Top Attractions in Oxfordshire

May 25, 2022
Attractions in Oxfordshire
Whether you're relocating from neighbouring Berkshire or Warwickshire or just looking to explore this beautiful part of the South East, discover the best things to do in Oxfordshire. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, from world-famous museums to designer shopping, wildlife parks, and vineyards.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

This wildlife park is not your typical zoo! Located near Burford, on the edge of the Cotswolds, the park is set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland belonging to Bradwell Grove Manor House. Cotswold Wildlife Park is home to over 260 species of animals and beautiful gardens, making this a fun day out for all the family.


Opening times: Open daily, except Christmas Day. Summer hours are 10:00-18:00, winter hours are 10:00-16:00

Ticket prices: £17.50 for adults, £12 for children (3-16 years) and over 65s. Children aged 0-2 years go free


Visit Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens


Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford boasts the UK’s oldest botanic garden, established over 400 years ago as part of the University of Oxford. The gardens have one of the world’s most diverse collections of plants, so there’s plenty to see here! Take a stroll around the walled gardens overlooking the River Cherwell, or visit the glasshouses to see tropical species from across the globe.


Opening times: The gardens are open daily, with seasonal hours. See website for more information

Ticket prices: Adults £6.30, concessions (students, alumni, over 65s) £5. Free entry for children under 16 with a paying adult and disabled visitors


Visit Oxford Botanic Garden


Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery

Located on the slopes of the Chiltern Hills in the neighbouring county of Buckinghamshire, this award-winning winery is the perfect day trip from Oxford. Their wines cater for all tastes, including red, white, rosé and sparkling. And if you love real ales, there’s also an independent brewery on-site.


Opening times vary. See website for more information on tours and prices.


Visit Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery


Bicester Village

Treat yourself to some retail therapy at Bicester Village, the iconic designer outlet shopping hub. With over 160 boutiques and plenty of restaurants to enjoy when you need a break from shopping, Bicester Village is the perfect day out for any fashion lover. If you’re in this area, don’t miss our brilliant The Chimes development for a collection of 3 bedroom homes.


Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9:00-20:00. Saturdays, 9:00-21:00. Sundays 10:00-19:00


Visit Bicester Village


Oxford Museum of Natural History

This museum was established in 1860 to house natural history specimens for various studies at the University of Oxford. Visitors can see the world-famous Oxford Dodo and learn about other extinct species, fossils and dinosaurs. Look out for the Megalosaurus, one of many fascinating archaeological discoveries made in Oxfordshire.


Open daily, 10:00-17:00. Free entry.


Visit Oxford Museum of Natural History


Ashmolean Museum

Located in the heart of Oxford, the Ashmolean Museum is Britain’s first public museum and a must-see attraction. Opened in 1683 to house collections donated to the University by Elias Ashmole, today it is home to specimens from ancient Egypt and Greece, Anglo-Saxon gold, and a vast collection of fine art from the medieval period to the present day.


Open daily, 10:00-17:00. Free entry, but advanced booking is advised


Visit Ashmolean Museum


Experience the Oxfordshire countryside

Oxfordshire is known for its stunning scenery. Here, you’re surrounded by three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Cotswolds, the North Wessex Downs and the Chiltern Hills. Walk along the River Thames or River Cherwell, then stop for a well-deserved break at a cosy pub in one of Oxfordshire’s many picturesque villages.


Go punting on the River Cherwell

Hire a boat or enjoy a river cruise along the Cherwell and take in Oxfordshire’s beautiful countryside from a different perspective. The river runs through the centre of Oxford, which is famous for punting in the summer.