Close the historical city of Oxford
Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. Many businesses are located in and around the town, whether on one of the Science and Business Parks or within one of a number of residential areas.
Nearby Shotover Country Park offers everyone a chance to enjoy a place of beauty and history right on the edge of Oxford. Covering 117 hectares on the southern slopes of Shotover Hill there are spectacular views from the top across south Oxfordshire.
The park is an intimate mosaic of hidden valleys, varied landscapes and diverse habitats; a haven for wildlife and an ideal setting for peaceful enjoyment of the countryside.
SOME GREAT PLACES TO EAT
The Queens Head in Horspath - great local pub with thai food
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The Ghurka Palace Horspath - Indian Food
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The Sun Cafe & Bar Wheatley - Family run cafe and bar with home cooked food and breakfast
BBC Good food has a really guide on eating out in Oxford. See the guide by clicking here.
We are also lucky to have 5 excellent restaurants featured in the most recent Michelin Guide. These can be seen here.
Uncover 1,000 years of history
Oxford Castle and Prison
Oxford Castle and Prison is located beside the River Thames in the heart of the city. Take a guided tour and uncover 1,000 years of history behind the castle.
Meet the costumed characters and learn what life was like in Oxford over the last millennium.
Climb the Saxon tower and enjoy its panoramic views over the city.
Book tickets for the castle and prison here.
Oxford's most recognisable landmark
The Bodleian Library
Renowned for its innovative ziggurat architecture, the Bodleian Library is arguably Oxford’s most recognisable landmark.
One of Europe’s oldest libraries, Bodleian has also been used frequently as a filming location, including in the Harry Potter franchise.
A legal deposit library, the Bodleian is legally entitled to a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland.
Varied and unique history
The numerous colleges that comprise the University of Oxford have a long, varied and unique history.
Oxford is the oldest English-speaking University in the world and has been attended by numerous prime Ministers, presidents, scientists and artists.
Explore the colleges and discover the famous alumni that attended each one and the the impact that the university had on their lives.
See the Oxford University website for details on visiting the city, guided tours and information about visiting the colleges.
Boasting baroque architecture
Boasting baroque architecture, a diverse collection of art and gardens crafted by iconic landscape designer, Lancelot "Capability" Brown, Blenheim Palace is a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Uncover 300 years of history and 2000 acres of beautiful landscapes. Embark on a guided tour of the Palace, home to the Dukes of Marlborough and the greatest Briton, Sir Winston Churchill. Explore exhibits that tell the story of their lives, and the lives of those who have run the Palace and Estate for three centuries, through diaries, artefacts, photographs and film.
Appreciate the natural delights of the changing seasons as they play across the glorious parkland that, together with the Palace, make this a World Heritage Site.
With a rich variety of cultural highlights spanning the calendar, indulge in the programme of special events; from medieval jousting displays, Christmas Lights, big stage music Nocturnes and contemporary art installations.
Visit the Blenheim Palace site for details of what's on and book tickets.
A must for car enthusiasts
BMW Mini Tours
Plant Oxford is heart of BMW Mini. This is the primary location BMW Mini use to assemble their range of BMW Mini models. It is the largest and one of the oldest Mini Plants in the United Kingdom and also hosts plant tours for Mini enthusiasts.
Guests are guided throughout the plant in areas to learn more about the production and the detail that goes in to making a Mini vehicle road-ready! This is truely a magnificient experience for car enthusiasts and will definitely impress.
For more information on official plant tours click here.
Greenacres Campsite is ideally located for the Mini plant.
Exciting locomotive history
Didcot Railway Museum
A former Great Western Railway Shed, the Didcot Railway Museum is full of exciting locomotive history and things to see! Things not to miss at Didcot Railway Museum include exploring the 1932 engine shed, seeing eye-opening artefacts in the museum such as brass nameplates and much more!
For more information on the Didcot Railway Museum click here.
Get your shopping fix at
Bicester Village Outlet Centre
Discover an open-air shopping experience with unmissable savings in your favourite boutiques all year round.
Sitting in the heart of the enchanting Oxfordshire countryside, Bicester Village is home to more than 160 boutiques from leading British and international fashion and lifestyle brands – including Soho Home, Charlotte Tilbury, Manolo Blahnik, Mulberry, Smythson, Vivienne Westwood and more. Plus, a host of exciting new boutique openings including Jil Sander, showcasing lightweight jackets, spring-ready dresses and colourful accessories, innovative skincare from 111SKIN and feel-good make-up from Benefit Cosmetics – all offering year-round savings on the recommended retail price.
Greenacres campsite provides the ideal base for visiting Bicester Village and is just a short car journey away.
Visit the Bicester Village website for more information on opening times and the list of stores at the village.