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Facebook is suing a company called Teachbook  , which operates a social networking site for teachers, apparently because it has "book" in its name and "competes" with Facebook. Teachbook is described as "a professional community for teachers". Sounds like a threat to Facebook's existence doesn't it?  Well we know of a book that predates Facebook and tells us all about Oxfordshire. Yes "The Doomsdaybook! The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time). Read about Oxfordshire in The Doomsday Book
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Travel London & the South East of England with the Great British Heritage Pass - explore the stunning South Eastern regions and England heritage properties of London, Oxford, Dover, Brighton, Windsor, Canterbury and more. Begin your tour of London and the South East at Blenheim Palace near Oxford, home of the 11th Duke of Malborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. It is a magnificent baroque palace that includes guided tours of magnificent staterooms and special exhibitions open all year. Ready for some royal history? Henry VIII made Hampton Court Palace his royal residence. It includes costumed guides, extensive gardens, parkland, and a maze.Next visit Eltham Palace, the boyhood home of Henry VIII, and a masterpiece of art deco design, which is currently the home of millionaire Stephen Courtauld and evokes the glamour of the 1930s. After your stop in London, head to Leeds Castle, the ‘loveliest castle in the world.’ There are extensive gardens and parkland around this moated castle. Head off towards the coast and visit another fascinating castle, Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels, where set deep beneath the cliffs are the Secret Wartime Tunnels where military personnel were stationed during World War II. Sissinghurst Castle Garden is one of the world’s most celebrated gardens, where you can breathe in the scent of summer roses at this romantic location. Your next stop is Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, one of the best-preserved examples of a medieval moated castle, built for defence and its picturesque location. Continue on to Hever Castle and Gardens, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.Finish your tour of the South East by visiting Arundel Castle, a stunning ancient castle and stately home containing priceless treasures, a medieval keep, grounds and organic gardens.

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17th September 2015.
 Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxon OX9 3JL
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Following the success of last year’s show and the feel good factor that went with it, Thame Show is again on its traditional third Thursday in September date on 17th September 2015.

The headline attraction this year in the Main Ring will be the amazing Devil’s Horsemen featuring chariot racing and stunt riding. Their credits are too many to mention but include the likes of Les Miserables, Merlin, Games of Thrones, Cinderella, Atlantis and Dr Who amongst others. There will be top class Show Jumping along with the fast and furious Scurry Driving, the cattle parade, classic cars and agricultural display. There will again be a parade of hounds involving our local packs and the show will close with the Lone Piper. There will be showing classes for Cattle, Sheep and Horses and a display of birds and alpacas.
Attractions at Thame Show 2015
Beside our Main Ring & Countryside Arena we have plenty going on for everyone.  2015 Attractions Include:
   Premier & Fun Dog Show
    The Traditional Bakery Show
    The Sheep Show
    Glass Blowing Display
    Leather Work Display
    Woodturning Display
    Home & Garden Marquee
    Food Hall
    Shopping & Craft Marquee
    Many Traders
    Food Theatre
    Food Courts
    Livestock Classes Sheep / Cattle
    Showing Classes
    Alpaca Display
    Bird Display
    Vintage Machinery, Lorries & Tractors
    Classic Cars
    Touch & Tag Rugby Demonstration
    Army Roadshow
    Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Demonstration
    Morris Dancers
    Thame Concert Band
    Band Stand
    Performances by Local School Children
    Local Radio

The Sheep Show
The New Zealand style team of presenters educate and entertain with their fantastic sheep all over the country. Nobby the Norfolk Horn stands centre stage while others are introduced to their podiums. We learn about each breeds attributes and how wool from the sheep’s back becomes a jumper to wear. The shearing demonstration is well commentated and has the audience captivated.
The 30 minute show is cleverly devised and is highly entertaining and extremely informative, a rare combination. The highlight of the show is the “The sheep show Hustle . Dancing sheep!!

Set on its own stage trailer with sound and lighting, The Sheep show can be performed up to 4 times daily and back stage, the stars can be seen throughout the day.

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Thame Show Showjumping

The Countryside/Events arena will again have acts ranging from the popular Sheep National to Falconry Display, Pig Agility, Sheepdogs, Gundogs, and Cyril the Squirrel Terrier Racing. This year there will be a Premier Dog Show and also a Fun Dog Show where you can bring your pets along and enter a variety of classes. The Food Theatre and Bakery Show will be a feature with demonstrations of glass blowing, leatherworking and stick making. There will be school children from local schools performing on the stage singing and dancing. The army will be on site with a display of weaponry, the Oxfordshire Fire Service with their safety display and Chinnor Rugby Club with their young teams showcasing touch Rugby.

The public bar is here to stay and there will be two large food courts selling a whole range of food and drink. The Food Hall and Shopping and Craft Marquees were both sold out last year and again will be as popular as ever and there will be a vast assortment of trade stalls to buy from. Moving back to September was popular with the Home & Garden section and there will be plenty of exhibits to see in there.

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I’m sure everyone will again have a great day out at Thame Show back on its traditional date. Come along and support one of Thame’s biggest days.

 Tickets and memberships are no longer available through the website. You can still get pre-show tickets locally as they are still available from the outlets listed below until close of business on Wednesday 17th September. Of course, tickets will be available at the gate on the day. Memberships are available from the show office, now on the showground. Our contact number for this week will be 01844 215444

Advance Tickets for the   Show will be available through the website or at the following outlets from 1st July 2015.

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Regions of Oxfordshire
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Oxfordshire County Council
Tel: 01865 792422
Email us
 County Hall, New Road
Oxford  OX1 1ND

Cherwell District Council
Tel : 01295 227001
Bodicote House, Bodicote
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 4AA

Open 8.45 - 5.15 Monday to Friday
Oxford City Council
01865 249811
online customer self-service
Town Hall,  St Aldate's,  Oxford,
South Oxfordshire District Council
01491 823000
Benson Lane,Crowmarsh Gifford
Wallingford, OxonOX10 8ED
Vale of White Horse District Council
01235 520202

Abbey House,Abbey Close
Abingdon-On-ThamesOX14 3JE
West Oxfordshire District Council
Tel:01993 861000

 Elmfield, New Yatt Road
Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 1PB

Newspapers and Magazines
It's not easy for papers of any kind to compete with free internet news sources these days, but Oxford still manages to support a few (alongside a number of community-produced newsletters). The most popular locals are the Oxford Times, the city's broadsheet-style (tabloid-sized) weekly, and the Oxford Mail, a tabloid-style daily. Many homes also receive free papers (whether willingly or not) including the Oxford Star. The Newsquest Group is responsible for all three of the aforementioned publications, and plenty more countywide, whilst the Courier Group produces additional titles including the Oxford Journal (a free pick-up paper formally known as the Oxford Courier, est. 1972) and Oxford Living (a glossy lifestyle magazine).

Amongst the other free publications on offer you will find neighbourhood papers such as the Jericho Echo and the North Oxford Association's NOA news, and numerous nightlife-related magazines (usually launching in October only to plunge into receivership by January). The only one of the latter to stay the course, being a reliable guide to live music locally, is Nightshift, a black-and-white magazine available free at music venues, chip shops etc. (or downloadable from their website, which features an online message board).


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Local Radio Stations
 Broadcasts on 95.2FM; sounds a lot like BBC Radio 2. (Which we quite like, now we're getting on a bit.)
Broadcasting on 106.8 and 106.4 FM across Oxfordshire. Born in October 2007, Jack offers music for adults in Oxfordshire, with a good playlist covering the 60s to today. Sounds like BBC Radio 2 drivetime narrated by the anarchic voice of Little Britain. Runs a lot of fun, locally-focussed offers and promotions.
Formerly the long-standing Oxfordshire station Fox FM. (See description of Jack FM, above, yet remove irony.) Broadcasts on 102.6 and 97.4 MHz FM.
(formerly 'Passion'). Plays the latest in chart, dance and R'n'B for the younger end of the pop market.
(formerly OX4, on 87.9FM): for 'non-stop jammz'. East Oxford's community radio station, with full time scheduling since early 2012. Emphasis on very local, usually music-related, activity, with late night drum and bass / house music of a fairly bangin' nature.
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Visiting Oxford From London
Oxford By Train
Oxford Station is is about ten minutes walk to the west of the city centre. It is on the line for express trains from London Paddington to Hereford via Worcester. It also has local trains to Reading, Worcester and Bicester Town. For fares and timetables use 'The Trainline' web site where you can also order tickets for delivery to your home address.

The X90 London to Oxford Bus
The X90 is a direct coach service that takes you from Oxford to London in around 100 minutes.

The Oxford Tube Bus Service From London Victoria
The most popular bus service between Oxford and London is the Oxford Tube bus service.  The Oxford tube buses are large double decker buses that run a 24x7 service from London's Victoria Coach Station. The buses also pickup at Marble Arch and Notting Hill Gate. In Oxford, the bus terminates at Gloucester Green Bus Station, 5 minutes walk west of the centre. The buses also pick up and drop off in the High Street at Oxford. The buses are air conditioned, have reclining seats and have washrooms on board. The service is true 24x7, with hourly services in the very early hours and frequencies every 10-15 minutes much of the day.

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It has requested we do not mention the name of the traffic lady on BBC radio 2, instead we are happy to introduce our traffic lady "Stormy Front". So Find local news, sport and entertainment near you with your local BBC Where I Live website. Choose your nearest location in Wessex & Cornwall:

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Where The English Came From

Cerdic I'm Cerdic. First King of Wessex
Welcome to MY KINGDOM

The influence of the Romans began to wane in the middle of the fourth century and in c.AD 367 the Saxons raided England and penetrated the Thames as far as Dorchester. In AD 411 the Romans left and the Saxon raids intensified and as they settled they established hamlets all along the Thames. The Thames was very important in that in AD 600 it was the border between Wessex and Mercia, with Wessex to the south and Mercia to the north.King Alfred the Great was born in Wantage. The area played an important part in the conflict for supremacy between the two kingdoms from the seventh to the ninth centuries.Oxfordshire was not formed until around 1000 AD. In the eleventh century Oxford was one of the most important provincial towns, and was of considerable political and economic sinificance.Today its importance for education is as great as ever. The perfect base to visit Wessex from. You have seen it on "Inspector Morse"

We have a multitude of reference pages which were created some time ago and are now under reconstruction. So on here you will find dedicated pages to specialist activities in Wessex & Mercia. These include a list of Agricultural ,Horse Shows etc, The Wessex Hall of Fame, Michelin starred restaurants in Wessex,Seaside Resorts,Theatres in Wessex & the UK, List of Films made in Wessex, Wessex Names, Golf Clubs, Football Clubs, Rugby Clubs, and Racetracks . Campers & Caravanners have their own dedicated section too. I have even got my own page for readers letters and news snippets, mainly from my ancient capital Chard. Click here to contact us

Tourist Offices
Tourist Information Centre

25 Bridge Street. Tel: 01235 522711Open April-October Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1.30pm-4.15pm. Winter, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 9.30am-2.30pm.
Tourist Information Centre

Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury OX16 2PQ Tel: 01295 259855
Visitor Information Centre

Bicester Village Outlet Shopping Pingle Drive Bicester Oxfordshire  OX26 6WD Tel: 01869 369055 Fax: 01869 369054

Burford Tourist
Information Centre

Information centre: The Old Brewery, Sheep Street. Tel: 01993 823558. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm, November to February 10am-4.30pm, plus Sundays, May-September 11am-3pm.
Tourist Information Centre

Town Hall, Alvescot Road. Telephone: 01993 842156. Open Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm.
Chipping Norton
Visitor Information Centre
The Guild Hall. Telephone: 01608 644379. Open daily, except Sun, Mar-Oct 9.30am-5.30pm, Nov to Feb 10am-3pm.
Didcot Tourist Information Centre
118 Broadway, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 8AB  Tel/Fax: 01235 813243
Faringdon Community and Tourist Information Centre
Pump House , 5 Market Place , Faringdon SN7 7HL  Tel:(01367) 242191  Fax: 01367 242191 Email: tourism@faringdontowncouncil.org.uk
Henley-on-Thames Tourist
 Information Centre

King's Arms Barn, Kings Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2DG Tel: 01491 578034 Fax: 01491 412703   Email: henleytic@hotmail.com
Kidlington Tourist
Information Point

Exeter Hall, Oxford Road,OX5 1AB Tel: 01865 378479

OXFORD Tourist
Information Centre

15/16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS Tel: 01865 726871    Fax: 01865 240261
E-mail: tic@oxford.gov.uk  Web: www.visitoxford.org
THAME Tourist
Information Centre

Market House, North Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3HH Tel/Fax: 01844 212834
WESSEX Tourist Board
website: http:// www.wessextouristboard.org.uk           Tel: +44(0)207 183 4978      Fax : +44(0) 845 862 1954     Click here to contact us
Information Centre

Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 0EG  Tel: 01491 826972    Fax: 01491 832925
Wantage Visitor Centre
Vale and Downland Museum Centre. Telephone: 01235 760176. Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm, Sundays 2.30-5pm.
51a Market Square, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX8 6AG Tel: 01993 775802    Fax: 01993 709261 E-mail: witney.vic@westoxon.gov.uk
within The Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SN
Tel/Fax: 01993 813632 E-mail: tourism@westoxon.gov.uk

Keble College

Balliol College

Bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford University colleges

Staying in historic Oxford college accommodation is a unique opportunity. With centrally-located bed and breakfast (B&B) rooms from £40, it is a cost effective alternative to staying in a hotel, and by providing the college with revenue you will be contributing to the upkeep of the famous buildings.

You could trace the footsteps of Ghandi, Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant, or the 25 British Prime Ministers who have passed through Oxford's colleges.  You will eat in the college hall, and could wander through the college's gardens and quadrangles, learn about the college's history, and take a punt along the river followed by a drink in the college bar.
Availability is mainly in the vacation periods (Christmas, Easter, Summer), when students clear their rooms.  Rooms typically become available two to three months in advance, so please revisit the website within that period if nothing is available now.

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Abingdon Guide
Guide with town tour and map
  Visitor Guide
A guide to North Oxfordshire, with information on the towns of Bicester & Bicester

Historic Town Trail
Follow this Historic Town Trail of Banbury
Guide to Burford
Provided by Oxfordshire Cotswolds, this visitors guide highlights the town's key sights and provides a map.
Chipping Norton Guide
An introduction to the town and attractions

Map of Didcot
Find your way around Didcot easily with this map available for download.
Historic Guide
A guide to the history of Faringdon and it's historic buildings

Henley Town Tour
Enjoy a walk around Henley with this self guided tour

THAME  Historic Town Trail
Start and finish by the Town Hall.  Just one in a range of guides to Thame available at their Tourist Office or Thame Museum.

Agatha Christie Trail
A themed trail from Wallingford to Cholsey

Wantage Official Guide
Discover Wantage with this official guide that is available for download.
Witney Wool and Blanket Trail
Follow the long and illustrious history of the woollen trade
Woodstock Town Walk
Provided by Oxfordshire Cotswolds, this town walk is just over a mile long and combines the town's history and key sights
Inspector Morse's Country Trail around Oxfordshire

Great British Heritage Pass - Buy Online
I'm Guinivere- wife of King Arthur and wife of Cerdic! Why you ask because much of the Arthurian Legend is based on Cerdic
I'm Cerdic. First King of Wessex -Welcome to MY KINGDOM- See the  Attractions below

Abingdon was occupied in prehistoric times by settlers of the Bronze and Iron ages. It was a flourishing town in the Roman period, which in turn gave way to a Saxon settlement. The earliest documents tell of a hamlet called Sevekesham sited at a ford of the Thames. Hean, nephew of King Cissa was granted land for founding a Benedictine monastery called Abbandun (Hill of Ebba) at the same time as his sister Cilla founded the Nunnery of Helnestowe on or near St Helens Church, the principal church in 675AD. When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1538, Abingdon Abbey was the 6th richest in Britain.The Monday market has existed since 1556. The Michaelmas Fair (now known as the Ock Fair) was originally a 'hiring mart' for those seeking employment In 1810 the Wilts and Berks canal arrived with Abingdon becoming a key link between such places as Bristol, London, Birmingham and the Black Country. In 1906 it was abandoned as the canal sides collapsed and the railways offered faster transport. The first link to the railway came in 1856 with a branch connection to Culham and subsequently via Radley. The local station closed in 1963.Abingdon was the county town of Berkshire, becoming part of Oxfordshire after local government re-organisation in 1974.
Tourist Offices
25 Bridge Street.Abingdon,



Abingdon Museum

Abingdon Museum is housed in The County Hall in the centre of Abingdon and displays collections unique to Abingdon, England's oldest, continuously inhabited Town.  The building dates from the 1670s and it is worth viewing for its own sake.A recent acquisition is an Anglo-Saxon ring found locally.  Some displays are altered each month, including a Cabinet of Curiosities. Until 2nd March this features The Abingdon Buildings Record's history of a mediaeval house.  

  The County Hall
Market Place
OX14 3HG
Daily 10.30am - 4.00pm. Ring to check Bank Holiday opening times.

The roof is open on fine Saturdays in the summer, fascinating for photographers, artists and others interested in an overview of this beautiful region.


Kingston Bagpuize House
Beautiful 1660s Manor House remodelled in early 1700s in red brick with stone facings. Cantilevered staircase and finely proportioned panelled rooms with some good furniture and pictures. Set in mature parkland, the gardens contain a notable collection of plants including rare trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Available for private functions and corporate events.
Kingston Bagpuize House Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon
Oxfordshire  OX13 5AY
In Kingston Bagpuize village on A415 half a mile south of A420/A415 junction

Tel: 01865 820 259

Pendon Museum
A museum using modelling excellence and live commentaries to illustrate life as it was in the 1920's and 30s, with displays and special themes throughout the year. Prepare to be amazed! See in miniature a village in the Vale of White Horse during the 1920s and 30s. Look along chalky lanes and see beetle browed thatch, low over cottage doors. Peer through cottage windows and see chintzy chairs, dark framed pictures, the tick, tock, clock on the mantlepiece.Rattling, squealing, a gasping, thumping engine struggles up the grade striving for the tunnel mouth beyond the station `neath the hill, whistles, and is gone...dark portal swallows guard's van, red lamp fades into the gloom...a wisp of smoke...this is Pendon Parva. Listen to live commentaries and marvel at other exquisitely detailed scenes: the historic Madder Valley Railway form the 1930s and, in the bleak, windy wastes of Dartmoor, beyond the stunning replica of Brunel's timber viaduct, passengers from the express wait for the 'local' at lonely Pen Tor Road station.
Long Wittenham,
 Oxfordshire, OX14 4QD

Priory Cottages

Former monastic buildings, now converted into two houses
South Cottage contains the Great Hall of the original priory - Tenanted, with limited public access
Priory Cottages 1 Mill Street, Steventon, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 6SP


Venn Working Mill
A working rural water-powered corn mill from about 1800.Wholemeal flour from the local wheat is on sale.
Venn Mill Venn Mill, Garford, Abingdon OX13 5PA.
Apr-Oct 2nd Su 10-5
01367 718888
Visit the oldest town in England and take a walk through history. Well trained and scripted guides take visitors on a walk and talk, around and about historic Abing don-on-Thames, throughout the year. The walks will last between 1 and 1½ hours, and will take in all the historic sites, landmarks and buildings around the centre of Abingdon. The guides will be locals and will make the tours their own. On special anniversaries or events they will dress in historic costume and make it a performance that customers will never forget.Walk Route: Meeting point next to The Guildhall  Duration: 1½ hours Miles: 1
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The village of Appleton, with which the smaller village of Eaton has long been associated, stands on rising ground 100 ft above the river Thames, which is its western boundary. Woodlands, known as Besselsleigh Common and Appleton Common, still partially cover its eastern and southern boundaries. The Saxon name for the village was Earmundslea or ‘Edmund’s clearing’. One can still receive an impression of its old character and charm as a considerable number of stone houses remain standing in the centre of the village, from the Tavern Inn to Charity House Farm. Modern housing exists along the roads in and out of the village, and in recent years a considerable amount of in filling has taken place. The population of the village is now approximately 1,000. Unfortunately, most of the inhabitants work away from the village, but there is a village shop and post office, a butcher’s shop, a greengrocer’s/market garden, and a wood yard making garden furniture and fencing. Village people own all these businesses. There is a saddler’s shop also, which serves the surrounding area.

A nursery rhyme, 'Ride a Cock Horse', has made Banbury one of the best-known towns in England. It has been suggested that the 'Fine Lady' of the nursery rhyme may have been Lady Godiva or Elizabeth I. More likely it was a local girl who rode in a May Day procession. The original cross was pulled down at the end of the 16th century. The present cross was erected in 1859 to celebrate the wedding of the then Princess Royal to Prince Frederick of Prussia.
Banbury Cakes, a special fruit and pastry cake, are still produced. At one time they were being sent as far afield as Australia, India and America. The name Banbury may be derived from 'Banna', a local Saxon dignitary who is said to have built his stockade here in the 500's. By the time of William the Conqueror 'Banesberie' was mentioned in the Domesday book. In the 13th century it had grown to become an important wool trading centre bringing wealth to the local population. In 1628 the town was ravaged by fire which destroyed many buildings, though some have survived to the present day. The opening of the Oxford Canal in 1790 connecting Banbury with the Midlands bought new industries and growth which continued with the arrival of the railways. Today Banbury is an expanding market and industrial town experiencing growth as a direct benefit of its proximity to the completed M40 motorway linking London to Birmingham via Oxford. It is home to some major industries such as Alcoa (aluminium products), and Kraft Jacobs Suchard (coffee and custard).

