices with high street shops and eateries next to

independent retailers and cafes and exclusive designer

brands - all waiting to be enjoyed! There’s even a

selection of outdoor markets that combine shopping

for that unique item with delectable street food from all

around the world.

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The City of Dreaming Spires: Oxford

To help you find your favourite places to shop and eat in the

city, we have picked out some of the top destinations!

Westgate Oxford

After a total transformation, Westgate Oxford offers

visitors over 800,000 square feet of great retail and lifestyle

experiences. It is home to prestigious global brands,

inventive and eclectic restaurants and cafes of all types, a

five screen cinema and sophisticated boutique bars. For

added enjoyment, visit the rooftop terrace for panoramic

views of the Oxford city skyline and surrounding countryside

whilst you enjoy one of the many dining or drinking options!

Some of our favourites include Dirty Bones, serving up

NYC-inspired comfort food, Pho and its delicious healthy

Vietnamese inspired street food – 99% gluten free and vegan

friendly - and Sticks’n’Sushi offering a unique combination

of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill.

Westgate Centre

Gloucester Green Market

Conveniently located near the Oxford bus station and right off the bustling George

Street, the Gloucester Green Market is a traditional, open-air market that operates

on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Here, you will find a vibrant selection of

fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetables, cheese, baked goods, sweets and more.

Don’t leave without trying the delicious street food also served here, inspired by global

cuisines - enjoy homemade Sri Lankan curry, exceptional Pad Thai, classic Italian

lasagne and robust Chinese dumplings just to name a few...

Where to Shop & Eat in Oxford


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The City of Dreaming Spires: Oxford

Oxford Covered Market

Home to a collection of independent shops and retailers, the

Covered Market dates back to the 18th century and is a hub

of wonderfully tucked-away retailers selling everything from

kitchenware and cakes, to hand-crafted gifts, jewellery and

male grooming products. Eating here is an experience you

won’t find anywhere else in the city; watch the skilled bakers

of The Cake Shop create masterpieces before popping

in to buy a cupcake, kick start your day with a full English

breakfast at Browns, or quench your thirst at a juicery, coffee

shop or the rooftop cocktail bar. It’s impossible to skip when

there are five different entrances!

High Street

Oxford’s picturesque and busy High Street, known locally

as ‘The High’, runs from Carfax Tower in the centre all the

way down and east to Magdalen Bridge. Aside from the

multiple Colleges lining the way, Oxford’s High Street features

a plethora of book shops, clothing retailers and vintage and

antique dealers, as well as fine-dining options such as

Quod restaurant. In addition, Oxford’s High Street boasts

England’s original coffeehouses - one that’s been around

since the 1650’s!

Oxford High Street

www.experienceoxfordshire.org

Gloucester Green Market

Little Clarendon

Street

Not to be confused with

the indoor shopping

centre Clarendon Centre

on Cornmarket Street, the

bustling Little Clarendon

Street has stylish boutiques

like Olivia May, cheese

shops, vintage retailers

and more. Walk to the end

of Little Clarendon and

you will find yourself in the

relaxed and bohemian area

of Jericho, which boasts

more independent shops,

bookstores and unique

drinking establishments.


Exploring Oxford from the Water

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The City of Dreaming Spires: Oxford

Cherwell Boathouse

Oxford is the focus for leisure

activities on the Thames,

culminating in the Eights

Week rowing races, when

colleges compete to ‘bump’

each other’s boats. If you’re

inspired to take to the river,

there’s a wide choice of craft

including Salter’s Steamers

- a family firm established

over 150 years’ ago who

provide a variety of boat

trips through some of the

most beautiful scenery in

Oxfordshire.

You might want to retrace

the route taken by Lewis

Carroll 150 years ago when

he recounted the tale of

Alice in Wonderland to

the real Alice while rowing

upriver from Oxford to

Binsey. Vintage Days Out

offer bespoke river trips

where you can enjoy the

glamour and indulgence

of a bygone era aboard an

elegantly restored vintage

boat. Their tailored vintage

days out on the Thames

can include anything from

a private visit to a winery or

attending a signature river

event such as the Henley

Royal Regatta.

The restaurant at Cherwell

Boathouse is the perfect

place to relax on the

river Cherwell. Opened

in an authentic Victorian

working Boathouse along

the punt station in 1904,

it is still owned and run

by the Verdin family who

founded it more than

a hundred years ago.

Alternatively, experience

the quintessential Oxford

experience of punting on

the river Cherwell in one of

their 80 punts.

After all that activity you

might want to take a sunset

cruise with Oxford River

Cruises and enjoy floating

down the river as the sun

sets – a perfect end to the

day accompanied by a

relaxing ‘sundowner’!

Salter's Steamers

Exploring Oxford from the Water


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Around the County: Cherwell

Cherwell - The Impressive North

North Oxfordshire offers rich rewards for its

visitors. Centred in the valley of the River Cherwell, with

the Oxford Canal alongside, there are landscapes of

beautiful countryside with picturesque villages and the

market towns of Banbury and Bicester to explore.

Districts

Banbury is set amidst the gentle rolling

hills in the north of the district. An impressive

bronze statue of the “Fine Lady” from the

famous Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross

rhyme is set close to the Banbury Cross at

the meeting point of the roads from Oxford,

Warwick and Shipston-on-Stour. Other

points of interest include the Market Place,

the atmospheric lanes and streets of the Old

Town and the Castle Quay shopping mall

with the town’s Museum set directly beside

the Oxford Canal. The Museum connects

to the 18th century Tooley’s Boatyard, where

you can take a guided tour of the narrow

boat workshop and dry-dock.

Fine Lady Statue in Banbury

Bloxham, near Banbury

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Bicester lies just 12 miles northeast

of Oxford and marries the charm of an

historic market town with the appeal of

the world famous retail outlet of Bicester

Village. Trains from London Marylebone

to Bicester take only 46 minutes and as well

as shopping at the Village you can visit the

delightful Garth Park gardens and relax over

a meal in one of the town’s traditional pubs

or restaurants which serve Chinese, Thai,

Turkish, Indian and Italian cuisine.

Around the County: Cherwell

The district has a wealth of beautiful villages

to enjoy. The uplands northwest of Banbury

are known as ‘ironstone country’, with pretty

villages built of the richly-coloured local

Hornton ironstone, welcoming pubs, and

interesting walking and cycling routes. Well

worth a visit is the moated manor house of

Broughton Castle, built of Hornton stone in

the 14th century, and used as a film setting

for both Shakespeare in Love and The

Madness of King George.

At Bicester Village

Broughton Castle

Cherwell: The Impressive North


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Around the County: Cherwell

Further south, a few miles off the Banbury to Chipping Norton

road, there is a rich brewing heritage to discover in the village

of Hook Norton, where you can enjoy a tour of the

Hook Norton Brewery, a wonderful example of a Victorian

tower brewery which is still thriving today and supplying

many local pubs. The Brewery offers a welcoming restaurant,

museum and visitors’ centre, as well as the opportunity to

see the wonderful dray horses.

Exploring the Oxford Canal also comes highly

recommended. Built in the late 18th century to carry

commercial barges between Coventry and Oxford, its route

in the main follows the scenic course of the River Cherwell.

You can hire narrow boats at either Lower Heyford or

Thrupp, or enjoy one of the towpath or circular walks. The

stretch of the canal between Banbury and Oxford is also

accessible by train, with stations at Banbury, Heyford, Tackley

and Oxford.

Hook Norton Brewery horses

The district has a rich tradition of festivals and events,

ranging from Bicester’s summer music events at Garth Park

and the Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage to Banbury’s

Old Town Party and Food Festival. North of Banbury, the

canalside village of Cropredy hosts the Fairport Cropredy

Convention in August each year. A central location with

excellent transport links, North Oxfordshire is not only a

rewarding destination in its own right, but also an ideal

touring centre. A wide range of overnight accommodation

provides ease of access to many world famous destinations,

including Silverstone Circuit, Blenheim Palace, Oxford,

Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds.

Bicester

Visitor Centre

Bicester Village Outlet

Shopping Centre

Pingle Drive

Bicester, OX26 6WD

t: 01869 366 266

e: bicestervisitorcentre@valueretail.com

Banbury Tourist

Information Centre

(entrance within Castle Quay)

Banbury Museum

Spiceball Park Road

Banbury, OX16 2PA

t: 01295 236 165

e: touristinformation@banburymuseum.org


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The only place in the world where 181 years of railway history comes together with a replica 1840 broad gauge train

next to today’s high speed railway

The railway centre recreates the golden age of the Great Western Railway with a fine collection of over

20 steam locomotives, many housed in the original (fully working) engine shed, a collection of passenger coaches

and freight wagons.

There is a typical country station and signal box, and a recreation of Brunel’s original broad gauge railway including a

broad gauge transfer shed dating from 1857, The GWT Museum & Archive contains an impressive range of smaller items

covering all aspects of the history and operation of the Great Western Railway.

Travel in 1930’s carriages behind a Great Western steam engine on the main demonstration line or in a 1940’s Railcar

Operating on a sleepy rural branch line. Experience the conditions of early train travel on the replica broad gauge

train.

