Oxfordshire Things to Do

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Oxfordshire Things to Do

  • Oxford University & Colleges

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    Oxford Things to Do

    Wadham College is one of the few colleges founded by a woman - Dorothy Wadham -, who used her husband Nicholas's heritage to found the college in 1610, a year after his death, when she was 75 years old! Interestingly, despite being founded by a female, women were not allowed in the college at all, except for the laundress who had to be of "such...

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  • Blenheim Palace

    Oxfordshire Things to Do

    Blenheim Palace is the only non-episcopal house in England to officially be called a palace, and it rightly deserves to be called that. It is huge, magnificently austere, and surrounded by 2100 acres of well managed and tended gardens, forest, and pastures. There are lakes and streams to lend a feeling of rustic countryside, and indeed, the whole...

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  • Christ Church

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    Founded in 1546, Christ Church is nowadays Oxford's biggest and also one of its richest colleges. Its front quad alone provides enough space for a "normal" college... Moreover, the college is home to some of Oxford's weirdest rules and traditions. First of all, it has got a different time zone than the rest of England. Some genius has found out...

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  • Punting

    Oxford Things to Do

    The River Cherwell (pronounced Char-well) is a quiet tributary of the Thames, to the east of the city centre. It is a popular place to go punting ...which basically means you hire a flat bottomed boat and push it along using a long pole. It is possible to hire punts at Magdalen Bridge, or further north at Cherwell Boathouse (you'll probably need a...

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  • Bridge of Sighs

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    Oxford Things to Do

    Unlike its namesake, the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice, there is no water flowing under this bridge or passing gondolas. It is instead an overhead walkway linking two parts of Hertford College either side of New College Lane which provides a convenient shortcut for students and staff. Construction was completed in 1914.

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  • Radcliffe Camera

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    Oxford Things to Do

    One of Oxford’s most distinctive landmarks, the circular Radcliffe Camera building serves as a reading room for the Bodleian Library. Named after the physician John Radcliffe, it was built between 1737-1749 and the construction funded from his estate. The library originally housed the Radcliffe Science Library until this was transferred to a new...

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  • Bodleian Library

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    Oxford has several libraries, but Bodleian library, for its history and architecture, is the most remarkable (and visited!). Since the 16Th century it is open to the students , inheriting a collection coming from the 13Th century, and rescued from dispersion by Sir Thomas Bodley, whose name was given to the library built from the day after his...

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  • University Church of St. Mary

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    Oxford Things to Do

    The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin is the highest building on High Street and it provides you with a fantastic view over the roofs of Oxford. The only thing you have to do is pay a fee of £3, climb up the steep and narrow staircase, recover your breath and enjoy the panorama. As the church is just opposite of Radcliffe Camera, which again...

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  • Carfax Tower

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    Oxford Things to Do

    If you want to enjoy a view over Oxford's rooftops, but don't dare to climb the steep stairs of St. Mary the Virgin, then Carfax Tower should be your choice. Located at the top end of High Street, the tower is the city's most popular meeting place but also a tourist attraction of sorts. A watchman in front of it sounds a bell every some minutes and...

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  • Magdalen College

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    Oxford Things to Do

    Magdalen College is accessible via High Street, and the first thing you'll see are the gargoyles on the wall. They are typical for Oxford (see this, this or this gallery), and of course Magdalen College is no exception. Turning to your right and passing through one of the gloomy passages, you will reach the magnificent Cloister Quadrangle w

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  • Botanic Gardens

    Oxford Things to Do

    This botanical garden is the UK's oldest botanical garden and it holds 7,000 different species of plants. After kew gardens for me it was a bit disappointing but then again entry was only GBP3. They hold events here throughout the summer encouraging picnics & socialising it is also next to the river.

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  • Oxford Castle - Unlocked

    Oxford Things to Do

    The castle, is as noted in it's marketing material, is "so much more than a castle..." - the site is home to 11th century castle fortification (motte and bailey) was the location of Oxfrod Prison until 1996 and now the home to a rather upmarket hotel. The castle fortification was originally established by Robert d'Oilly (who died in 1091); it was...

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  • Sheldonian Theatre

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    There are several good reasons to visit the Sheldonian Theatre. First, this is an early architectural masterpiece of Christopher Wren, built in 1664-1668. Wren was at that time Professor of Astronomy at Oxford. The building has an unusual shape, semicircular at one end and rectangular at the other. The inspiration was the Theater of Marcellus in...

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  • Pitt Rivers Museum

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    Oxford Things to Do

    We made a visit to the museum; it is free admission and has a wonderful collection. It is of course more than the shrunken heads they are famous for - lots to see over a number of floors. We visited late on Sunday afternoon, so did not have very much time at all - however we had a enough of a visit to see how extensive the collection of the...

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  • Museums

    Oxford Things to Do

    We were making our way to the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the only way that you can access that particular University museum is by going into and through the Natural History Museum. It was quite large and bright, and as with every museum of this time there were dinosaur bones and many "stuffed" animals. In fairness, it was quite busy and there was a...