Banbury Tourist Offices
Tourist Information Centre
Banbury Museum,
 Spiceball Park Road,
Banbury OX16 2PQ 

Visitor Guide
A guide to North Oxfordshire, with information on the town of Bicester


Banbury Museum

Visit Banbury Museum where "Hands on" displays tell the stories that have made Banbury famous. Find out what happened when ..
Roundheads beseiged the town - plush cloth was made and exported around the world World War II came to Banbury - Watch from the Waterways Gallery ... the Oxford Canal pass beneath your feet boats being repaired in the historic Tooley's Boatyard  - Discover treasures never before displayed - costume, spanning four centuries, from baldrics to corsets - a cannon from Banbury Castle - the hangman's gibbet - Victorian toys - a carrier's cart - momentos from the Home Guard
Banbury Museum
Tourist Offices
Banbury Museum,
Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 2PQ.
Banbury Museum's main entrance is in the Castle Quay Shopping Centre. Follow signs to Castle Quay.Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.30pm


01295 259855
Broughton Castle
Broughton Castle is a splendid medieval manor house and the family home of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele.There was already a building on the site when Sir John de Broughton built his manor in 1300. It was set on island surrounded by a three acre moat.
In the late 16th century the house was enlarged into an impressive Tudor home, decorated with splendid plaster ceilings, fine panelling and ornate fireplaces. In the 17th century William Fiennes, 8th Lord Saye and Sele, opposed Charles I's attempt to rule without Parliament and refused to take the Oath of Allegiance. Broughton Castle became a secret meeting place of the King's opponents. However, he disapproved of the King's execution and removed himself from public life. This act earned the 8th Lord a pardon after the Restoration in 1660. The oldest part of the house is found in the groined passage and dining room. There are also passageways with vaulted ceilings and a staircase leading to the rare 14th century chapel. This has a stone altar, traceried window and heraldic glass. The Great Hall has displays of arms and armour from the Civil War and the Fiennes family tree. The Oak Room has Tudor oak panelling from floor to ceiling and an unusual interior porch. Queen Ann's Room commemorates the visit of James I's wife Queen Ann of Denmark in 1604. The King's Chamber was used by James I and Edward VII and has a splendid stucco overmantel of 1554. The gatehouse, garden and park are also open to the public. The gardens have mixed herbaceous and shrub borders and the formal walled garden has roses surrounded by box hedging in unusual design.
Broughton Castle Banbury

2 m SW Banbury, on B4035, open mid May-mid September, Wed., Sun. 2-5, and Thurs. In July and August.

Tel. 0295 262624
Brook Cottage Garden
Four-acre hillside garden formed since 1964 surrounding 17th century stone house. Wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants of all kinds in areas of differing character, over 200 shrubs and climbing roses, many clematis. Water gardens and colour coordinated borders. Interesting throughout the season. DIY tea, coffee and biscuits daily,
Brook Cottage Garden Brook Cottage, Well Lane, Alkerton, Nr Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 6N
Monday – Friday, Easter Monday to end October 9am – 6pm.
01295 670303
Bygones Museum
Housed in farm buildings, the displays show 19th and early 20th century material from the homes, farms, offices and craft workshops of the Midland Counties. Also shown are seven tractors, a 1903 traction engine, a 1912 steam roller, a 1915 Merry Weather fire pump, three stationary steam engines and other model steam engineAlso on show are around 25 stationary engines, grass mowers, horticultural and agricultural machines, motor-cycles, bicycles and a Sinclair C5 etc.
Bygones Museum Butlin Farm, Claydon, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 1EP
All in steam on the first Sunday in the month and Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays from the months of April to September
Tel: 01295 690258
Bloxham Village Museum
In this day of computers, it is still the written and printed word that gives us the key to understanding our past. The village museum has a treasure house of books and documents about Bloxham. The exhibition brings many of these documents together and links them to other exhibits from the museum's collection. There are many fascinating records and photographs about Bloxham life and Bloxham people - Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations, help for the poor, bugler Harry Ayres (buried in the churchyard), the railway, the telephone system, to name just a few.
                    Village Museum Church Street, Bloxham
February 13thMarch 13th
2.30pm - 4.30pm March 27th until the end of September Every
Sunday & Bank Holiday2.30pm - 5.30pm.PLUS EVERY
FROM 6th July  2.30 - 5.30pm
  Up until October 16th every
Sunday 2.30pm - 4.30pm.

Edge Hill Battle Museum

On 23 October 1642, the Army of Parliament commanded by Robert Devereaux, 3rd Earl of Essex, clashed at Edge Hill with a Royalist Army commanded by King Charles 1. Thirty thousand Englishmen fought this, the first major battle of the English Civil War. The museum commemorates the events of that day, and of those times, with displays of arms, armour and period costume, together with dioramas and maps of the Battle. The Edgehill Battle Museum is situated (September 1994) in a range of farm buildings at Farnborough Hall, a National Trust property several miles south of the battlefield.

Edge Hill Museum
The Estate Yard,
Farnborough Hall,
Banbury OX16 1DU
Wednesday and Saturday
 2 to 6 April to September
Farnborough Hall
Farnborough Hall is a beautiful honey-coloured stone house, built in the mid-18th century and the home of the Holbech family for over 300 years. Even today it is occupied and administered by Mr. and Mrs. Holbech. The interior plasterwork of Farnborough Hall is quite outstanding and the charming grounds contain 18th century temples, a terrace walk and an obelisk.
Farnborough Hall Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 1DU
01295 690002
Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre
The Visitors Centre is housed in the original maltings that were bought by John Harris in 1849 and where he commenced brewing.
Brewery tours are available Monday to Friday. School educational parties are welcome and are free of charge. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and consists of a trip around the Brewery, museum and village museum, followed by sampling of beers, and on leaving, a badged glass as a momento of the visit.
Regretfully the Brewery itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or babes in arms. However, the shop and reception area is able to cater for both, and disabled
Hook Norton Brewery The Hook Norton Brewery Co LTD
Brewery Lane
Hook Norton, Banbury
OX15 5NY

Tel: 01608 730384
Fax: 01608 730294
Hook Norton Pottery
Hand made pottery, both for catering and domestic purposes. As well as our ’standard’ Hotelware ranges - we also make a number of individual pots - including pieces such as large jugs, bowls, jars, decorative candlesticks and cider jars. Also holiday cottages with use of heated indoor swimming pool.
Hook Norton Pottery East End, Hook Norton,
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5LG
01608 737414
Macmillan Way - Cross Cotswold Pathway
A branch of the much longer Macmillan way, this walk runs from Banbury Cross to Bath and is 86 miles long. It follows a varied route across the Cotswolds, including bridleways, footpaths, a Roman road and a towpath. The walk has been planned by the Macmillan Way Association to enable walkers to get to its start and finish without using public transport. Macmillan Cancer Support encourages walkers to get sponsorship in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and sponsor forms are available by email from the organization.

Banbury Cross,

National Herb Centre
Welcome to the National Herb Centre - Wonderful Herbs, Fantastic Food, Plant Centre and Gift Shop, Herb Bistro and Deli, Herb Display Gardens, Nature Trail, Guided Tours, Childrens Activity Area, Workshops, Demonstrations, Special Functions, Meeting rooms...... So much to see and do throughout the year.
National Herb Centre at Warmington, nr Banbury, Oxon
Mondays to Saturdays from 9.00am to 5.30pm (or dusk if earlier)
Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10.30am to 5.30pm (or dusk if earlier)

Sulgrave Manor
Sulgrave Manor is a superb example of a modest manor house and garden of the time of Shakespeare and was home to the ancestors of George Washington. In 1539 the manor was bought by Lawrence Washington from Henry VIII and his descendants were to live there for the next 120 years. In 1656, Lawrence Washington's great-great grandson Colonel John Washington left England to take up land in Virginia which later became Mount Vernon. Col. Washington was the great grandfather of George Washington, first President of the United States of America. In 1914, Sulgrave Manor was presented by a body of British subscribers to the Peoples of Great Britain and the United States of America in celebration of the Hundred Years Peace between the two nations. In 1924 the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America generously endowed the Manor House and still co-operates with the Board in its upkeep. The Manor stands as a permanent reminder of the special relationship between Britain and America, and today visitors from all over the world .
Sulgrave Manor Banbury
OX17 2SD

01295 760 205
Swalcliffe Barn
Many people in the area know Swalcliffe as the Tythe Barn, having been built for the Rectorial Manor of Swalciffe by the owners, New College Oxford. The construction took place between 1400 and 1409, and this structure is recognised as being one of the best-preserved barns of its age in the country. Visitors are treated to the medieval beams and half cruck roof amongst other architectural delights.

OX15 5DR

Upton House
Upton's known timeline dates back to the reign of Richard 1 when it belonged to the Arden family. The fortunes of the Upton estate were as varied as the changes of owners. Find out how it came into the hands of Lord Bearsted in 1927. Viscount Bearsted acquired Upton for entertaining and to house his important collections of art and porcelain.  He extended the 17th century building at either end and completely re-modelled, every room.

Upton House
Banbury OX15 6HT, 

+44 -1295-670266
‘I went to Noke and nobody spoke; I went to Beckley, they spoke directly’. This is an old aphorism, quite probably untrue of Noke nowadays, but certainly true of Beckley. It is the friendliest of villages, where passers-by always speak to each other and newcomers are gathered into the fold and made to feel at home. In spite of Beckley’s close proximity to Headington and Oxford, when you cross the B4027 you enter another world. There has been a settlement at Beckley since Roman times; the Roman road from Dorchester to Alcester cuts the village in two. The present village is a survival from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries with only the original school building and a few nearby cottages representing the Victorian era. Almost every house is in some way associated with Beckley’s ancient past, if only because some of its building stone was originally part of the medieval royal palace. Between the wars many of the tiny stone and thatched farm labourers cottages became almost derelict as farm work decreased and men took jobs in the Cowley factories. Fortunately their potential for amalgamation and conversion into larger homes appealed to people wishing to move out of Oxford’s growing eastern suburbs. Equally fortunately these people wished to retain and even pinpoint the period features of the cottages, so that even when they were practically rebuilt they fitted in with the Beckley landscape.

Bicester, situated in the North East of the county has a traceable history of over a thousand years and was recorded in the Domesday book. It is a busy market town and now home to Bicester Village - the factory designer outlet shopping village. Like Banbury further North, it is experiencing growth and prosperity from its proximity to the M40 motorway linking London with Birmingham via Oxford. Oxfam, the famine relief charity has its emergency warehouse near the town which has given its name to one of the British Army's largest Ordnance Depots. Flora Thompson based her trilogy 'Lark Rise to Candleford' on the area North East of Bicester including the nearby villages of Juniper Hill, Cottisford, Fringford and Hethe.
Tourist Offices
Visitor Information Centre
Bicester Village Outlet Shopping
Pingle Drive
Oxfordshire  OX26 6WD

Tel: 01869 369055 Fax: 01869 369054
Bicester Village
Bicester Village is the best place to go shopping in Oxfordshire. Located a short drive away from Oxford, the Village comprises some of the best retail outlets in the country with top designer names such as Dior, Ralph Lauren, and Ted Baker to name but a few. Clothes, shoes, jewellery, household items, lingerie, and accessories can all be found here at bargain prices. The shops themselves are brightly coloured and there are restaurants and cafés available to recharge your batteries before another few hours of bargain hunting.
Bicester Village

Tourist Offices
50 Pingle Drive, Bicester,
Oxfordshire OX26 6WD

01869 323200
Ambrosden is set in the heart of the Ray valley in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Ambrosden, a village and a parish in Oxfordshire. The village stands near the river Ray, 2 1/2 miles SE by S of Bicester, which is the nearest railway station. Its name is supposed to have been derived from Ambrosius Aurelius, the British Merlin, who encamped here during the siege of Alcester by the Saxons. Denton was the name of the lord of the manor at Ambrosden in the 16th century.The parish church of St Mary is mostly 14th century in date, incorporating a Norman doorway. The nearby vicarage dates from 1638. The village school was built in 1876 in the Gothic style. Nearby villages include Arncott, Blackthorn, Merton, Piddington, Fencott and Wendlebury.Akeman Street runs just north of the village and Bicester Military Railway runs to the south.
Rousham House & Garden
Rousham and its landscape garden should be a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of William Kent (1685-1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains almost as Kent left it, one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration, with many features which delighted eighteenth century visitors to Rousham still in situ, such as the ponds and cascades in Venus' Vale, the Cold Bath, and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend's Building, the Temple of the Mill, and, on the skyline, a sham ruin known as the 'Eyecatcher'. The house, built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. Kent added the wings and the stable block. The south front is almost as Kent left it, but for the replacement of the octagonal glazing with plain glass. This was unfortunately carried out by the architect St. Aubyn when he added the north side of the house in 1876. Kent made alterations to the interior of the house, which retains some 17th century panelling and the original staircases, furniture, pictures and bronzes. Don't miss the walled garden with its herbacious borders, small parterre, pigeon house and espalier apple trees. A fine herd of rare Long-Horn cattle are to be seen in the park. Rousham is uncommercial and unspoilt with no tea room and no shop. Bring a picnic, wear comfortable shoes and it is yours for the day.Rousham is also available for wedding receptions (see link below) and fashion or other photographic shoots. No children under 15. No dogs.
Rousham House nr Steeple
 Aston, Bicester
Oxfordshire OX25 4QX
House – open from
May to September, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
2pm – 4.30pm for guided visits
Gardens open daily all year 10am - 4.30pm
Tel: +44 (0)1869 347 110
Thrupp Canal Centre
  The new Canal Centre and tearooms are located in the classic canalside hamlet of Thrupp. North of Oxford on the Oxford Canal, often featured as a location in 'Inspector Morse'. Hire a narrowboat for the day from Oxfordshire Narrowboats - renowned for our top-quality purpose-designed craft. We show you how everything works, including the locks and lift bridges, and set you off on your voyage of discovery for a day out like no other. You can hire the boat for yourself ('self-drive') or we can provide skippered charter (your guided tour on water!). Hiring a boat for the day is the perfect tonic to a busy tour itinerary or lifestyle! Sightsee Oxford from a totally unique perspective. Celebrate your birthday, graduation, or anniversary afloat - or simply get a group of friends or business clients together for a memorable day out. Use our boat for an entertaining day away for your corporate event for clients or staff. From our Thrupp Canal Centre you can enjoy a totally relaxing day in the country, or embark on a fantastic must-do tour of Oxford by water. Cruise into and around Oxford on both the royal River Thames and the Oxford Canal, sightseeing Port Meadow and the Dreaming Spires, the famous Folly Bridge and adjacent Christchurch meadow, cruising through bohemian Jericho, pas the ruins of Godstow Priory where the ghost of Rasamund the Fair still lingers.... Alternatively, why not moor at a waterside pub and take in the many familiar sights of the waterways that played such an important part in the 'Inspector Morse' TV series. Whichever route you choose, each boat is fully licensed for all the waterways, so there are no hidden extras.
Oxfordshire Narrowboats Canal Wharf,
Station Road,
 Lower Heyford,
 OX25 5PD,
Tel: 01869 340348

In earlier times Burford was a flourishing market town dependent on the sheep of the Cotswolds, the local industries being fulling, tannery, saddlery, glove making, and two bell foundries at different times; all that was necessary could be purchased locally. In 1990 Burford celebrated the 900th anniversary of its first charter. It may seem strange that a community of barely 1,200 people should have a Mayor and Town Council (the population is probably smaller now than in the 18th century at the height of the coaching era, and much the same as at the end of the Middle Ages). The present arrangement only dates from the reorganisation of local government in 1974, but is a reflection of Burford’s earlier history when it was ruled by an Alderman and Burgesses, elected from the Guild Merchants. The Burgesses’ roll is to be seen in the local museum at the Tolsey, the 15th century building where the tolls were collected from the traders. It is also still used for the Town Council meetings. Burford has grown very little because of stringent planning restrictions which ban any expansion outwards, and insist on any new building being done in local materials. This means that the cost of housing in the town is exceptionally high, so that there is very little chance for first time buyers to obtain property.
Tourist Offices
Information centre: The Old Brewery, Sheep Street.
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm, November to February 10am-4.30pm, plus Sundays, May-September 11am-3pm.

Tel: 01993 823558
Cotswold Wildlife Park
A great family attraction set in 160 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland surrounding a Listed Victorian Manor House. See Rhinos, Zebras, Camels and Ostriches out in the open. Also view endangered species including Asiatic Lions, Amur Leopards, Red Pandas and Giant Tortoises. Visit the Tropical, Reptile, Insect and Bat Houses and see many tropical birds and mammals. Children’s Farmyard and Adventure Playground and narrow gauge railway.
Cotswold Wildlife Farm BURFORD    OXFORDSHIRE  OX18 4JP
Open daily.10am -dusk

tel:01993 823006
Tolsey Museum
Where traders in Tudor times used to pay their tolls, there is now a wide-ranging collection illustrating Burford's social and industrial past, including the town maces, seals and charters, exhibits recalling the trades that flourished here - quarrying, bell-founding, rope-making, brewing and others - and an unusual doll's house.
Tolsey Museum 126 High Street, Burford, OX18 4QU
April to October
Monday to Friday & Sunday 2pm - 5pm
Saturday and Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm
01993 823196

Carterton was named after a man called William Carter, who bought up a lot of land locally. He then sold it off in plots, for smallholdings and market gardens. People even came to settle here from London. The original bungalows were built of wood with outer shells of tin. One family also had a very deep well where they kept their milk and butter in a bucket, dangling on a rope.
Carterton has become best known for the growing of tomatoes, the soil here seems to give them a flavour all of their own. Sadly though, many local nurseries have disappeared over the years, the families not carrying on the business and greenhouses making way for housing development. Carterton was once part of a parish with Black Bourton, using St Mary’s church. A small wooden building, St John’s, served as a church until the present day brick-built one in 1965. There are Catholic and Methodist churches for the community here as well.
Royal Air Force Brize Norton came into being in the 1930s. Carterton was to have been the name of the airfield but it was changed to avoid any confusion with Cardington in Bedfordshire. In the 1960s the United States Air Force was stationed here. To take their larger bombers the runway was extended, thus cutting the parish into two, and later Black Bourton became a parish on its own.

Tourist Offices
Town Hall, Alvescot Road.
 Open Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Tel: 01993 842156
Although not a large stream, Chalgrove Brook was once powerful enough to turn five mills, as is revealed in the Domesday Book. Meandering across the fields to the south of the village, it flows on through Stadhampton and then to Chislehampton where it joins the river Thame, a tributary of the Thames. During the 19th century a sluice gate was constructed at the eastern end of the village and from the original stream (the back brook) water was diverted to run alongside what is now the High Street. This artificially created loop (the front brook) has become an attractive feature in Chalgrove.Flooding was apparently a regular occurrence and is strong in the memories of Chalgrove folk. Written accounts, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, indicate that stilts were popular among the young as a means of getting about in such conditions. However, even stilts were rendered useless when, in January 1881, the temperature dropped sharply overnight and the floodwater turned into a thick sheet of ice.


Chipping Norton
Chipping Norton is a small, hilltop market town as compact as a village; everybody meets in the High Street. It is built mostly of hard, grey limestone, has no urban sprawl and is picturesque enough to be under several conservation orders. It is still a working agricultural community with whiffs of pig manure and bedding straw. Even the dozen antiques shops don’t affect its everyday rural busyness. Approach roads are lined with trees, and the High Street manages to be both cosy and spacious; cosy because it is completely enclosed by 18th century stone frontages, spacious enough to hold the September Mop Fair with its swings, roundabouts and flying boats. For many years Ronny Barker ran an antiques Shop here.
Chipping Norton
Tourist Offices
The Guild Hall.   Open daily, except Sun, Mar-Oct 9.30am-5.30pm, Nov to Feb 10am-3pm.
Tel: 01608 644379
The Almshouses
Henry Cornish was a prominent puritan in Chipping Norton in the 17th Century, even having a street in the town named after him. He gave this pretty row of almshouses to Chipping Norton in 1640 to be used by eight poor widows. Set back from the road and in the typical Cotswold style, they are constructed from Cotswold stone with Cotswold slate rooves and reached via a grand gateway, which has ornate cresting and finials.

Church Road,
Chipping Norton,

Bliss Valley Tweed Mill
A striking landmark on the road out of Chipping Norton, this former woollen mill is a very unusual example of Victorian industrial architecture. Designed by George Woodhouse, the mill and factory architect, it has a striking Tuscan chimney rising from a domed tower. The Mill was built for William Bliss II, and used as a woollen mill until around 1980 when it was converted into luxury flats. Next to it is Station Mill Antiques Centre.

Chipping Norton,
Oxfordshire -

Chastleton House
One of England’s finest and most complete Jacobean manor houses carefully conserved by the National Trust in the 1990’s, after over four hundred years of continuous occupation by the same family. The rules of the game of croquet were codified here in 1865. Timed tickets, maximum 175 visitors per day.

Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire GL56 0SU,
01494 755560
Chipping Norton Museum
We are an independent museum run by the Local History Society. Among the many exhibits are the following:Prehistoric and Roman artefacts. From Saxon Manor to Market Town in pictures - A display of Farming Equipment
Local Industries - Chippy at War - The Home Front - "Granny's Kitchen" - Chipping Norton Baseball Club - "All England Champions" - Law and Order in Chipping Norton

You will find the entrance to the Museum opposite the Town Hall Steps. The Museum itself is in the Co-Op Hall on the First Floor
The Museum opens Easter
until  end-October 

Tuesday to Saturday
& Bank Holiday Mondays
2pm - 4pm


Chipping Norton Theatre
The Theatre, Chipping Norton was one of the first theatres to receive money from the National Lottery and in October 1996 reopened after 6 months extensive refurbishment. The Spring Street (evening) Box Office was rebuilt and the foyer space improved, new toilets featuring specially commissioned tiles by Brian Elliott and Sue Ayres and facilities for the disabled were installed and the bar area was increased. Improvements to the Auditorium included - better access to balcony, side balcony benches were replaced, a new control booth for stage management and film projection was constructed, an induction loop system installed for the hard of hearing and 3 new rows of seating were added. The roof was raised over the stage area and wings, then squared off to enable the full width of the space to be used. All these improvements enabled the Theatre to host larger companies, extend runs of shows and present a dance programme.Chipping Norton's theatre is lavishly decorated with murals depicting pantomime characters. The theatre's professional pantomimes have become a cherished institution, with no concessions to TV celebrity. At one time they were written by Graeme Garden  who lives locally. The first panto was staged in 1973 while the theatre was still being converted from a warehouse: The Beauty and the Beast ran for four performances in the Town Hall.
Chipping Norton Theatre
The Theatre, 2 Spring Street,
Chipping Norton. OX7 5NL

01608 642350

Craft Gallery
Oxfordshire Craft Guild has been promoting the work of Oxfordshire's best contemporary designers for over 25 years. The Craft Gallery in Chipping Norton is its largest gallery. A unique and diverse range of gifts and homeware is always on display and for sale. Currently it includes jewellery, pewter, stained glass, studio pottery, textiles and woodturning. Most of the designers working here will undertake commissions.