Watch trains, both modern and vintage go by, while children enjoy the play park near the picnic area.

Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ 01235 817200

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registered Charity No 272616

Recreating the

Golden Age of the

Great Western Railway


South Oxfordshire

Hills & Villages

Explore country houses, visit local museums and

enjoy the unspoilt landscape of The Chiltern Hills,

River Thames, Berkshire Downs and the Ridgeway.

Relax in picturesque villages and enjoy the historic market

towns with their unique mix of independent retailers and

high street shops. Weekly markets showcase the very best

produce and artisan wares from talented craftspeople.

Many of the towns and villages have featured in TV shows,

most famously Midsomer Murders.

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Around the County: The South

Visit Henley-On-Thames, one of the most beautiful

towns in Oxfordshire. Its riverside location, surrounded by

a landscape of wooded hills and green fields, lends itself to

relaxation. Just 4 miles north of Henley is the historic country

house Stonor Park. It’s a place for the whole family to learn,

discover and relax whilst absorbing history, fine art and

antiques, stunning gardens, native wildlife and delicious

food.

Wallingford has been important historically due to its

excellent ford, and today the same crossing place has one of

the finest bridges over the river Thames. Learn more about

Wallingford’s former resident Dame Agatha Christie in a

circular walk taking in places linked to the writer.

Follow one of Thame's

historic Town Trails to

discover more about this

town’s heritage. Enjoy a

trip on the Chinnor and

Princes Risborough

Steam Railway, and travel

the scenic route along the

Chiltern Hills. See the unique

collection of Great Western

Railway steam engines

and a recreation of Brunel’s

broad-gauge railway at the

Didcot Railway Centre.

South Oxfordshire really

does offer something for

everybody!

Wallingford

Didcot Railway Centre

South Oxfordshire: Hills & Villages


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Around the County: The South

River Rapids - Oxford to Henley-on-Thames

The River Rapids is a trio of bus services (X38, X39 & X40) linking Oxford with places

in South Oxfordshire. It's a great way to explore South Oxfordshire and here we pick

out some of the many things to see and do along the route.

1. Harcourt Arboretum is in the

small village of Nuneham Courtenay. The 130

acre site is open all year round and contains

the best collection of trees in Oxfordshire,

with seasonal highlights including wildflower

meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell

woods along with plenty of children’s

activities.

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harcourt-arboretum

2. Shillingford Alight outside the

Kingfisher Inn on the Henley Road, and it’s

a short walk from here along Wharf Road

to the Thames Path and nearby Shillingford

Bridge hotel.

3. Benson Marina A great stop from

which to walk along the banks of the River

Thames or sit and admire the views from the

comfort of the Waterfront Cafe.

4. Wallingford There’s plenty of things

to do in Wallingford including walking

trails exploring the town’s links with Agatha

Christie and Midsomer Murders; the ruins

of Wallingford Castle and the excellent

Wallingford Museum plus much more.

experienceoxfordshire.org/places-to-go/

wallingford

1.

Harcourt Arboretum

2.

Shillingford

3.

Benson Marina


5. Nuffield The small village of

Nuffield is the location of Nuffield Place,

once home to Lord Nuffield, founder of

the Morris Motor Company, and his wife.

Their home and personal possessions

are just as they left them, the decor and

furnishings intact.

nationaltrust.org.uk/nuffield-place

6. Henley-on-Thames

A picturesque riverside town, home to

the famous Henley Royal Regatta (3 - 7

July) and the River and Rowing Museum

with its popular Wind and the Willows

exhibition. Explore the town on a selfguided

walk, browse the independent

shops and restaurants or hop on a

Salter’s Steamers boat and explore more

of the River Thames.

experienceoxfordshire.org/places-togo/

henley-on-thames

Exploring the River

Thames by bus and boat

Thames Travel’s X38 Oxford to Henley-on-

Thames bus service operates every hour

Mondays to Saturdays.

The X39 and X40 link Oxford and

Wallingford with buses every 20 minutes

during peak times.

thames-travel.co.uk/riverrapids

Salter’s Steamers

Explore more of the River Thames with

Salter’s Steamers, with regular public

cruises in the summer months between

Oxford and Abingdon, Wallingford and

Henley, and further south to Reading,

Marlow and Windsor.

experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/

salters-steamers-boat-trips/

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Around the County: The South

6.

Henleyon-Thames

4.

Wallingford

5.

Nuffield

River Rapids: Oxford to Henley-on-Thames


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Vale of White Horse

Ancient Beauty

The Vale of the White Horse country stretches from

the edge of Oxford to the threshold of the Cotswolds.

Its enchanting landscape is marked by a mysterious

pagan past – the very name comes from the oldest

chalk figure in Britain dating back over 3000 years.

The landscape’s beauty has inspired poets, painters and

musicians. It offers many walking and cycling trails. Mile upon

mile of the Thames Path leads you to wonderful waterside

pubs, hidden villages and glorious countryside. Waylands

Smithy is one of the most impressive prehistoric tombs in

Britain. It is approximately 5000 years old.

Abingdon-On-Thames is the largest town in the Vale

and can be reached by foot from the Thames Path or by

boat from the river. Abingdon makes an ideal base for a

holiday with great leisure facilities and a wealth of history to

be discovered.

Wantage is an ancient market town and birthplace of

King Alfred the Great. Visit the award-winning Downland

Museum with its interactive displays which tell the story of the

White Horse. Grove on the outskirts of Wantage has grown

from a settlement recorded in the Doomsday book. Enjoy a

walk along Letcombe Brook to discover a host of wildlife.

Faringdon has been

welcoming visitors for many

centuries. Enjoy a coffee

in one of the quirky coffee

shops, or climb to the top of

the hill above Faringdon to

see the Gothic Folly and you

can see views across four

counties. Make the most of

your time in the area and

visit Kelmscott Manor

between Faringdon and

Lechlade, once the country

home of poet William Morris.

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Around the County: Vale of White Horse

White Horse Hill

Faringdon Folly

Vale of White Horse: Ancient Beauty


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Around the County: Vale of White Horse

Oxfordshire Ridgeway Trail

Wayland’s Smithy to Wallingford

The Ridgeway Trail is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales. Stretching 87

miles across ancient rural landscape from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon

in Buckinghamshire and across two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the

Chiltern Hills and the North Wessex Downs. This prehistoric pathway was once used

by drovers, traders and invaders over 5,000 years ago as a route that provided high

ground and visibility, and still today provides those walking along it endless views of

rolling chalk downland as well as a number of historical sites of interest. Follow our

trail from Wayland Smithy to Wallingford for a taste of how much there is to see and

do in this area.

1.

Wayland's Smithy

Faringdon

2.

White Horse Hill

3.

Begin your journey at ancient Wayland’s Smithy (1)

approximately a 1 mile walk from the village of Uffington and

8 miles from the market town of Faringdon (2) , Wayland’s

Smithy is believed to have once been the home of Wayland

- the Saxon god of metalworking. From here, continue along

the Ridgeway to White Horse Hill (3) , where you will

find the internationally renowned Bronze-Age White Horse

carved into the chalk landscape. This is the highest point

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Focus on: Faringdon

A beautiful old market town with a history dating back

centuries, Faringdon is full of heritage; immediately

noticeable in the quaint town centre where you will

find 12th century All Saints church, old coaching inns,

Georgian fronted buildings, the 17th century town hall,

and the odd pink pigeon!* Now occupied by a diverse

array of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, the

town centre is a hive of activity. Just a short five minute

walk from the town centre, you will find Faringdon’s

Folly Tower. Built in 1935 by Lord Berner, the 100ft high

tower was the last major Folly to be built in England,

and sits on a hill amongst a circular woodland,

providing panoramic views over the town and beyond.

Around the County: Vale of White Horse

* Lord Berner was famously known to throw themed

parties featuring pink dyed pigeons; see if you can

spot the ornamental pigeons on buildings around

the town!

4.

Blowing Stone

Wantage

5.

Court Hill Centre

6.

in Oxfordshire with views across 6 different

counties, and is hugely popular with dog

walkers, picnickers, and kite fliers alike!

From White Horse Hill, carry on a further

3.5 miles to the village of Kingston Lisle,

where you will find one of the Ridgeways’

most famous sarsen stones; the Blowing

Stone (4) . Believed to have been the site

from which King Alfred summoned Saxon

troops for the Battle of Ashdown, the

stone is a popular site of interest along

this ancient pathway. Whilst in this area,

discover more about King Alfred in the

town of Wantage (5) , where he was born.

From the Blowing Stone, walk 5 miles along

the Ridgeway to arrive at Court Hill

Centre (6) in Letcombe Regis; an ideal spot

to recuperate for the night before continuing

along the path to Streatley and Goring the

next morning.

Oxfordshire Ridgeway Trail: Wayland’s Smithy to Wallingford


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Around the County: Vale of White Horse

A further 14 miles along the Ridgeway, you

will find the villages of Streatley (7) and

Goring (8) , intersected by another National

Trail: the Thames Path. Linked by a bridge in

1837, Streatley and Goring are picturesque

riverside villages straddling the border of

Oxfordshire and West Berkshire. Break up

your journey for the night and stay in one

of the luxurious bedrooms at The Swan at

Streatley. For walkers wishing to end their

journey here, the train from Goring and

Streatley Station to Oxford takes around 30

minutes and just over an hour to London

Paddington.