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  • Christ Church Meadow

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    One of the nicest walks in Oxford is the roughly 2km long path around Christ Church Meadow. Old trees line the path, students sit on benches or leaning onto the roots of a huge chestnut or beech tree reading academic books, tourists daring enough try to manoeuvre their punt on River Cherwell, and around every second bend you discover another...

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  • Martyrs' Memorial

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    Victims of Queen Mary's attempts to restore Catholicism as the state religion of England, the three prominent Protestant church leaders: Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Nicholas Ridley, Archbishop of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, were burnt at the stake in 1555 and 1556 for their 'heresies'. Summoned to appear before a...

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  • Ashmolean Museum

    Oxford Things to Do

    The Ashmolean Museum on Beaumont Street is named after Elias Ashmole who donated his cabinet of curiosities to the University of Oxford in 1677. It has extensive collections focusing on Art and Archaeology and underwent major renovation work between 2006 - 2009 which doubled the available display space and increased the number of floors from three...

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  • High Street

    Oxford Things to Do

    One of the most photographed streets in Oxford (and probably the UK), High Street (or The High) was described by Thomas Hardy in 'Jude The Obscure' - "And there's a street in the place — the main street — that ha'n't another like it in the world." It is lined with college buildings from Oxford University, churches, historic buildings and coffee...

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  • Saxon Tower

    Oxford Things to Do

    The Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate on the corner of Ship Street and Cornmarket Street dates from about 1040. Visitors can climb the tower and enjoy panoramic views of Oxford from the roof. Entrance is via the Visitor Reception Centre and costs £1.50. The adjoining church has undergone much rebuilding and restoration work over the...

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  • Broad Street

    Oxford Things to Do

    Designed by Hawksmoor (Wren's greatest pupil and designer, among others, of Christ Church Spitalfields and St George's Bloomsbury, both in London) and built between 1711 and 1713 and housed the Oxford University Press. The Press moved out in the 19th century and, after more than 150 years of university administrative offices, became part of the...

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  • Jericho

    Oxford Things to Do

    In Lyra's universe, this church appears as 'the great square-towered oratory of St Barnabas the Chymist'. It's an unusual sort of church by English standards, looking very much as if it belongs elsewhere, probably the Mediterranean. The old artisans' district of Jericho isn't often visited by casual tourists. The name was originally a jocular...

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  • Churches

    Oxford Things to Do

    There has been a church ion this site for over 1000 years. That earliest church was wooden and stood outside the city walls: it was probably burned duing the Viking raids of the early 1000s. The church was rebuilt in the later 1000s and again in the late1100s, by St Hugh (Bishop of Lincoln at the time). What you see today incorporates some of St...

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  • University Parks

    Oxford Things to Do

    Huge parts of Oxford are green - meadows, parks, gardens, college lawns... One of them, and also one of the nicest places for a walk is the University Parks which stretch out between River Cherwell in the east, Parks Road in the west, Lady Margaret Hall (Oxford's first women's college) in the north and South Parks Road in the south. While parts of...

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  • Henley on Thames

    Founded in the 12th century the market town of Henley-on-Thames is overlooked by the Chiltern Hills and is separated by the river from the village of Remenham where the famous Henley Royal Regatta is held. The Henley Royal Regatta lasts for four days in late June / early July and brings the town to life. Must see sights/attractions include: Henley...

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  • Burford

    Burford is a small medieval town situated within the Cotswolds and to the west of the county of Oxfordshire. The town is extremely popular with tourists with a large number of pubs, restaurants and hotels catering for all tastes. Must see sights/attractions include: the Tolsey Museum, St John the Baptist Church, the Warwick Almhouses, Burford...

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  • Kingston Bagpuize House and Gardens

    Kingston Bagpuize House is in private ownership, and is the home of the Grant family. It is open to the public on certain Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. It is also used as a wedding venue.The current house on the site dates from the eighteenth century. Only ground floor rooms are shown. In the entrance hall can be seen the cantilevered staircase,...

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  • Kelmscott ~ William Morris's Rural...

    Maybe this should be 'Off the Beaten Path', Kelmscott is difficult to reach without a car. However, it is a tranquil, unspoilt village that was the home of famous poet, craftsman and socialist, William Morris. Morris lived in Kelmscott Manor from 1871 till 1896 and the house is open to the public and filled with amazing items from the 'Arts and...

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  • Chiltern Sculpture Park.

    An area of woodland in the Chilterns, with sculptures of all types dotted around. Free, plenty of parking, good for walks in all seasons. Look out for red kites

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  • The White Horse of Uffington........

    ..............can be found in what is known as the Vale of the White horse, about 30 minutes drive from Oxford. Carved into the chalk bedrock, this stylised horse is 374 feet long and is thought to have been created at least 3000 years ago (Bronze Age). It may represent the horse goddess Epona. Similar images are found on both Bronze and Iron age...

