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Welcome to Oxfordshire 4

What’s on in Oxfordshire in 2018


Arriving in Oxfordshire


A Whirlwind Weekend in Oxford


A Journey through Oxford


Shopping and Dining in Oxford


Oxford Map


Beyond Oxford City Centre


Beyond Oxford. Cherwell: The Impressive North


Oxfordshire Ridgeway Trail: Wayland’s Smithy to Wallingford


Explore West Oxfordshire: Woodstock to Burford


Oxfordshire’s Foodie Favourites


Go Outdoors in Oxfordshire


River Rapids: Oxford to Henley-on-Thames


Oxfordshire’s Hidden History


Unmissable Arts and Events: What’s new for 2018?


5 Quirky Oxfordshire Traditions


Advice from the Oxfordshire Locals


Family Activities: Toddlers to Teenagers


Oxfordshire’s Screen & Literary Links


Places to stay in Oxfordshire


The top 10 attractions in Oxfordshire


Travelling to and around Oxfordshire


Oxfordshire Map


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What’s on in Oxfordshire 2018 DECEMBER


1 December – 22 April 2018: Designing English at the Weston Library, Oxford The exhibition will illustrate the graphic design of handwritten manuscripts and inscriptions for the first thousand years of English, across the Middle Ages. www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson

Join Blenheim Palace for their first ever Chinese New Year celebrations. Join in with traditional Chinese dancing, enjoy Chinese street food and discover the Great Hall transformed with a festoon of Chinese lanterns. www.blenheimpalace.com

MARCH 17-25 March: Oxford Literary Festival Over 350 writers flock to the famous university city to discuss affairs literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary. www.oxfordliteraryfestival.org


1 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 the city, with Morris Men dancing in Radcliffe Square and other events and activities spread across the city. www.oxford.gov.uk

24 March - 8 April: Easter Bunny Hunt

Back for a third year, Common People returns to Oxford's South Park for another year of exciting music! www.oxford.commonpeople.net

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Concerts in the Great Court at Blenheim Palace. Nocturne Live returns to Blenheim Palace for another year of world-class concerts held within the magnificent Great Court. www.blenheimpalace.com

22-30 June: Offbeat Festival

4-8 July: Henley Royal Regatta

Oxford Festival of the Arts is a two-week celebration of culture and creativity in venues throughout Oxford. www.artsfestivaloxford.org

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. Keep an eye on offbeatoxford.co.uk to see the line-up as the festival approaches. www.offbeatoxford.co.uk

The Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over a 5-day period. Spectators are thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard, which includes both Olympians and crews new to the event. www.hrr.co.uk/


2-5 August: Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

AUGUST See the nationwide famous BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace. www.countryfilelive.com

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

26-27 May: Common People

7 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/alices-day

5-29 May: Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival


Find the decorated bunnies that are hiding all around Waterperry Gardens, with a prize for every child as an after hunt treat! www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

June: Oxford Festival of the Arts at various venues in Oxford

14-17 June: ‘Nocturne Live’

February 17 February: Chinese New Year at Blenheim Palace


2-5 August: Wilderness Festival

1 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

Wilderness Festival is the multi-award winning 4-day festival of live music, wild swimming, spectacle, late night revelry and dining experiences. www.wildernessfestival.com

24-26 August: The Big Feastival Another year on Alex James’ Farm brings us The Big Feastival 2018. For food, music and family fun join Jamie Oliver and Alex James this August! uk.thebigfeastival.com





September: The Great British Bike Off

16 - 18 November Oxford Christmas Light Festival

A one day alternative, customised bike festival in the centre of Oxford which celebrates creativity, culture and of course… cycling! www.greatbritishbikeoff.org

Celebrate everything Christmas with the rest of Oxfordshire at this year’s Christmas Lights Festival. www.oxfordschristmas.com

DECEMBER December: 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

September: Oxford Open Doors

Arriving in Oxfordshire Whilst you’re in Oxfordshire keep up to date with all the latest news and information from around the county by checking our website, www.experienceoxfordshire.org, and following the social media channels listed below. Here you will find the latest events, competitions and announcements, as well as useful information on places to stay, transportation that will help you to make the most of your visit. Handy with social media? We’d love to hear from you! Follow us and send your messages to the below social media accounts; our friendly team are happy to answer any questions you have about visiting, and we love to see how you’ve enjoyed your time here.

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Oxford Preservation Trust and the University of Oxford organise the annual Oxford Open Doors event every September. It's a weekend when we celebrate the city - its places, spaces and, most of all, its people. www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk

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3-4 September: 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

OCTOBER October: Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film & Music Enjoy a full programme of events over four days that bring together great speakers on a range of literary and cultural themes. http://blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com

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A Whirlwind Weekend in Oxford


Steeped in rich history and dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period, Oxford is a city worldrenowned for its academic prestige and historic buildings, which have led to its name, coined by English poet and Oxford academic Matthew Arnold, as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. 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 to make the most of your time in Oxford.

Your tour will finish around 8pm at the Sheldonian Theatre. A short walk from here across town will take you to the Oxford Castle Quarter which is home to a selection of restaurants including the 1855 wine bar. Oxford's prison used to be on this site, but is now a boutique Malmaison hotel which is a great place to stay the night in a converted prison cell!

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Day One


Next door to the Malmaison is Oxford Castle Unlocked. Take a guided tour and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the building's 1,000 year past while you explore the Saxon St George's Tower and descend deep underground to the 900 year old crypt.


Kickstart your weekend in the heart of it all, with breakfast at Cafe Creme on bustling Broad Street. After you’ve filled up, head further down the road to explore some of Oxford’s most famous landmarks including the Sheldonian Theatre, the Weston Library, the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Square. Punting on the River Thames


Start your guided tour around more of Oxford’s iconic sites on an Oxford Official University and City Walking Tour at 10:45am from the Visitor Information Centre. Tours are led by professional green badge guides, and include entry to the Divinity School and one of the University of Oxford's 38 Colleges.

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.



After your morning tour, it's time for a well earned lunch. A great location for views over the city is the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant.

Views of Oxford



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Bring your time in Oxford to an end with 45 minutes of often 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.

Choral Evensong

Bill Spectre

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 new 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. Certainly enough to keep you busy!

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Pitt Rivers Museum


A wonderfully unique way to spend your time in Oxford, join one of Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails on a Friday or Saturday evening at 6:30pm outside Oxford Castle Unlocked’s gift shop or at 6:50pm outside the Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street. 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”!


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 a professional and admire the views of Christ Church in the distance.

1pm Take a short walk back along St Aldates to Cafe Loco. Here

Broad Street

Alternatively, if you don't want to walk, the City Sightseeing bus tour is a great way to see the city. Listen to your guide as you are driven around with the option to get on and off at 19 stops around the city.

Oxford's museums cater for all tastes. Visitors can choose from the Ashmolean Museum - Britain's first public museum and home to world famous collections or art and archeology; 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 and finally The Story Museum celebrates the power of story. We'll leave it to you to decide!