If you are continuing your journey along the

trail from Goring, you will find this stretch of

the Ridgeway characterised by water and

woodlands, where you will walk alongside

an ancient Grim’s Ditch, which in the spring

months becomes illuminated by a path of

bright bluebells, making the adventure all

Wallingford

9.

8.

Goring

7.

Streatley

Focus on: Wantage

Wantage is another of Oxfordshire’s quaint market towns,

found on the edge of the Ridgeway. Famously the birthplace

of King Alfred the Great, Wantage town centre is built around

a monument of the King and provides a range of shops,

pubs, restaurants and services. Wantage is also home to the

Vale and Downland Museum which comprises a range of

galleries as well as a welcoming cafe.

www.experienceoxfordshire.org


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the more enjoyable. Just 6 miles onward,

the Ridgeway Trail brings you to the market

town of Wallingford (9) ; the finishing

point for this route. Recognised by any fan

of Midsomer Murders, Wallingford is the

fictional town of Causton in the popular

detective TV series; see which sites you can

spot! Also in Wallingford, you can explore the

ancient ruins of Wallingford Castle and cross

the 900 foot medieval stone bridge that

connects Wallingford to Crowmarsh Gifford,

before resting your head for the evening at

the 16th century George Hotel.

We hope the above has provided you

with inspiration on how to explore this

stunning part of Oxfordshire, however don’t

let us stop you there! The Ridgeway Trail

continues for 37 miles through the stunning

Chilterns landscape including stops in

Watlington (10) and Thame (11) , before the

trail ends at Ivinghoe Beacon (12) .

Around the County: Vale of White Horse

10.

12.

Watlington

11.

Thame

Ivinghoe

Beacon

Getting There

Car:

Many points along the Ridgeway are easily accessible by car and provide car parking see

www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/plan for a list of these)

Public Transport:

Great Western Railway:

Oxford to Goring and Streatley

Thames Travel:

X38/X39/X40 Oxford to Wallingford

Stagecoach:

66 Oxford to Faringdon

Oxfordshire Ridgeway Trail: Wayland’s Smithy to Wallingford


West Oxfordshire

Gateway to the Cotswolds

West Oxfordshire, with the rolling hills of the

Cotswolds nearby, offers excitement for any visitor.

Burford is an ancient

town nestled in the

countryside. Stroll down

the picturesque High

Street, which is lined

with boutiques, pubs

and restaurants. Explore

Burford’s ancient alleyways

and lanes where you

can immerse yourself in

medieval history and charm.

For a walk on the wild side,

Cotswold Wildlife Park &

Gardens and Crocodiles

of the World are within

close reach of Burford, and

both offer fantastic fun.

Cotswold Wildlife Park &

Gardens features over 300

animal species, stunning

gardens, a giraffe walk

way, a large adventure

playground and many

events throughout the year.

For an adrenaline rush, visit

Crocodiles of the World,

the UK’s only crocodile

zoo and meet many of

the animals - we’re talking

komodo dragons and giant

galapagos tortoises up

close.

Burford

Experience timeless

Cotswolds life at Cogges

Manor Farm and stroll

around the picnic orchard

and walled garden of the

historic farmstead. Pick up

vegetables from the farm’s

reception and have fun

feeding the friendly farm

animals! Visitors can also

enjoy Victorian cooking

demonstrations, craft

sessions and croquet on the

lawn.

In the market town of

Witney, Wychwood

Brewery offers fantastic

tours for adults and takes

visitors through the brewing

process of Wychwood &

Brakspear Beer beers, from

seeing the raw ingredients

to the finished product.

Afterwards, visitors can

sample Wychwood’s

legendary Hobgoblin ale.

Owned and managed by

the Society of Antiquaries of

London, explore the beloved

summer home of William

Morris at Kelmscott Manor,

located near Faringdon.

Take a stroll around the

Manor’s enchanting

gardens, barns, dovecote

and meadow. Visitors today

can experience the beauty

and seclusion that inspired

many of William Morris's

most important designs and

writings, as well as those of

his associates.

Cotswold Wildlife

Park & Gardens

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Around the County: West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire: Gateway to the Cotswolds


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Around the County: West Oxfordshire

Explore the Cotswolds

Woodstock to Burford

Do you need a car to explore the Cotswolds? Of course it’s easy to explore by car, but

it’s also easy to see more of Oxfordshire using public transport. We follow the route

of the Stagecoach 233 service linking Woodstock with Witney and Burford to

discover many fascinating places along the route.

Start your journey in the historic town

of Woodstock (1) , home to The

Oxfordshire Museum (2) and Soldiers

of Oxford Museum (3) as well as

antique shops, great pubs, and the 13th

century Macdonald Bear Hotel. No visit to

Woodstock would be complete without a

visit to Blenheim Palace (4) , a UNESCO

World Heritage site and birthplace of

Winston Churchill.

Hop on the bus at the gates of Blenheim

Palace and the next stop of interest is St

Martin’s Church in Bladon (5) ; the Victorian

church is the resting place of Sir Winston

Churchill.

A few miles further to Long

Hanborough (6) train station. The station

is still in use on the GWR line linking London

Paddington to the Cotswolds, but close by is

the Oxford Bus Museum and Morris Motors

Museum. Both tell the story of transport in

Oxford, including the production of cars by

the famous Morris Motors.

Further along the route is North Leigh

Roman Villa (7) , one of the larger villas in

Roman Britain set on the banks of the River

Evenlode. It’s a 1.5 mile walk from the bus

stop on the main road, but worth the walk to

see a near complete mosaic tile floor dating

back to the 3rd century.

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Very close by in North Leigh is Eynsham

Hall (8), a Grade II listed country house

hotel. Nearby in South Leigh you can also

find the Mason Arms pub and Artist’s

Residence (9) boutique hotel.

Jump back on the bus and the next stop is

the town of Witney (10) . The town is home

to Cogges Manor Farm (11) , where visitors

can feed the pygmy goats, play in the

adventure park, or learn about the history

of the Manor House. For ale lovers, discover

Wychwood Brewery (12) ; join one of

the brewery’s tour experiences to learn how

their award-winning Wychwood beers are

crafted.

From Witney, your journey will take you

through the picturesque village of Minster

Lovell (13) . Explore the riverside ruins of

15th century Minster Lovell Hall. Stop at the

charming Old Swan & Minster Mill (14)

for a delicious meal or relaxing overnight

stay.

Another 5 miles from Minster Lovell, leave

the bus at the Teasel Way stop in Carterton,

from where you can walk 0.5 miles to the

UK’s only crocodile zoo; Crocodiles of

the World (15) . Also reachable by car is

Cotswold Wildlife Park (16) , where

visitors can discover more than 250 species

of animal, including rhinos, lemurs and

penguins!

Finally, the route stops in Burford (17),

frequently referred to as the ‘gateway’ to the

Cotswolds. Home to rows of idyllic honey

stone cottages, tea shops and boutiques,

Burford is a place full of character and

Cotswold charm. Discover the town’s past

at the Burford Museum located in the 16th

century Tolsey building and top your visit off

with scrumptious afternoon tea at Huffkins.

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Transport:

The Stagecoach 233 service operates every 30 minutes

Monday to Saturday. The journey from Woodstock to Burford

takes an hour, depending on traffic. Detailed timetable

information is available at:

www.stagecoachbus.com/about/oxfordshire

Need to get to Woodstock from Oxford? The Park & Ride 500

express service runs up to every 15 minutes

www.parkandride.oxfordbus.co.uk


IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD

Macdonald Randolph Hotel offers luxurious accommodation, delicious food and

an indulgent spa haven in the heart of the city. Located in Oxford, the hotel is a

landmark building with elegance and charm.

Enjoy a freshly prepared pre-theatre menu at Acanthus, a blend of contemporary city

centre restaurant combined with unique character and British cuisine.

You are guaranteed to be at the theatre with time to spare.

Two courses £16 | Three courses £21

Visit www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/randolph

for more information or call us on 0344 879 9132


Foodie Favourites from

Oxfordshire’s Experts

Oxfordshire is home to a marvellous variety of places to eat including multicultural

street food, farmers' markets and Michelin Star restaurants. We asked some of

Oxfordshire's best-known chefs, restaurant owners and food experts about their

favourite places to eat.

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"I might be a little bit biased, but

dining at Belmond Le Manoir aux

Quat’Saisons is an experience that you

will treasure forever. We have created

a world of culinary delight, utilising

the freshest, best quality ingredients

from our two-acre vegetable garden.

It is a house of happiness. Food, the

table – and the friends around it – are

the catalyst of such emotion. I’d also

say Brasserie Blanc, , Oxford is one of

my favourite places to dine. I am often

asked what defines Brasserie Blanc,

well… if Belmond Le Manoir is a delicate

waltz then the Brasseries are a lively

can-can! It is a place for relaxed

enjoyment where we can offer you

simple great food. It’s also regularly

voted the best restaurant in Oxford. I

would also suggest The Black Horse It

has a great bar to lean on with a pint,

snugs and cosy spaces and of course

wonderful home cooked food."