7 Goddards Lane,
Chipping Norton,
Tei: +44 (0)1608 641 525
Fairy Tale Farm
Fairytale Farm is now open every day until 2nd November 2014. We have lots of new things to see, including our brand new attraction: Rubber Duck Racing (pictured right). Challenge your family to a test of duck racing skill in this free new activity. Place your ducks on the starting line and race along our pump-powered wacky waterway. And play as many times as you like - it is great fun for all the family!  You can also see our three new micro-pigs and some rare and beautiful new chickens which will amaze you. Our ponies Hamish and Rupert have joined us since last year, and we have new food choices in our cafe.

Fairytale Farm
Chipping Norton
01608 238014
Glyme Valley Way Long-distance footpath
 The 16-mile route follows the river Glyme as it passes many key historical sites including two Capability Brown parklands, deserted villages, a Roman road, water meadows, waterfalls, and a 12th century church. As a part of the celebrations for Oxfordshire's 1000th birthday, BBC Oxford and the Countryside Service demonstrated the rich history and value of the county's countryside by leaving the legacy of a suggested walking route along the River Glyme, between Chipping Norton and Woodstock.

Glyme Valley Way

Walking Route, River Glyme, between Chipping Norton and, Woodstock, OX33 1QQ



Manor House Gallery
Manor House Gallery is one of the most influential in the country. For over 20 years, it has exhibited the work of contemporary British painters, specializing in Scottish artists. Recent shows have featured Peter Kelly, Judith Gardener and Jackie Phillips. Other visual treats include views of the Cotswold countryside and the 16th-century Manor House next door, where exhibitions are sometimes held against the backdrop of its stunning gardens.

Chipping Norton,
OX7 5LH 
Tel: 01608 642620
Rollright Stone
An impressive late Neolithic stone circle in a secluded and unspoilt location owned and run by a trust. Remains of a burial chamber “whispering knights” and the solitary “King’s stone” are close by. Try counting the number of stones in the circle – it is said the total changes each time.
Rollright Stones The site is located just north of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. All three sites are no more than five minutes walk from the main parking area. The Kings Men Stone Circle is a few strides from the main lay-by. It is accessible by wheel chair although some assistance might be needed to get up the kerb. The King Stone is over a wobbly wooden fence across an open privately owned field to which the owner permits access. The Whispering Knights are about five minutes walk from the main lay-by heading east. After about 100 yards go through a green farm gate and follow the edge of the field down to the Knights. The field is privately owned but access to the Knights is permitted.
Open daily

St Mary the Virgin Church
Like the churches at Cirencester and Northleach, St Mary’s is a wool church, a grand church built with the proceeds of the Cotswold wool trade. The 15th century nave has been described as one of the finest in the country. Among the highlights are the Gothic curtain walling, which is similar to that in Canterbury Cathedral, a rare hexagonal porch, one of only three in the country, and 14th century windows reportedly taken from Bruerne Abbey after its disollution.

Church Street,
Chipping Norton,

Wyatts Countryside Centre
Farmshop in organic conversion and garden nursery. Restaurant with panoramic views over several counties. Childrens play area, animal enclosures.

Great Rollright - North of Chipping Norton

Open daily all year



Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre
The Centre overlooks the site of the 'lost' medieval village of Churchill. It contains maps and historical records of the village from 1600 to the present. Churchill was the birthplace of Warren Hastings, the first Governor General of India, and William Smith, the 'Father of British Geology' (1769-1839)
Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre
Churchill Old Church, Hastings Hill, Churchill Oxon
Opening Hours: From 1st April to 24th September
Saturday and Sunday 1.30pm - 4.30pm

01608 658603

The building of the Great Western Railway from London to the West Country sparked the growth of Didcot in the 19th century. It is now 160 years since the passing of the Act authorising construction of the line. Didcot is still an important railway junction for North-South East-West traffic with connections to Oxford and the North, London, Bristol and the South coast. Originally a railway town, the local businesses have changed with the times with the atomic energy establishment at Harwell International Business Centre a major employer as is National Power whose cooling towers can be seen for miles around. It is a 2,000 megawatt coal-fired station with a 650ft chimney and six 325ft cooling towers. In nearby Chilton the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory hosts the world's most intense neutron source used for the study of the structure of materials, an understanding of which is vital to UK industry in the 21st century. Chilton also has the National Radiological Protection Board, and a laboratory of the Medical Research Council, as well as an 11th century church with a unique nine sided font. The highly successful Williams formula one motor racing team was based in Didcot but have now moved to Wantage.
Tourist Offices
118 Broadway,
Didcot, Oxon,
 OX11 8AB

Tel/Fax: 01235 813243

Didcot Railway Centre

The Great Western Railway was incorporated in 1835 to build the railway from Bristol to London and it was designed and engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel to be the finest in the land. Now, at Didcot, half way between Bristol and London, members of the Great Western Society have created a living museum of the Great Western Railway. It is based around the original engine shed and depot to which have been added a typical branch line with a country station and signalling demonstrations and a recreation of Brunel's original broad gauge trackwork. There is a large collection of GWR steam locomotives, carriages and wagons. On Steamdays the locomotives come to life and you can ride in the 1930s trains on one or both of the demonstration lines.

OX11 7NJ
Open Saturdays & Sundays all year and daily in most school holidays and 24 June to 3 September.
Opening Times at weekends and on Steamdays are 10.00am - 5.00pm (10.00am - 4.00pm other midweek dates and in the winter).


01235 817 200

Its strategic position between the Thames and Ridgeway has given rise to a long history for the town. Faringdon (meaning 'fern-covered hill') was once capital of the ancient kingdom of Wessex and Alfred the Great had his castle here. The Domesday book records a manor with mill, fishing and land for 15 ploughs. The great tithe barn at nearby Great Coxwell by the Abbey of Beaulieu bears evidence to the fertility of the Vale of the White Horse. King John gave the town a royal charter in 1216 for a weekly market which continues to this day in the Market place. Later during the Civil War, Roundhead Sir Robert Pye found himself a prisoner in his own home, Faringdon House, which dates back to 1730. A poorly aimed cannon-ball knocked the spire off All Saints church ! The 17th century Town Hall remains the focal point of the town, surrounded by Georgian-fronted inns and shops of the market-place.

Tourist Offices
Pump House , 5 Market Place , Faringdon SN7 7HL   

Tel:01367 242191  
Fax: 01367 242191

Buscot Park
Buscot Park is a National Trust property, administered on the Trust's behalf by Lord Faringdon. It is a fine late 18th Century house and contains the Faringdon Collection of paintings, (including works by Rembrandt, Reynolds, Murillo, Rossetti and the famous 'Briar Rose' series by Burne-Jones) and fine furniture.There are extensive parklands offering delightful walks, including a walled garden with a pleached hop hornbeam avenue and a water garden by Harold Peto. The Tearoom serves home made cakes and cream teas. There is ample free parking.
Buscot Park Faringdon

01367 240 786
Buscot Old Parsonage
An early 18th-century house of Cotswold stone, set on the banks of the Thames and with a small garden.
Apr-end Oct Wed only 14.00-18.00,
01793 762209
Farmer Gow's Activity Farm
Farmer Gow's is a working livestock farm providing public access to farming and the countryside.  As a mixed livestock farm - with sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, chickens, ferrets, turkeys and ducks - there's lots to see and do, and lots of fun to enjoy. All day ~ adventure play in the pedal tractor yard, giant bale climb, indoor play areas and adventure playground.  All weather fun. Farmer Gow’s is the ’favourite place on earth’ for lots of our young visitors. Come and enjoy our fabulous farm animals ~ cheeky bottle fed lambs & goat kids plus chicks, goslings, piglets and calves ~ at Farmer Gow’s, between Oxford and Swindon.
Farmer Gows Activity Farm
Fernham Road,
nr Faringdon,
01793 780 555
Kelmscott Manor
 The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames.William Morris chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the summer of 1871. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside. He considered it so natural in its setting as to be almost organic, it looked to him as if it had "grown up out of the soil". Its beautiful gardens, with barns, dovecote, a meadow and stream, provided a constant source of inspiration. The house - perhaps the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris - contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and his Arts & Crafts associates, including furniture.

Kelmscott Manor

Tel: +44 01367 252486

Henley is best known for its Royal Regatta held every July since 1839. For about a mile at Henley the river is straight providing an ideal course for what has become a major international event. It became 'Royal' in 1851 when Prince Albert became Patron of the Regatta. As well as a sporting event it is a major social event retaining much of the 'garden party' feel of Edwardian times.
The town became established in the 12th century as a river crossing and port for the supply of timber and grain along the river to London. The present five-arched bridge over the river was built in 1786 with the church of St. Mary close by. The church has a16th century tower built with decorative flint and stone chequerwork. Although restored in the 19th century, the 13th century and nave arcades can still be seen. Many buildings in Henley are designated 'of special architectural interest' including a 14th century chantry house, connected to the church and the Speakers house, the home of William Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons (1629-1640) who was a signatory to the warrant for the execution of Charles I. The main street has many Georgian frontages built on to older buildings. There are many coaching inns including the Red Lion, which, so legend has it, has accommodated Charles I, Boswell and George III.

Henley On Thames
Tourist Offices
King's Arms Barn, Kings Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2DG
Email: henleytic@hotmail.com
Tel: 01491 578034 Fax: 01491 412703  
Barn Galleries
The Barn Galleries are one of the most important cultural centres in this small community. They display a rich and eclectic range of paintings and sculptures which have been influenced by the local area are created by artist' from Oxfordshire. This is not to say that works of art cannot be displayed by artists from other regions, in fact the regular rotation of works is one of the elements that has maintained this galleries popularity, and retained its status as a well visited tourist attraction.  The Barn Galleries Henley on Thames venue is now closed to the public.

Aston, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 3DX
Phone: +44 (0)1491 577786  -  Fax: +44 (0)1491 577786
Dusty Springfield Memorial
The permanent memorial to the famed musician Dusty Springfield was placed in the grounds of St Mary the Virgin on 7th June 1999. Dusty, who was awarded an OBE for her contribution to the music industry, died at her home in Henley on Thames aged 59. Dusty’s hits included “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and “Son of a Preacher Man”. She also performed with the Pet Shop Boys. The memorial can be found beside the path through the grounds of the church.

St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Henley-on-Thames,
 RG9 2AU

Fawley Court
Fawley Court has a history that dates back to the 11th Century, was designed by the world famous Christopher Wren and built in 1663 for Colonel William Freeman as a family home. The breathtaking carved ceiling in the drawing room, a work by Grinling Gibbons from 1690, is one of only three that have survived in the country. Since 1953 Fawley Court has been maintained by the Congregation of Marian Fathers and houses a museum and a library.
Oxfordshire RG9 3AE


01491 574917

Greys Court
A picturesque and intriguing house, originally 14th century but much added to later, with a beautiful courtyard and one surviving tower dating from 1347. The house has an interesting history and was involved in Jacobean court intrigue. Inside, the intimate rooms contain some outstanding 18th century plasterwork. The outbuildings include a Tudor wheelhouse, beautiful walled gardens full of old-fashioned roses and wisteria, and an ornamental vegetable garden.
Rotherfield Greys
4 Apr - 30 Sept

Tel: +44 (0)1491 628 529
Kenton Theatre
The Kenton Theatre is the fourth oldest working theatre in the country ( opened in 1805) and is staffed entirely by volunteers.There are people around Henley-on-Thames - some of them very sober and sensible citizens - who report that they have seen a ghost. Now, the Kenton Theatre is the fourth oldest theatre in the country, so a ghost is not as unlikely as you may think. In it's chequered history the theatre has seen enough action (and inaction) to attract the spirits of long dead actors, managers, stage-hands or even theatre-goers. An investigation by the Ghost Club Society last year proved that the ghost did exist - and we have a photograph to prove it!
New Street
01491 575698
Maharajah’s Well
The Maharajah’s Well is located in the heart of the village of Stoke Row. It was a gift from the Maharajah of Benares in 1864 to the villagers. The well is 370 foot deep and is covered with a golden dome and elephant. It was renovated after falling into disuse and is now a visitor attraction with benches and a guidebook available at the donation box. The adjacent quaint well keeper’s cottage is let out as a residential property.

2 Well View,
 Stoke Row,
 RG9 5QL

Nuffield Place
Nuffield Place is the former home of William Morris, Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors and benefactor of numerous medical and educational foundations. Set high in the Chilterns, Nuffield Place is a rare survival of a complete middle class home and garden of the 1930's. In beautiful wooded surroundings, the house and gardens provide a lovely family day out, catering for architectural interest, beautiful setting, historical background and wonderful teas!
Huntercombe, Nettlebed
Oxfordshire  RG9 5RY
April 24; May 8 & 22; June 12 & 26; July 10 & 24; Aug 14 & 28; Sept 11 & 25
2pm - 5pm

Tel: +44 (0) 1494 825556
River & Rowing Museum
Visit the award winning River & Rowing Museum with its stunning architecture and unique interpretation of the River Thames, the riverside town of Henley and the sport of Rowing. History is brought to life with interactive displays and fascinating exhibits. Special exhibitions, family activities and events are held throughout the year and the Riverside Café offers excellent food in distinctive surroundings.  Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved tale has come to the Museum in a spectacular permanent attraction. EH Shepard’s famous illustrations are brought to life in an enchanting recreation of the classic English book. You can walk along the River Bank, through the Wild Wood, into Badger's house and through all twelve chapters of this delightful adventure story. Using many theatrical and audio-visual techniques, models, lighting, and sound you will be magically transported into the world of Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Toad. The River & Rowing Museum is an ideal venue for conferences, product-launches, wedding receptions with excellent on-site catering.
Mill Meadows
Tel:01491 415 600
Stonor Park
Historic home of Lord and Lady Camoys and the Stonor family for over 800 years. The house is surrounded by a wooded deer park in a valley in the Chiltern Hills. With its origins in the 12th century the house has architectural features of medieval Tudor and Georgian periods now with a warm red brick facade. The ancient family Catholic chapel is situated alongside near the site of a pre-historic stone circle. To the rear of the house a hillside walled garden affords commanding views of the deer park. Inside on display are many items of rare furniture, sculptures, bronzes, paintings and family portraits from Britain, Europe and the USA. The family's Catholic roots are evident and an exhibition within the house features the life and work of St Edmund Campion.
Stonor is open to the public in 2006 between Sunday 2nd April and Sunday 24th September.Guided Tours including House, Chapel, Gardens are available to the general public between 2.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. as follows during this time :Sundays (2nd April -24th September inclusive) Bank Holiday Mondays Wednesdays (July and August only)


Tel: 01491 638 587

The largest village in England (population over 17,000) has resisted all proposals to make it a town. Although expanding rapidly in all directions with modern housing Kidlington has grown from an ancient village with a 13th century church, farm and a vicarage dating from the 16th century. It also boasts some large Georgian houses and Hampden House with its 18th century pavilion. The county Fire Service and Thames Valley Police are headquartered in Kidlington. At Oxford Airport, CSE Aviation have established a world-renowned pilot training school. Since opening in 1962 it has trained over 10,000 pilots for 80 airlines in 40 different countries.

Tourist Offices
Exeter Hall,
Oxford Road,OX5 1AB 

Tel: 01865 378479
Over the centuries the name of the village has changed no less than 13 times. The ‘old ‘uns’ used to refer to it as Ensam, spelt Ensham, its last spelling before the present one which has been in use for most of the 20th century and is not likely to be changed again.A Benedictine abbey was founded here in 1005 and became very wealthy, owning land throughout Oxfordshire. The abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1539. The ruins stood for a couple of centuries and then, as they began to deteriorate, the land became a quarry. The only remains now are carved pieces of stone built into many of the cottages and garden walls. Perhaps the villagers were encouraged to cart it away and build their own dwellings, some which still remain today. The abbey also owned the flour and corn mill, the yearly rent payable by the miller being ten shillings and 450 eels. Many years later it became a paper mill supplying fine paper for the bible presses, and it was there that experiments were carried out to make paper from grass. During the early part of the 20th century it became a glue, rag and flock mill. Rags were turned into cheap flock mattresses. This all came to an end in the late 1920s, but the old mill buildings had a further use. The rubble from them was used as ballast when the nearby A40 was built in 1935. The lovely mill house still remains.
Tackley It is about 6 miles
 west of Bicester and
4.5 miles north of Kidlington.


Oxford is renowned the world over, as the home of one of the oldest and most highly revered Universities in Europe. The city lies at the confluence of the Rivers Cherwell and Thames, or "Isis", as it is locally known, giving the opportunity for boating, punting and many pleasant riverside walks. Oxford is a compact city; its main streets radiate from Carfax Tower in the centre, with most of the colleges and University buildings all within easy walking distance. It was Mathew Arnold whose description lingers in the mind, and best sums up Oxford: "And that sweet City with her dreaming spires, she needs not June for beauty's heightening". Just outside the City on Boar's Hill is the best place to see an overall view of the "dreaming spires", a hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable sight. The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin - First mentioned in the Domesday Book, one of the best views of Oxford is from the magnificent tower, which was built in the 13th century, the nave dates from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Tourist Offices
15/16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS
E-mail: tic@oxford.gov.uk
Web: www.visitoxford.org
Tel: 01865 726871
Fax: 01865 240261
All Souls College
(1438) Founded by Henry Chichele Archbishop of Canterbury, to commemorate those who had lost their lives in the Hundred Years War against France, and to pray for their souls. All Souls has no undergraduate members, only graduate fellows elected for their academic distinction. The architecture of the college is among the finest in Oxford, the north quadrangle and twin towers are the work of Hawksmoor and the sundial is by Wren. The Chapel is particularly fine, for its hammer-beam roof with angels, the reredos was uncovered and restored in the 19th century.
All Souls College High Street,
Oxford OX1 4AL

Ashmolean Museum
Founded in 1683 and part of the University of Oxford, this is one of the oldest public museums in the world, which contains major pieces of Greek and Roman sculptures such as the Parthenon frieze, the Apollo from Olympia and the Prima Porta Augustus.
Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH,
Balliol College
(1263) Founded by John Balliol was given its Statutes by his widow the Scottish Princess Dervorguilla of Galloway in 1282. Most of the college buildings are from the 19th century. Past Students include: Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie, Shogi Effendi, Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, Cardinal Heard and Archbishop William Temple; statesmen too - Lord Beveridge, Sir Edward Heath KG, Lord Roy Jenkins, Sir Seretse Khama, Harold Macmillan, Vincent Massey, Viscount Samuel; writers - Robertson Davies, Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley, Anthony Powell, Nevil Shute; creative artists in other media - John Schlesinger in film and Laurence Whistler on glass; sportsmen - the Nawab of Pataudi and his son `Tiger', both famous Captains of India at cricket, and Richard Sharp, Captain of England at rugby in the year he took his degree
Broad Street,
Oxford OX1 3BJ

Bath Place Hotel
The Bath Place Hotel is a cluster of seventeenth century cottages surrounding a tiny flagstone courtyard in the heart of Oxford.The cottages were built in the early sixteen hundreds by Flemish weavers who won permission to build against the outside of the city wall. It is believed there had previously been a communal well and bath house on the site. Going even further back in history, the area now known as Bath Place would have been part of the medieval defence area, being at the foot of the city wall.Very little of the original city wall remains. However, parts of it are exposed on the back wall of the present dining room, and one can see a well preserved section of it from several of the hotel windows. The buildings stood empty for some years in the early eighties until in 1987 the Fawsitt family   completed a total refurbishment of the buildings to create the existing hotel. Their restaurant is superb - well worth a drive out from London for Sunday lunch
Bath Place Hotel 4&5 Bath Place, Oxford OX1 3SU
Bate Musical Collection Museum
The Bate Collection celebrates the history of the western musical tradition from medieval times to the modern day. The museum houses a large collection of instruments from around the world as well as a complete bow maker’s workshop and historic bows. The institutions aim is to further the understanding of our musical past and preserve the enjoyment of historical performances for all. The museum is situated centrally, close to the river and Christ Church College; admission is free.
Bate Musical Museum Faculty of Music, St. Alate’s, Oxford OX1 1DB
Monday to Friday 14.00–17.00
Saturday 10–12 during Oxford Full Term  
Closed – Christmas and Easter Holidays ring for details

Blackbird Leys Park
  Blackbird Leys Park is a large area of greenery located in the middle of Oxford’s Blackbird Leys estate and comprises of 9 hectares of mixed habitats with an open grass area, a brook and a number of tree lined meandering brooks. In addition to the nearby Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre the park boasts two very popular children’s play areas and football and cricket pitches are located close to the park’s bowls club. Well suited for games of hide and seek, romantic walks and family picnics.

Blackbird Leys Park
Oxfordshire OX4

Blackfriars College
Blackfriars College is unique within the University of Oxford as it is the only specialist Theological and Philosophical school. Friars began a Dominican academic community in 1221 on the site and that is where the college has remained ever since. The college prides itself on its warm welcome to both visitors and visiting students. The institution takes a larger than usual number of mature students. Situated between the Ashmolean Museum and Pusey House, this centrally located college is a popular visitor attraction.

