Oxfordshire is justifiably one of the most popular counties in the country for visitors. With its intriguing mixture of city and country, old and new, active and relaxed, it is the ideal place to spend a few days or weeks. You’ll find plenty to see and do in Oxfordshire, including the famous capital of the county, the university city of Oxford. Start in Oxford and set off exploring in the Cotswolds and beyond for a memorable holiday.
Oxford is the City of Dreaming Spires, the noble home of famous seats of learning, and a vibrant city in its own right. There are plenty of places to visit in Oxford itself and you will need a few days to really get to know the place well. Plus, the architecture and the wonderful historic colleges will keep you intrigued. If you want to get to know the city on a smaller level, go on one of the many walking or cycling tours around Oxford. You can take a tour that focuses on the locations for films and TV that Oxford boasts, important literary landmarks, culture tours, and even pub tours. You’ll recognise many parts of the city from films like Harry Potter, and TV series like Inspector Morse. Oxford is home to some great restaurants, bars, and cafes, too – so you won’t be short of ideas when it comes to a meal out or drinks in the evening.
There are plenty of shops of all shapes and sizes in Oxford itself, and if you want to travel a bit further from the city there is the famous Bicester Village outlet mall, which hosts over 130 luxury boutiques selling brands at huge savings. This is a popular day out, and there are many places in the shopping centre to eat, as well as sit and relax with a drink.
Check Out the Cotswolds
Once you step outside the urban area, however, you are greeted by another side of Oxfordshire. Here you will find the Cotswolds, where small and enchanting villages are waiting to be discovered. There are country pubs to visit, some of the best luxury hotels oxfordshire offers to explore, and some excellent tourist attractions. These include Blenheim Palace, which was the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and Sulgrave Manor, which is an important historic house. Other interesting country houses include Kingston Bagpuize House, which is located near to Abingdon, Broughton Castle with its moat, and Mapledurham House which sits on the border between Oxfordshire and Berkshire. If you love gardens, Waterperry Gardens is the place to be with its eight acres of landscaped gardens in the Oxfordshire countryside.
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