Raymond Blanc OBE,

Chief Patron at Belmond Le

Manoir aux Quait’Saisons

Foodie Favourites from Oxfordshire’s Experts


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Food & Drink

"A fair amount of my early food education took place

in Oxford. Regular Friday trips to town with my parents

introduced me to the joys of Indian and Chinese food, and,

heavenly beyond an 8-year old’s wildest dreams, the dessert

trolley in the Italian basement restaurant that is now Fever

nightclub. Five decades later, Oxford continues my culinary

education. The hottest spot is definitely Cowley Road, both

for food shopping and restaurants. The tiny, crammed

Maroc Deli is a total gem (the best herbs in the city – ask at

the counter for their generous, vibrant bunches of coriander,

parsley, mint and dill) and directly opposite the newish Seoul

Plaza is a treasure trove of Korean ingredients. Just a few

yards away is tiny, crowded Arbequina, masquerading

under the name of ‘R Neville Chemists’. The tapas here are

truly, truly exceptional. Then in the same small area, you can

get freshly cooked, authentic falafel, tumbled into a wrap

with salty sour Syrian pickles at Aleppo’s Falafel. Wonderful!"

Sophie Grigson,

Owner & operator of Sophie’s Cookery School,

Oxford’s First and Foremost Pop-Up Cookery School

“I have been operating in Oxford for longer than

I care to remember, and it has changed so much

over the years. On our bustling High Street the

Quod

Restaurant & Bar, , with its unrivalled location and

broad European menu, forms the lively hub of the

Old Bank Hotel with its brand-new rooftop bedroom

and terrace boasting unparalleled views of Oxford’s

stunning skyline. The Parsonage Grill, famous for its

intimate, bohemian, clubby atmosphere, takes pride in

using the best produce to create classic British dishes with a modern, light touch.

Gee’s Restaurant & Bar offers a uniquely rustic, Mediterranean dining experience

within a Grade II listed Victorian Glasshouse. Other personal recommendations

would be

The Sir Charles Napier in Chinnor, a stunning restaurant set high

on a hill overlooking Chiltern beechwoods, and Belmond Le Manoir aux

Quat’Saisons

who provide some of the most exquisite and memorable dining

experiences available. Hope to see you!”

Jeremy Mogford,

Owner of Mogford Hotels & Restaurants

www.experienceoxfordshire.org


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Food & Drink

Pubs & Pints

across Oxfordshire

Everyone loves a traditional English pub – an institution our country is well known

for, after all. There’s no denying that Oxfordshire has a fine selection of pubs,

taverns, inns and more. From quaint and classic country pubs to historic city centre

establishments and everything else in between…. each with a story to tell and

something good to sell. The perfect opportunity to ‘keep calm and have a pint.'

Often referred to as just ‘The

Bear’, The Macdonald

Bear Hotel in the historic

town of Woodstock – a

stone’s throw away from

Blenheim Palace - boasts

delicious food and drink.

Savour specialty dishes,

ales and fine wines at their

award-winning restaurant

and bar based right in the

heart of Oxfordshire. Order

a drink or snack from the

lounge menu or simply sit

back and enjoy inspiring

views across the market

square.

Pop over to Minster Lovell for

the Old Swan and Minster

Mill - a quintessentially

English inn and adjoining

mill which seamlessly

blend the rural charm

Old Swan and Minster Mill in Minster Lovell

of their historic buildings

with modern design. The

Old Swan's dining rooms

and bars offer luxurious

comfort and delicious food

and drink are intertwined

with a myriad of beamed,

cosy quarters and rugged

flag-stone floors. In nearby

Witney, visit Wychwood

Brewery’s on-site Brewery

Tap to sample their craft

beers.

The Six Bells in Thame

Pretty as a picture both

inside and out, think roaring

fires, a wonderful garden

and real ale on tap, the

traditional market town,

Thame, grew from Anglo-

Saxon roots but has since

developed its own individual

character whilst preserving

its rich history; ancient

medieval buildings stand

alongside Georgian and

Victorian architecture and

the iconic boat-shaped high

street stands as testimony to

the market place for which

it was originally designed.

Notable pubs here are The

Six Bells and The Thatch;

both offering true hospitality

to friends and strangers.

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Whether as a day trip destination or the base for a

longer visit across Oxfordshire, you are spoilt for choice in

Wallingford, which is well known for being on the banks

of the River Thames and takes its name from the crossing

it historically provided to animals and people. The

Coachmakers Arms is one of Wallingford's oldest pubs

- nearly two centuries - and oozes both character and oldfashioned

charm. You will find a good variety of lagers and

cask ales and the kitchen serves traditional pub food, perfect

for walkers and visitors.

Food & Drink

Famous for its cakes, cross and ‘Ride a Cock Horse’ nursery

rhyme, Banbury retains much of its historic market town

character since its charter was granted by Queen Mary 1 in

1554. Set in the heart of Banbury’s Old Town and dating back

to the 16th century, Ye Olde Reindeer Inn features wooden

beams and an open log fire. Its famous Globe Room with

wonderful carved wooden paneling is said to have been

used by Oliver Cromwell as a base during the Civil War!

Ye Olde Reindeer Inn in Banbury

The Coachmakers Arms in Wallingford

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Local Produce - A Taste of Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire boasts a wealth of artisan producers, so why not take the opportunity

to discover the eclectic tastes on offer?

Food & Drink

Blenheim Palace

Food Festival

Waddesdon Manor’s

monthly Artisan Food

Market offers the best in

fresh seasonal produce,

locally sourced from

independent food

producers. The annual

Blenheim Palace Food

Festival brings together

a vast array of regional

food and drinks from 130

stallholders including artisan

bakers, craft brewers and

traditional ice creams.

Thame Food Festival

The annual Thame Food

Festival is a fantastic

place to discover local

produce, from food and

wine to dog treats! There is

plenty to see and do for all

the family including food

demonstrations, music acts

and dog shows.

Oxfordshire beekeepers

Brightwell Bees, based at

Brightwell-cum-Sotwell

near the market town of

Wallingford, produce clear

summer honey from their

hives and also offer talks

about the incredible life of

the honey bee. Brightwell is

also the home of Brightwell

Vineyard, award-winning

producers of wine.

TOAD Distillery

You can even find Brightwell

Wine in the Oxford Visitor

Information Centre on

Broad Street, which stocks

a range of local products

including Tiddly Pommes

apple juice made from local

fruits; Oxford Marmalade

and The Oxford Artisan

Distillery (TOAD) Gin,

produced at the only

distillery in the world to

use ancient populations’

heritage grain. TOAD

also offer distillery tours

where you can discover

their approach to distilling

and follow the production

processes that make their

craft spirits so special.

Hook Norton Brewery is a

passionate family business

brewing a fantastic range

of award-winning beers.

During their brewery tour

you will discover their rich,

handcrafted heritage and

modern brewing methods.

Wychwood Brewery

also offer tours showing

the brewing processes

of Wychwood and

Brakspear Beers, from the

raw ingredients to the

finished product, featuring

Brakspear’s famous Double

Drop system.

Keeper's Gin

Local Produce: A Taste of Oxfordshire


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Food & Drink

Suggestions for Afternoon Tea

in Oxfordshire

There’s nothing more refined and delectable than enjoying a classic Afternoon Tea

surrounded by the lush Oxfordshire countryside or the beautiful, yet bustling City of

Spires. Fortunately, there are numerous places to discover - each with something

unique to offer and enjoy! We’ve highlighted a few places to get your tastebuds ready.

The Old Parsonage

A renowned Oxford institution originating from the 17th

century, the Old Parsonage provides a truly traditional

setting in which to revel in their various afternoon teas -

including a savoury or bubbly champagne option! The

stylish dining room retains an utterly intimate feel with its

stunning original portraits, roaring log fire and comfortable

seating area.

Cafe Loco

With views of the famous Christ Church College and its

sprawling meadow, Cafe Loco is a European-style cafe

nestled within a quaint, 500 year old building. Treat yourself

to a deluxe afternoon tea as you are immersed in a similar

atmosphere of Alice’s popular tea party. In addition, the cafe

also serves a range of locally sourced and homemade menu

items.

The Macdonald

Randolph Hotel

Eynsham Hall

www.experienceoxfordshire.org


Blenheim Palace

Make your afternoon tea experience even more enjoyable

and truly unforgettable with a relaxing visit to one of

Blenheim Palace’s many onsite dining establishments.

The decadent Orangery Restaurant offers guests ‘Churchill’

themed High Tea with stunning, close up views of the Duke of

Marlborough’s private Italian gardens, whilst The Oxfordshire

Pantry provides fresh, homemade cakes, tea and coffee that

can be enjoyed as takeaway on the palace lawns.