64 St. Giles,
Phone: +44 (0)1865 278441  -  Fax: +44 (0)1865 278441
Blackwell's Books
It is rare that a bookstore becomes a tourist attraction, but Blackwell's is not just any bookstore. For one thing, it lays claim to the largest single room devoted to book sales in Europe, the cavernous Norrington Room (10,000sq.ft.). How, in cramped-for-space Oxford, did Blackwell's manage to create enough space for the Norrington Room? They excavated under neighboring Trinity College Gardens, that's how! So while students walk and - hopefully - study above, shoppers peruse endless shelves of books well underground.In truth, Blackwell's is not one Oxford bookstore, but nine! The main store at 48-51 Broad Street is the largest, holding 250,000 volumes, but there are also specialised stores for Art, Music, Rare Books, Paperbacks, Maps and Travel, Medicine, Children's Books, and a University bookstore. The main store also has a large used books section.Benjamin Blackwell founded his store in 1879 in a tiny building at 50 Broad Street, which is now the main store. That first store measured only 12 feet square, and held just 700 used books! Blackwell's catered exclusively to the academic market, and gradually opened new stores in university towns around the UK.
Since the 1920s Blackwell's has also published its own text books, medical texts, and periodicals.
48-51 Broad Street


Tel: 01865 792792
Bodleian Library
Founded in 1602 and regarded as a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture, the Bodleian is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and today serves as the main research library of the University of Oxford.The Divinity School and the Bodleian's exhibition room are open to the public, and receive a quarter of a million visitors each year
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG
Easter Monday opening - Monday 17 April 2006
Library open on Saturday afternoons during term
Tel: 01865 277180
Brasenose College
(1509) Founded on the site of an earlier community. The name is thought to derive from the Brazen Nose doorknocker hanging in the dining hall, which resembles an animal snout. The front, the first quadrangle and the gateway tower are all original, the hall and chapel are attributed to Wren. Past Members - Field Marshal Haig, Jeffrey Archer, and William Golding, Colin Cowdrey & Henry Addington, Lord Sidmouth.
Braesnose College Radcliffe Square,
Oxford OX1 4AJ


tel: 01865

The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford is almost as famous a landmark as its Italian counterpart. The bridge was built in 1913 and is named after the famous Venice Bridge. However, it was modelled on the Rialto Bridge, another famous bridge in Venice. The bridge links two buildings belonging to Hertford College and is close to the Radcliffe Camera. Visitors can take a walk underneath the bridge to the Turf Tavern, a popular pub with tourists and students alike.
New College Lane, Oxford OX1 3BL
Brilliant Weekends in Oxford
Stag Weekends, Hen Weekends, Activity Breaks, Corporate Weekends, Birthday Celebrations, Golf Weekends.The dreaming spires of Oxford conjure an image of calm serenity and reservation in the English heartland. Forget it! However well-reputed the university may be, it's still full of young people and where there are students there are clubs, parties and a nightlife to knock you flat! Oxford is a busy and cosmopolitan city, and a popular destination for groups travelling from all over the country. A major and historic city nestled between the Thames Valley and the Cotswolds, Oxford has everything a brilliant Stag or Hen weekend could require.
Oxford weekends Brilliant Weekends Limited,
Mardyke House, 18 Hotwell Road, BRISTOL, BS8 4UD

Monday      8.30am - 6.30pm   
Tuesday      8.30am - 6.30pm   
Wednesday      8.30am - 6.30pm   
Thursday      8.30am - 6.30pm   
Friday      8.30am - 6.30pm   
Saturday      10am - 3.00pm   
Sunday      closed

Bury Knowle Park
Bury Knowle Park in Oxford was first established in 1930 as a public park when Bury Knowle House was purchased by Oxford City Council for its owner Henry Beaufoy in 1930 so that its grounds could be developed into a park for the people of Oxford to enjoy. In addition to large areas of open space and woodland the park boasts a range of activities including mini golf, a Narnia inspired children’s play area, tennis courts and a special sensory garden for the visually impairments.

, Oxford,

Carfax Tower

The name Carfax, derives from the French "carrefour", or "crossroads", and the tower's location makes it a good central reference point for touring the old city centre of Oxford.The Tower is all that remains of the 13th century St. Martin's Church. If you are fit (or simply determined) a climb to the top of the 74 foot high tower is rewarded by an excellent view over central Oxford. Look for the clock on the east side of Carfax. It is a copy of the original church clock, with mechanical figures called "quarterboys" which hammer out the quarter hour on bells. Carfax Tower is open from Easter to October 1000-1730 and from October - Easter 1000-1530
Carfax Tower Carfax Tower stands at the conjunction of St. Aldate's, Cornmarket, Queen, and High Street in central Oxford

Cherwell Boat House (CBH)
There are two main punting stations in Oxford, near the city centre below Magdalen Bridge and in North Oxford at the Cherwell Boat House (CBH). The CBH is tucked down a lane off Bardwell Road between Dragon Prep and Wolfson College. The CBH itself is a gem of Edwardian architecture from 1904. The family run Boathouse now has over 80 handmade punts in the water and is an idyllic spot for punting, dining and picnics.
The Teahut Bar and Cafe is open in season and serves light food and drinks on a river terrace whilst our restaurant is open all year round. With an alfresco terrace on the decking in the summer, the Cherwell Boathouse is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon.
We can cater for private parties, events and corporate entertainment.

Bardwell Road,

Tel :
Restaurant 01865 552746 | Punts 01865 515978
Christ Church
(1525) known as "The House", Founded as Cardinal College by Cardinal Wolsey on the site of St. Frideswide's Monastery. Re-founded by Henry VIII (1546) and re-named Christ Church. Oxford's largest and most magnificent college, incorporates England's smallest Cathedral, which is also the college chapel. Tom Tower, designed by Christopher Wren contains the great bell weighing over seven tonnes, known as Great Tom. Each evening at five minutes past nine the bell rings 101 times, one peel for each member of the original college. The Cathedral is mainly a Norman building with many interesting features, the choir with its lovely Norman columns rise to delicate fan-tracery in the roof. The stained glass is by Burne-Jones and William Morris. Past Members - Thomas More, Philip Sidney, William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania U.S.A.), C.L. Dodgson (alias Lewis Carroll, who wrote Alice in Wonderland while he was a mathematics fellow at the college), John Ruskin, John Wesley, A. Waugh, Sir Adrian Boult, John Taverner,  John Locke, Robert Hooke , Robert Peel, William Gladstone, Albert Einstein, Frederick Lindemann, William Walton, W.H. Auden, Hugh Trevor Roper, Jan Morris, David Dimbleby, Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis and Howard Goodall . The Picture Gallery at Christ Church, contains a superb collection of paintings and drawings from the 14th-18th centuries. Paintings from Italy, Flanders and France, with works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
Christ Church St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP
Christ Church is situated on St Aldates, just two minutes walk heading south from the junction of Cornmarket and the High Street, the crossroads at the centre of the city. The visitor entrance is through the Meadow Gate on the South side of the College. It is easily reached by walking down St Aldates, past the majestic Tom Tower and turning into the Memorial Garden entrance to Christ Church Meadow, which brings you immediately to the Meadow Gate on your left.
 276 150

Christ Church College
Christ Church College has an interesting history. It was initially founded by Cardinal Wolsey in the 16th Century and was re-founded later in the century by Henry VIII. During the Civil War Charles I lived here and held Parliament in the Great Hall, and Christopher Wren, a former student, designed a bell tower for the college. In more recent times, the college has been used in the Harry Potter films to depict Hogwarts and fans will enjoy reliving their favourite scenes as they wander through the college.

St Aldate’s,
Tel: 01865 276158
Corpus Christie College
(1516) Founded by Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester. The college is the smallest in the University, but one of the most academic.  Its 16th and 18th century buildings are some of the most beautiful in Oxford, and it enjoys an unrivalled position, overlooking gardens and meadows yet within five minutes walk of the city centre and the Bodleian Library.In the twentieth century, its graduates included the philosophers Isaiah Berlin and Thomas Nagel, the writer Vikram Seth and David Miliband, a Cabinet minister in the current Labour government.
Corpus Chisti College Corpus Christi College
Merton Street

01865 276700
Cricket in the Parks
The Parks is the cricket ground for Oxford University and a magnificent setting to watch the present team playing during the summer term. Colin Cowdrey, Mike Smith, Tiger Pataudi, Maurice Manasseh and many other leading cricketers played for O.U.CC here
Cricket in the Parks University Parks, South Lodge, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RF

A nice friendly family park with sports facilities (Cricket, Tennis, Bowls, Football). It has an aviary which in addition to many fine birds also holds bunny rabbits and guinea pigs. There is a duck pond with many ducks and occasionally swans, a heron, and mad local people feeding them too much over-processed bread. There is also miniature railway on which children of all ages can purchase tickets to ride. The park also boasts the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile, a measured mile dedicated to a peace campaigner. The park is occasionally used as a venue for outdoor performances by large rock bands. It is often used for take-off or landings by local Balloonists and in May it hosts an annual Balloon Festival.

Cutteslowe Park Harboad Road

Eagle and Child
Without a doubt this pub is top of the list for a great deal of literary pilgrims to Oxford. Famed as the meeting place of the ‘Inklings’, a group of writers including JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis between the years 1939 and 1962, the ancient inn attracts tourists from around the world. The famous ‘Rabbit Room’ at the back of the pub was the location for the group’s regular Tuesday morning drinks and discussions about their latest works. This room still survives and has several commemorative plaques explaining the history. More recently the pub was a favoured watering hole of Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter.

St. Giles’,

Examination Schools
Oxford University’s impressive Examination Schools building was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson and constructed between 1876 and 1882. Jackson had been inspired by the Jacobean architecture of Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire, although he also used elements of Gothic and classical styles. During the main exam period in June, students are required to sit their exams here dressed in traditional ‘subfusc’ clothing - a rule that the university strictly enforces. Outside of term-time the building is used as a conference

75-81 High Street,
 OX1 4BG
Tel:01865 276903  -  Fax:  01865 276904
Exeter College
Exeter, one of the three 'Turl Street Colleges', is in the middle of Oxford. It would be difficult to be more central. It's a short step to just about everything - cafes, shops, libraries, lectures, the science labs, the parks and the river (or more exactly, rivers: it's hard to get away from water in Oxford). With its exquisite Chapel, tranquil Fellows' Garden and terrace overlooking Radcliffe Square, the College is an enviable place to call home.J.R.R. Tolkien was an undergraduate here, as were William Morris and Edward Burne Jones. Alan Bennett and Martin Amis studied here; Philip Pullman, another Exonian, based Jordan College on Exeter. The fictitious Inspector Morse died in the front quad.
Exeter College Turl Street,
 Oxford OX1 3DP

tel: 01865 279600
Florence Park
This pleasant small park towards the east of Oxford was opened to the public in the summer of 1934 by Councillor F. E. Moss and named in memory of his sister Florence. In addition to a large amount of open space for use by the public the park also boasts a number of well maintained and colourful flowerbeds with a variety of different blooms, a bowls green and six tennis courts which can be rented in advance. A large children’s play area is very popular as is a seasonal kiosk that serves refreshments between May to September each year.

Cowley Road,

Garsington Opera
Garsington Opera, founded by Leonard Ingrams in 1989, runs for a month in the summer and successfully combines a repertoire of well known operas with discoveries of little known works. These have included British premieres of Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Richard Strauss’s Die ägyptische Helena, Rossini’s La gazzetta, L'equivoco stravagante and the first British professional productions of Haydn’s La vera costanza, Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae, Janácek’s Šárka and Tchaikovsky's Cherevichki. Garsington Opera has been keen to promote young singers and as a result of this policy, a number of notable UK debuts have taken place at Garsington.
Garsington Opera Garsington Opera, Garsington Manor, Oxford OX44 9DH
01865 361636
Green College
Green College is a Graduate College of the University of Oxford. At the centre of the College is the magnificent Radcliffe Observatory. Green College is made up of over 300 graduate students in various disciplines including medicine, health, education, welfare, the environment and the social, behavioural and life sciences.The College was established in 1979 and named after its principal benefactors, Dr Cecil Green (a founder of Texas Instruments) and his wife, Dr Ida Green. At the centre of the College estate is the outstanding Radcliffe Observatory, built over 200 years ago with inspiration drawn from the Tower of the Winds in Athens.
Green College Green College
At the Radcliffe Observatory
Woodstock Road

1865 274770
Harris Manchester College

Harris Manchester College is Oxford University's newest College,The College recruits mature students and is the foremost Higher Education establishment in the United Kingdom for the education of older students. Harris Manchester College was founded in Manchester as Manchester Academy in 1786 by English Presbyterians. It was one of the last of a long line of "dissenting academies" established after the Restoration to provide higher education for Nonconformists, who were denied degrees from the ancient universities of Oxford and Cambridge by religious tests. In 1996 Her Majesty the Queen gave her approval to a new royal charter for the College, granting it full college status within the Oxford University.

Harris Manchester College Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TD
tel. 01865 271006

 Hogwarts, Harry Potter's  prestigious wizarding prep school, is a composite of several locations, many of them real places in Oxford. Christ Church College inspired two film sets familiar to Potter fans. In The Sorcerer's Stone, the kids are ferried to Hogwarts and then ascend a stone staircase that leads into the Great Hall. Christ Church's high-ceilinged dining hall was a model for the one seen throughout the films (with the weightless candles and flaming braziers). Later in The Sorcerer's Stone, Harry sneaks into the restricted book section of Hogwarts Library under a cloak of invisibility. This scene was filmed inside Oxford's Duke Humfrey's Library. Hermione reads about the Sorcerer's Stone here, too. At the end of The Sorcerer's Stone, Harry awakens in the Hogwarts infirmary, filmed in the big-windowed Divinity School, on the ground floor of the Bodleian Library; Ron also recuperates here after being poisoned in The Half-Blood Prince. In The Goblet of Fire (2005), Mad-Eye Moody turns Draco into a ferret in the New College cloister.
The Headington Shark
The Headington Shark is one of Oxford’s more bizarre tourist attractions. Created by the sculptor John Buckley, the fibreglass shark is 25 feet long and weighs four hundred weight. It was commissioned by Bill Heine, an American Oxford graduate and placed in the roof of his house in 1986 to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The last two decades have seen opinions of locals and tourists divided on this strange artwork, many claiming it is an eyesore and others marvelling at the ingenuity of the project.

2 New High
Oxford OX2

Hertford College

Hertford has enjoyed a colourful history since its foundation in 1282 by Elias de Hertford, having been dissolved and recreated on a number of occasions. The modern-day College, created by Act of Parliament in 1874 after a very substantial benefaction by Thomas Baring MP. The College is centrally located on Catte Street, directly opposite the Bodleian Library and within a few minutes' walk of all the other principal libraries and laboratories of the University. The main College site is composed of three intimate quadrangles -- Old, New and Holywell Quads -- whose buildings date from the 15th to the late-20th centuries.
Hertford College Hertford College
Catte Street
Oxford OX1 3BW
Hinksey Park
The site on which Hinksey Park now resides was originally the Oxford Waterworks and was given to the people of Oxford to enjoy in the 1930’s as a recreational area. Today the park is a haven for a wide variety of flora and fauna and attracts large numbers of people who enjoy the peace and quiet. One of the most prominent features of the park is the avenues of Giant Redwood and Pine trees, whilst other areas of the site have been set aside for picnics, sports and woodland.

Abingdon Road,

History & Science Museum

The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building - the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. By virtue of the collection and the building, the Museum occupies a special position, both in the study of the history of science and in the development of western culture and collecting. The present collection of the Museum preserves the material relics of past science. As a department of the University of Oxford, the Museum has a role both in making these relics available for study by historians who are willing to look beyond the traditional confines of books and manuscripts as well as presenting them to the visiting public. The objects represented - of which there are approximately 10,000 - cover almost all aspects of the history of science, from antiquity to the early twentieth century.

Museum of History of Science

Broad Street, Oxford
12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum closes over Christmas and New Year.

+44 (0)1865 277 280
Jesus College
Jesus College, the only Oxford college to date from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, received its first royal charter on 27 June 1571. Jesus College is perhaps most accurately described as the 'major Welsh college' at Oxford.Labour Party leader Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx (1916-95), Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-76. & T E Lawrence of Arabia were notable students.  Other well-known 20th-century undergraduate and graduate members have included the quiz-master Magnus Magnusson; the poet Dom Moraes, who won the 1958 Hawthornden Prize as an undergraduate of 19; the historian Lord (Robert) Skidelsky; the novelist William Boyd (author of works including 'Brazzaville Beach' and 'Armadillo'); and Ffion Jenkins
Jesus College Turl Street,
Oxford OX1 3DW

01865 279700

Jewish Heritage Trails in England  Oxford
Description: Home to some of the most celebrated scholars and academics of all time, since the days of the Domesday Book, Jews have made a vital contribution to both Oxford the university and Oxford the town.
Oxford Spires In 2006, Anglo-Jewry celebrated the 350th anniversary of the readmittance of Jews to England. But, in fact, the history of the Jewish community in England stretches back well over 1,000 years. JTrails, the National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail, is a new initiative of the Spiro Ark to raise awareness of this rich, but often unknown, history among both Jews and non-Jews alike, and to encourage individuals to further investigate their own roots as well as the fascinating origins of the community

Keble College
The Victorians founded Keble College, most notably Edward Pusey, in 1870. The college is named after Pusey’s friend and colleague John Keble who was a fellow member of the ‘Oxford movement’ and died four years before the college was completed. The college was not a welcome addition to the university for many, and was especially despised by neighbouring St. John’s college students who started a secret society, which aimed to eventually destroy Keble. In recent times the college has expanded and is now a well thought of constituent of the University.
Keble College Parks Road,
Oxford OX1 3PG

Keble College is situated on the northern edge of Oxford city centre, just off Banbury Road and the northern end of St Giles.Keble College is open to the public during the Vacations (Summer – July, August and September; Christmas – mid December to mid January; and Easter – mid March to mid April) between 2pm and 5pm. However, we do sometimes have events which necessitate closing the College to visitors, so it is always wise to contact prior to planning a visit

01865 272727
Kellogg College
Kellogg College is now responsible for those students who are on part-time courses leading to qualifications such as MSc, MSt, DPhil or PGCE and are matriculated members of the University. All remaining students fall under the Department for Continuing Education. The name Rewley House lives on and is now reserved for the building in Wellington Square which houses Kellogg College and the Department for Continuing Education.
Kellogg College Wellington Square,
Oxford OX1 2JA


Lady Margaret Hall
Lady Margaret Hall, the first women’s college in Oxford, was founded in 1878 by Elizabeth Wordsworth, a great-niece of the poet William Wordsworth. It was named for Lady Margaret Beaufort, a medieval nun of exceptional learning and high birth. The college’s original house, Old Old Hall, is still in use. Its first nine students were (by rule) Anglicans, and Somerville College opened as a non-sectarian Oxford alternative a year later. In 1979, along with most of the other women’s colleges, it decided to admit men as well as women
Lady Margaret Hall Lady Margaret Hall,
Oxford, OX2 6QA


tel: 01865 274300
Lincoln College
Lincoln College is one of the oldest academic institutions in the world and is situated in the heart of Oxford’s historic centre. It has a medieval hall, a 17th Century chapel, and a Baroque library, and is a beautiful building for visitors to enjoy. Its Front Quadrangle has a fifteenth-century façade which has changed very little since it was first built. The college was also the first of Oxford’s colleges to have a Middle Common Room for the use of graduates.John Radcliffe,Sir Osbert Lancaster,Sir Edward Abraham, John le Carré, Stephanie Cook, Lord Florey, Norman Heatley, Dr. Seuss, Nevil Sidgwick, Edward Thomas and John Wesley are among the past students at Lincoln.
Lincoln College Lincoln College

01865 279800
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll was the pen-name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He studied at Christ Church College in Oxford and after graduation became a mathmatics teacher and stayed on. He also became the "Reverend" Charles Dodgson, taking holy orders in 1861 A shy, retiring batchelor, he was happiest in the company of children, and his favourite was Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church. A keen amateur photographer, he took many pictures of Alice and her sisters and they often accompanied him on outings around the town and boat trips along the river On the 4th of July 1862, Dodgson and his friend Duckworth treated the three older Liddell sisters to a boating trip up the river Isis for a picnic at Godstow Lock. There he told the story of "Alices' Adventures Underground", weaving into it many of the places and things which they'd seen on their days out around Oxford. Alice was enchanted by the story and begged him to write it down. By the following February Dodgson had written a first draft, and decided to publish it as "Alices' Adventures in Wonderland". As with the follow-up story, "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There", Dodgson adopted the pen-name "Lewis Carroll" and, although he wrote a wide range of other books, including many on the subject of advanced mathematics, it's probably these two for which he'll best be remembered.
Authors at Oxford
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll was
 at Christ Church. 
Robertson Davies, Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley, Anthony Powell, & Nevil Shute were at Balliol.C.S.Lewis & Oscar Wilde were at Magdalen.John le Carré, at Lincoln, T.S.Elliot & J R R Tolkein at Merton
Jeffrey Archer, and William Golding at Braesnose
A.E. Housman, Robert Graves, Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin and John Wain at St.Johns. To name but a few
Alice in Wonderland
Alice got no royalties,
nor did the Mad Hatter.

Magdalen Bridge Boathouse
A trip to Oxford would not be complete without trying out the traditional activity of punting down the River Cherwell. The Magdalen Bridge Boathouse is conveniently situated at the bottom of the High Street next to Magdalen College and offers visitors the chance to try punts (either self-drive or chauffeured), rowing boats and pedalos. Glide past the Botanic Gardens, the playing fields of Magdalen College, and even up to Christ Church meadow if you are feeling adventurous!