Malmaison Oxford

Evening Entertainment Oxford has a thriving arts and culture scene with a great mix of theatre, comedy, dance and music at venues such as the Oxford Playhouse, Old Fire Station, New Theatre and the North Wall Arts Centre. To find out what's on during your stay in Oxford visit www.experienceoxfordshire.org/whats-on/ www.experienceoxfordshire.org


A Journey through Oxford Over the years Oxford has effortlessly combined its traditional heritage with modern living, allowing visitors to experience an unforgettable mixture of culture, both past and present. Follow Oxford’s journey below, from where it all began to the city it is today. 1602 1071 Oxford Castle (1) was erected by the Normans. Visit Oxford Castle Unlocked today and your costumed guide will tell you the rest of this ancient castle and prison’s tale…

1650 England’s first public coffee house opened on Oxford’s High Street. The original location is now occupied by The Grand Cafe, stop here for great coffee and cakes.

2001 The first Cowley Road Carnival was held to a crowd of 5,000 as a celebration of culture and community. Today the Carnival welcomes over 45,000 individuals for one of Oxfordshire’s biggest parties!


The Bodleian Library (5) opens after the Duke Humfrey's Library is refurbished by Sir Thomas Bodley. Thomas James is appointed as the first of Bodley's Librarians and sets to work on a printed and published catalogue of the library's contents.

One of Oxford’s first ever shopping destinations, the Oxford Covered Market was opened in order to remove the sale of meat produce from the main streets. Nearly 250 years later, the Covered Market is a colourful array of unique cafes and shops.




Magdalen College School was founded, followed by the construction of Magdalen Tower in 1509. Today crowds gather along Magdalen Bridge (2) to hear the choristers of Magdalen College sing from Magdalen Tower on the 1st of May every year as part of May Morning celebrations.

Oxford was first mentioned in Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Oxnaforda.

1844 Train line between Oxford and London was built.

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1066 During the period of the Norman invasion Oxford was the 6th largest town in England.

Oxford’s first colleges: University, Balliol and Merton were established.


Three Anglican bishops, known as the Oxford Martyrs, were burnt at the stake in Oxford for their Protestant beliefs, at a location that is now marked by a cobbled cross on Broad Street. The Martyrs’ Memorial (4) can be found at the south end of St Giles Street.

Oxford Playhouse (8) opened, showing a production of And So To Bed.


1683 1167 English students banned from the University of Paris by Henry II came to study in Oxford.


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1542 Oxford officially became a city, with the appointment of a Bishop and Christ Church College’s chapel (3) elevation to the status of a cathedral.

The first ever Oxfam shop (9) opens on Broad Street and it still there today, next door to the Oxford Visitor Information Centre (10).

The Ashmolean (7) opens its doors at its original location on Broad Street showcasing the personal collection of Elias Ashmole, a wealthy antiquary, who gifted his collection to the University. It is Britain's first public museum and the world's first university museum.

The first Inspector Morse episode, filmed in several locations across the city, was aired on TV. Follow Morse’s footsteps with an Oxford Official Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour Tour.

2017 Westgate Oxford was reopened; home to a multitude of high street brands and restaurants, transforming Oxford’s retail offering.



Shopping and Dining in Oxford Oxford’s shopping and dining scene is ever evolving with high street shops opening next to independent retailers; excellent local restaurants joining new openings from some of the country’s up and coming eateries. The street food scene is excellent too, with markets serving food from around the world, and even the late night food offer includes luxury steak and frites and stone baked pizza for late night revellers. To help you find your favourite places to shop and eat in the city, we pick out some of the top destinations.

5. Clarendon Centre, Cornmarket Street and Queen Street A shopping area filled with high street shops, the Clarendon Centre is ideally located in the middle of the city, and has entrances leading out on Queen Street and Cornmarket Street where more popular brand name shops can be found.

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1. Westgate Oxford

A stylish setting for a morning coffee, quick lunch or a lavish meal.

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Westgate Oxford reopened its doors in October 2017 after a total transformation that now offers visitors a great retail and lifestyle experience. Home to prestigious global brands, inventive and eclectic restaurants and cafes, a five screen boutique cinema and sophisticated boutique bars and dining.

Creative cooking and superlative wine list set on the banks of the River Cherwell.

3. Cafe Loco - Nestled in a 500-year-old building, enjoy a Mad Hatter’s tea party at this quirky cafe. 4. Pint Shop - Enjoy meat, bread and beer at this excellent independent restaurant on George Street.

Westgate Oxford

2. Gloucester Green

Gloucester Green Market

On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays discover antiques, vintage clothes, records, beautiful flowers and other treasures at Gloucester Green Market. Don’t leave without trying the delicious street food also served here, inspired by cuisines from around the world. Enjoy Sri Lankan curry, Pad Thai, Italian lasagne, Chinese dumplings as well as fresh, locally sourced groceries.

Cherwell Boathouse

5. Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant - Taste the best of European cuisine and the best of British tradition while admiring the views of Oxford's skyline.

6. The Oxford Kitchen - Recognised with numerous awards for its fine modern British cuisine.

7. Parsonage Grill - Relax in an intimate, bohemian atmosphere as you’re served British classics with a light, modern touch.

3. Oxford Covered Market

9. Malmaison Oxford - Sample iconic dishes with a modern twist in this stylish restaurant that was once a prison!

10. Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel - The perfect mix of contemporary city centre

4. High Street Oxford’s picturesque High Street stretches from Carfax in the centre east to Magdalen Bridge and is home to a mix of independent shops and Colleges. Shops include independent retailers such as the University of Oxford Shop and Podarok.

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Oxford Kitchen

8. Gee’s - Enjoy fine dining in this Grade II listed Victorian Glasshouse.

Oxford’s home of independent shopping, the Covered Market dates back to the 18th century and is a hub of wonderfully unique retailers selling everything from kitchenware and cakes, to hand-crafted hats and male grooming. 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 juice bar Nectar.


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bistro combined with unique character, enjoy outstanding British Cuisine inside this iconic hotel.





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Beyond the City Centre

Cowley Road

Travel beyond the city and you will find a hive of activity and great attractions in many of the city’s unique surrounding areas.

North Wall Arts Centre


Ponies grazing on Port Meadow


Port Meadow

Just north of the city is the suburb of Jericho. Once an industrial area due to its proximity to the canal, Jericho is now one of Oxford's most sought after areas to live with an excellent choice of pubs, restaurants and delicatessens. Notable favourites are Demijohn, a liquid deli selling a great selection of wines and spirits, Branca, a contemporary brasserie, and Freud cafe, a great cocktail bar in an old church.

One of Oxford’s hidden gems, Port Meadow is a beautiful expanse of ancient meadowland north west of the city centre just a 5-minute walk from Jericho, offering a tranquil retreat for visitors and locals alike. Home to grazing horses and 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 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.



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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. Lined with cosy cafes and boutique shops, Summertown is home to contemporary restaurant The Oxford Kitchen, homeware store Oliver Bonas, and Joe’s Bar and Grill for those who enjoy live music. South Parade in Summertown is claimed to have been the Roundhead southern front during the English Civil War. It is now home to the North Wall Arts Centre which showcases upcoming artists across comedy, theatre and dance; and the peace and tranquility of the nearby Turrill Sculpture Gardens.

A vibrant, multicultural area of Oxford, Cowley is the home of BMW Mini, originally Morris Motors, and visitors can take a tour of the factory. The Cowley Road itself is an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, bars and arts venues including comic book themed Atomic Burger, the vintage Ultimate Picture Palace and tapas at the Kasbah. The area's unique character is celebrated every July at the Cowley Road Carnival.