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Vintage Days Out

Take afternoon tea onto the river with Vintage Days Out

and their fleet of superbly-restored vintage boats. Watch

the afternoon drift by as you relax and take in the sights,

including the magnificent wildlife that inhabit near the

water’s edge. A professional chef is on board preparing fresh

picnic lunches, cream tea and luxury buffets - perfect for

celebrations, parties or just a fun day out!

Eynsham Hall

Served in either the main hall or the champagne terrace,

Eynsham Hall is an exceptional country house in the heart

of Oxfordshire that offers authentic and classic or sparkling

afternoon tea. Ingredients are sourced from local farms and

suppliers making this traditional English experience even

more authentic.

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel

The epitome of English style and charm, the Drawing Room

and Lounge at Macdonald Randolph Hotel is the perfect

setting for their famous afternoon teas. They are proud

to serve afternoon tea at its very best, with a delicious

selection of savoury finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with

jam and clotted cream, a selection of cakes and more. The

celebration afternoon tea is perfect for a special occasion or

even after a busy day sightseeing or shopping.

For more great places to find Afternoon tea, visit:

www.experienceoxfordshire.org/afternoon-tea

Vintage Days Out

www.experienceoxfordshire.org


Only in Oxfordshire

Quirky Traditions

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Inspirations

Oxfordshire is home to an array of quirky traditions that make the county unique.

Merton College Time Ceremony.

Once a year, on the night the clocks go back, students

of Merton College partake in the tradition of the Merton

College Time Ceremony. Created by undergraduates

in 1971, the ceremony involves students dressing in full

academic dress whilst walking backwards around

the Fellows’ Quad with a glass of port in their hand,

from 02:00BST for an hour until 02:00GMT, to allegedly

maintain the space-time continuum.

May Day

May Day. One of Oxford’s well-loved traditions, held

every year on the 1st of May, sees citywide celebrations

for the coming of Spring, bringing the community

together for what is known as May Day. Morris Men

dance across the city, and the choristers of Magdalen

College choir sing the day in from the Great Tower

at 6am with Hymnus Eucharisticus, attracting flocks

of people to Magdalen Bridge before celebrations

continue throughout the morning.

Beating the Bounds. Also in Oxford and part

of Ascension Day activities on the 10th of May, Beating

the Bounds is an annual tradition inviting people to

mark the boundary stones of the parish by beating

them with willow sticks. An ancient ceremony, Beating

the Bounds dates back to the Anglo-Saxon period, yet

today a procession of clergy and dignitaries, led by

St Michael at the Northgate church, still visit the city’s

boundary stones whilst shouting “Mark! Mark! Mark!”

Bun Throwing. Bun Throwing in Abingdon is

a famous tradition in Oxfordshire; dating back 400

years, local dignitaries throw buns from the Abingdon

County Hall Museum on days of celebration; attracting

huge crowds all hoping to catch a bun!

Beating the Bounds

Bun Throwing

Only in Oxfordshire: 4 Quirky Traditions


Oxfordshire’s Screen

& Literary Links

Oxfordshire has been chosen as the location for

countless films and TV series and has also been the

inspiration for some of the world’s most well-known

novels and characters.

Whether you fancy being

a wizard at Hogwarts, are

Lewis Carroll’s biggest fan

or aspire to be part of the

Crawley family, keep reading

and discover where you can

explore the locations that

have provided the backdrop

for your favourite scenes or

inspired the words written

across many novels.

Harry Potter

Retrace the steps of Harry

and the Hogwarts School

of Witchcraft and Wizardry

when you visit Oxford.

Wander through the

cobbled streets and visit the

magical places that were

brought to life. At Christ

Church College, you’ll find

the Tudor dining hall, which

provided inspiration for the

Great Hall, as well as the

steps leading up to the hall,

where Professor McGonagall

stood as Harry and other

Hogwarts students made

their arrival. See if you can

spot the area where Harry

spent time recovering in the

Hogwarts Infirmary when

you visit the Divinity School,

or the location where Draco

Malfoy was turned into a

ferret by Mad-Eye Moody

under the giant oak tree in

New College.

Downton Abbey

The hugely popular

TV series was filmed in

various locations in West

Oxfordshire including

Bampton, Swinbrook Shilton,

and at Cogges Manor

Farm in Witney.

His Dark

Materials

Having studied at Exeter

College during the 1960’s,

author Philip Pullman has

been largely inspired by

Oxford, including Exeter

College known to readers

of his books as Jordan

College, Godstow Abbey,

the Trout Inn and Botanic

Gardens are just a few of

the locations that feature in

Pullman’s literary works.

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Inspirations

New College Oak Tree

Oxfordshire’s Screen & Literary Links


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Inspirations

Agatha Christie

The best-selling author Agatha Christie is known worldwide

for her compelling fictional crime novels and famous sleuths;

namely Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. The home of Agatha

Christie, and the inspiration for much of her work also comes

from Wallingford. Visit Wallingford Museum’s exhibition

‘At Home with the Queen of Crime’ to learn more fascinating

facts about the work and life of Christie.

Lewis Carroll’s

Alice in Wonderland

Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll wrote his

famous tales of Alice in Wonderland - heavily inspired by

Oxford, the city where Carroll lived and studied for nearly

fifty years. The dining hall of Christ Church College houses

treasures associated with the whimsical tales; see if you can

spot the stained- glass window where Alice, the Cheshire Cat

and other characters feature, and the wooden chair with the

Cheshire Cat’s wide smile carved into it. When leaving Christ

Church on to St Aldates, you will find Alice’s Shop, where

Alice is believed to have bought sweets as a young girl.

Lewis Caroll's Office

Christ Church College

Midsomer

Murders

Follow in the footsteps

of Inspector Barnaby of

Causton CID and characters

of the popular detective

series. Discover the various

filming locations - namely

Wallingford, which served

as the drama's fictional

town of Causton; home to

Causton Playhouse and the

Midsomer Worthy Choir. Visit

Wallingford Museum to

see their Midsomer Murders

display, showing numerous

connections the town has

with the popular TV series.

www.experienceoxfordshire.org


Inspector Morse,

Lewis and Endeavour

Oxford is a key location for Inspector Morse and

Lewis, and more recently Endeavour. Enjoy a drink at

the Morse Bar in the Macdonald Randolph Hotel

or The White Horse Pub where the detectives spent

time deliberating over cases. Amble along the River

Thames where many bodies were hidden, sit on the

steps of the Ashmolean Museum – the location of

several scenes, or visit Exeter College where Morse

had his fatal heart attack.

C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia

C.S. Lewis studied at University College and was later

appointed English Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen

College. He published more than 30 books during

his lifetime including the world-famous Chronicles

of Narnia. Visit St Mary’s Passage and see if you

can spot the carved fawn in one of the door frames,

supposedly the inspiration for Mr. Tumnus.

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St Mary's Passage

Inspirations

Alice's Shop

www.experienceoxfordshire.org


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Toddlers to Teenagers

Fun For the Whole Family

With fantastic farms, magical museums, interactive

history and some of the best experiences to be had,

Oxfordshire has a range of activities perfect for

toddlers to teens. We hope these suggestions will

provide you with inspiration for planning your next

family adventure!

Mixing fairy tales, animals and adventure play, children will

love magical Fairytale Farm. Where else can you meet

mermaids, rabbits, sleeping beauty, alpacas, sea horses,

ducks and chickens? Be transported back in time at The

Oxford Bus Museum, which tells the story of bus and coach

travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years. Exhibits

include historic horse-drawn vehicles, vintage buses, coaches

and unique artifacts.

With a variety of engaging and immersive exhibitions, the

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum includes a recreated

Great War trench, a mock-up section of a Horsa Glider from

D Day and Afghan Alley. For great views of Oxford city centre,

climb Oxford’s oldest tower St Michael at the Northgate.

Inside you can see the door to the Martyrs’ cell, an ancient

clock mechanism that you can see in action, and silver and

bronze dating back to the 1600’s.

Fairytale Farm

www.experienceoxfordshire.org

The Story Museum

Oxford Bus Museum

Offering a peaceful oasis

from the hustle and bustle of

Oxford, the Story Museum

celebrates story in all forms

with regular story sessions,

a delicious cafe on site and

a quirky shop for storyinspired

gifts. Although

the main exhibition area

is currently closed for

redevelopment, you can

pop in for some FREE story

fun with dressing up, popup

stories and the Talking

Throne in the museum’s

‘Changing Room’, which

gives visitors a taste of

what will be on offer when

the development work is

completed.


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Travel Toolkit

Easy Day Trip Destinations

You Can Take From Oxford

As one of the most centrally located cities in England, Oxford is the perfect

place to base yourself and explore other parts of the country; and excellent

transport links makes it easy to travel around Oxfordshire and beyond.

Stonehenge

Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic

ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders

of the world and the best known prehistoric

monument in Europe. Travelling by train to

Salisbury takes just over two hours, however a

quicker and cheaper option is to drive with a

journey time of just over one hour, giving you

plenty of time to explore this wonderful English

Heritage site. You can even purchase discount

tickets for Stonehenge from the Oxford

Visitor Information Centre!

Bath

With frequent fast services on the rail

route between Oxford and Bath taking

just over one hour, the beautiful city of

Bath is the perfect day trip destination.

