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Top 10 reasons to visit Oxfordshire

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

There are many reasons to visit Oxfordshire, but here are the top 10.

Some of the best pubs in the country

Want to visit the place where Rosamund The Fair reportedly used to meet King Henry II? How about a pint in the tavern where rock band Radiohead played their first gig? Or maybe you want to sit in the spot that inspired writers such as CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien? You’ll find it all here – plus award-winning, locally-brewed ales.

The mix of old world and new

We’ve some of the best shopping in the South East, including designer outlet villages, chic boutiques and all the major high street brands. We’ve got multiplex cinemas, business schools and industrial parks. But the region cherishes its past, too. Look closely at any street and you’ll find buildings that span hundreds of years, cyclists sharing the road with cars, old dons and fresh undergraduates.

You’ll find buildings that span hundreds of years across the county

You’ll find buildings that span hundreds of years across the county

The scenery

Rolling hills, honey-coloured Cotswold cottages, idyllic riverbanks – it’s no wonder so many locals think this county can’t be beaten.

Food and drink to suit every taste

Whether it’s sampling local produce and picking up tips at a bustling farmers’ market, splashing out on a slap-up dinner at an award-winning restaurant or trying exotic world cuisine, Oxfordshire really has it all.

The culture

Aside from fostering the fledgling talents of some of our best known writers, artists, playwrights and musicians, Oxfordshire is home to some of the best art collections in the world, the first ever public museum and a few of the country’s grandest stately homes.

Its quirkiness

Cotswold cottages with sloping floors, a luxury hotel in a former prison, a museum full of folklore charms. Oxfordshire has long had a reputation for charming eccentricity.


People from all over the world come to study and live in Oxford, lending the city a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. You’ll hear every language from Urdu to Polish and are as likely to catch colourful Eid celebrations as a Christmas lights switch-on.

The architecture

The ‘city of dreaming spires’ has one of the most recognisable skylines in the world, including the 800-year-old Radcliffe Camera and the Carfax Tower. The county is also home to Blenheim Palace, William Morris’ Tudor country house and beautiful Broughton Castle.

Christ Church is a fine example of the architecture in Oxfordshire

Christ Church is a fine example of the architecture in Oxfordshire

A more relaxed pace of life

While our cities and town centres are filled with shoppers and visitors, head out just a few miles into the countryside and you’ll find this is the perfect region to wind down and get some much-needed R‘n’R. While away a few hours watching the world go by on the riverside, spot wildlife and enjoy breathing air free of pollution.


Morrismen and maypole dancers welcoming in the spring, university graduates dashing down the street in full academic dress during exam season, choristers singing from Magdalen Tower on the first day of May. Centuries of history have created some of the most iconic images of English life.

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Image credits: ©Carol Sachs/Gee's; Delfi De La Rua/Sidharth Bhatia/Unsplash; Geraint Lewis/Oxford Playhouse Trust

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