St Clements Adjacent to Cowley Road, St Clements is another street bustling with a variety of eclectic restaurants and bars including fish restaurant Cuttlefish, Italian eaterie La Cucina, and Be At One for delicious cocktails. 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).

Cowley Road Carnival (Credit Greg Smolonski)



Beyond Oxford

The district has a wealth of beautiful villages to enjoy. The uplands north west 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”.

Cherwell: The Impressive North North Oxfordshire offers rich rewards for its visitors. Centred on 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.

Fine Lady, Banbury

Further south, a few miles off the Banbury to Chipping Norton road, there is 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. There are dray horses, a museum, and a visitors’ centre.

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. The district has a rich tradition of festivals and events, ranging from Bicester’s summer music events to Banbury’s Canal Day, Folk Festival and Old Town Parties. North of Banbury, the canalside village of Cropredy hosts the Fairport Cropredy Convention in August each year. Broughton Castle 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 centre 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.

Bicester Village


Bicester lies just 12 miles northeast of Oxford. At the heart of Bicester is a historic market town with buildings of old stone and the delightful gardens of Garth Park which host a summer programme of music events. On the town’s edge is Bicester Village – the enormously popular luxury brand outlet , newly expanded in autumn 2017, and served directly by a railway station with trains from London Marylebone taking only 46 minutes.

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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. Hook Norton Brewery Bicester Visitor Centre Bicester Village Outlet Shopping Centre Pingle Drive Bicester OX26 6WD

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Banbury Museum Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PA



Cherwell Boathouse

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Wayland’s Smithy to Wallingford

A beautiful old market town, Faringdon is located in the heart of Oxfordshire’s Vale of the White Horse. 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 now 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.

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. We explore part of the trail through South Oxfordshire, from Wayland's Smithy to Wallingford.

Wayland’s Smithy

* 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!

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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 BronzeAge White Horse carved into the chalk landscape.


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4. Blowing Stone

This is the highest point 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.



5. 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, cafe and information centre.

Wallingford Court Hill Centre


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 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




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Streatley 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. 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. 32

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).


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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.

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Many points along the Ridgeway are easily accessible by car and parking is available. Visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/plan for more information.

Public Transport: Great Western Railway: Oxford to Goring and Streatley Thames Travel River Rapids: X38/X39/X40 Oxford to Wallingford Stagecoach: 66 Oxford to Faringdon

Accommodation Uffington: Britchcombe Farm Campsite

Letcombe Regis: Court Hill Centre

Wantage: The Bear Hotel

Streatley: The Swan at Streatley

Wallingford: The George Hotel



Explore West Oxfordshire: Woodstock to Burford It's certainly possible to explore beyond Oxford without a car with excellent public transport linking Oxford with many towns and villages across the County. Here we follow the Stagecoach 233 service from Woodstock to Burford and discover the many fascinating places of interest along the route including a UNESCO World Heritage site, a Roman Villa, and the UK’s only crocodile zoo. Start your journey in the historic town of Woodstock (1), home to The Oxfordshire Museum (2) and Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (3), antique shops, great pubs, restaurants 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 Sir 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 and it’s a nostalgic stop at Long Hanborough (6) train station. The station is still very much 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 and commercial vehicles by the famous Morris Motors. A further 3.5 miles 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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Also nearby but only reachable by car or short taxi ride is Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (17). Set in 160 acres of beautiful parkland, it is home to a diverse range of animals, birds and reptiles.




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Ending the journey, the route stops in Burford (16), 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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walk from the bus stop and once there you'll be able to explore the UK's only crocodile zoo, and see their commitment to educating people about crocodiles and their conservation in action.

Another 6 stops along from Minster Lovell is Crocodiles of the World (15). It's a half a mile


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From Witney, your journey will take you through the picturesque village of Minster Lovell (13). Here, uncover more of Oxfordshire’s history by exploring the riverside ruins of 15th century Minster Lovell Hall. Nearby the ruins, stop at the charming Old Swan & Minster Mill (14) for a delicious meal or relaxing overnight stay.

Very close by in North Leigh is Eynsham Hall (8), a Grade II listed country house hotel, and also the Mason Arms pub and Artist Residence (9) boutique hotel.

North Leigh Roman Villa


Jump back on the bus and the next stop is the Cotswold town of Witney (10). Once famous for its blankets, 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, take a guided tour of Wychwood Brewery (12) and learn about the brewing process of their famous Wychwood and Brakspear beers including the all important tasting!


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 Stagecoach Oxfordshire www.stagecoachbus.com/about/oxfordshire The route is also very easy to drive and follows the B4095 from Woodstock to Witney. Go green and hire an electric car from the E-car NOW www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/e-car-now/ www.experienceoxfordshire.org


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Oxfordshire’s Foodie Favourites Oxfordshire is home to a variety of 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 owner and food experts about their favourite places to eat. “I have been operating in Oxford for longer than I care to remember and it has changed so much over the years… We’re lucky enough to attract the widest range of customers to our small collection of hotels and restaurants within Oxford's most iconic settings… On our bustling High Street Quod Restaurant & Bar, with its unrivalled location and broad European menu, forms the lively hub of the Old Bank Hotel. 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!”

“I might be a little bit biased, but dining at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (belmond.com/ lemanoir) 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 (brasserieblanc.com/restaurants/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 Gee’s Restaurant (gees-restaurant.co.uk). It does the best pizettas – so tiny and light they fly.”

Raymond Blanc OBE, Owner and Chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Jeremy Mogford, Owner of Mogford Group “Oxfordshire is full of excellent local produce, from beetroot to beer, and the Good Food Oxford network work to get more of it served in its home county. Eating local means fewer food miles, support for the local economy and tastier, fresher food – win win! Check out GFO and Low Carbon Oxford North Local Food Directory to find the best of local food suppliers: www.lcon.org.uk/food. Our top eating out picks are the three short listers for the Good Food Oxford ‘Sustainable Restaurant of the Year’ Award: The Garden Café at Restore, Oxford; The Partridge Inn, Wallingford; and our winner The Vaults and Garden Café, Oxford. All three restaurants serve outstanding local, ethical and environmentally friendly food.”

Hannah Fenton, Good Food Oxford Manager Good Food Oxford is a network for a better food system in Oxford, working together for healthy, fair, sustainable and tasty food.



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Go Outdoors in Oxfordshire Oxfordshire’s sprawling countryside is home to miles of rolling hills, and a wonderful variety of gardens and outdoor spaces that offer something for everyone. Whilst in one part of Oxfordshire you might find yourself walking with rhinos or learning about crocodile species, in another you can relax in the peace and tranquillity of the county’s charming gardens and parklands. With so much choice, we asked the people who live and breathe these spaces to share what makes their attraction unique. “As Steward of Waterperry Gardens, it is a privilege to look after such a gem of a place. The estate is eighty acres in total, has eight acres of formal gardens, a manor house, a garden centre, plant nursery, orchards, medieval church, museum and tea shop. As the years have passed I feel I have become gradually more in tune with the dance of nature around me. Red kites circle close overhead, the magical hares dance and box in the orchard, and bees and butterflies feast on the herbaceous explosion of the borders. Down by the river we often have ducks and swans and the occasional mysterious splash which confirm our night camera's pictures of otters.”