Built for pleasure and relaxation, Bath

has been a wellbeing destination since

Roman times, boasting the only natural

thermal hot springs in Britain you can

bathe in.

Stonehenge

www.experienceoxfordshire.org


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Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park

Once the top-secret home of the World

War II Code Breakers and the birthplace

of modern information technology,

Bletchley Park is now a vibrant heritage

attraction. Just a fifty-minute drive

away, this is a great day trip to take

from Oxford, allowing plenty of time to

explore this fascinating piece of British

heritage and still have time to enjoy a full

evening’s entertainment back in Oxford.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Nestled in the rural Warwickshire

countryside, on the picturesque banks

of the River Avon, lies the charming

medieval market town of Stratfordupon-Avon.

A day trip to the birthplace

of William Shakespeare, the world’s

greatest playwright is a must and it’s so

easy to get there either by bus, with a

journey time of just over an hour, or by

train via Royal Leamington Spa.

London

Less than an hour’s journey via train from

Oxford, London’s lively city atmosphere

is not to be missed. Take in a show in the

West End, stroll around the UK’s most

famous museums, and marvel at some

of the grandest monuments in Europe.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Easy Day Trip Destinations You Can Take From Oxford


Hop on board a Chiltern train to Oxford Station from lovely London Marylebone.

Enjoy your journey with spacious carriages, comfy seats and complimentary Wifi*.

With trains leaving twice an hour and with journey times from just 60 minutes,

isn’t it time you spread your wings?

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Travelling Into

Oxfordshire

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By Air

Nearest airports: London Heathrow Airport (2 hours by bus),

London Gatwick Airport (3 hours by bus), Birmingham

Airport (1 hour by train).

Oxford Bus Company’s Airline coaches operate 24 hour,

7 days a week services to both Heathrow and Gatwick

airports. Tickets can be purchased online or on the day of

travel.

www.airline.oxfordbus.co.uk

By Coach

Linking London and Oxford, the Oxford Bus Company’s X90

route provides a 24/7 service.

www.x90.oxfordbus.co.uk

Stagecoach operates the Oxford Tube, also linking London

and Oxford, and available 24/7.

www.oxfordtube.com

By Rail

Great Western Railway has a regular service from London

Paddington stopping at Didcot, Reading and Oxford and

north through the county to the Cotswolds.

www.gwr.com

Chiltern Railways operates trains from London Marylebone

with stops at Princes Risborough, Haddenham & Thame

Parkway, Bicester Village, Oxford Parkway and Oxford.

www.chilternrailways.co.uk


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Travelling Around

Oxfordshire

By Bus

The Oxford Bus Company operates a network of services

across the city, with regular buses also travelling to surrounding

towns and villages as well as to Blenheim Palace.

www.oxfordbus.co.uk

Stagecoach also offers an excellent countywide bus network,

including the S5 service linking Oxford and Bicester Village, and

the S3 and 7 services linking Oxford and Blenheim Palace.

www.stagecoachbus.com/about/oxfordshire

Park & Ride - The Gateway to Oxford. There are 5 Park & Ride

sites located around Oxford’s ring road, with regular bus services

to the city centre, making your journey into the city hassle free.

www.parkandride.oxfordbus.co.uk

The City Sightseeing Bus is an excellent way to explore the city,

its history and highlights, and offers the option to hop on and off

whenever you like. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours.

www.citysightseeingoxford.com

Car & Chauffeur Hire

Oxfordshire Travel, a luxury transportation company and great

customer service.

www.oxford-travel.co.uk

The Oxford Minibus Company has a high- end fleet catering

for 1 – 70 passengers.

www.theoxfordminibuscompany.co.uk

Auto Europe offer car, motorhome, motorcycle or luxury vehicle

hire.from a choice of suppliers to suit your needs.

www.autoeurope.co.uk

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Accommodation

Where to stay in Oxfordshire

THE MAYTIME INN

www.themaytime.com

The Maytime Inn, Asthall, Burford,

Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW

The Maytime Inn has six individually

decorated bedrooms - it is the perfect place

to enjoy a break in one of England’s most

beautiful locations. Diners also can enjoy

their seasonally changing menu.

01993 822068

themaytime@themaytime.com

BICESTER HOTEL GOLF AND SPA

www.bicesterhotelgolfandspa.com

Green Lane, Chesterton, Bicester,

Oxfordshire,OX26 1TH

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa has 52 well-appointed

deluxe bedrooms. Some ground floor rooms have

their own small patio area and many of the first

floor rooms have views overlooking the rolling

fairways.

01869 241204 reservations@bicesterhgs.com

GRANGE FARM COUNTRY COTTAGES

www.grangefarmcottages.co.uk

Grange Farm Estates, Godington, Bicester, Oxfordshire,

OX27 9AF

Grange Farm is a working farm set in the small village of

Godington in rural Oxfordshire, close to the Cotswolds. Each

cottage is fitted out with a combination of contemporary

practical items and luxurious character furnishings. The kitchen

areas contain a full-sized cooker, fridge, microwave oven and

dishwasher.

01869 277226 info@grangefarmcottages.co.uk

EYNSHAM HALL

www.eynshamhall.com

Eynsham Hall Hotel, Witney, Oxfordshire,

OX29 6PN

Enjoy a stay in one of the newly-refurbished,

boutique style Main Hall bedrooms. Or

choose the Double Cosy rooms or Standard

Double bedrooms in the Eynsham Lodge, just

a short walk away from the Main Building.

01993 885203

HEYTHROP PARK RESORT

(FIROKA GROUP)

www.heythroppark.co.uk

Enstone, Chipping Norton OX7 5UF

18-hole golf course. 358 bedrooms across

the resort. Leisure club and gym. Unique

wedding venue for traditional and Asian

weddings for up to 800 guests. Afternoon

Tea. Private dining.

01608 673497 info@heythroppark.co.uk

BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX

QUAT'SAISONS

www.belmond.com

Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford,

OX44 7PD

Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property

also has a restaurant and a terrace. The rooms

at the hotel come with a seating area, a flatscreen

TV with satellite channels and a private

bathroom with free toiletries and a bath.

01844 277216 manoir.mqs@belmond.com

ARDEN LODGE

www.ardenlodgeoxford.co.uk

34 Sunderland Ave, Oxford OX2 8DX

Arden Lodge is a three-star guest house

located in a quiet, green suburb of Oxford.

The cosy and welcoming lodge offers three

bedrooms with private facilities or en-suite

bathrooms.

01865 552076

ardenlodge34@googlemail.com

BATH PLACE HOTEL

www.bathplace.co.uk/index.html

4 –5 Bath Place, Holywell Street, Oxford

OX1 3SU

The Bath Place Hotel offers fifteen double

and twin cottage-style rooms as well as

family suites. Each room is en-suite with

digital flat-screen television, free wifi,

minibar as well as coffee- and tea-making

facilities.

01865 791812 info@bathplace.co.uk

HAMPTON BY HILTON

https://goo.gl/ZD1yLJ

Hampton by Hilton, Grenoble Road,

Oxford, OX4 4XP

Hampton by Hilton Oxford offers business

and leisure accommodation in the historic

city of Oxford. All rooms feature an

ergonomic chair and desk, a flat-screen TV

and a walk-in power shower.

01865 788860

THE OLD BANK

www.oldbank-hotel.co.uk

92-94 High St, Oxford OX1 4BJ

The Old Bank hotel has 42 luxury bedrooms.

The proportions of the Georgian property

have been retained leading to rooms

feeling large and airy. Many of the rooms

have unrivalled views of famous Oxford

landmarks.

01865 517541

reception@oldbank-hotel.co.uk

CHRIST CHURCH

www.chch.ox.ac.uk

Christ Church, St. Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DP

Christ Church offers single, twin and

double bedrooms. Each room is provided

with bed linen, towels, hairdryer, and a

complimentary toiletry pack on arrival, as

well as tea and coffee making facilities and

a fridge.

01865 286998 enquiries@chch.ox.ac.uk

www.experienceoxfordshire.org


Where to stay in the city of Oxford

MERCURE EASTGATE HOTEL

www.accorhotels.com

73 High St, Oxford OX1 4BE

Mercure Oxford Eastgate is located in the

centre of Oxford opposite the University

buildings. The famous novelists J.R.R.

Tolkien and C.S Lewis frequented the hotel

whilst being Fellows at Merton College and

Magdalen College respectively.

01865 248332 H6668@accor.com

BURLINGTON HOUSE

www.burlington-hotel-oxford.co.uk/

374 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 7PP

Burlington House is situated in Oxford’s

premier residential area of Summertown.

The 10 en-suite bedrooms are dedicated to

ensuring guests have a comfortable stay,

and are stylishly decorated to the highest

contemporary standards.

01865 513513

stay@burlington-house.co.uk

JURY’S INN

(Wolvercote Roundabout)

www.jurysinns.com

Godstow Rd, Oxford OX2 8AL

Jurys Inn hotel in Oxford has 240 stylish

bedrooms in total and offers a range of

spacious rooms to suit your purpose, from

a standard double to the ‘Deluxe King’ with

free WiFi.

