Top 5 things to see and do in Oxfordshire

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Oxfordshire is a beautiful English county with so much to see and do, you might not know where to start! But you’re in luck because we have narrowed it down to the top 5 things you just can’t miss…

1. Downton Abbey day trip

Ah, Downton Abbey. Don’t we all wish we could be Lady Mary, frolicking through the beautiful grounds of Highclere Castle (less than an hour from Oxford)? While we aren’t the first born to the Earl of Grantham, we can pretend  for a day! When visiting Oxfordshire you can’t miss out on all the gorgeous sights Downton Abbey is filmed at, like the little village of Bampton which doubles as Downton Village.

Bampton village. Photo: West Oxfordshire District Council

Bampton village. Photo: West Oxfordshire District Council

 

2. Take a hot air balloon ride

The English countryside is some of the most beautiful in the world so why not see it from a bird’s eye view? A hot air balloon ride is a relaxing way to see a huge chunk of the rolling green hills and quaint villages at once. Once that champagne glass is put in your hand you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner!

3. Go on a brewery tour

While in Oxfordshire visit the Wychwood Brewery. They give a 2-hour tour that takes you step-by-step through the entire brewing process. Then of course afterwards you can sit back and enjoy a pint (or 2…).

4. Visit Blenheim Palace

Famously known as ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’ Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The awe-inspiring palace has so much to offer, including a giant hedge maze and butterfly house, you’ll probably end up spending the entire day there.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

5. Visit the city of Oxford

Of course when in Oxfordshire you can’t miss the city of Oxford. Tour the famous university, go shopping in nearby Bicester Village, or take a cycling tour. Whatever you do, don’t miss the city of dreaming spires.

Oxford - The City of Dreaming Spires

Oxford – The City of Dreaming Spires

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2 Responses to “Top 5 things to see and do in Oxfordshire”

  1. Dan
    June 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Bicester Village is NOT in Oxford! It’s in… Bicester!!!

  2. David Tefft
    July 1, 2014 at 2:02 am #

    Was stationed at RAF Fairford 79-82 and lived in Enlisted Quarters in Bampton. Kind neat to see it becoming famous as a “TV star”. Loved going to Oxford for things to do and went to Blenheim Palace several times. My youngest daughter was born in the John Radcliffe Hospital on the North side of town. Miss it even after 30+ years.

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