Simon Buchanan, Steward of Waterperry Gardens

“When my father John Heyworth started the Cotswold Wildlife Park in 1970 at Bradwell Grove, his family home, he hoped to give new life to a place that he loved, and to share with as many people as possible his enduring interest in nature and the beautiful countryside around us. Nearly fifty years later, we are delighted to welcome you to what is now one of the UK’s largest zoological collections and most exciting gardens. Millions of visitors in that time have discovered here the beauty and diversity of the natural world. The Park relies totally on our visitors so your visit is vital to all the staff and the animals here. It also enables us to support a thriving education programme, and numerous endangered species breeding programmes and conservation projects in the wild.”

Reggie Heyworth, Director, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens


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“Batsford Arboretum dates back to the late 1800’s when the 1st Lord Redesdale – grandfather to the infamous Mitford sisters – created an oriental-inspired wild garden on Batsford estate. Today, Batsford is home to the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs and has been run by the charitable trust, The Batsford Foundation, since 1983. At 56 acres in size, Batsford is a magical place to visit, with interest all year round from the first snowdrops of spring, right through to the outstanding autumn colour.”

Stuart Priest, Director of Operations at The Batsford Foundation

“At Crocodiles of the World, we now have one of the widest collections of crocodiles in Europe, including critically endangered species and we are contributing to some vital research and conservation work which is hugely rewarding. My aim is that visitors leave the zoo with a greater understanding and newfound respect for these incredible animals. We are also home to a Komodo dragon, the world's largest and most deadly living lizard. Now he really is something you don’t see every day and it’s a real honour to have him here in Oxfordshire!”

Shaun Foggett, Zoo Director, Crocodiles of the World

Go Outdoors: Continue your adventure at some of these great outdoor spaces and parks across Oxfordshire: 1. Port Meadow 2. Shotover Country Park 3. White Horse Hill 4. Badbury Hill 5. Rollright Stones 6. University Parks 7. Wittenham Clumps 8. Faringdon Folly 9. Christ Church Meadows 10. Garth Park



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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. www.experienceoxfordshire.org/places-to-go/ wallingford/

The River Rapids, is a trio of new 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. http://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/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.

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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 the left them, the decor and furnishings intact. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nuffield-place 6. Henley-on-Thames: A picturesque riverside town, home to the famous Henley Rowing Regatta (4 - 8 July) and the River and Rowing Museum with its popular Wind and the Willows exhibition. Explore the town on a self-guided walk, browse the independent shops and restaurants or hop on a Salter’s Steamers boat and explore more of the River Thames. www.experienceoxfordshire.org/places-to-go/ henley-on-thames/

Exploring the River Thames by bus and boat Thames Travel’s River Rapids The X38 Oxford to Henley-on-Thames operates every hour Mondays to Saturdays. The X39 and X40 link Oxford and Wallingford with buses every 20 minutes during peak times. www.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. www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/ salters-steamers-boat-trips/ Visit www.experienceoxfordshire.org to find out more of what there is to see do between Oxford and Henley-on-Thames.

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Oxfordshire's Hidden History Oxfordshire has been witness to some of the most pivotal moments in the country's history from the English Civil War, the Reformation and the founding of the first university in the English speaking world. We've spoken to three of the County's tour guides to unearth some more of Oxfordshire's fascinating history. “Scratch the surface and you’ll soon discover Oxfordshire is steeped in history. Drive over Radcot Bridge, the oldest on the Thames, and you’ll be passing the site of a famous battle fought here in 1387. In the middle of the bridge are the remains of a font used for baptisms. Wander into Burford Church and graffiti in the lead lining of the font reads, “Anthony Sedley Prisoner” he was a Leveller held there in 1649. Woodstock is home to Blenheim Palace, earlier however, Woodstock Manor built by Henry I, stood in the grounds. In 1197 he built a wall there to enclose a menagerie of wild beasts. No visit to Oxfordshire is complete without calling into Witney, world famous for its blankets, discover their history at The Blanket Hall, have a spot of lunch, and then pop over to Cogges Manor Farm. So much to see, so little time!”

Bill Ritchie, of Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails

“As a Tour Guide at Oxford Castle and Prison, I am lucky enough to take visitors around this beautiful old building! My character is Charles Holloway - a Victorian Prison Governor - which is perfect for me, as I was a Police Officer and detective for 30 years within the Oxfordshire area. The castle has a 1,000 year old history, stretching from the Normans who built the castle, all the way up to the modern day, when it was used as a working prison until 1996. The famous Empress Matilda of the 12th century had her throne stolen by her own cousin Stephen, and had to flee the castle and escape to Abingdon by the frozen Thames River, using horse bones as ice-skates! I would recommend a trip to Abingdon as it’s a beautiful old market town and even has its own abbey ruins. If it’s history you’re looking for, Oxford is the place to be!”

Paul Kyberd, Oxford Castle Unlocked


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“A hidden treasure of Oxford, St Helen’s Passage, which for many years was known as ‘Hell’s Passage’ until a name change in the nineteenth century, is one of those many places hidden in Oxford that you stumble across that seems to send you back in time. The entrance to the passage is almost indiscernible; sandwiched between the busy thoroughfare that is New College Lane, populated by students, locals and visitors alike (and more than the occasional film crew) and Bath Place, a short lane opposite the Holywell Music Rooms – the oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe. St Helen’s passage is rich in interest for our visitors. As a tour guide, whilst in St Helen’s, I can talk about numerous diverse subjects: from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to Rhodes scholars; from Prime Ministers educated at the University of Oxford to the old city and the city wall; from breweries in Oxford to Inspector Morse and much of Oxford’s social history. Although not necessarily the most beauteous of Oxford’s sights, from my perspective a site not to be missed!”

Alison Smith, Oxford Official Walking Tour guide

Book your tour: For more information on tours of Oxfordshire including Cotswold Guided Tours, The Carter Company, International Friends, Cotswolds Secret Cottage, Oxford River Cruises, Cotswold Exploring and Bainton Bikes visit www.experienceoxfordshire.org/ oxfordshire-tours



Unmissable Arts and Events: What's new for 2018? Oxfordshire is home to a vibrant arts scene with an excellent range of venues across the County hosting a year round mix of art, performance, dance, music, exhibitions and more. To give you a flavour of what's new for 2018, we spoke to four of the County's leading arts venues and festival organisers. “At Modern Art Oxford, we pride ourselves on supporting rising stars of the art world and showcasing their work at the gallery. From 10 March to 20 May 2018, the first major UK solo exhibition by Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle will be on display in a brand new site-specific exhibition featuring her work, which reflects themes of labour, environment and social justice. Modern Art Oxford is a leading UK contemporary art space, which makes art accessible and engaging for everyone. The gallery has a programme of exhibitions and creative learning events, including guest talks, family workshops, film screenings and projects for children and young people - keep your eyes peeled on www. modernartoxford.org.uk for more exciting events in 2018!”

“Oxfordshire Artweeks offers hundreds of varied visual art exhibitions and events from 5th-28th May and over a Christmas season in November and December. Across Oxfordshire villages spring to life with open-studio trails: the village of Bampton where Downton Abbey was filmed hosts fresh pop art, intriguing photography, stunning ceramics and a gem of a gallery in the historic town hall. The Sylva Wood Foundation located by Wittenham Clumps Anna Dillon, Aston Tirrold offers the best of wood, and in Kingham a giant sculpture garden invites you in. The diverse array of events and exhibitions are a chance to talk to artists and designer-makers in person about their techniques and their craft, their ideas and inspiration and even have a go yourself within amazing places and spaces! Find out more and search what’s going on at www.artweeks.org. Other great galleries, exhibitions and events include Summertown’s Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Witney’s SOTA gallery, the Oxford International Art Fair from 23rd-25th February, and Oxford Festival of the Arts at Magdalen College School 23rd June –7th July."