01865 489988

Jurysinnoxford@jurysinn.com

CONFERENCE OXFORD

www.conference-oxford.com

Conference Oxford, 1 Littlegate Street,

Oxford, OX1 1QG

The University of Oxford welcomes the

independent traveller. Colleges can

offer self-catering or bed-and-breakfast

accommodation on an individual basis during

the vacation periods and occasionally

during term.

01865 287378

anna.dominey@conference-oxford.ox.ac.uk

BEST WESTERN PLUS OXFORD,

LINTON LODGE HOTEL

www.bw-lintonlodgehotel.co.uk

Linton Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2

6UJ, England

Linton Lodge is set in one and a half acres of

gardens, in a quiet suburb of Oxford, yet just

a mile from the city centre. Well appointed

and comfortable rooms with superb food

make this hotel a perfect choice for leisure

and business travellers alike.

01865 553461 sales@lintonlodge.com

MACDONALD - THE

RANDOLPH HOTEL

www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2LN

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel is the

leading 5-star hotel in Oxford and offers

luxurious accommodation, delicious food

and a sensuous spa haven in the heart of

this world-famous University City.

01865 256420

enquiries@Macdonald-Hotels.co.uk

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MALMAISON OXFORD

www.malmaison.com/locations/oxford

Oxford Castle, 3 New Rd, Oxford OX1 1AY

Malmaison has 95 newly refurbished

non-smoking bedrooms and suites in a

converted prison. Take in the inspiring

atmosphere of a medieval castle with the

luxurious amenities of a 4 Star Hotel.

01865 268501

Reservations.oxford@malmaison.com

THE BUTTERY

www.thebutteryhotel.co.uk

11-12 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AP

The Buttery is a newly appointed four-star

hotel. The Buttery offers six deluxe and

well-furnished en-suite bedrooms with many

rooms overlooking some of the beautiful

Oxford colleges.

01865 811950

enquiries@thebutteryhotel.co.uk

SAID BUSINESS

SCHOOL

www.sbs.ox.ac.uk

University of Oxford, Park End St, Oxford, OX1 1HP

Set in 37 acres of wooded parkland Egrove Park is

located 2 miles from the city centre and only a 10

minute drive away. Egrove Park was built in 1969

and retains some very quirky features reminiscent

of 1960s architecture. Delicious hot and cold buffet

breakfast available.

01865 288442 conference@sbs.ox.ac.uk

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The Oxford Belfry

London Road, Milton Common OX9 2JW, England

01844 279381

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Rd, Oxford, OX1 4PS

01865 324 324 www.phcompany.com/principal/oxford-spires

Macdonald Bear Hotel

Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 ISZ

0344 879 9143 enquiries@Macdonald-Hotels.co.uk

www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/south-england

/woodstock/macdonald-bear-hotel

The Buttery

11-12 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AP

01865 811950 enquiries@thebutteryhotel.co.uk

www.thebutteryhotel.co.uk

Royal Oxford Hotel

Park End Street, OX11 1HR

01865 248432 info@royaloxfordhotel.co.uk

www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk

Thackley End

Banbury Road, Oxford

01993 811711 stay@shortletspace.co.uk

www.shortletspace.co.uk/oxford/north-oxford

/kftea-thackley-end-flat

Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South

6 Milton Gate, Milton, Abingdon OX14 4FP United Kingdom

01865 671480

The Galaxie

180 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7BY

01865 515688 hotel@galaxie.co.uk www.galaxie.co.uk

The St. Margarets Hotel

41 St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LD

01865 433864 www.thestmargaretshotel.co.uk

Cotswold Lodge Hotel

Cotswold Lodge Hotel, 66A Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JP

01865 512121 enquiries@cotswoldlodgehotel.co.uk

www.cotswoldlodgehotel.co.uk

Gorselands Hall

Boddington Lane, North Leigh, Oxon, OX29 6PU

01993 882292 bandb@gorselandshall.com

www.gorselandshall.com

The Tidmarsh

2 Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AZ

01869 277557 pat@pmcdomus.co.uk

https://staybeyond.com

De Vere Oxford Thames Hotel

Henley Rd, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford OX4 4GX

01865 334444 oxfordthamesreception@devere.com

www.devere.co.uk/oxford-thames

Newton House

82/84 Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4PL

01865 240561 martyn@newtonhouseoxford.co.uk

www.newtonhouseoxford.co.uk

Stay Beyond - Nelson Street

31 Nelson Street, Oxford, OX2 6BD

02075235351

The George Hotel

George Hotel, High Street, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 0BS

01491 836665 info@george-hotel-wallingford.com

www.peelhotels.co.uk/george-hotel

Heath Farm Holiday Cottages

Swerford, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 4BN

01608 683204 cottages@heathfarm.com

www.heathfarm.com

Holiday Inn Oxford

Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 8JD

0871 942 9086 oxford@hioxford.co.uk

www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/gb/en/oxford/ofduk/hoteldetail

Hawkwell House Hotel

Church Way, Iffley Village, Oxford, OX4 4DZ

01865 749988 enquiry@hawkwellhouse.co.uk

www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk

Littlegood Lodge

Little Bourton, Banbury, OX17 1QZ

01295 750069 littlegoodfarm31@gmail.com

www.littlegoodfarm.co.uk

Holiday Inn Express Oxford

Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OXP 4XP

01865 780888 reservations@expressoxford.com

www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/gb/en/oxford

/ofdks/hoteldetail

Oxford Country Cottages

Lower Farm, Noke, Oxford, OX3 9TX

07830 165830 felicity@oxfordcountrycottages.co.uk

www.oxfordcountrycottages.co.uk

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When to Visit

Come rain or shine, and no

matter the time of year, we

guarantee there’s always

an exciting adventure

to be had throughout

Oxfordshire.

5th Sep 2018 - 1 st Feb 2019

A Medieval Mosaic

Exhibition: Soldiers of

Oxfordshire Museum

A 210 foot long mosaic recreates

the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

www.sofo.org.uk/whats-on

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When to Visit

Step onto Oxford’s

cobbled lanes as you

wander the City of Spires

and its pinnacled roofs,

punt or row down the

scenic River Thames, or

make your way across the

county’s many picturesque

and exciting villages,

towns and leading

attractions.

Remember that

many fantastic family

attractions, such as

Oxford Ice Rink, can be

enjoyed all year round!

8th - 15th Feb

Turl Street Arts Festival

Soak up some culture at the annual

Turl Street Arts Festival, where

the creative talents of staff and

students of the three Turl Street

colleges - Exeter, Lincoln and Jesus -

are showcased.

Until 28th May

Bacterial World at the

Natural History Museum

A revealing exhibition that will leave

you pondering the secret lives of

bacteria.

www.oum.ox.ac.uk/

bacterialworld

22nd Feb, 27th Feb - 4th Mar

Torpids

Cheer on the Oxford colleges

at the annual Torpids rowing

and bumping races.

www.ourcs.org.uk

4th - 17th Mar

Henley Youth Festival

Indulge your imagination and

promote children's performing

and visual arts. This year's theme is

'dreams'...

Continued

Oxfordshire in Spring

Enjoy impressive displays of spring

flowering bulbs at Batsford

Arboretum – from swathes of

bluebells, snowdrops, aconites,

hellebores and daffodils to the

beautiful blossom of magnolias

and flowering cherries. Go punting

on the River Cherwell or cycling

in the countryside with The

Carter Company, have a picnic

with the rhinos at the Cotswold

Wildlife Park, visit over eight

acres of inspirational landscaped

gardens at Waterperry Gardens,

be transported back in time at

Broughton Castle with the family

or enjoy an evening of Shakespeare

at the Oxford Castle & Prison, just

to name a few.

For full details of these and even more events, visit www.experienceoxfordshire.org/whats-on

www.experienceoxfordshire.org/whats-on


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When to Visit

...If you are a 4-18 year old with a

brilliant imagination, then create

something to be shown at the

festival!

www.hyf.org.uk

30th Mar - 7th Apr

Oxford Literary Festival

Over 350 writers flock to the

famous university city to discuss

affairs literary, political, historical,

environmental and culinary.

www.oxfordliteraryfestival.org

25th - 28th Apr

ChipLitFest

Join more than fifty authors,

publishers and booksellers to

discuss the written word. With book

swaps, reading groups, workshops

and more.

www.chiplitfest.com

1st May

May Morning

At 6am Oxford will be woken with

the choristers of Magdalen College

choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus

from the Great Tower. Celebrations

of the coming of Spring will flow

throughout Oxford, with Morris

Men dancing and activities spread

across the city.

www.oxford.gov.uk

4th - 27th May

Oxfordshire

Art Weeks

Meet hundreds of artists,

craftspeople and designer-makers

in a range of venues across

Oxfordshire during this unique

festival that celebrates art in

Oxfordshire.

www.artweeks.org

12th May

Town & Gown Run

Whether you're a serious athlete or

a beginner, run a 10k or 3k scenic

route through Oxford city centre

with around 5,000 other runners.

www.townandgown10k.com/

oxford

9th - 17th May

Oxford Bike Week

Get on your bike for a range of

rides and events during Oxford Bike

Week. Open for all to join.