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  • Open Day at Broughton Castle

    I don't feel I can add anything to the descriptions of the grounds I've already seen here; after all, they were what prompted me to visit in the first place! We were fortunate in being able to visit on a day when the building was open to the public and this made for a lovely day out. The rooms are well preserved with plenty of fascinating details...

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  • ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

    The Ashmolean Museum is the oldest museum in all of England. It was founded in 1600 something and is still a lively part of the Oxford community. A wide array of interesting things are well displayed, including a large and excellent collection of fine art by many of the masters, a rare coin collection, antique musical instruments including a very...

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  • Oxford

    The ‘city of dreaming spires’ (Matthew Arnold) is home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Originally known as Oxenaforda in Saxon times (‘ford of the ox’ and the crossing point of the rivers Cherwell and Thames), the city has a long history of importance in academic, religious, political and court life – from the founding of...

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  • The Barringtons

    Found right on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire border, the collective name of The Barringtons refers to the villages of Great and Little Barrington, found approximately 3 miles to the west of Burford.They're both typical Oxfordshire Cotswold villages - quiet, tranquil spot, views of open fields and distant hills, picturesque cottages, the village...

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  • Burford

    Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ (certainly if coming from London and the south), Burford is a surprisingly busy town, with its main street running downhill (if coming from the A40 Oxford-Cheltenham road) to the River Windrush.It’s a delightful place, with the High Street a melee of pubs, restaurants, cafes, tearooms, hotels,...

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  • Minster Lovell - ruins of Minster Lovell...

    Minster Lovell Hall was built in the late 1440s by Lord William Lovell, 7th Baron Tichmarsh alongside the River Windrush. Lovell demolished the original building, alongside the parish church, replacing the house with an impressive and extensive manor. He died in 1455, with the estate passing on to his son, Francis, 1st Viscount Lovell, who further...

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  • Minster Lovell - St Kenelm's Church

    St Kenelm (or Cynehelm) was a Anglo-Saxon saint venerated throughout Medieval England – he is mentioned in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It is believed he was a young prince in the Kingdom of Mercia in the 8th century murdered in the Clent Hills. The parish church in Minster Lovell is one of only seven in England with St...

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  • Minster Lovell

    Sitting aside the River Windrush, Minster Lovell is a village about 20 miles west of Oxford. The village is divided into three parts – the picturesque Old Minster, Little Minster and New Minster. It is the former that is the attraction to tourists.Rows of cotswold stone buildings, some with thatched roofs, line the main street, the River Windrush...

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  • Visit Churchill's birthplace

    Blenheim Palace is the only non-episcopal house in England to officially be called a palace, and it rightly deserves to be called that. It is huge, magnificently austere, and surrounded by 2100 acres of well managed and tended gardens, forest, and pastures. There are lakes and streams to lend a feeling of rustic countryside, and indeed, the whole...

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  • Henley and its River & Rowing Museum

    Henley is nowadays a large picturesque town on the Thames famous for its boating regatta (and producing London Mayor, Boris Johnson).In 1997 it opened a brand new museum, designed by top architect David Chipperfield. The "River and Rowing Museum", close to the railway station, exceeded my expectations. The museum has (1) a large gallery dedicated...

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  • Ascott under Wychwood: church & village

    At the heart of Ascott under Wychwood village is this lovely church, dating back to the 12th century. It is set in a picturesque walled churchyard just off the village green, and approached through an avenue of lime trees.Inside, pick up a leaflet (for a suggested donation of 20p) which will tell you all about the different periods of church...

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  • Minster Lovell

    This was our first stop on our day out. It is a beautiful stone and thatch village which was at its best when we visited. Every cottage had its pretty garden, with hollyhocks (one of the classic flowers of the English cottage garden) in great abundance. A single inhabitant rested in a garden chair on the green, presumably waiting for the...

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  • The White Horse, next in importance to...

    South Oxfordshire is controlled by the Vale of the White Horse Council. You may see their logo around the area, which looks more like an abstract white dragon. Actually, this is the ancient 'White Horse'.The real White Horse is a 374 foot long carving into the chalk hills of the Berkshire Downs (don't worry, they are in Oxfordshire!!). The White...

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  • Wayland's Smithy.

    A Neolithic longbarrow (about 3000 years old), Wayland's Smithy is set in woodland right next to the prehistoric Ridgeway. Very atmospheric, especially if there's no-one else around.

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  • Walk some of the Ridgeway.

    The Ridgeway is a 250-mile long prehistoric trackway which runs from the Dorset coast to the Wash, following high ground (which made travelling a little easier). It's at least 5000 years old, and probably considerably more. Most of it is still accessible, and provides excellent walking in beautiful surroundings, passing near to many prehistoric...

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Oxfordshire Hotels

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  • Old Bank Hotel

    Single £150.00 Standard double/twin £165.00 Deluxe double/twin £205.00 Superior deluxe...

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  • Best Western Wroxton House Hotel

    Wroxton Street Mary, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6QB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Bruern Holiday Cottages

    Red Brick House, Chipping Norton, OX7 6PY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

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