High Street, Oxford OX1 4AX

tel: 01865 761586

Magdalen College

 Magdalen College was founded in 1448 by William of Waynflete and was one of the first colleges to teach science. The impressive buildings of the college are situated next to the river and are surrounded by over a hundred acres of woodland. Visitors can enjoy some of the best riverside walks in Oxford including the Addison Walk where visitors can try and spot a few of the 57 species of bird that the grounds are home to. Magdalen’s Great Tower is perhaps the most spectacular of the college buildings as it stands at the East entrance to the city. Famous students include:Joseph Addison, Lord Richard Atkin, Stephen Breyer,  Lord Alfred Denning, Lord Alfred "Booosie" Douglas, Sir John Eccles , Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, Professor Howard  ,Edward Gibbon ,Omar Hassan , Seamus Heaney, C.S. Lewis , Sir Peter Medawar, Dudley Moore, Sir Robert Robinson , Dr Erwin Schrodinger,  Sir Charles Sherrington , David Souter,   and Oscar Wilde 

Magdalen College High St., Oxford, OX1 4AU

Tel: 01865
Mansfield College
The college was originally founded (under the name of Spring Hill College) in Birmingham, as a college for Nonconformist students, who could not at that time be admitted to Oxford or Cambridge. The college moved to Oxford following the relaxation of the religious restrictions, and was founded in its present form in 1886. The Victorian buildings were designed by Basil Champneys. The college is one of the smallest of the Oxbridge colleges and has had a long rivalry with Corpus Christi College after stealing their crown.
Mansfield College Mansfield Road,
Oxford OX1 3TF

01865 270999
Martyrs' Memorial

In 1841 a memorial was erected to commemorate Cranmer Latimer and Ridley, the three protestant martyrs. The cross was built as an initiative in response to the Oxford movement. And intended to re-emphasise the role of protestant martyr's in the churches history. It was designed by Gilbert Scott, and modelled on the Eleanor Cross at Waltham The story goes that gullible tourists can be persuaded that this is really the spire of a sunken church.

Martyr's Memorial St.Giles, Oxford

Merton College
Merton College was founded in 1264. It is one of three ancient Oxford colleges founded in the thirteenth century. The College buildings, set in extensive gardens and grounds, are of exceptional historical and aesthetic interest. The Library is probably the oldest surviving working library in the United Kingdom, and the Hall, Chapel, Lodge and Mob Quadrangle also date from the College's early years.Former students include:   Archbishop Thomas Bradwardine,.John Wyclif (1356), Sir Thomas Bodley (1563),Sir Henry Savile (1565),Admiral Blake (1615), Dr William Harvey (1645), Sir Richard Steele (1691),Cardinal Newman (1825),Cardinal Manning (1832), Lord Halsbury (1842), hop Mandell Creighton (1862), Lord Randolph Churchill (1867), Sir Max Beerbohm (1890), Professor Frederick Soddy (1895) (c.1321) , F E Smith (1896), Sir Basil Blackwell (1907), T S Eliot (1914), Andrew (Sandy) Irvine (1921), Lennox Berkeley (1922), Louis MacNeice (1926), Edmund Blunden (1931), Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, Leonard Cheshire (1936), Professor J R R Tolkien (1945),Professor Niko Tinbergen (1949) (1934),  Sir Roger Bannister (1950), Professor Anthony Leggett (1959),  Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys (1968) , Professor Sir Andrew Wiles (1971) , Mark Haddon (1981)

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan (1983)

Merton College Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford OX1 4JD
01865 276310
 Mini Plant Oxford
Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant's assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in 108 countries around the world.  Gain insight into the automotive production during a guided plant tour. Experience the production of MINIs, from the welding of steel parts into car bodies to the individual interior equipment in the assembly. We are open Monday to Friday. You may book a tour Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 6 pm and Friday between 9 am and 1 pm after previous booking. We are looking forward to welcoming you at MINI Plant Oxford.
We offer the following options for guided tours:  Guided Tour (mixed Group)
Exclusive Guided Tour  Vouchers for guided tours

Eastern Bypass Road

01865 824 000
Modern Art Oxford
Modern Art Oxford is the leading centre for modern and contemporary art in the South East, with a national and international reputation. A full programme of events including free gallery tours, talks, music, films, poetry and family activities accompanies each exhibition. Free admission.
Modern Art

30 Pembroke Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire
OX1 1BP Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm to 5.00pm, closed Mondays.


+44 (0)1865 722 733

Oxford was the key location for the filming of Inspector Morse and Lewis. In 2012 we saw the young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse solve the murder of a young girl in Bagley Wood, set in 1965.  We have now seen the ITV series put Endeavour back on the TV screen.  If you're lucky enough to visit during filming, you can turn the corner and unexpectedly find Shaun Evans in front of the cameras!  At other times there is still plenty to see and do to follow in the detectives footsteps.   Have a coffee in the Morse Bar at the Randolph Hotel, or take a walk around some of Morse's favourite pubs, The Eagle and Child, The White Horse, The Kings Arms and The Bear are all in the city centre and have featured in episodes.  Visit Exeter College and see where John Thaw acted Morse's fatal heart attack scene.   Take the short trip to The Trout Inn at Wolvercote, where so often we saw Morse with a pint glass in his hand!   Visit The Ashmolean Museum and see 'The Hunt in the Forest' painting as featured in the 'Point of Vanishing' Lewis episode. The museum also featured in an Inspector Morse episode 'The Wolvercote Tongue', as did Didcot Railway Centre.  Other Oxford city locations, like the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Martyr's Memorial, The Sheldonian Theatre, and Blackwell's bookshop can all be visited. Travel out of the city to Blenheim Palace, Burford and Thrupp to tick off more locations. Download the pdfs of the Inspector Morse Trails by clicking on the leaflets on either side of here.
Museum of Oxford
Housed in the historic Town Hall, the Museum of Oxford tells the story of the city and the University using finds from local archaeological excavations including an outstanding Medieval collection. The museum offers atmospheric room settings, replica college treasures, a rescued college barge, and the town's first charter of 1192, one the oldest in England, showing the "Ox" and the "Ford".
Museum of Oxford St Aldates , Oxford
Oxfordshire, OX1 1DZ
Tue - Fri 10.00am - 4.30pm, Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sun 12.00 - 4.00pm. Monday Closed.

01865 252 761
Natural History Museum
Housed in a Victorian-style building, this University museum features collections of zoological, entomological and mineral specimens that have been collected over the last three centuries.
Natural History Museum Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW
New College
New College is one of the University of Oxford’s largest colleges and was the first college to be designed around a quadrangle. The college has an interesting history as it was built to replace the clergy that had died during the plague in 14th Century Britain. In addition to marvelling at the grandeur of the college’s architecture, visitors can see New College’s collection of silver, pictures, medieval, 18th and 19th Century glass, and Epstein’s statue of Lazarus
New College Holywell Street,
Oxford OX1 3BN
01865 279555
Nuffield College
Nuffield is a graduate college of the University of Oxford specialising in the Social Sciences, particularly Economics, Politics, and Sociology. It aims to provide a stimulating research-orientated environment for postgraduate students (about 75 in number) and faculty (approximately 60 academic fellows of the College). Nuffield College, which was founded in 1937, is located in the centre of Oxford.
Nuffield College Nuffield College
New Road Oxford OX1 1NF

01865 278500
Old County Hall
The Old County Hall building in the centre of Oxford is apparently often mistaken by tourists as a castle but was actually built in the 19th Century in a Norman style. The building still houses the Council Chamber and a courtroom of historic significance. The County Hall was built in the form of a castle because it is on the site of Oxford Castle which was built in 1071. Visitors can still see parts of the castle such as St George’s Tower and the Mound which are situated next to this interesting building.
County Hall Castle Street, Oxford OX1
Old Fire Station Theatre
The Old Fire Station Theatre is a studio theatre situated on George Street in the centre of Oxford. Officially the studio theatre to New Theatre Oxford, it runs as its own separate venue, with its own management and theatre technician. About 20 student shows are performed there per year, with the rest of the weeks being filled by a mixture of professional, semi-pro and community theatre. The capacity of the theatre is about 170.
Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ tel:
01865 297170
Old Parsonage Hotel
An oasis in the middle of Oxford. The building was once the lodgings of Oscar Wilde. A real fire burns in the warm lobby all year round, the décor, traditional meets modern best describes the Parsonage. 30 recently refurbished rooms situated over 2 floors around a herb and lavender planted roof garden provide luxury accommodation.The Parsonage Bar/Restaurant has the intimate appeal of a private members club and is open from breakfast to 11pm serving modern British classics, its emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Whether it’s the simplicity of a good steak and chips, stunning seafood imported from Jersey or a lobster salad in summer, you’ll be guaranteed great quality food and service. 24 Hour room service provides guests with a club sandwich, burger or good selection of a la carte dishes anytime. From July to the end of September there is a nightly barbeque on the front terrace, with live jazz all year round every Friday evening between 8-10pm. We pride ourselves in using local suppliers where possible, fish and shellfish from Jersey, meat and vegetables from our owners farm in Oxfordshire and cheese from a local supplier.
Old Parsonage Hotel 1 Banbury Road,
Oxford OX2 6NN
Tel: 01865 310210
Oriel College
Oriel College is in the centre of Oxford and is the fifth oldest college in the university. While none of the original buildings remain, the college’s architecture is of considerable historic interest and is extremely beautiful. Many of the buildings standing today date from the 17th Century, and the college boasts three quadrangles each with their own distinctive character. Notable graduates of the college include Beau Brummel, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Samuel Wilberforce.
Oriel College The Lodge,
Oriel College, University of Oxford,
 Oxford OX1 4EW
01865 276555
Oxford Bus Museum
The Museum has on display more than a century of Oxfordshire public transport and Morris Motors covering the 1920s to the 1980s. There over 40 vehicles on display in the Bus Museum, most of which are in the ownership of the Museum. However, some are privately owned and are on long-term loan for display to the public. In addition there are various other exhibits on loan to add a period feel to the core collection. These vary from fire engines to bicycles. For reasons of safety, and to preserve the more fragile exhibits, visitors cannot enter all the vehicles on display but access to a number of them is possible.
Oxford Bus Museum

Station Yard , Long Hanborough, Witney
OX29 8LA
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm (last entry 4.00pm).
Open all Bank Holidays.
Closed Christmas Day.

01993 883 617

Oxford Canal
The Oxford Canal starts by the River Thames in Oxford and runs for 77 miles, mainly through quiet rolling countryside, to near Coventry where it connects with the midlands canal system. At one time it was the main transport route from the midlands to the south of England and it is now one of the most beautiful and popular cruising canals.

Oxford Castle
Oxford Castle was founded after the Norman invasion and first became a prison in the 13th Century although the main buildings date from the 1770s. The prison closed in 1996 and was used occasionally as a film or television location. It has now been completely renovated and converted into a leisure quarter in the heart of Oxford city. The main prison building has been converted into a hotel and is surrounded by a varied collection of bars, cafés, restaurants and galleries to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Oxford Castle Unlocked, opened in May 2006, gives an insight into the history of the city and its castle, bringing the history of the ancient buildings to life. Oxford castle is across the road from the Westgate shopping centre car park and within walking distance of Oxford railway station.
Oxford Castle
The Treadwheel Building, 43 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY


0871 2300 780
Oxford Covered Market
The indoor market in Oxford high street has a long and interesting history. Designed by architect John Gwynn, creator of Magdalen Bridge, the market opened its doors for the first time in 1772. It was built in an attempt to keep the messy market traders off the main part of Oxford High Street, thus creating a cleaner and tidier thoroughfare. The market quickly grew; housing butchers, bakers, fruit and vegetable traders and in more recent times boutique style shops and stalls selling more exotic produce from around the world.
Oxford Covered Market
High Street, Oxford OX1
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Oxford New Theatre
The New Theatre (formerly the Appollo Theatre) puts on everything from musicals to comedians, strippers to singers, and Mr. Men musicals to opera. It also regularly hosts gang shows - the highlight of any scout or guides' year.
New Theatre Oxford  George Street
Oxford OX1 2AG
 606 3500

Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Playhouse has a reputation as one of Britain’s leading theatres and has done since its foundation in 1920. The theatre has strong links with the University and has helped to launch the careers of many of Britain’s biggest acting stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Ronnie Barker and Dirk Bogarde. The theatre offers a wide variety of plays throughout the year from classics to contemporary and also hosts dance and performance art.
Watermill Newbury  11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW
01865 305305
Oxford River Cruises
 Step aboard and experience the beauty, peace and tranquility of river life. A trip aboard an Edwardian River Launch in Oxford offers a taste of a slower life, where cares drift away with the gentle flow of the water and life’s pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost. Oxford River Cruises offers a range of trips and charters to suit all tastes, from lazy lunchtime picnics and sunset dinner cruises, to corporate day charters and birthday parties afloat. Whatever your taste or whim we will endeavour to meet and exceed your expectations.Oxford River Cruises provides a range of luxurious cruises along the same stretch of the River Thames as that taken by Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell in a small rowing boat almost 150 years ago, when the timeless tale of Alice in Wonderland was created.
Oxford River Cruises

Oxford River Cruises
7 Rogers Street
OX2 7JS 
All trips leave from our landing stage in the centre of the city opposite Christchurch College.


226 9396

Oxford Story
Discover the world of Oxford University at The Oxford Story: how it began, how it works today and where it will lead us tomorrow.  On board a 25-minute indoor ‘dark’ ride you will travel through 900 years of University history, complete with sights, sounds and even smells.  On your relaxing journey through scenes from the University’s past you will meet some of the writers, scientists, politicians and eccentrics whose careers began in Oxford.  You will encounter 14th Century riots between ‘town and gown’, the Tudor threat to the colleges and Oxford as the capital of Charles I’s realm.  Magnus Magnusson provides the commentary and, for younger visitors, an entertaining
children’s commentary is available.  Commentaries are also available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. Our Children’s Literature Celebration exhibition explores Oxford’s many connections with
popular authors such as C S Lewis and J R R Tolkein, whilst our interactive exhibition ‘Innovate’ lets you quiz world-leading experts from Oxford University on modern day issues
using touch screen technology.

The Oxford Story,
6 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AJ

The Oxford Story is open every day except Christmas Day. Jan – Jun & Sep – Dec 10.00 – 16.30 Mon – Sat 11.00 – 16.30 Sun Jul –Aug 09.30 – 17.00 Daily CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY


The Oxford Union
The Oxford Union is the most famous debating society in he world. Housed in an architectural masterpiece at the very heart of the city the union hosts debates and guest speakers throughout term time at the university. In its illustrious history dating back to the early nineteenth Century the union has played host to some of the most famous academic, political and social speakers on the planet. It continues to attract world leaders, politicians and learned thinkers as well as an eclectic mixture of popular celebrities to its hallowed chambers week in week out.
Oxford Union
Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3JB
01865 241353

Perhaps the most renowned running track in England for it was here in 1954 that Roger Bannister became the first man to break the 4 minute mile ably assisted by Chris Brasher ( Olympic steeplechase gold medal and  Christopher Chataway ( later Government minister)
Oxford University track
Oxford University Sports Centre
Iffley Road
 01865 240476

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regimental Museum

The militaria of the county regiment of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, now incorporated in the Royal Green Jackets. Includes a fine medal collection, uniforms, badges, pictures and regimental silver.

Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry
TA Centre, Slade Park,
01865 716060 ext 8128
Pembroke College

Founded in 1624, Pembroke College is concentrated in its traditional site in the centre of Oxford but it has a fine new building on the Thames, as well as its own renovated graduate facilities close by the College. The main site is particularly attractive, being primarily built between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries with Cotswold stone.From the early days of the University, Broadgates Hall, now Pembroke College, existed as a hostel for law students. The combined generosity of an Abingdon merchant, Thomas Tesdale, and a Berkshire clergyman, Richard Wightwick, provided the necessary endowment for the transformation of this Hall into Pembroke College, originally intended to supply places at Oxford for boys from Abingdon School .

Pembroke College

St Aldate's,
Oxford OX1 1DW

01865 276444.
Pitt Rivers Museum
One of Oxford's most popular attractions, famous for its period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many cultures around the world, past and present.
Pitts River Museum

University of Oxford , Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PP

Daily 12.00 - 4.30pm.

01865 270 927

Queen's College

QUEEN'S IS ONE OF THE OLDEST constituent Colleges of the University of Oxford. Our College motto is 'Reginae erunt nutrices tuae' or 'queens shall be thy nursing mothers' (Isaiah 49:23). The queen in whose honour the College was named is Edward III's wife Philippa, whose chaplain Robert de Eglesfield founded the College in 1341. Several other Queens of England have played a significant role in our history. Elizabeth I granted the College a new Charter in 1584, and George II's wife Caroline contributed towards the building of the Front Quadrangle in the mid-eighteenth century. By tradition, the female consort of the reigning or former king serves as Patroness of the College.
Queen's College
Woodstock Road,
Oxford OX2 6HS


Radcliffe Camera

Completed in 1737, this domed classical building forms the hub of architectural Oxford, and is considered one of England's earliest examples of a round library.Sadly, the Radcliffe Camera is not open to the public.
Radcliffe Camera
Radcliffe Sq., Oxford OX1 4AJ

RSPB Otmoor

We are restoring and enhancing the wetland habitat at our Otmoor nature reserve, in Oxfordshire, which is one of the most important wetland sites in central England. A portion of the site is lowland wet grassland within a river floodplain. The RSPB bought the site in 1997 when it had been identified as one of the top potential wetland restoration sites in the country. Since then, the site has been added to as we bought additional land to restore the former wetland within the reserve. The total amount of land now owned by the RSPB at this site is over 260 ha. In the 1960s and 1970s about a quarter of the land at Otmoor had been drained for intensive arable farming. In 1994, a scheme called UTTESA - The Upper Thames Tributaries Environmentally Sensitive Area - was established to try and restore the area and improve the river valleys flowing into the floodplain. However, by 1997 only one farmer had restored arable land to grassland and no other action was forthcoming. At that time, Otmoor was the most important single site within the Upper Thames Tributaries ESA area as it was home to 41 pairs of breeding wading birds, including lapwings, redshanks, snipe and curlews. We began to restore the site in 1998 in partnership with the Environment Agency and with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many others. A project team of RSPB and Environment Agency staff have overseen the work from concept to the present day. They designed the habitats, completed feasibility studies, and involved a number of people from conservationists and ecologists to landscape architects, land agents and civil engineers.   

RSPB Ottmor
Nr Beckley village
Open at all times during daylight hours.
Please note: The neighbouring army firing range may be active every day except Monday and Thursday. If the red flags are flying do not enter the rifle range area.
01865 351163
St Anne's College
St. Anne's College, founded in 1952, can trace its origins back to 1878 and the formation of the Association for the Education of Women in Oxford, later known as the Society of Oxford Home Students. Today it is one of the largest of the Colleges and Halls which admit undergraduate and graduate students to read for degrees within the University of Oxford. It is fully co-educational, with a near equal mix of men and women both in the student body and on the teaching staff.
St.Anne's College
St Anne's College Oxford
Woodstock Road



St Antony's College
St Antony's College is the most international of the seven graduate colleges of the University of Oxford, specialising in international relations, economics, politics and history of particular parts of the world - Europe, Russia and the former Soviet states, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, China, South and South East Asia and Latin America.
St. Anthony's College
St Antony's College
62 Woodstock Road,
01865 284700
St Catherine's College
The origin of today’s College was a ‘Delegacy’ (a non-collegiate organisation under the control of the University) founded in 1868 in order to provide access to an Oxford education for those who could not afford the costs of college membership. That mission is once again particularly relevant as we approach our 150th anniversary.
It was not until 1952 under the auspices of the eminant historian Alan Bullock that the conversion to a full college was muted. The college opened in 1962 and by 1978 had become the biggest college.
St.Catherine's College
Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ

St Cross College
St Cross College is one of the few colleges in the University of Oxford that specifically cater for graduate students. It was founded in 1965, and occupies attractive, traditional-style buildings on a central site in St Giles', five minutes' walk from the major University laboratories, libraries, institutions and parks. It is renowned for its friendliness and informality, its high standard of care for its members and its excellent food. It provides the atmosphere, structure and life of a modern graduate college with the appearance and location of a traditional undergraduate college.
St. Cross College
St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LZ
St Edmund Hall
Although a College in the strict sense only since 1957, the history of St Edmund Hall goes back to the thirteenth century, for it is the sole survivor of the medieval Halls that provided undergraduates with accommodation and tuition before the Colleges began to do so.In 1957 Queen Elizabeth II approved the grant to the Hall of its charter of incorporation as a College, which H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh presented to it on 6 June 1958.
St.Edmund Hall
Queen's Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR
St Hilda's College
St. Hilda's was founded as an Oxford hall for women in 1893 by Dorothea Beale, Principal of the Cheltenham Ladies' College. In 1897 St. Hilda's was accepted as a recognized hall for women by the Association for Promoting the Higher Education of Women (A.E.W.) and the Hall became an incorporated company with its own governing council.In 1959 the women's societies made an application to the University to be admitted as full Colleges of the University. This was agreed and the change in status was effected by a supplemental charter and amended statutes in 1961.St. Hilda's is now the only remaining women's college in the University.