www.oxfordbikeweek.co.uk

17th-20th May

Wood

A not-to-be-missed festival of

music and nature, set in the rolling

Chiltern Hills at Braziers Park.

www.eventbrite.com/e/

wood-festival-2019-

tickets-46299690621

29th May - 26th July

Garsington

Opera Festival

Celebrate 30 years of the

Garsington Opera Festival

this summer with four fantastic

productions to choose from.

www.garsingtonopera.org

1st June

Oxford Pride Parade

Oxford Pride's annual parade,

starting at midday from Radcliffe

Square and travelling through the

city to the Castle Quarter.

www.sites.google.com/a/

oxford-pride.org.uk/pride-2016/

parade

2nd June

World Poohsticks

Championship

Show off your poohsticks skills and

make Winne the Pooh proud at the

World Poohsticks Championships,

hosted on a bridge near to Witney.

www.pooh-sticks.com

17th - 29th June

Offbeat Festival

Offbeat is a festival of new comedy,

theatre, family shows, dance,

spoken word and music, taking

place at the Old Fire Station and

Oxford Playhouse.

www.offbeatoxford.co.uk

21st June - 7th July

Oxford Festival of the Arts

Immerse yourself in culture with

a fortnight of performances,

talks and workshops at venues

throughout Oxford.

www.artsfestivaloxford.org/

whats-on

21st - 22nd June

Beacon Festival, Watlington

Bring the whole family to

Watlington's annual weekend

music event. Featuring live music,

workshops and demonstrations.

www.beaconfestival.net

21st - 23rd June

Blenheim Flower Show

Get inspiration for your home and

garden with this wonderful three

day flower show.

www.blenheimflowershow.co.uk

www.experienceoxfordshire.org/whats-on


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Summer in Oxfordshire

Summer is one of the best times to

visit Oxfordshire. It is packed to the

brim with interesting things to see,

do and experience; your chance

to make the most of the long day!

Oxford welcomes many festivals

and street carnivals; notably Alice’s

Day and Cowley Road Carnival.

Returning for its seventh year in

June, the Blenheim Palace Flower

Show celebrates the very best

of gardening, home and lifestyle

and boasts the stunning Grand

Floral Pavilion. During July, the

annual Henley Royal Regatta

is undoubtedly the best-known

regatta in the world. It is a highlight

of both the summer sporting

calendar and the social season.

The Regatta attracts thousands

of visitors over a five-day period. Or,

book a private adventure with Go

Cotswolds and experience once

of the most quintessentially English

regions as you bask in the honeycoloured

stone buildings.

27th-30th June

Handmade in Oxford

Building on the legacy of Art in

Action, Handmade in Oxford will

offer the opportunity to discover the

crafts of local artists in Waterperry

Gardens.

www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/

events/handmade-oxford

3rd - 7th July

Henley Royal Regatta

Spend a summer's day down by

the Thames at the sophisticated

and exciting Henley Royal Regatta.

www.hrr.co.uk

5th - 7th July

Cornbury Music Festival

A country fair with a rock 'n' roll

twist, Cornbury Music Festival is

a family event not to be missed.

Headlining this year are The Beach

Boys!

www.cornburyfestival.com

6th July

Alice’s Day

"Every year, Oxford comes

together to commemorate Lewis

Carroll’s enchanting tales of Alice

in Wonderland. An important

moment for children’s literature and

the city that inspired the stories,

Oxford hosts a variety of magically

whimsical activities throughout

the day.

www.storymuseum.org.uk/

about-us/what-we-do/alicesday

7th July

Cowley Road Carnival

Join the buzzing crowds for another

year of the Cowley Road Carnival,

...celebrating community

and culture in Oxford.

www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk

8th July - 7th Sep

Shakespeare’s Rose

Theatre @ Blenheim Palace

Watch four of Shakespeare's most

breathtaking plays - Macbeth, A

Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard

III and Romeo & Juliet - in the

spectacular grounds of Blenheim

Palace.

www.shakespearesrosetheatre.

com/blenheim

Cogges Farm

Beer & Cider Festival

Sample the best brews in the

county at Cogges Manor Farm,

against the background of

beautiful 17th century barns, morris

dancing and live music.

www.cogges.org.uk/whats

15th - 19th July

Swan Upping

A traditional event when the swans

on the Upper Thames are marked

for identification by The Royal Swan

Uppers, who wear the bright scarlet

uniform of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Swan Uppers will row along

the Thames between Sunbury and

Abingdon.

www.royalswan.co.uk

26th -28th July

Truck Festival

Watch an array of the best

emerging local and national music

talent at Truck Festival 2019.

www.truckfestival.com

When to Visit

Continued

www.experienceoxfordshire.org/whats-on


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When to Visit

1st - 4th Aug

BBC Countryfile Live

@ Blenheim Palace

See the nationally famous BBC

Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

this August.

www.countryfilelive.com

25th - 26th Aug

Uffington White Horse Show

Get your adrenaline pumping with

attractions including aeroplanes,

helicopters, BMX and heavy horse

displays.

www.whitehorseshow.co.uk

1st - 4th Aug

Wilderness Festival

Wilderness Festival is the multiaward

winning 4-day festival of live

music, wild swimming, spectacle,

late night revelry and dining

experiences.

www.wildernessfestival.com

9th - 10th Sep

St Giles Fair

The locally famous St Giles’ fair

returns for another year with

different rides and food stalls for the

whole family to enjoy!

www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20013/

about_oxford/557/st_giles_fair

8th - 10th Aug

Fairport’s Cropedy

Convention

Cropedy's annual folk and rock

festival, organised by the band

Fairport Convention.

www.fairportconvention.com

23rd -25th Aug

The Big Feastival

Fantastically family-friendly food

and music festival on a farm in

Chipping Norton.

www.thebigfeastival.com

23rd - 26th Aug

Towersey Village Music

Festival

Experience local music and

community at Towersey's village

festival. Featuring music stages,

food and crafts.

www.towerseyfestival.com

Oxfordshire Autumn

Savour the last sunny days before

the cool, crisp air takes over. Look

out for seasonal apple or pumpkin

days, notably at Cogges Manor

Farm, where you can sample the

season’s bounty. Or, revel in the

vivid colours and enjoy a crisp walk.

Enjoy a walk across the ancient

chalk downs of Oxfordshire and

absorb the history found the stretch

of the ancient Ridgeway. Autumn

is a great time at Waddesdon

Manor or Blenheim Palace, as

bronze and gold hues begin to

show in the gardens.

14th - 15th Sep

Oxford Open Doors

Discover Oxford's history and

fall in love with the city all over

again during this very special

weekend event.

www.oxfordpreservation.org.

uk/node/16

19th - 22nd Sep

Blenheim Palace

International Horse Trials

Watch world-class horse riders

partake in dressage, cross-country

and showjumping in the glorious

Blenheim Palace parkland.

www.blenheimhorse.co.uk

28th -29th Sep

Thame Food Festival

Tuck into delicious artisan food and

street food. Expect demonstrations

from top chefs, food stalls and

artisan drinks offerings.

www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk

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28th Sep - 6th Oct

Henley Literary Festival

As one of the biggest book festivals

in the UK, Henley Literary Festival

is an unmissable event for anyone

with a passion for literature.

www.henleyliteraryfestival.

co.uk

16th - 18th Nov

Oxford Christmas Lights

Festival

With the countdown nearly on,

celebrate everything Christmas with

the rest of Oxfordshire at this year’s

Christmas Lights Festival.

www.oxfordschristmas.com/

When t oVisit

11th - 14th Oct

Blenheim Palace Festival of

Literature, Film & Music

Join in with a full programme of

exciting events, bringing together

great minds in the fields of literature

and culture

www.

blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.

com

Oxford Christmas Market

The city of dreaming spires will

again be filled with festive joy as the

Oxford Christmas Market returns

to the heart of the city on beautiful

and historic Broad Street

www.oxfordchristmasmarket.

co.uk

Oxford Lieder Festival

The centrepiece of the Oxford

Lieder musical year, this festival is

an extravaganza of music that

features some of the world's best

singers and pianists.

www.oxfordlieder.co.uk

IF: Oxford Science &

Ideas Festival

Everyone can learn something new

at the Oxford Science and Ideas

festival, with events covering all

levels of interest.

www.if-oxford.com

Banbury Folk Festival

Dance to fantastic folk music at this

weekend festival, held in venues

around Banbury town centre.

www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk

Winter in Oxfordshire

Winter is a memorable and

magical time to be in Oxfordshire.

Wake up to frosty mornings

and slowly make your way to a

traditional pub with a roaring log

fire by mid-afternoon. Whether

you’re in the city or countryside,

there are plenty of pubs to

warm up in. Or, take a tour of

Oxfordshire’s many local breweries

such as Wychwood Brewery

or Hook Norton Brewery and

be welcomed by warm, smiling

brewers. Time your visit to

Oxfordshire near mid-December

and experience classic Christmas

traditions, outdoor markets and

grottos and extraordinary light

displays - and don’t forget to have

some mulled wine!

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