If you’re visiting or moving to Oxford you might be curious to see what’s around the city. Luckily, there are many amazing options to choose from.
The Most Interesting Places to See Near Oxford
Waterperry Gardens feature a magnificent 200 foot herbaceous border as well as rose and formal gardens, a riverside walk and a lily canal. The gardens are nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside and have a plan centre and garden shop. Their Art-in-Action Gallery and Gift Barn also house beautiful artworks by British artists. Don’t forget to visit the teashop!
Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. Its also home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and boats a diverse and long history. The Palace is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. It has stunning gardens, a miniature train, a dedicated family area with a maze, and a year-round calendar of exhibitions, tours, fairs, and experirnces.
Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton Brewery is one of (if not) the finest examples of Victorian Tower Breweries. The brewery is family-owned and offers much more than a wonderful range of award-winning beers. The brewery has a shop, a free museum, a Malthouse Kitchen cafe, and several meeting rooms. They offer regular brewery tours that last about 2 hours and show you the original steam engine, the stables with Shire horses, and a beer tasting.
Burford is a picturesque Cotswold town. It has a great selection of restaurants and antique shops, as well as some exotic wildlife! Near it is the UK’s only crocodile zoo (“Crocodiles of the World”) and “Cotswold Wildlife Park”, a reserve with over 260 species of animals.
Greys Court is a Tudor country house and gardens owned by the National Trust and located in the southern Chiltern Hills at Rotherfield Greys, near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. The house is open to the public. The house is open Wednesdays to Sundays and has a shop and tea room. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays at 11:30am & 1:30pm you can join a Garden Guide.
Banbury Town and Broughton Castle
Banbury is one of the bustling market towns you can find on a journey through Oxfordshire. This historical location on the River Cherwell is a significant commercial and retail centre for north Oxfordshire. The town is famed for its Banbury cakes, a spiced currant-filled sweet pastry dish. Banbury also has a magnificent medieval manor house, Broughton Castle, which was built in 1300 by Sir John de Broughton.
Chinnor and the Steam Railway
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is an Award Winning heritage steam railway. It consists of a roughly 1 hour round trip from Chinnor station and alongside the Chiltern Hills. You can buy tickets for riding the train online.