St. Hildas College
Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY
St Hugh's College

Compared to many Oxford Colleges, St Hugh's is young. It was founded in 1886 by Elizabeth Wordsworth, the great niece of the poet. But she had a strong sense of the historical perspective in which her new foundation would take its place. Using money left to her by her father, a bishop of Lincoln, she named it after one of his twelfth century predecessors, Hugh of Avalon, who was canonised in 1220, and in whose diocese Oxford had been. Elizabeth Wordsworth was a champion of the cause of womens education, and her foundation was intended to enable poorer women to gain an Oxford education.
St. Hugh's College
St Margaret's Road, Oxford OX2 6LE
St John's College
St John's was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas White, a wealthy London merchant. White was Master of the Merchant Taylors' Company, and established a number of educational foundations including the Merchant Taylors' schools. Although the College was closely linked to those institutions for many centuries, it became a more open society in the later 19th century. The endowments which St John's was given at its foundation, and during the 20 or so years afterward, served it very well. In the second half of the nineteenth century it benefited, as ground landlord, from the suburban development of the city of Oxford and was unusual among Colleges for the size and extent of its property within the city. Although primarily a producer of Anglican clergymen in the earlier periods of its history, St John's also gained a reputation for both law and medicine. Fellows and alumni have included Archbishop Laud, Jane Austen's father and brothers, the early Fabian intellectual Sidney Ball, who was very influential in the creation of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA), and Abdul Rasul, one of the first Bengalis to gain the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford. More recently, graduates of St John's have included the novelists and poets A.E. Housman, Robert Graves, Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin and John Wain, as well as the present Prime Minister, Tony Blair
St John's College
St Giles', Oxford OX1 3JP
St Peter's College
St. Peter's College occupies the site of two of the University's oldest Inns or medieval hostels, Bishop Trellick's, later New Inn Hall, and Rose Hall, both of which were founded in the thirteenth century. But its history really began in 1929 when St. Peter's Hall was founded by Francis James Chavasse, Bishop of Liverpool, who was concerned at the rising cost of education in the older universities in Britain, and projected St. Peter's as a College where promising students, who might otherwise be deterred by the costs of College life elsewhere, could obtain an Oxford education. The commitment to make Oxford accessible to any student of ability, irrespective of means, remains a feature of St. Peter's today. In 1961 the University approved a statute giving St. Peter's Hall full collegiate status. With the granting of its Royal Charter in the same year, it took the name St. Peter's College. Among the distinguished students who have studied at the College are a former President of Ghana, Edward Akufo Addo; a former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Carl Albert; a former Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Paul Reeves; the film director, Ken Loach; and the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Condon. St. Peter's students have achieved eminence in academic, political,
St Peter's College
New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DL
01865 278900
Saxon Tower
The Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate is nearly 1000 years old and is Oxford’s oldest building. Visitors who pay to go inside the tower can see the Prison Door of Martyrs, an exhibit of church treasures which includes Elizabethan silver, John Wesley’s pulpit, William Morris’s marriage certificate, and a 19th century chiming clock. The tower also offers spectacular views across what Samuel Johnson referred to as the “city of dreaming spires”.
Saxon Tower
Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1

01865 240940

Sheldonian Theatre

Built by Sr. Christopher Wren from 1664-9, the design of this architectural gem was inspired by the Marcellus Theatre in Rome.
  Broad Street, Oxford

Somerville College

Somerville is a college for women and men. It was founded (as Somerville Hall) in 1879 to provide an opportunity for women, who at that date were excluded from membership of the University, to gain some kind of higher education in Oxford. The founders' insistence that students should be subjected to no religious tests or obligations marked Somerville off from its Anglican counterpart, Lady Margaret Hall, and set the tone of cultural diversity which has characterised the college to this day.

Somerville College
Somerville College, Woodstock Road,  Oxford, OX2 6HD


Telecom Museum Oxford

The exhibits comprise a selection of telephone and telegraph equipment illustrating the history and evolution of telecommunications.

Telecom Museum
35 Speedwell Street,


Templeton College
Founded in 1965, Templeton is a full graduate college of the University of Oxford dedicated to management studies. Its programmes for executives are international in scope, combining academic rigour with practical relevance, and focusing clearly on the needs of the individual participant. Its faculty and students are drawn from around the world. Templeton College and the Saïd Business School are partners in business and management at the University of Oxford.
Templeton College
Kennington Road, Oxford OX1 5NY
01865 422500
Trinity College
Trinity College was founded by Sir Thomas Pope in 1555. A devout catholic with no surviving children, Thomas Pope saw the Foundation of an Oxford college as a means of ensuring that he and his family would always be remembered in the prayers and masses of its members.Trinity saw many significant changes in the last century, and many of these are reflected in the more modern buildings of the College. The undergraduate Library was built in 1928 as a memorial to the 155 members of Trinity who died in the First World War. The years following the Second World War were another period of great expansion of student numbers within the University, and Trinity's Cumberbatch building was completed in 1966 to provide increased accommodation. Women were admitted to Trinity College in 1979.
Trinity College
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BH
The Trout Inn
17th Century inn constructed from the ruins of Godstow Abbey. The Trout is VERY popular with tourists as it appears in all the guides due to its long history which includes being torched by Parliamentarian troops. Over the years unfortunately it has become a Vintage Inn thus losing the old individuality. It once even had a butchers shop in it & Peacocks strutting around.The menu is the same as any other Vintage Inn,  Many graduates used to drive down from London for Sunday lunch there but find the ambience a little too commercial these days. More than likely the fault of "Inspector Morse". The Trout however, is blessed with a stunning location on the banks of the Thames.
Trout Inn
195 Godstow Road, Lower Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, OX2 8PN

Tel: 01865 302071
University College
University College owes its origins to William of Durham, who died in 1249. A legend grew up in the 1380s that we were really founded even earlier, by King Alfred in 872, and, understandably enough, became widely accepted as the truth. Nowadays, however, William of Durham is accepted as Univ's true founder, but that still gives us a claim to be the oldest College in Oxford or Cambridge.Two twentieth-century Prime Ministers have been associated with Univ: Clement Attlee was an undergraduate here, and Harold Wilson a Fellow. Other political leaders include President Bill Clinton, and Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia. Outside politics, recent Old Members of Univ include William Beveridge, the social reformer and author of the Beveridge Report, Professor Stephen Hawking, C. S. Lewis, author of the Narnia books, the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, the novelist and Nobel Prize winner Sir V. S. Naipaul, the actors Michael York and Warren Mitchell, the broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, and - perhaps the most exotic of them all - Prince Felix Yusupov, the assassin of Rasputin.
University College
High Street, Oxford OX1 4BH

University of Oxford
Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and lays claim to nine centuries of continuous existence. As an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research, Oxford attracts students and scholars from across the globe, with almost a quarter of our students from overseas. More than 130 nationalities are represented among a student population of over 18,000. Oxford is a collegiate university, with 39 self-governing colleges related to the University in a type of federal system. There are also seven Permanent Private Halls, founded by different Christian denominations. Thirty colleges and all halls admit students for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Seven other colleges are for graduates only; one has Fellows only, and one specializes in part-time and continuing education.Oxford University is a member of the Russell Group of 19 research-intensive universities.
Oxford University

Universtity of Oxford Botanic Gardens
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is nearly 400 years old and is the oldest in Britain. The garden has over 7,000 different types of plant, the majority of which are clearly labelled. There are three sections: a glasshouse for plants that require protection from the British climate, a walled garden where plants are grouped for research purposes, and an area outside the walled garden that has classic garden features for visitors to enjoy. Admission is free for children and they will enjoy the children’s trails that are available. There is a small admission charge for adults.
Oxford University Botanic Garden  Rose Lane,
Oxford OX1 4AZ -
01865 286690
Wadham College
Wadham College was founded by Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham in the reign of King James I. Nicholas Wadham, a member of an ancient Somerset family, died in 1609 leaving his fortune to endow a college at Oxford.The college was founded for men only. Indeed, under the original statutes no woman was even to be employed in the college, except for the laundress, and she was to be of 'such age, condition, and reputation as to be above suspicion'. These rules were relaxed over the years. But a momentous change occured in 1974, when the statutes were altered to allow the admission of women as full members of the college at all levels.Two twentieth-century Lord Chancellors, F E Smith (Lord Birkenhead) and John Simon, were undergraduates together in the 1890s, along with the great sportsman C. B. Fry; Sir Thomas Beecham was an undergraduate in 1897, though soon abandoning Oxford for his musical career. Frederick Liridemann, Lord Cherwell, Churchill's scientific adviser during the Second World War , was a fellow of the college. Cecil Day-Lewis, later Poet-Laureate, came up in 1923, and Michael Foot M.P. in 1931. Sir Maurice Bowra, scholar and wit, was Warden between 1938 and 1970.David Manners read law here to.
Wadham College
Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN

Waterperry Gardens
The beautiful 8-acre gardens of Waterperry House were founded by Beatrix Havergal in the 1930s. Today it includes formal gardens, an herbaceous border, woodland garden, rose garden and a wildlife walk by the banks of the river Thame. The gardens also offer free admission to the ‘Art in Action’ arts and crafts gallery, the ‘Pear Tree’ teashop, a plant centre and gift shop, as well as the Waterperry Rural Museum. This houses a large collection of gardening, agricultural, veterinary and domestic tools, equipment and memorabilia.

Waterperry Gardens,

Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ
Apr-Oct, daily, 0900-1730
Nov-Mar, daily, 0900-1700.
Closed 25 Dec-2 Jan

Tel: +44 (0) 1844 339254
Westgate Shopping Centre
Oxford’s Westgate Shopping Centre is in the centre of the city and offers shoppers the option of escaping the traffic and tourists of the main streets by providing a whole host of undercover shops. It is also linked to Oxford’s multi-storey car park making it easily accessible. There is a good selection of shops selling clothes for men and women, household furnishings, food and drink, jewellery, entertainment and technology so you won’t have to battle with the crowds outside.
Westgate Shopping Centre Centre Management Office, 37 Westgate Galleries, Oxford OX1 1NZ  tel:
01865 725455
Wolfson College
Wolfson College is a large graduate college of the University of Oxford situated in North Oxford beside the River Cherwell. At present it consists of some sixty Governing Body Fellows, thirty Research Fellows, forty Junior Research Fellows and about four hundred and fifty Graduate Students. The total membership of Common Room is nearly 1200.
Wolfson College Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD
Worcester College
There has been an institution of learning on the College site since the late thirteenth century, though Worcester College, in its current form, was founded only in 1714.The buildings, particularly in the main quad, are diverse. On one side there is an imposing eighteenth century neo-classical building, and on the other the “Pump Quad” and the picturesque row of medieval “cottages” which are among the oldest residential buildings in Oxford, and are the surviving parts of Gloucester College, Worcester's predecessor, which was founded in 1283 for the Benedictine order.  The Dissolution of the Monasteries in about 1539 ended the existence of Gloucester College. After a brief interlude, Gloucester Hall, which lacked the full range of powers of an independent College, occupied the earlier buildings but in 1714 it was refounded as Worcester College after a Worcestershire baronet, Sir Thomas Cookes, had left a benefaction for the foundation of a new college. The eighteenth century buildings were erected for the new College.
Worcester College, Oxford Walton Street, 
, OX1 2HB
Thame is managing to retain some of its historic character whilst steadily expanding. It was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1087. In the 13th Century the Parish Church was rebuilt and the boat-shaped market area made, with a main road that was diverted to run into it. During the Civil War the town was occupied by Royalist and Parliamentarian forces. Oliver Cromwell's cousin, John Hampden died in what was then the Greyhound Inn in 1643 after the battle of Chalgrove. The wide main street includes houses and inns dating from the 15th century and a grammar school, Lord Williams's from the 16th century. The picture on the right shows the prominent Victorian Town Hall. The parish church includes memorials to Lord Williams and his wife and Geoffrey Dormer who, with two wives, had no less than 25 children.   Also masquerading as 'Causton' in the TV series "Midsomer Murders" - Causton town hall is really Thame town hall - its weekly and monthly markets are popular with tourists after local produce. DCI Barnaby is also no stranger to its streets; portrayed as the classic British super sleuth, he's often seen wandering its shops and streets piecing together evidence.
Thame Tourist Offices
Market House, North Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3HH
Tel/Fax: 01844 212834
Chinnor is situated at the base of the Chiltern Hills, 18 miles east of Oxford and just five miles from the M40. There has probably been a settlement here for many centuries because of the proximity of the ancient Icknield Way running from Lincolnshire down to Wiltshire, which is thought to be pre-Roman and was certainly used during the Middle Ages for driving cattle and sheep.
Still standing in the village today is the mostly 14th century church of St Andrew, although parts of it go back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The wooden screen is reputed to be the sixth oldest in England and a splendid collection of wall-mounted brasses include a foliated cross from about 1338. The stained glass windows date from 1350 through to modern. The bells link the Elizabethan reigns, the tenor having been cast during Elizabeth I’s time and the sanctus in 1965. The church is undergoing much needed restoration.There is also a Congregational church built of brick and flint, the local building material, opened in 1805, the year of the battle of Trafalgar. The Methodist church is the most recent of the three places of worship, having been rebuilt in 1873 after blowing down the previous year two months after opening. Because of Chinnor’s position near Oxford a certain amount of Civil War activity took place in the vicinity. Oral tradition maintains that Prince Rupert was involved in a skirmish in the High Street before the battle of Chalgrove Field in 1643. Industries based in and around Chinnor included lacemaking, chair-making and agriculture. There were four lace schools in Chinnor in the early 19th century. Among the 268 lacemakers there were many children working to supplement the very low agricultural wages. Timber for chairmaking was known to be stored in the barn at Chairmakers, a 16th century property in the High Street. ‘Bodgers’ were the men working the beech woods in the surrounding hills.
In more recent times the cement works opened in 1908 which brought facilities to the village earlier than in surrounding areas. The village is the centre today for several small industries including a sawmill and a funeral director
Chinnor  is a village in the county of Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is approximately 30 miles north west of London and about 20 miles east of the city of Oxford.

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Originally known as the Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway Company, the railway was largely promoted by local land owners following the failure of the planned extension of the Wallingford branch through to Watlington. Construction of the branch was authorised by an Act of Parliament dated 26th July, 1869. This authorised the construction of the branch as a Light Railway, commencing from the Great Western Railway Station at Princes Risborough and running for a distance of 8 miles 66 chains to a terminus at Pyrton just outside Watlington. On 20th December, 1989, a class 47 diesel (No. 47258) together with 35 hopper wagons made the final journey into Chinnor cement works, with the locomotive sporting a headboard with the legend “Last BR Train on the Watlington Branch”. Maintenance of the branch from Chinnor to the junction with the Thame branch near Princes Risborough was given to the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Association from January, 1990.The Chinnor and Princes Railway was granted a Transport and Works Order under section 6 of the Transport and Works Act 1992 on 4th July 1994, the order coming into force on 26th July 1994. Thus the legal of the C&PRR status was assured and passenger services recommence.

Chinnor & Prinnces Risborough Railway Chinnor Station,
Station Approach
Station Road
Chinnor, Oxon.
OX39 4ER


Tel: 01296 433795

Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve
Cuttle Brook is a tributary of the River Thame and this local nature reserve, opened in 1995, covers about 30 acres of wet grassland flood plain. This habitat is becoming nationally scarce and the Cuttle Brook reserve offers superb, open river-meadow views and a network of paths through mixed meadows, young woodland, sedge and reed beds, hedges, trees, riverbanks and scrubland. There are several entrances to the reserve, which is just a few minutes walk from Thame town centre, and a picnic area.
Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve, Brook Lane, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9


The Phoenix Trail
The Phoenix Trail is a 5-mile long shared use path for walkers, cyclists and horseriders. Forming part of the national cycle network, it was constructed along part of the old branch railway line to Oxford. As well as providing a traffic-free route between the market towns of Thame and Princes Risborough, the trail is a haven for wildlife and also boasts a collection of award-winning sculptures by contemporary artists such as Angus Ross. The trail is accessible to wheelchair users and seating is provided every 250 metres.
Phoenix Trail Thame (Oxfordshire) to Princes Risborough (Buckinghamshire)
Rycote Chapel
A 15th-century chapel, with exquisitely carved and painted woodwork and many intriguing features, such as two roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery.Elizabeth I worshipped here as a princess. The wedding scene from LWT’s Jane Eyre was filmed here. Owned by Mr and Mrs Bernard Taylor and managed by the Rycote Buildings Charitable Foundation, this 15th-century chapel has original furniture, including exquisitely carved and painted woodwork.
                    Chapel Rycote Chapel, near Thame.  
1st April - 30th September: Friday - Sunday & Bank Holidays, 2 - 6 pm.
St. Mary the Virgin
St. Mary’s is located in the oldest part of the attractive market town of Thame in Oxfordshire. The church dates from the 13th Century and contains features dating from that time right up until the present day. Many original features were removed during the reformation and the church also shows damage from the civil war when Thame was on the front line between Royalist Oxford and Paliamentarian Aylesbury. Many points of interest remain including the early English font, a fragment of a medieval mural, the Tudor chancel stalls and screen and the Jacobean carved altar table. There is a prominent albaster tomb for Lord Williams of Thame and his wife, Elizabeth Bledlow.
St Mary
                    The Virgin Church Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3AJ
01844 213491
Thame Leisure Centre
Thame Leisure Centre is a modern swimming and fitness centre located on the outskirts of the attractive market town of Thame. The centre has a 25m adjustable depth main swimming pool and a shallow parent and toddler pool with water slide, water cannons and bubble makers. There is also a fully equipped gym, sports hall, dance studio, squash courts, sauna and sun beds. The pool and gym both have stunning views of the Chiltern hills. The cafe offers snacks, drinks and meals for those who need an energy boost! There are regular children’s fun sessions in the pool and special events during the school holiday
Thame Leisure Centre Oxford Road, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 2BB
01844 215607
Wallingford was a walled Saxon Town on the Thames, and the remains of the town walls can still be seen today. William the Conqueror built Wallingford Castle, which was used as a royal residence until the time of the Black Death. The Castle was demolished by the order of Oliver Cromwell in 1646 after a 65 day siege. The 350th Anniversary of the siege is being celebrated this year. The remains of the Castle can be seen from the Castle Gardens.
The Town Hall, built in 1670, houses the Town Plate and many portraits including the only known portrait of Judge Blackstone. Other portraits painted by Hayller, Lawrence and Gainsborough may be viewed by appointment.  Wallingford was formerly a Borough, having its first Charter granted in 1155. The Council are still robed and the Mace is processed on Ceremonial occasions.
Dick Turpin’s favourite Inn was said to be in Berkshire - the George in Wallingford. Here, he could sleep soundly in the small room overlooking the yard, because he knew he could make a quick getaway if the need arose. Black Bess was tied up in the entrance arch below, and he could jump from the window to her back and be away in a few seconds. Today Wallingford is a thriving Market Town; the centre is a major conservation area with examples of churches and architecture dating back to the 14th Century. The landscape from the River Thames is officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The narrow streets with their variety of small shops, pubs and restaurants, the antique shops in the Lamb Arcade, and the parks, commons and gardens make it a very pleasant town.
 Wallingford’s not the sort of place you’d immediately think of for ‘Murder and Mayhem’ but Agatha Christie, ‘The Queen of Crime’, is one of Wallingford’s best kept secrets! This creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple had a house in Winterbrook for over forty years, where she wrote many of her later books, inspired perhaps by the tales she heard as she visited the local Post Office and shops! Wallingford Museum's new exhibition includes various letters she wrote and you can detect for yourself the intriguing story of her association with Wallingford. She was President of local drama group The Sinodun Players, who now run the Corn Exchange Theatre
.  Wallingford is within easy reach of both the M40 and the M4, and is only 15 miles from Oxford.