Esther Lafferty, Director of Oxfordshire Artweeks

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“From 22nd-30th June 2018, Offbeat Festival returns for more new comedy, theatre, family shows, dance, spoken word and music, at the Old Fire Station and Oxford Playhouse. It’s a place for you to see something which wouldn’t usually come to Oxford. It’s a blind date with a show you could fall in love with. And – lucky you – it’s right on your doorstep. We have a mix of local and national acts, and there really is something for everyone: whatever you like, we have a comedian, theatre company or band for you. Keep an eye on www. offbeatoxford.co.uk to see the line-up as the festival approaches… Take a chance on something exciting!”

Louise Chantal, CEO, Oxford Playhouse & Jeremy Spafford, Director, Arts at the Old Fire Station

“Dancin’ Oxford offers fantastic opportunities for people of all ages to have fun and experience dance by either watching or taking part. Kicking off 2018 will be our 10 action-packed days Spring Festival (2-11 March) offering of dance, followed by our free dance events at Cowley Road Carnival and Gloucester Green in July. Later in the year, our Christmas Light Festival weekend (16-18 Nov) will be ablaze with lanterns, street artists, seasonal markets, music and dance. Dozens of free events and activities from our cultural partners for residents and visitors to enjoy an unparalleled experience of Oxford’s streets, open spaces and buildings will be available over the festive weekend. For more info on these events see www. dancinoxford.co.uk and www.oxfordchristmas.com”

Euton Daley, Arts Development Officer, Oxford City Council To find out more about events happening across Oxfordshire in 2018, visit our what's on section: www.experienceoxfordshire.org/whats-on/


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5 Quirky Oxfordshire Traditions 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 Morning. Morris Men can be found dancing across the city, and the choristers of Magdalen College 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.


Once a year Oxfordshire hosts the World Pooh Sticks Championships. Taking inspiration from the beloved children’s book, Winnie the Pooh, anybody can take part to become the Pooh Sticks world champion. You just need to pick your stick, and drop it upstream on one side of a bridge and whoever’s stick appears on the other side of the bridge is the winner!


If you happen to be visiting Oxford in the summer, you may notice a number of Oxford University students wandering around in their cap and gowns, covered in confetti and foam, holding a bottle of something bubbly and donning something silly on their heads…! This tradition, known as trashing, sees friends of students covering them in the above, as a celebration of the end of exams... Well it’s one way to say “well done”!


Bun Throwing in Abingdon is another famous tradition in Oxfordshire; dating back 400 years, local dignitaries throw specially made buns from the Abingdon County Hall Museum on days of celebration; attracting huge crowds all hoping to catch a bun!


Once a year, on the night the clocks go back, students of Merton College partake in the age-old tradition of the Merton College Time Ceremony. Created by undergraduates in 1971, the ceremony involves students in full academic dress 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.



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Our accessible location will guarantee that you get the most out of your stay, whether for business or pleasure. During your visit to Oxford, our aim is to ensure a friendly and comfortable stay. We are located in the heart of the city on a lively street with major attractions never more than a 10-minute walk away.



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A county renowned for its dreaming spires, universities, Cotswold villages and river walks, there is so much to see and do in Oxfordshire, it’s tricky knowing where to start! We asked local Oxfordshire people to pick out their favourite places to go for first-time visitors to hidden gems.

At one with nature “I love visiting Batsford Arboretum near Oxfordshire. The arboretum is hidden away near the picturesque village of Moreton-in-Marsh, and is totally idyllic. I love wandering over the red bridges and listening to the leafy trees sway in the wind. I wish I could spend more time relaxing in the quiet corner of the Hermit’s Cave!”

Lizzie from Summertown

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For beer and gin drinkers! I would recommend a visit to Hook Norton Brewery in north Oxfordshire. Beer has been brewed on the site since 1856, and visitors can take a tour, visit the museum, say hello to the Shire horses, and of course, sample the beer!

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If gin, absinthe, vodka and rye whiskey are more your tipple, then The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD), just outside of Oxford is certainly worth a visit (large G&T included!).

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First-time visitor to Oxford “When I moved to Oxford a few years ago I went on an Oxford Official Walking Tour which gave me a very good introduction to the history of the city and university. The tour gave me suggestions for what else I could explore in more depth on my own; in my case it was historic pubs! I am still amazed how much endless history there is hidden across the city. Each time my friends visit Oxford and we have a stroll through the city they say there is something magical about it that makes you want to come back!”

Shaun from Witney

Time out in the city “I could spend an eternity in the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library. The 15th century building’s vaulted ceilings and stunning gothic architecture transport you back to when students used to take exams in here many years ago. I also love stopping at Magdalen College for a cup of tea and slice of cake in The Old Kitchen Bar whilst I’m walking along the River Cherwell. It’s so peaceful and lovely to take friends here when they are visiting.”

Leslie from Henley-on-Thames Magdalen College

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Hidden gem “I am a big fan of the Abingdon Museum in the famous county hall built in 1682. As well as being home to a full-size MG sports car, the museum displays fascinating archaeology that was once recovered from the River Thames including a replica of an ancient Saxon sword! You can look down from the museum galleries and watch the crowds of people in the market square below.”

Joseph from Wantage


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Family Activities: Toddlers to Teenager If you keep the children entertained, then there’s a good chance that parents can enjoy their time in Oxfordshire too! We could list the best places to go for ‘family fun’ - there are plenty - but the real experts are the children who visit them every week. So we have asked local Oxfordshire children what they love to do in the county. We hope their favourites provide you with some inspiration for things to do for toddlers through to teenagers (and big kids too!)

Eben, 8 years: Cotswold Wildlife Park is my favourite place to go because it has lots of animals you wouldn't usually see around. I saw penguins being fed and I like the parrots, they are funny. I also like the train and the big adventure playground because it's really fun! Crocodiles of the World is also a good place to go. I liked seeing the big daddy crocodiles and the baby crocodiles. I really liked holding the lizard and seeing how reptiles actually feel!

Iyla, 5 years: I like Waterperry Gardens because there's lots of treasure hunts all the time. I did the pumpkin hunt at Halloween and one was up in a tree! I like running around and playing hide and seek there. I liked Alice Day at the Botanic Gardens, I had my face painted as a butterfly! I like the greenhouses and putting my fingers in the venus fly traps and pretending I’m in a jungle.


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Isla, 4 years: I like the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. The explorer bags have a magnifying glass and other things. I also like the dinosaurs in the garden. Mummy likes a cappuccino in the cafe! I like the dinosaur museum (Natural History Museum). The dinosaurs are huge. I used to be scared of the dinosaurs but I’m not anymore.

Harry, 2 years (as told by his sister, Isla): My brother Harry likes the train at Blenheim Palace. He likes going through the tunnel and shouting! He likes Fairytale Farm and feeding the pigs. And watching the mice in the Mouse Town and driving the combine harvester (in the playground!)

Tom, 9 years: I go to the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in the school holidays. I went to a Dungeons and Dragons one recently and dressed up as a Knight. It's good as no parents are allowed! I've been to Didcot Railway Centre with my grandad a few times too. He loves the steam engines and it is crazy to see how they used to run on coal!

