Blenheim Palace

Oxford is the town that most tourists will visit in Oxfordshire even though there are some absolute gems nearby. Oxford is famous for it's University and fabulous architecture. There are grand building all over the town and probably the best way to see them is to join one of the local tours.

I have added a photo from Jamie Goode's wine blog here as I think he has captured a typical Oxford scene perfectly. You can see the typical buildings constructed in the warm honey coloured limestone that is used throughout the Cotswolds. As you can see, cycling is popular with University students and locals alike and it is a great way to see Oxford

Things to do in Oxford

Oxford Theatres

Kenton theatre
Corn Exchange - Wallingford
Creation Theatre company
O2 Academy
Garsington Opera
New theatre
Oxford Playhouse
Pegasus Theatre
Sheldonian Theatre
Studio Theatre Club
North wall arts centre
Blenheim Palace and grounds

Blenheim Palace

There are very few places in the world that are more grand than Blenheim Palace. The palace can be found at Woodstock near oxford and as you approach you will soon realise your traveling through parkland landscaped by Capability Brown on a grand scale. Infact, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, and beautiful formal gardens.

As you would expect the palace is filled with treasures, art masterpieces, sculptures and decorated to the highest possible standard and is absolutely breath-taking. It is quite surprising to find out that the standard was even higher previously as the great library was sold in 1881 and some major art treasures and curios were sold off in 1886. However, the standard is so high you would wonder where they would fit in.

Most of your time will be spent exploring the palace. However, the palace try's to add value to your visits and frequently holds events that are in keeping with it elegance. The Palace already has a full schedule of events for 2013 that will make you want to return over and over:

Art & antique fair, Jousting tournament, Dramas, Flower show, Craft fair, Proms, Cycling events, Triathlon, Horse trials, Kids camp, Easter egg challenge, TV and Film exhibition (The palace has been the star of many tv and film shows), Literary festival, Classic car festival, Firework displays, Marathons, etc, etc

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Cotswolds Wildlife park and GardensNarrow gauge train at Cotswold Wildlife parkCotswold Wildlife park penguins

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens has mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates from all around the world and is set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens. It is worth looking out for the Walled Garden as it is easy to miss and feel disappointed later. Here you find the Penguins, Meerkats, Tropical House (with free roaming Sloths), Otters, Prairie Dogs, Various Bird Aviaries (including Giant Hornbills and Scarlet Ibis) and the walk-through Lemur enclosure.

Oxford Ice Rink

Oxford Ice rink is on Oxpens Road and is a ten-minute walk from Oxford city centre and railway station. The Ice rink is a popular place so if you want a quieter session go for Monday or Tuesday evenings, or at teatime (5 - 7.30pm). Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings are lively session with disco music from 20:00 - 22:30.

Oxford ice rink
Other Sports and Leisure activities

Golf Courses
Cycle routes
Walking routes
Hinksey outdoor heated swimming pool
Abbey Meadow outdoor heated swimming pool

Hook Norton Brewery Tour

Hook Norton Brewery Tour

Hook Norton Brewery Tour is one of only 32 family owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. Brewery tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approximately 2 hours. The first 1 hours are spent around the brewery where you'll see the original steam engine, learn about the history of the brewery and how the beers are produced. After the tour, it's back to the sampling bar in the Visitor Centre for a half hour beer tasting session. It is essential to book the tour in advance.

Punting on the river

Punting on the river

Punting on the river is one of the most popular things to do in Oxfordshire. The boats are pushed along using long poles in a similar way to the gondolas in Venice. Good fun for passengers and it allows some students to earn a little extra for college.

Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Railway centre

Didcot Railway Centre - has a unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics; and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway. The Railway Centre is open every weekend throughout the year. The centre runs experience days were you get the chance to drive a steam engine. One of the main features of the day is 2.5 hours with the steam train, driving and firing the locomotive and being guard on the train. Ideal for a birthday treat or a special anniversary.

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Chinnor & Princess Risborough Railway

Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Uffington White horse

The Uffington White Horse is a 3000 year old figure formed from trenches filled with crushed white chalk. Best views of the horse are from directly across the Vale, particularly around the villages of Great Coxwell, Longcot and Fernham unless you are able to take to the air. The horse is only part of the unique complex of ancient remains that have been discovered at White Horse Hill and the area beyond, spreading out across the high chalk downland. At the top of White Horse Hill an Iron Age hill fort known as Uffington Castle was discovered.

Uffington White Horse

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