Tourist Offices
Town Hall,
Market Place, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 0EG  
 Tel: 01491 826972    Fax: 01491 832925
Aston Martin Heritage Trust Museum
The Aston Martin Heritage Trust Museum at Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the significant historic heritage of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. through our collections and educational programmes.    The medieval barn in which the Museum is housed provides the perfect backdrop to display our extensive collections. Built in the fifteenth century by the monks of Dorchester Abbey, the great tithe barn at Drayton St. Leonard now houses the Trust Museum and Archives and is HQ for both the Aston Martin Owners Club and the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.
The Car Collection is Aston Martin's living heritage, from the oldest surviving Aston Martin to the prototype AMR1/01.
    A3 - the oldest known Aston Martin in existence
    A 1933 Ulster, one of only 29 in existence
    A 1972 AM Vantage
    AMR1/01, the protoype that came 11th in the 1989 Le Mans 24 Hour Race.
    'Buzzbox', the only Renwick & Bertelli built car and kindly on loan to the Trust.
    1990 Aston Martin Virage, part of the Virage Production Photo Essay. (Kindly on loan)

Drayton St Leonard
OX10 7BG

Tel +44 1865 400414
Fax +44 1865 400200
Benson Veteran Cycle Museum
A fine collection of about 450 veteran bicycles dating from 1818 to 1930.
Benson Veteran Motor Cycle Museum 61 Brook Street, Benson, Wallingford, OX10 6LH.
Berinsfield is a village and civil parish in the South Oxfordshire district of Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 2,700 (2001 census). The village is just north of Dorchester-on-Thames


Cholsey & Wallingford Railway
The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway is a preserved former Great Western Railway branchline that links the national railway network at Cholsey, with the historic market town of Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Trains run on selected weekends and bank holidays throughout the year and, where available, are steam hauled. Known locally as "The Bunk", passenger services ceased in 1959. Having secured the line in 1981, the CWR Preservation Society now aims to re-create a GWR Station, similar to the original, at its site in Hithercroft Road.
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway c/o 5 Hithercroft Road
OX10 9GQ

10am - 5pm
Tel: 01491 835067
Dorchester Abbey Museum
The Museum has displays in the Abbey, notably the newly opened Cloister Gallery, and in the Old School in the adjoining Abbey Guest House. The Cloister Gallery display, described as the best of its kind in the country, tells the story of the Abbey through an interpreted collection of carved and moulded medieval stonework. The displays and artefacts in the Abbey Guest House pick out special features of the village of Dorchester-on-Thames and its environs, both past and present; the area has been an important centre of civilisation since Neolithic times, and the attractive village buildings are regularly used as sets for period films and TV.
Dorchester Abbey Museum The Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Old School Room, in the Abbey Guest House, Saturday 15th April to 30th September, 2.00 – 5.00 pm dailyCloister Gallery, in the Abbey, 1st January to 31st December, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm daily  

01865 340007

Mapledurham House & Watermill
Nestled on the banks of the River Thames is Mapledurham House. Historic home of the Blount family for over 500 years. Visit the last working watermill on the River Thames. Inside the house visitors will see a collection of portraits, furniture, great oak staircases and original plaster ceilings. Enjoy a cream tea in the Old Manor Tea Room and browse the well-stocked gift shop. Visitors may also arrive by boat.
Mapledurham House Mapledurham House
Tel: 01189 723 350

Thankfully, the Midsomer Murders faced by Inspector Barnaby are fictional, but the villages and market towns seen in each episode are not. Location teams spend hours finding period properties in locations full of character and charm, the real stars of the show. hese two driving tours pass through South Oxfordshire's Midsomer Murders countryside, an area easily accessible from the M4 and M40. Travelling without a car?  Rail and bus routes to the area lead to many walking and cycle paths. We recommend taking an overnight stay to stop, eat and enjoy the routes at your leisure.  The Southern Trail, taking in Causton Playhouse and Badgers Drift Primary School, as well as opportunities to enjoy manor houses, village pubs, museums, river trips and a steam railway  Covers Henley on Thames - Nettlebed – Wallingford – Moulsford - Goring - Mapledurham - Rotherfield Peppard/Rotherfield Greys - Henley on Thames (total drive time approximately 3 hours). Download and print a PDF of the Southern Trail   
The Northern Trail, taking in Midsomer Newton Museum and Causton Library, as well as pubs, churches and shops filmed for the series; with options to visit the gardens and nature reserves set in Midsomer countryside. Dorchester - Wallingford - Ewelme – Watlington – Lewknor – Aston Rowant – Chinnor – Thame – the Miltons and the Haseleys – Dorchester (total drive time approximately 3.5 hours). Download and print a PDF of the Northern Trail  Linger a little longer - take your pick of places to stay and things to see in South Oxfordshire.  Not keen on selfguide / self drive?  Then why not take a guided/escorted Midsomer Murders tour. Among the companies offering such a service are Absolute Touring Limited, Detective Tours, Sho4Travel and Brit Movie Tours. They are happy to discuss your detailed requirements.
St Thomas of Canterbury
Travelling over the double bridges joining together the villages of Goring and Streatley, after taking in the breathtaking views of the River Thames, you will spot St. Thomas of Canterbury on the right hand side (from Streatley into Goring). This charming church was built around 1100. It is thought that the church was built by the great Norman Baron, Robert D’Oilly who was a supporter of William the Conqueror. St Thomas’s is a short walk from Goring and Streatley train station.
St.Thomas of Canterbury Manor Road, Goring on Thames, Oxfordshire RG8 tel:01491 872196
Wallingford Castle
There is not much of the old Castle left above ground but the green mounds you will see are the remains of what was once one of the largest, strongest, and most important castles in England..The Castle would have had a massive impact on Wallingford as it occupied one quarter of the town. It was even bigger than Windsor Castle.The Castle was demolished after the Civil War, in 1652, and has been largely forgotten since. The land was purchased by South Oxfordshire District Council in 1999, and is being managed as an area for informal recreation, for people to see the castle remains, and for the wildlife.The Northmoor Trust are involved, at the request of the District Council, because of our experience of managing public sites with complex influences. In this case there are potential conflicts between the need to protect the Castle, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and the need to provide safe public access and appropriate wildlife conservation management. A detailed site management plan which aims to resolve these conflicts is posted on the South Oxfordshire District Council website. The building of Wallingford Castle was begun in 1067 on the orders of William the Conqueror, to defend the important river crossing. The castle was then extended by King John at the start of the 13th century to have three walls and moats, and become one of the largest castles in England. In fact the castle was so strong that it has very little military history, and was mostly used as a prison. The Castle was a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, and was not captured despite a long siege by Parliamentary forces so was subsequently demolished.
Wallingford Castle
Castle Street
OX10 0AL

Tel: 01491 835373 

Wallingford Museum
This small gem of a museum, housed in part of a mediaeval hall-house, has been recently refurbished. It includes features on "The River Thames through Time", Saxon and Mediaeval Wallingford , with a model of the Castle, a Victorian Street Scene, pub, shop, workshop and domestic area. A walk through Saxon and Medieval Wallingford, including a personal audio commentary and a display of recent local Roman excavations are now in operation.
Wallingford Museum
Flint House,
High Street,
March to November: Tues
to Fri: 2 to 5; Sat 10.30 to 5
plus June to Aug:
Sun & Bank Hol Mon: 2 to 5

Well Place Zoo
Well Place Zoo was first opened in 1968. A large and varied collection of birds and animals from all over the world can be seen. The Zoo is set in beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Bring your binoculars to look out for Red Kites- a near extinct bird which has been introduced to the area.
  • Coffee Shop (seasonal), Gift Shop, Museum, Wishing Well
  • Well Place Zoo Well Place , Ipsden
    Wallingford, Oxfordshire
    OX10 6QZ

    tel: 01491 680 473

    King Alfred was born in 849 AD in Wantage at a time when it was an important Saxon centre. The towns buildings are mostly 17th and 18th century with narrow cobbled streets and passages. The Church of St Peter and St Paul, part of which is 13th century contains tombs of the Fitzwarren family into which Dick Whittington - four times Lord Mayor of London - married. Wantage lies at the foot of the Downs and there are numerous racing stables in surrounding villages. Nearby is the historic, probably pre-Roman, Ridgeway track running from Ashbury to Streatley on the Thames. The Downs are also the site of the famous White horse carved into the chalk hillside. Wantage is also in the heart of an area of high technology close to AEA Technology, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Culham Laboratory, Esso Research Centre and the Williams Motor Racing Centre in Europe's second largest village, Grove. Wantage has a thriving social life with many clubs and local organisations. Music is important with a brass band in the first division and an operatic society. A month long festival of music and arts is held in June and July. There is a Dickensian Evening before Christmas when shops open late and the Town Mayor and Town Crier lead the townspeople and visitors around the town.
      Tourist Offices

    Wantage Visitor Centre

    19 Church Street , Wantage
    Oxfordshire  OX12 8BL
    All year Monday - Saturday 10am-4.30pm.
    Closed Christmas Day.
     01235 760176

    Ardington House

    In the countryside just a few miles south of Oxford stands Ardington House.Surrounded by well-kept lawns, terraced gardens, peaceful paddocks and parkland, this Baroque house was built in 1720.You will find it on the edge of the village of Ardington, with its picturesque cricket ground, village stores, and ancient church, in the lee of the downland linking the Thames valley to the Kennet.  Built by the Strong brothers with typical Georgian symmetry, the House is also famous for its Imperial Staircase. Leading from the Hall, the staircase has two matching flights leading into one and is considered by experts to be one of the finest examples in Britain.

    Ardington House Ardington House
    Near Wantage
    Oxfordshire OX12 8QA
    We are just off the A34 between the M4 and M40 in Oxfordshire, 20 mins from Oxford or Newbury by car. From London by car allow 1hr 20mins.
    821 566

    Dragon Hill
    Dragon Hill is an ancient, natural mound, flattened by man and situated in the valley below the White Horse of Uffington. The hill is steeped in mystery and legend because of its proximity to the White Horse and the bare patch on one part of the hill. Some legends tell that St. George slew the dragon here and it was the beast’s blood which poisoned the ground so that no grass would grow on that spot. Another legend claims that the slain dragon is buried under the hill.
    Dragon Hill Near Wantage,
     Oxfordshire SN7

    The Manger
    The Manger is a curious-shaped valley on the side of a hill below the famous White Horse of Uffington. It is believed that its strange shape was formed by the melting of ice in the last Ice Age. On the western side, there is a series of ripples, sometimes called “giants’ steps”. These terraces are a visual reminder of medieval strip farming dating from before the Black Death. In myth, the White Horse is said to leave the hill once a year at night to feed in the Manger.
    The Manger Near Wantage,
    Oxfordshire SN7

    Tom Brown's School Museum
    The Museum is housed in the 380 year-old schoolroom which was featured in the novel "Tom Brown's School Days", first published in 1857. Author Thomas Hughes was born in Uffington and many of the places described in the book are still visible today. Founded by Thomas Saunders in 1617, the schoolroom was one of the earliest secular schools. It was founded for local boys: the original charter is displayed in the Museum and makes it clear that girls were excluded!
    Tom Brown's School Museum Broad Street , Uffington
    Oxfordshire SN7 7RA
    26th March to end of October, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 2pm-5pm.

    Uffington Castle
    Uffington Castle is one of a chain of Iron Age hill-forts sited along the ancient Ridgeway path. The fort was built in around 500BC to a single ditch, single rampart design. Originally, there were two entrances at east and west, and the earth ramparts were topped with a wooden palisade. This was replaced with a stone wall in around 300BC. Archaeologists believe the fort was only used seasonally or temporarily. Visitors to the fort can climb up to a trig point which marks the highest point in Oxfordshire (858 feet).
    Uffingtoncastle 7 miles west of Wantage, Oxfordshire SN7
    Uffington White Horse
    The White Horse is cut out of the turf on the chalky upper slopes of Uffington Castle near to the Ridgeway. It is 374 feet long. The Uffington white horse is  Britain’s oldest and most famous hill figure at 2,000 to 3000 years old. As to the origins and builders of the white horse there are numerous theories, as many as those associated with Stonehenge. A Celtic god or tribal symbol, the dragon slain by St. George, Celtic horse goddess Epona, a religious icon to represent fertility,   built to celebrate Alfred’s victory over the Danes in 861 AD, horse worship in the Iron Age, created in the seventh century by Hengist in the image of a horse on his standard etc. The monument became very overgrown in the 19th Century and it has now been restored and is cared for by English Heritage. Visitors should be aware that can be very windy on top of the hill with no cover if it rains.
    Uffington White Horse Uffington

    Vale & Downland Museum
    The Museum is housed in a converted 17th century cloth-merchant's house - a fine example of local vernacular architecture. Behind it, in a new extension with 20th century wooden crucks spanning two floors, are the visitor facilities. The collections held at the Museum contain geological, natural history, archaeological, social history and contemporary objects that reflect the Vale of White Horse today. The Museum has audio visual presentations and multi-media programmes developed in-house.
    Vale & Downland Museum Tourist Offices
    19 Church Street , Wantage
    Oxfordshire  OX12 8BL
    All year Monday - Saturday 10am-4.30pm.
    Closed Christmas Day.


    01235 771 44
    Waylands Smithy
    Wayland’s Smithy is an ancient burial site situated right next to the Ridgeway long-distance path. Atmospherically enclosed by a ring of beech trees, the site comprises a Neolithic long barrow, with four large standing stones at the entrance and marker stones along the side of the barrow. The barrow is approximately 5000 years old and had two phases of construction. Traditionally, Wayland was blacksmith to the Saxon gods. Legend states that a horse left at the barrow overnight with a penny, would be shod by morning.
    Waylands Smithy Near Wantage,
    Oxfordshire SN7

    Wilts & Berks Canal
    Originally started in 1792 and opened in 1810 the canal linked the Kennet and Avon canal near Trowbridge, with the river Thames near Abingdon.  The challenge of restoring the Wilts & Berks Canal is that it has been abandoned for nearly 100 years. The Wilts and Berks Canal Trust, and its predecessor the Amenity Group, have re-discovered the canal and its structures and have set about the task of full restoration. Considering the passage of time,  it is surprising that much of the rural part of the canal still exists. With a moderate amount of clearance it can, and is  being brought back to its original standard.
    Wilts & Berks Canal

    Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, 117 High Street, Wooten Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 7AU



    Since the Middle Ages, Witney was famous for the manufacturing of blankets using water from the River Windrush which, so the story goes, was the secret of their quality. Over recent years Witney has grown rapidly, yet it still manages to retain its charm as an attractive Cotswold market town. The market square which lies at the junction of the two main streets contains the Buttercross, a medieval marketing and meeting place where women from neighbouring villages gathered to sell butter and eggs. It has a steeply gabled roof surmounted by a clock-turret added in 1683. Opposite is the 17th century Town Hall. Market Square widens into Church Green which is dominated by the tower and spire of the 13th century church of St. Mary. The Henry Box comprehensive school near the church of St. Mary takes its name from a local boy who, like Dick Whittington, went to London to seek his fortune. In 1662 having succeeded he left money to fund the formation of the new school. A short distance from the town centre is the parish of Cogges where a Victorian working Manor Farm museum is situated. In nearby South Leigh the Church of St James is home to some remarkably well preserved medieval wall paintings and are well worth a visit. The Charlbury road leads through one of Witney's best preserved streets - West End, which gave rise to the song "Just an old fashioned house in an old fashioned street".
    Tourist Offices
    51a Market Square, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX8 6AG   E-mail: witney.vic@westoxon.gov.uk

    Tel: 01993 775802    Fax: 01993 709261
    Aston Pottery
    Visit a real working pottery that supplies over 200 shops in the UK and view traditional techniques for making teapots, mugs, jugs and plates. Have a go at decorating your own mug and visit the award winning shop for pottery, unusual gifts and country produce. Guided tours available in summer months on weekdays. Children’s summer activity programme – ring for details.
    Aston Pottery, The Stables
    Kingsway Farm, Aston
    Oxfordshire OX18 2BT
    Open daily all year


    Bampton, also called Bampton-in-the-Bush, is a village and civil parish in Oxfordshire, located in the Thames Valley about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) southwest of Witney.  Meaning settlement by the tree or cross, Bampton was a major late Anglo-Saxon centre: the focus of a royal manor and site of a ‘minster’ church. It may seem oddly familiar to Downton fans for this is where the village scenes are filmed and where many dramas have been played out in the streets. The set locations for Downton Abbey have become stars in their own right and are as much a character in the series as any of the actors.Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful sites of Downton Abbey yourself. Official tours out of London and Oxford to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with a Downton Abbey theme are available through travel specialist International Friends. [ * Please note that access to the Downton filming locations is not suitable for large vehicles and there is little parking.   As well as a variety of buildings that have been used as pubs, shops and the post office the main locations in Bampton are:
    1.    Churchgate House is used as the Crawley family home
    2.     The old Grammar School building, which now houses Bampton Community Archive, served as ‘Downton’ hospital 
    3. St Mary’s Church, renamed as St Michael and All Angels, has hosted a number of dramatic ‘Downton’ events including weddings, funerals, christenings and even a jilting at the altar!
    4.     Church View has appeared regularly throughout the series and is home to two fictional pubs - The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck - both featured in various episodes. It was also the site of Downton Fair.
    Two miles east of Burford is the beautiful village of Swinbrook.
        The Swan Inn which is currently owned by Debo, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire - the last surviving Mitford sister. This is where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed whilst planning their elopement, a controversial storyline in series 2.
        Close to Witney, Cogges is a former Victorian Farm Museum and its historic farm buildings were the fictional Yew Tree Farm, which played host to many of the farming scenes in series 4 and was home to Mr Drewe, the tenant farmer. It sits on the banks of the River Windrush.
    Bishops Palace
    The foundations of this magnificent medieval building, built by the Bishop of Winchester are situated at Church Green opposite St Mary’s church, in the centre of Witney. The Palace was originally built in the 12th Century and then extended in the 13th Century.
    Bishops Palace Open all year –
    Site only: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
    Site & interpretation centre: Easter to end of September Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 4pm
    01993 814114
    The name Charlbury is of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the old English ‘burgh’, a fortified place or earthwork, belonging to ‘Ceorl’, possibly a personal name but more likely meaning that it was inhabited by freemen.In the 8th century it belonged to the Mercian kings and in 1094 it was given by the Norman Bishop of Lincoln to Eynsham Abbey. When the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII, there were two claimants to the manor of Charlbury.  . Eventually the courts found in favour of the President and Scholars of St John’s, who leased Charlbury to Sir Henry Lee and his descendants for the term of three lives. In 1857, by exchange, the property passed to the owner of Cornbury Park. St John’s College still appoints the vicars of Charlbury.
    Cornbury Park was an important part of the history of Charlbury. An Elizabethan hunting lodge, the gift of Queen Elizabeth I to the Earl of Leicester, it was demolished and a beautiful house built in its stead by Lord Clarendon in the reign of Charles I. Spinning and weaving went on in many homes, and in the early 1800s the gloving industry was revived by leading Quakers to help alleviate the poverty resulting from the Napoleonic Wars. Gloving continued as a cottage industry and then in small factories until the early 1960s During the "cold war" many world politicians flew into Brize Norton to secretly meet and the Royal Navy had a secret premises at Charlbury for those meetings which included Kruschov, Bulganin, Kennedy, Johnson, De Gaulle and many others.

    Charlbury Museum
    Museum displays illustrating the traditional crafts and industries of Charlbury, with maps and photographs.

    April to end of September
    Saturdays 10am - 12noon
    Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays 2.30pm - 4pm

    01608 810060
    Cogges Manor Farm Museum
    Come to Cogges to discover life in rural Oxfordshire in Victorian times. You step back in time when you enter the beautiful farmstead with its original Cotswold buildings. Parts of the manor house are over 700 years old; now you can see what life was like here 100 years ago. In the kitchen you can sample home baking fresh from the kitchen range and talk to the 'Victorian maids' to find out about the history of the house and the people who lived here. There's plenty to keep the children happy too, from building models to dressing up and playing with Victorian games.
    Cogges Manor Farm Museum Church Lane , Witney
    Oxfordshire, OX28 3LA
    22nd March to 30th October.
    Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 5.30pm. Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm – 5.30pm
    Bank Holiday Mondays 10.30am – 5.30pm. Early closing at 4.00pm in October. Advent Weekend (3&4th Dec)10.30am – 5.30pm Last admission an hour before closing. Closed Mondays & Good Friday.

    01993 772 602
    Combe Mill in Steam

    Mid 19th Century sawmill with working steam beam engine, original Cornish boiler and a working blacksmith’s forge. A pattern maker’s shop on the first floor houses a collection of tools, models and displays of the Society’s collection.
    Combe Mill In Stream Combe, Long Hanborough
    Witney, Oxfordshire
    OX29 7ET

    A4095 Witney to Woodstock. Turn north for Combe, after crossing the river, the mill is on the left before railway bridge

    01865 379 402

    Over the centuries the name of the village has changed no less than 13 times. The ‘old ‘uns’ used to refer to it as Ensam, spelt Ensham, its last spelling before the present one which has been in use for most of the 20th century and is not likely to be changed again.A Benedictine abbey was founded here in 1005 and became very wealthy, owning land throughout Oxfordshire. The abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII in 1539. The ruins stood for a couple of centuries and then, as they began to deteriorate, the land became a quarry. The only remains now are carved pieces of stone built into many of the cottages and garden walls. Perhaps the villagers were encouraged to cart it away and build their own dwellings, some which still remain today. The abbey also owned the flour and corn mill, the yearly rent payable by the miller being ten shillings and 450 eels. Many years later it became a paper mill supplying fine paper for the bible presses, and it was there that experiments were carried out to make paper from grass. During the early part of the 20th century it became a glue, rag and flock mill. Rags were turned into cheap flock mattresses. This all came to an end in the late 1920s, but the old mill buildings had a further use. The rubble from them was used as ballast when the nearby A40 was built in 1935. The lovely mill house still remains.
    Eynsham Eynsham is a large village and civil parish about 5 miles north-west of Oxford and about 5 miles east of Witney


    Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote
    English Heritage site next to the River Windrush and Minster Lovell Church, in a beautiful setting. The romantic ruins of Lord Lovell’s 15th Century Manor House – interesting Dovecote. Fine church at entrance.
    Minster Lovell Hall Adjacent to Minster Lovell church, 3 miles W of Witney off A40 (OS Map 164; ref SP 324114
    Open Daily
     01993 775262
    Minster Lovell Experience

    The Heritage Centre, a small private collection, is situated onthe outskirts of the village in one room of a busy picture framing workshop
    . The owner Graham Kew, Artist, Tour Guide and Story Teller, is a fanatical lover of the village, devoting considerable time and energy to keeping alive legends and history of this beautiful village. You will soon be captivated by the exhibits and the friendly welcome you receive. Ask Graham to sing you the ballad of the 'Mistletoe Bough', the song of the Lovell Bride who tragically died on her wedding night. Or ask him to show you the Minster Lovell Jewel.
    Minster Lovell Experience 130 Burford Road, Minster Lovell on the B4047 - one and a half miles west of Witney. Monday to Friday 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm

    Norton Leigh Roman Villa
    The part exposed floor plan of a large Roman Villa first unearthed in 1813 and consisting of over 60 rooms including some mosaics that are now under shelter. The access to this English Heritage site is down an unsurfaced track, some distance from road.

    OX29 8ER
    Open daily


    West Oxfordshire Arts Gallery
    West Ox Arts Association has a lovely and light gallery on the first floor of a Grade II listed building in the pretty Cotswold village of Bampton. It offers regularly changing exhibitions of quality arts and crafts. It is a registered charity with membership open to all artists and art lovers.