Emily, 15 years: I went to the home of computing at Bletchley Park recently and saw the computer that they built to break the code in the Second World War. Fascinating stuff and amazingly clever people to achieve what they did.

For more information on family days out in Oxfordshire, visit www.experienceoxfordshire.org/things-to-do/family-days-out-oxfordshire/


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Oxfordshire’s Screen & Literary Links Oxfordshire has inspired some of the world’s most well-known novels or been chosen as the location of countless films and TV series. Whether you are Lewis Carroll’s biggest fan or fancy yourself a wizard at Hogwarts, see below for how you can explore the locations that inspired the words written in your most loved novels or provided the backdrop for your favourite scenes.

Harry Potter Retrace the steps of Harry and the school of Hogwarts Witchcraft and Wizardry when you visit Oxford. Wander through the cobbled streets and visit the magical places that were brought to life in the films. At Christ Church College you’ll find the Tudor dining hall, which provided inspiration for the Great Hall at Hogwarts, as well as the steps leading up to the hall, where Professor McGonogall stood as Harry and other Hogwarts students made their arrival at the school in the first film, the Philosopher’s Stone. See if you can spot the position 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 a tree in New College in the Goblet of Fire.

Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour Oxford is a key location for the filming of Inspector Morse and Lewis, and more recently Endeavour. Enjoy a drink at the Morse Bar in the Macdonald Randolph Hotel where the detectives from these programmes spent time deliberating over cases, or sink a pint at The White Horse pub on Broad Street. Amble along the River Thames (where many bodies were hidden in the series!), sit on the steps of the Ashmolean – the location of several scenes, or visit Exeter College where John Thaw acted Morse’s fatal heart attack.

Midsomer Murders Another popular detective series, numerous villages in south Oxfordshire were used as filming locations for Midsomer Murders, 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


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with the TV series. Other areas across the county used for filming include Henley on Thames, Dorchester, Watlington and Thame.

Agatha Christie The best-selling author of all time, 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 works and life of this world-renowned author. Follow the Agatha Christie Trail, which runs from the author’s home in Wallingford, to her place of rest in Cholsey Parish Church.

C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis studied at University College, Oxford and was later appointed English Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College. He published more than 30 books during his lifetime including the now world-famous Chronicles of Narnia. Visit St Mary’s Passage and see if you can spot the carved fawn in one of the building’s door frames, supposedly the inspiration for Mr Tumnus.

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll’s famous tales of Alice in Wonderland were heavily inspired by Oxford, the city where Carroll lived and studied. The dining hall of Christ Church College houses a number of treasures associated with the wonderfully whimsical tales; see if you can spot the stainedglass 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 the original Alice is believed to have bought sweets as a young girl which was then a small grocery shop.

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.

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust Having studied at Exeter College during the 1960s, author of the fictional trilogy His Dark Materials and the newly revealed The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman’s works have been largely inspired by Oxford and its surroundings. Places 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 many Oxfordshire locations that feature in Pullman’s literary works. www.experienceoxfordshire.org


Places to stay in Oxfordshire




Please be aware that all prices and information in the Places to stay in Oxfordshire section were correct at the time of publication and the publishers cannot accept responsibility for any errors. You should also check and confirm all the details with the accommodation provider at the time of enquiry/booking as these may be subject to change without notice. By booking accommodation you are entering into a legally binding agreement with the proprietor.


34 Sunderland Avenue, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 8DX 01865 552076 ardenlodge34@ googlemail.com ardenlodgeoxford.co.uk


ARTIST RESIDENCE OXFORDSHIRE Station Road, South Leigh, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 6XN 01993 656220 oxford@ artistresidence.co.uk artistresidenceoxford.co.uk


374 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7PP

11-12 Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3AP

180 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7BT

01865 513513 stay@burlingtonhouse.co.uk

01865 811950 enquiries@ thebutteryhotel.co.uk

01865 515688

01865 791812 info@bathplace.co.uk bathplace.co.uk



4 & 5 Bath Place, Holywell Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3SU

hotel@galaxie.co.uk galaxie.co.uk

SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL: EGROVE PARK Egrove Park, University of Oxford, Kennington, Oxford OX1 5NY 01865 288846 conference@sbs.ox.ac.uk sbs.oxford.edu/accommodation 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.

GORSELANDS HALL Boddington Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 6PU

THE KILLINGWORTH CASTLE Glymtpon Road, Wootton, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1EJ

01993 882292

01993 811401

bandb@gorseland shall.com

reservations@thekilling worthcastle.com


NEWTON HOUSE 82/84 Abingdon Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4PL 01865 240561 stay@newton houseoxford.co.uk newtonhouseoxford.co.uk





Swerford, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 4BN

Littlegood Farm, Little Bourton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 1QZ

01608 683270

01295 750069

barbours@ heathfarm.com

lynnearies84@gmail. com




01869 278778 penelope@grangefarmcottages.co.uk grangefarmcottages.co.uk

228 London Road, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 9EG 01865 308833


oxfordguesthouse@ gmail.com

01865 553461 sales@ lintonlodge.com



OXFORD COUNTRY COTTAGES Lower Farm, Noke, Oxford, OX3 9TX 07830 165830 james@oxfordcountry cottages.co.uk oxfordcountrycottages. co.uk



Grange Farm Estates, Godington, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX27 9AF


GEORGE HOTEL High Street Wallingford OX10 0BS 01491 836665 rooms@george-hotelwallingford.com peelhotels.co.uk/hotels/ george-hotel-wallingfordoxfordshire-england


Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD

Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5UF

01844 278881 manoir.mqs@ belmond.com

01608 673333



info@heythroppark. co.uk

COTSWOLD LODGE 66A Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6JP 01865 512121 enquiries@ cotswoldlodgehotel. co.uk cotswoldlodgehotel.co.uk




Henley Road, Sandford on Thames, Oxford, OX4 4GX

North Leigh, Nr Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 6PN

01865 334444

01993 885200

oxfordthamesreser vations@devere.com

stay@ eynshamhall.com

devere.com/ DeVereOxfordThames


29 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AY

Grenoble Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4XP

01865 727400

01865 788860

info@george oxfordhotel.com

Deborah.acott@ hilton.com




HAWKWELL HOUSE HOTEL Church Way, Iffley Village, Oxfordshire, OX4 4DZ 01865 749988 enquiry@ hawkwellhouse.co.uk hawkwellhouse.co.uk




Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP

Godstow Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 8AL

08719 429086

01865 780880

01865 489988

reservations@hioxford. co.uk

reservations@ expressoxford.com

jurysinnoxford@ jurysinns.com

Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 8JD


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Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SZ

Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN

3 New Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY

0344 879 9143

0344 879 9132

01865 689944

macdonaldhotels.co.uk/ our-hotels/ macdonald-bear-hotel

macdonaldhotels.co.uk/ our-hotels/macdonaldrandolph-hotel/

reservations.oxford@ malmaison.com

MERCURE EASTGATE TOWN HOUSE 73 High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4BE

MUSEUM HOTEL 107A St Aldates, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BU 01865 250075

01865 248332





malmaison.com/ locations/oxford/

OLD BANK HOTEL 92-94 High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4BJ 01865 799599 reception@oldbankhotel.co.uk oldbank-hotel.co.uk

THE MANOR COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL Northampton Road, Weston on the Green, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QL 01869 350 621 house@themanor weston.co.uk themanorweston.com

THE OLD PARSONAGE HOTEL 1 - 3 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire 01865 310210 reception@oldparson age-hotel.co.uk oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk




Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6LB

15 Barclay House 242-254 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7BY

01865 297500 shortlets@penny andsinclair.co.uk



2 Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AZ 01869 277557

01993 811711


stay@shortletspace. co.uk


Old Minster, Minster Lovell, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 0RN

Milton Common, Nr Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2JW

01993 774441

01844 279381

info@oldswan minstermill.co.uk



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Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4PS

Park End Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1HR

0844 8542910

01865 248432

Scott House, Harcourt Hill, Oxford, OX2 9AT

info@royaloxfordhotel. co.uk

01865 488400 venues@brookes.ac.uk


brookes.ac.uk/venues/ accommodation/scotthouse/

phcompany.com/ principal/oxford-spires/



9 Citygate, 78 St Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AW

01865 297525 shortlets@penny andsinclair.co.uk




STAYBEYOND 31 Nelson Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6BD 0207 523 5351 home@staybeyond. com staybeyond.imbooking secure.com/rentals






CHRIST CHURCH St. Aldates Oxford OX1 1DP 01865 276 150

Glanville Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 2SY 01865 807359 oxford@host-students. com host-students.com/ locations/oxford/

WADHAM COLLEGE Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3PN

enquiries@chch. ox.ac.uk

01865 277900




The top 10 attractions in Oxfordshire 1. Bicester Village The region’s ultimate luxury shopping destination. Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, each offers savings of up to 60%, all year round.

2. Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is home to world famous collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.

3. Blenheim Palace Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his

1. Bicester Village pueblo con tiendas outlet de diseñadores de lujo como Prada, Kate Spade, Burberry y muchos más.

2. Museo Ashmolean El primer museo público del mundo y el museo de arte y arqueología de Oxford

family, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Palacio Blenheim El lugar de nacimiento de Sir Winston Churchill y Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad de la UNESCO

4. Museum of Natural History Situated in an impressive

4. Museo de Historia Natural de Oxford

neo-Gothic building, the Oxford Museum of Natural History offers a variety of different permanent collections, exhibitions and events.

5. Bodleian Library and Weston Library Discover the 15th century Divinity School, medieval Duke Humfrey's Library, the impressive Radcliffe Camera and Weston Library.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens Discover more than 250 species of animals and explore 160 acres of beautiful parkland in West Oxfordshire.

9. The University of Oxford Botanic Garden 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.

10. 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.

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Visitando Oxford Las 10 cosas que no debes perderte

Situado en un impresionante edificio neo-gótico, el museo the Historia Natural de Oxford ofrece una variedad de collecciones permanentes, exhibiciones y eventos

5. Biblioteca Bodleian y Biblioteca Weston Una de las bibliotecas más antiguas en el corazón de la histórica Universidad de Oxford; descubre Divinity School de estilo gótico o disfruta de los tours guiados a las salas de lecturas y a la famosa biblioteca Duke Humphrey. 6. Universidad de Oxford Compuesta por 38 facultades (Colleges) la Universidad de Oxford se fundó en el siglo XI y es una de las instituciones académicas líderes a nivel mundial

7. Museo Pitt Rivers fundado en 1844 el Museo Pitt Rivers presume de una impresionante exhibición antropológica y arqueológica

8. Parque Reserva Natural Costwold descubre más de 250 especies de animales y 160 acres de preciosas zonas verdes en este parque reserva natural de Oxford 9. El Jard'ın Bota'nico de la Universidad de Oxford Situado en el corazón de Oxford, este histórico jardín es un oasis verde en el centro de la bulliciosa ciudad

10. Westgate Oxford Centro comercial de reciente apertura y principal destino de compras y ocio, ofrece grandes marcas internacionales, un cine con cinco salas y una terraza panorámica con restaurantes y bares sofisticados.

Oficina de Turismo de Oxford

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.

Encuentra todo lo que necesitas saber acerca de qué hacer y donde ir en Oxford y sus alrededores en la Oficina de Turismo de Oxford. Allí puedes encontrar folletos, guías, regalos y reservar tus billetes para tus visitas. Nuestro equipo multilingüe estará encantado de atenderte y resolver todas tus dudas.

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regroupe plus de 160 boutiques de marques différentes. Chacune d’entre elles offrant jusqu’à 60% de réduction toute l’année.

In viaggio per la contea dell’Oxfordshire 10 luoghi imperdibili:

' Ashmolean d’Art et d’Archeologie ' 2. Le Musee Fondé en 1683,

1. Bicester Village Elegante outlet con negozi grandi firme come Prada, Kate Spade,

Le top 10 des visites en Oxfordshire 1. Bicester Village L’endroit idéal de la région pour votre shopping de luxe. Ce lieu

l’Ashmolean regroupe des collections très connues du monde entier, allant des momies égyptiennes jusqu’à l’art contemporain.

3. Blenheim Palace Résidence du 12ème Duc de Marlborough et de sa famille, c’est le lieu de naissance de Sir Winston Churchill, ainsi qu’un site appartenant au Patrimoine Mondial de l’UNESCO.

4. Le Musee d’Histoire Naturelle Situé dans un magnifique bâtiment de style néo-gothique, le Musée d’Histoire Naturelle d’Oxford offre une variété de différentes collections permanentes, d’expositions et d’événements.

5. Les Bodleian Libraries Allez à la decouverte de l’ancienne Ecole de Théologie du 15ème siècle, de la Bibliothèque médiévale du Duc Humfrey, de la superbe Radcliffe Camera et de la Weston Library (Nouvelle Bodleian Library).

` ges de l’Universite' d’Oxford Composée 6. Les colle de 38 colleges, les débuts de l’Université d’Oxford remontent au 11ème siècle et c’est l’une des insitutions académiques leader dans le monde.

7. Le Muse'e Pitt Rivers Fondé en 1884, le Musée possède une collection de plus de 500 000 objets d’archéologie et d’ethnographie qui proviennent de partout dans le Monde.

8. Cotswold Wildlife, Parc animalier et Jardin Allez à la rencontre de plus de 250 espèces animales et explorez son très joli parc d’environ 160 hectares situé dans l’Ouest de l’Oxfordshire. 9. Le Jardin Botanique de l’Universite' d’Oxford Fondé en 1621, le Jardin Botanique est le plus ancien des jardins botaniques du Royqume-Uni. C’est l’un des endroits au monde où une immense variété de plantes y sont regroupées.

10. Le Grand Centre Commercial du Westgate C’est l’endroit à la mode d’Oxford. Il regroupe un très grand nombre de marques prestigieuses ainsi qu’un choix éclectique de cafés et de restaurants pour tous les goûts, 5 salles de cinema, et le toit terrasse comprenant quelques bars et restaurants avec cuisine raffinée.

Venez vous renseigner sur ce qu’il y a à découvrir dans la région de l’Oxfordshire à l’Office de Tourisme d’Oxford. Récuperez de nombreuses brochures, guides, souvenirs. Réservez vos billets pour différentes visites et activités, ou encore échangez avec notre équipe multilingue.


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2. Ashmolean Museum Uno dei musei più antichi al mondo, nonché il museo di arte e archeologia della città di Oxford 3. Blenheim Palace Luogo di nascita di Winston Churchill e patrimonio mondiale dell'umanità UNESCO

4. Museum of Natural History Situato in un notevole edificio neo-gotico, Il Museo di storia naturale ospita varie collezioni permanenti, ed offre ai visitatori un cartellone ricco di eventi ed esibizioni.

5. Bodleian Library e Weston Library Situata nel cuore della storica università di Oxford, la biblioteca bodleiana è una delle più antiche biblioteche al mondo. Imperdibili al suo interno la sala gotica conosciuta con il nome di Divinity School e la famosa Duke Humphrey’s Library.

6. University of Oxford Formata da 38 college, l’università di Oxford risale all’XI secolo ed è una delle più prestigiose istituzioni accademiche al mondo. 7. Pitt Rivers Museum Fondato nel 1844 il Pitt Rivers Museum può vantare un’interessante collezione di artefatti d’interesse antropologico e archeologico.

8. Cotswold Wildlife Park Scopri più di 250 specie di animali e 160 acri di questo magnifico parco

9. The University of Oxford Botanic Garden L’orto botanico è un’incantevole oasi verde nel centro, spesso affollato, della città di Oxford.

10. Westgate Oxford Tempio della moda e delle tendenze situato nel centro di Oxford, questo centro commerciale propone marchi prestigiosi, ristoranti eclettici e innovativi, un cinema multisala, e una terrazza panoramica che ospita bar e ristoranti rinomati per la loro cucina raffinata e creativa.

Oxford Visitor Information Centre

L’Office de Tourisme d’Oxford

15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS

Burberry e molti altri


Visita il centro d’informazione turistica di Oxford per scoprire tutto ciò che c’è da sapere su cosa fare e dove andare nell’Oxfordshire. Troverai brochure, dèpliant, libri, guide turistiche e anche souvenirs; potrai acquistare biglietti per le principali attrazioni locali e riceverai suggerimenti preziosi dal nostro personale multilingue. 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS

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Top 10 Sehenswürdigkeiten:


1. 比斯特购物村

1. Bicester Village Luxus Designer Outlet Center mit Filialen von unter anderem Prada, Kate Spade und Burberry

国际精品奢华购物村汇聚了百家国际品牌折扣店,包括Prada, Kate Spade, Burberry等品牌

2. Ashmolean Museum Das erste der Öffentlichkeit zugängliche Museum der Welt, heute Oxfords Museum für Kunst und Archäologie 3. Blenheim Palace Sir Winston Churchills Geburtsstätte und UNESCO Weltkulturerbe

4. Oxford Museum of Natural History Das in einem eindrucksvollen Gebäude im neugotischen Stil untergebrachte Oxford Museum of Natural History bietet seinen Besuchern eine Vielfalt an ständigen Sammlungen, Ausstellungen und Veranstaltungen.

十大目的地: 2. 阿什莫林博物馆


3. 布伦海姆宫


4. 牛津自然历史博物馆

牛津自然历史博物馆位于令人印象深刻的新哥特式建筑内,提供各种不同的永久收藏,展览和 活动

5. Bodleian Library und Weston Library Eine der ältesten Bibliotheken der Welt im Herzen von Oxfords historischer Universität – entdecken Sie die im gotischen Stil erbaute Divinity School oder nehmen Sie an einer geführten Tour durch die Lesesäle und die berühmte Duke Humphrey’s Library teil.

5. 博德利图书馆和韦斯顿图书馆

6. University of Oxford Die aus 38 Colleges bestehende University of Oxford geht auf das 11. Jahrhundert zurück und gehört du den weltweit führenden akademischen Einrichtungen.

6. 牛津大学

7. Pitt Rivers Museum Das 1844 eröffnete Pitt Rivers

包括三十八所学院,牛津大学可追溯到十一世纪,是世界领先的学术 机构之一

Museum beherbergt eine eindrucksvolle Kollektion von anthropologischen und archäologischen Artefakten.

7. 皮特河博物馆

8. Cotswold Wildlife Park Entdecken Sie mehr als 250

8. 科茨沃尔德野生动物园

Tierarten auf 160 Hektar wunderschöner Parklandschaft in Oxfordshires Wildpark.

9. The University of Oxford Botanic Garden Der im Herzen von Oxford gelegene botanische Garten ist eine Grünoase inmitten des geschäftigen Stadtzentrums.

10. Westgate Oxford Das ultimative Shopping- und Lifestyle-Paradies inmitten der Stadt. Hier finden Sie globale und bekannte Marken, ein Kinocenter, eine reiche Auswahl an Restaurants und Cafés und ein verzauberndes Ambiente in den Bars auf der Dachterrasse.

Besuchen Sie uns im Touristeninformationszentrum Oxford für die besten Tipps rund um Oxford und Oxfordshire. Bei uns bekommen sie Stadtführer und Broschüren, Souvenirs und Geschenke, sowie Tickets für Sehenswürdigkeiten und Ziele. Unser multilinguales Team berät Sie gerne bei allen Fragen. 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS

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皮特河博物馆成立于1844年,拥有令人印象深刻的人类学和考古展示 在这个牛津郡野生动物园内,您可以探索超过250种动物和160英亩美丽的草木区

9. 牛津大学植物园


10. 西城门购物中心



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位于历史悠久的牛津大学中心,是世界上最古老的图书馆之一,前来 探索哥特式神学院,或由导游带领您参观阅览室和著名的汉弗莱公爵 图书馆


在牛津游客信息中心内,了解您需要了解的一切,包括游览牛津郡的行程和路线。欢迎领取免 费传单,各类指南,挑选您满意的礼品和纪念品,预订景点门票或与我们的多语言团队交流, 我们将乐意为您服务。 牛津宽街15-16号,邮编OX1 3AS 电话: 01865 686430 www.experienceoxfordshire.org



Travelling to and around Oxfordshire By Bus 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 Oxford Bus Company operates a network of services across the city, with regular buses also travelling to surrounding towns and villages. www.oxfordbus.co.uk

Explore the hidden gems of Oxfordshire in an electric car. www.ecarnow.co.uk

Nearest airports: London Heathrow Airport (60 miles; 95km), London Gatwick Airport (85 miles; 135km), Birmingham Airport (65 miles; 105km). 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

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

Stagecoach operates the Oxford Tube, also linking London and Oxford, and available 24/7. www.oxfordtube.com

Oxfordshire Travel, a luxury transportation company and great customer service. www.oxford-travel.co.uk The Oxford Minibus Company has a highend fleet catering for 1 – 70 passengers. theoxfordminibuscompany.co.uk Auto Europe offer car, motorhome, motorcycle or luxury vehicle hire. www.autoeurope.co.uk/



By Air

Stagecoach also offers an excellent county wide 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

Car & Minibus Hire

Oxfordshire Map

By Coach Linking London and Oxford, the Oxford Bus Company’s X90 route provides a 24/7 service. www.x90.oxfordbus.co.uk

By Rail Great Western Railway has a regular service from London Paddington stopping at Didcot, Oxford and north through the county to the Cotswolds. www.gwr.com

Bicester Woodstock

Bicester Park & Ride

Burford Oxford Parkway Park & Ride

Peartree Park& Ride

Seacourt Park & Ride

Thornhill Park & Ride Redbridge Park & Ride



Henley-on Thames

Chiltern Railways trains run from London Marylebone with stops at Princes Risborough, Haddenham & Thame, Bicester Village, Oxford Parkway and Oxford. www.chilternrailways.co.uk

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