    West Oxfordshire Arts Centre

    Bampton, Oxfordshire

    Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm & 2pm - 4pm Sunday   2pm - 4pm

    01993 850137
    Witney & District Museum
    Opened in 1996, the Witney & District Museum is situated in the centre of the town, along the High Street. The large ground floor gallery houses a long term exhibition, showing the history of Witney and the surrounding area, and highlighting the changes that have taken place over the past 1,000 years. Local industries, such as the making of Witney Blankets, glove making and brewing are all features.
    Witney & district Museum
    Gloucester Court Mews
    High Street, Witney
    Oxfordshire, OX8 6LR
    13th April - October, Wed - Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm; Sunday 2.00 - 4.00pm.
    Tel: +44 (0)1993 775 915

    Woodstock was a favourite hunting place for nearly all the Kings of England from Saxon times to the late Stuart Period.  It was Henry I who built a Manor House in what is now known as Blenheim Park. Edward the Black Prince, son of Edward III, was born here, Henry VIII was a frequent visitor with his first wife Katharine of Aragon, and Elizabeth I was imprisoned in the Manor for almost a year. Medieval Woodstock was a very small place with forests on all sides. The villagers were very poor — some were craftsmen but many scraped a living from the land. By the year 1450 Woodstock had become a Market Town having been granted a charter. The inhabitants became free burgesses and were allowed to send two representatives to Parliament, and the town was granted a staple for wool. In about 1500 gloving became a Woodstock industry which gradually increased through Victorian times when there were many small factories producing gloves. Many were sent out to be hand-stitched by women and girls in their own homes. Gloving only started to decline after the last war when cheap Japanese imitations became readily available. It is still, however, a tradition that when a reigning king or queen visits Wood-stock, a pair of gloves is presented to him or her, and when Queen Elizabeth II came here, the Mayor presented her with a pair of white kid gloves.
    At one time families lived in the same house for generations, and all the shops were owned by local people, but today with high rents and properties fetching enormous prices this is no longer the case. One exception is the Banbury family who still have a drapers’ shop in Oxford Street and have lived there for generations.Many buildings are most attractive and date from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Fletchers House is a notable example, a 16th century merchant’s house which is now used as a County Museum. Lots of interesting exhibitions are held there. In the nearby village of Bladon is the church of St Martin where the grave of Winston Churchill still proves a place of interest to those who also visit his birthplace of Blenheim Palace. A small gateway close to the church leads to the grounds of the Palace and from here a very pleasant walk may be taken round the estate.
    Tourist Offices
    within The Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SN
    Tel/Fax: 01993 813632
    E-mail: tourism@westoxon.gov.uk



    Blenheim Palace

    Blenheim Palace offers a wonderful day out for all the family. You will be inspired by the majesty of the Palace, with its carvings by Grinling Gibbons, delighted by the interior filled with treasures and intrigued by the apartments devoted to Sir Winston Churchill. There are gardens in a variety of styles; lakes to row on, an adventure play area for children and even a narrow-gauge railway to take you from car park to the Palace. Blenheim Palace was built for the National Hero John 1st Duke of Marlborough and his Duchess Sarah, given by Queen Anne as a gift in reward for his military services. The palace was built between 1705 and 1722. The architect chosen to complete this task was Sir John Vanbrugh and his clerk of works Hawksmoor, who had already proved their ability with the masterly designs for Greenwich Hospital and Castle Howard. Set in glorious parkland, Blenheim can be exciting to look at in all seasons and is the supreme example of English Baroque architecture.

    Blenheim Palace

    OX20 1PX



    tel: 01993 811 091
    Iona House Gallery
    Iona House Gallery is situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It is young, vibrant and eclectic, showcasing quality and affordable International, Scottish and local contemporary art from both established, eminent artists and new rising talent. It exhibits over 300 pieces at any one time: original paintings, limited edition prints, sculpture, ceramics, silver, woodwork and jewellery, with a framing service also provided.The gallery is unique as it is owned by the charity, Scottish International Relief (SIR) and is named after the charity’s first children’s home in Romania.
    Iona Gallery 4 High Street
    OX20 1TF

    Tel: 01993 811 464
    Oxfordshire Museum
    Situated in the heart of the historic town of Woodstock, the award winning redevelopment of Fletcher's House provides a home for the new county museum.Set in attractive gardens, the new museum celebrates Oxfordshire in all its diversity and features collections of local history, art, archaeology, landscape and wildlife as well as a gallery exploring the County's innovative industries from nuclear power to nanotechnology. Interactive exhibits offer new learning experiences for visitors of all ages.
    Oxfordshire Museum Tourist Offices
    Fletcher's House , Park Street, Woodstock
    Oxfordshire OX20 1SN
    Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm (last admission 4.30) Closed on Mondays.

    Tel: +44 (0)1993 8115456

    The Woodstock Wallhangings

    The story of Woodstock, from its foundation in Norman times is told in the embroidered wallhangings in Woodstock Town Hall. Seventeen colourful scenes show life in the town and the historic events which shaped it. The wallhangings have been made by the Woodstock Broderers, and are one of the four attractions on the Woodstock Textile Trail
    Woodstock Wallhangings
    Wednesday 10.00am - 1.00pm from early April to end of September


    Click here to download the Visit Oxfordshire's 2014 Gardens Guide

    Use this guide to explore some of the most glorious gardens and green spaces on offer in Oxfordshire.
    Also includes a competition to win a weekend break in Oxfordshire.
    Garden & Opening Times
    Blenheim Palace Garden
    Blenheim Gardens, originally laid out by Henry Wise, include the formal Water Terraces and Italian Garden by Achille Duchêne, Rose Garden, Arboretum, and Cascade. The Secret Garden, opened in 2004, offers a stunning garden paradise for all seasons. Blenheim Lake, created by 'Capability' Brown and spanned by Vanburgh's Grand Bridge, is the focal point of over 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland. The Pleasure Gardens complex includes the Herb and Lavender Garden and Butterfly House. Other activities incl the Marlborough Maze, putting greens, adventure play area, giant chess and draughts. Mid-March to 31st October. Daily. Open 10.30am to 5.30pm. Park open all year, daily except 25th December, from 9am to dusk.
    Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire,   OX20 1PX
    8m N of Oxford.  Bus: S3 Oxford-Chipping Norton, alight Woodstock
    click here for a map
     Tel: 08700 60 20 80
    Brook Cottage Garden
    4-acre hillside garden formed since 1964. Wide variety of trees, shrubs and perennials in areas of differing character. Water gardens, gravel garden, colour coordinated borders. Over 200 shrub and climbing roses. Many clematis; magnificent trees, interesting throughout season Easter Monday to end October. Monday to Friday. Open 9am to 6pm
    Brook Cottage Garden Well Lane, Alkerton, nr Banbury, Oxfordshire,  
    OX15 6NL
    6m NW of Banbury.  ½m off A422. Follow signs in village
    click here for a map
    Tel : 01295 670303
    Broughton Castle Garden
    A Medieval/Tudor moated manor house and garden. The planting design is predominantly twentieth century. There are herbaceous and shrub borders. The walled garden has box-edged rose beds and mixed borders. The Walled Garden on the South side of the Castle known as the Ladies'Garden was established in the 1880,s on the site of the sixteeth century kitchens. The fleur de lys beds are planted with Rose 'Heritage' and Rose 'Gruss an Aachen'. The hedge against the castle is of Rose 'Felicia'. The other beds contain many old roses and herbaceous plants, together with shrubs such as hiladelphus and deutzia. On the west side of the Ladies' Garden wall is a mixed border , with pink the predominant colour. The roses in this border include 'Fantin-Latour','Fritz Nobis', 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup', Marguerite Hilling', and climbing roses 'Albertine' and 'Purity'. The border near the Gatehouse has a blue, yellow and grey themeand includes roses 'Maigold', 'Golden Wings','Windrush' and 'Schneezwerg',together with berberis, potentillas, hypericum and campanulas.  The existing planting is based on advice given by Lanning Roper in 1970, the work being carried out by th then gardener Bert Dancer.In the 1980's the planting was developed by Randal Anderson, like Lanning Roper also of American origin. The garden is now maintained and devloped by one gardener, Chris Hopkins.1 May to 15 September. Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Also Thursdays in July and August and Easter Sunday and Monday. Open 2pm to 5pm.
    Broughton Castle Garden, Oxon Broughton, nr Banbury, Oxfordshire,   OX15 5EB
     2½m SW of Banbury.  On Shipston-on-Stour rd (B4035)
    click here for a map

    Tel : 01295 262624
    Broughton Grange
    Chelsea Gold Medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith designed the walled garden in 2001, which is enclosed by clipped trees. There are three terraces and a rill leading to a central stone tank. Broughton Grange also has a knot garden, wildflower meadow and arboretum. An impressive 25 acres of gardens and light woodland in an attractive Oxfordshire setting. The centrepiece is a large terraced walled garden created by Tom Stuart-Smith in 2001. Vision has been used to blend the gardens into the countryside. Good early displays of bulbs followed by outstanding herbaceous planting in summer. Formal and informal areas combine to make this a special site incl newly laid arboretum with many ongoing projects Open under NGS and for groups by appointment.
    Broughton Grange Wykeham Lane, Broughton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, OX15 5DS
    ¼m out of village.  From Banbury take the B4035 to village of Broughton. At the Seye & Sele Arms PH turn L up Wykham Lane (one way). Follow rd out of village along lane for ¼m. Entrance on R
    click here for a map

    Buscot Park
    To enjoy Buscot Park to the full, you should take time to explore the extensive gardens that surround this late 18th century house.  To the west mellow red brick walls shelter a garden for all seasons ( 4 Seasons Garden ), spring bulbs, flowering trees, climbing roses and drifts of multi coloured day lilies as well as fruit and interplanted vegetables. To the east, woodland walks lead to one of England's finest water gardens, an unusual marriage of Italian formality in an English landscape. Canals with bridges and pools lead you down to a large lake.There is a new water feature called the Faux Fall by artist and sculptor David Harber, commissioned in 2007 by the present Lord Faringdon. It consists of a series of highly polished steel vertical panels in graduated form and height over which water is pumped and which when viewed from across the the opposite descending stairway to the Four Seasons Walled garden appears like a cascade.April to September. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday including Good Friday and BH Mondays and the following weekends 2pm-6pm (Tearoom 2pm-5.30pm): 11/12, 25/26 April; 2/3, 9/10, 23/24, May; 13/14, 27/28 June; 11/12, 25/26 July; 8/9, 22/23, 29/30 August; 12/13, 26/27 Sept. Grounds only also open Monday and Tuesday.
    Buscot Park by Paul Leitch Buscot Park
    Faringdon, SN7 8BU

     Tel 01367 240786
    Chastleton House Garden
    A fine Jacobean house (1612) in Cotswold stone, overlooking a valley. The garden has features from several periods: (1) an astronomical garden, which is analysed by Roy Strong in his book on The Renaissance Garden in England (2) a lake with an island, a Chinese bridge and a pagoda, (3) a herbaceous border planted according to Gertrude Jekyll's 'JMW Turner' colour scheme (4) a croquet lawn: the rules of croquet were codified at Chastleton.
    Arch at Chastleton House Garden
    Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire, 
     GL56 0SU
    click here for a map
    Tel: 01494 755560
    Ditchley Park
    Not open to the public.  Many world leaders have quietly met here, as it is close to Brize Norton. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe designed one of the last Italian gardens in England at Ditchley Park. The knot/parterre has gone but the rest of the garden survives in good condition. Jellicoe reinstated the terrace, which Gibbs designed and made a pool with fountains. Statues were brought from Wrest Park.
    Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire Ditchley Park
    Enstone, Chipping Norton
    Oxon OX7 4ER

    Tel:    +44 (0)1608 677346
    Fax:    +44 (0)1608 677399
    Great Tew
    A picturesque village of thatched cottages. There are few signs to suggest the location of Loudon's Ferme Ornee and the property is not open to the public. But the tree belts which enclose the valley appear to have been Loudon's work and the ornamental  farm could - and should - be restored. Great Tew is one of the few privately owned villages in England. A few houses have been sold but its ancient character has been retained.
    Great Tew, Oxfordshire nr Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire


    Greys Court Garden
    The gardens cover 6 acres and surround a Tudor house with many alterations, as well as a Donkey Wheel and Tower. They incl lawns, a maze and small arboretum. The highlight though is the patchwork of smaller gardens such as White, Rose, Cherry, Wisteria and Kitchen, set amidst ruined walls Meet the gardeners and volunteers who look after the gardens. A band will play during the evening .April to September. Tuesday to Saturday (except June Wednesday to Sunday). Closed Good Friday. Open 12pm to 5pm. House open Wednesday to Friday only 2pm to 5pm.
    Greys Court Garden Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 
     RG9 4PG
    2m W of Henley-on-Thames.  Signed from Nettlebed taking B481. Direct route from Henley-on-Thames town centre (unsigned for NT): follow signs to Badgemore Golf Club towards Rotherfield Greys, about 3m out of Henley
    click here for a map
    Tel : 01491 628529
    Harcourt Arboretum
    Oxford University's arboretum occupies part of a famous park, Nuneham Courtney, designed by Lancelot Brown (not open to the public). Highlights are the bluebell wood in spring, wildflower meadow in summer and the Japanese acers in autumn. The Harcourt Arboretum, with its acid soil, open spaces and informal serpentine walks provides an interesting contrast to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden .All year. April to October: daily 10am 5pm. December to March: Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm.
    Harcourt Arboretum, Oxfordshire Nuneham Courtenay,
     nr Oxford,
     OX44 9PX

    Tel  01865 343501
    Fax 01865 341828
    Kelmscott Manor
    Kelmscott  Manor was the home of William Morris famous for his textile designs. Before venturing out into the small garden take time to read the Garden leaflet which gives it history. This will make your visit more enjoyable. William Morris loved this garden which has been recreated using many of the plants which he loved and from which many of his designs came. The mulberry garden is dominated by the original tree which was there in 1921. This leads to a small orchard with varieties of Victorian apples. The lashed fencing has been copied from original photos. The garden is worth visiting if combined with a visit to the Manor.
    Kelmscott Manor by Paul Leitch  Kelmscott,
    GL7 3HJ
     Tel 01367 252486
    Oxford University Botanic Garden
    The University of Oxford Botanic Garden probably has the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World ­ there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots.The Garden consists of three sections. The Glasshouses contain plants that need protection from the extremes of the British weather. The area outside the Walled Garden contains a Water Garden and Rock Garden as well as the innovative Black Border and Autumn Borders.
    Oxford University Botanic Garden  Rose Lane,
    OX1 4AZ
     Tel  01 865 286 690
    Rousham House and Garden
    Rousham is the purest example of an Augustan landscape garden, designed by William Kent on a framework made by Charles Bridgeman in the 1720s. One's first Roman encounter is with statues recalling the Imperial games: a lion mauls a horse and a gladiator dies with restrained agony. A path leads into the woods and the Venus Vale, with statues of Pan, a faun, and Venus, from whom Caesar claimed descent. A sweetly serpentine rill flows in a stone channel from the Cold Bath into the Venus Vale. In another glade, a Temple overlooks the River Cherwell. The terrace overlooming the river is named the Praeneste after the ancient temple complex in the modern town of Palestrina outside Rome. Rousham Gardens are open every day of the year from 10 am. Last admission is at 4.30 pm and the gardens close at 6 pm (or at dusk, if earlier). Rousham House is only open by prior arrangement
    Kelmscott Manor by Paul Leitch Steeple Aston,
     OX25 4QU

     Tel 01869 347110
    Shotover House Garden
    A house and garden made in 1718 for a friend of two famous empiricists, John Locke and Robert Boyle. The design is French-influenced, with a straignt canal. But it has the earliest example of a Gothic revival folly and an octagonal temple designed by William Kent in the 1730s.
    Daffodils, Shotover House Garden Shotover,

    Stonor Park Garden
    A mainly-Tudor house with an enclosed garden at the rear, between the house and a hillside. The Stonor Park garden has lawns, a terrace, pools, urns and topiary. April to mid September. Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Also open Wednesdays in July and August. Open 1pm to 5.30pm.
    Stonor Park Garden Steve Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 
    RG9 6HF

    Tel: 01491 638 587
    Sulgrave Manor Garden
    A sixteenth century house (1539) with an Arts and Crafts garden designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1927. There is topiary, a herb parterre and a rose garden with a sundial. The house belonged to ancestors of America's revolutionary commander and first president, George Washington. It is immaculately maintained.  Our gardens were designed in 1920 by Sir Reginald Blomfield, landscaper and architect. The Tudor Manor house sits in 3 acres of gardens, formally planted with yew hedges and herbaceous borders. We have an orchard of 42 fruit trees that has a carpet of daffodils in the spring. A formal rose garden with box hedges sits on the east side of the house. We are also the home of the National Herb Society with quite extensive herb beds. There is a Tudor vegetable garden with a forge and a colonial vegetable garden (1657) which was new for 2009.  Sulgrave Manor is a Tudor Manor house built in 1539 by Lawerence Washington, ancestor to George Washington. There are additions to the building in the 18th century. Easter to October: open weekends noon to 4pm. May to October: also open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 4pm.
    Herb Garden, Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road,
    OX17 2SD

    01295 760 205
    Tew Lodge
    The remains of Loudon's ferme ornee in Great Tew can just about be seen -  but only by those who print a copy of the plan (right) from Loudon's book and take it with them. Loudon made a  fortune  by  improving the farm and used the money to pay for the tour of Europe which  enabled him to write the first illustrated history of garden design. It was published in his Encyclopedia of  Gardening  . Not open to public
    Great Tew,

    University Parks, Oxford
    University Parks is located on the banks of the River Cherwel. The land was purchased by the university of Oxford from Merton College between 1853 and 1864. Professor Cyril Darlington, created the Genetic Garden to demonstrate evolutionary processes. Other features include a footbridge over the river, a lily pond, the university cricket ground and a clump of trees planted to commemorate the coronation of Elizabeth II. Several trees survives from the nineteenth century plantings, notably the Japanese Pagoda Tree planted in 1888. All year. Daily except Christmas Eve. Open 8am to half an hour before dusk.
    Parks Road,
     OX1 3RH
    Tel : 01865 282040
    Waterperry Gardens
    The gardens date back to 1932 when Miss Beatrix Havergal opened her School of Horticulture for Ladies. The 8 acre ornamental gardens include a rose and formal knot garden, water-lily canal, riverside walk, and one of the finest purely herbaceous borders in the country. Herbaceous nursery stock beds provide a living catalogue of plants, and there's also an alpine garden, and the National Collection of Kabschia Saxifrages. A commercial plant centre, stocked with plants grown in on-site nurseries, occupies large areas of the beautiful walled garden, and the site also boasts a 5 acres of commercial orchards, producing the famous Waterperry apple juice each year. Gardening courses are held throughout the year.  The ornamental gardens at Waterperry date back to the early 1930s when Beatrix Havergal set up her School of Horticulture for Ladies. When the school closed in 1972 it paved the way for much development in the gardens which are now famous - not least for the purely herbaceous border which is a joy to behold from May to late September. All year. Daily. Open 10am to 5.30pm (5pm November to February). Closed over the Christmas period
    Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
     nr Wheatley,
     OX33 1JZ
     9m E of Oxford.  M40 J8 from London (turn off Oxford-Wheatley, first L to Wheatley, follow brown rose symbol). J8a from Birmingham (turn R Oxford-Wheatley over A40, first R Wheatley, follow brown rose symbol. We are 2½ m N of Wheatley
    click here for a map

     Tel 01844 339254
    Wroxton Abbey Garden
    A Jacobean house with a 1727 garden which was partly converted to the serpentine style between 1731 and 1751. There is a serpentine lake, a cascade, a rill and a number of follies by Sanderson Miller: a Gothic Dovecot, the Drayton Arth and the Temple-on-the-Mount. W A Nesfield advised on a formal flower garden on the south side of the house. A knot garden has been added in the twentieth century and was illustrated by Blomfield as an example of a 'modern garden'.All year. Daily. Open dawn to dusk.
    Wroxton abbey garden Wroxton,
     nr Banbury,
     OX15 6PX


    Corpus Christi College
    Several small gardens and quadrangles overlooking Christ Church meadow, incl new terraces . Sun 27 June (2-5).
    Corpus Chisti College
    Corpus Christi College
    OX1 4JF
       Entrance from Merton St
    click here for a map


    01865 276700
    Magdalen College
     60 acres incl deer park, college lawns, numerous trees 150-200yrs old, notable herbaceous and shrub plantings; Magdalen meadow, where purple and white snake's-head fritillaries can be found, is surrounded by Addison’s Walk, a tree-lined circuit by the R Cherwell developed since the late C18. Ancient herd of 60 deer. Sculpture commissioned to celebrate 550th anniversary. It is by Turner prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger and is called Y. Made of steel, 10m high, in the form of a tree, it is situated in Bat Willow Meadow. Sun 11 Apr (1-6).
    Magdalen College
    Magdalen College
    OX1 4AU
      Entrance in High St
    click here for a map


    Tel: 01865
    Merton College Oxford Fellows' Garden
    Ancient mulberry, said to have associations with James I. Specimen trees, long mixed border, recently-established herbaceous bed. View of Christ Church meadow. Sun 25 July (2-5).
    Merton College
    Merton College Oxford Fellows' Garden
     OX1 4JD
     Merton Street runs parallel to High Street
    click here for a map


    01865 276310
    Somerville College
     Approx 2 acres, robust college garden planted for yr-round interest. Formal bedding, colour-themed and vibrant old-fashioned mixed herbaceous borders. Sun 4 July (2-6).
    Somerville College
    Somerville College
    OX2 6HD
      ½m E of Carfax Tower.  Enter from the Woodstock Rd, S of the Radcliffe Infirmary
    click here for a map

    Trinity College
    Historic main College Gardens with specimen trees incl aged forked catalpa, spring bulbs, fine long herbaceous border and handsome garden quad originally designed by Wren. President's Garden surrounded by high old stone walls, mixed borders of herbaceous, shrubs and statuary. Fellows’ Garden: small walled terrace, herbaceous borders; water feature formed by Jacobean stone heraldic beasts. Award-winning lavender garden and walk-through rose arbour. Suns 21 Mar; 25 July (2-5).
    Trinity College
    Trinity College
    OX1 3BH
     Central Oxford. Entrance in Broad St
    click here for a map


    Wadham College
     5 acres, best known for trees, spring bulbs and mixed borders. In Fellows’ main garden, fine ginkgo and Magnolia acuminata; bamboo plantation; in Back Quadrangle very large Tilia tomentosa 'Petiolaris’; in Mallam Court white scented garden est 1994; in Warden’s garden an ancient tulip tree; in Fellows’ private garden, Civil War embankment with period fruit tree cultivars, recently established shrubbery with unusual trees and ground cover amongst older plantings. Sunday Lunch and Afternoon Teas subject to availability.Suns 21 Mar (2-5); 11 July (2-6).
    Wadham College
    Wadham College
     OX1 3PN
      Central Oxford.  Parks Road
    click here for a map


    tel: 01865 277579
    Wolfson College
    A splendid modern garden of 9 acres by R Cherwell developed in recent yrs with comprehensive plant collection tolerant of alkaline soils, grown in interesting and varied habitats around a framework of fine mature trees
    Wolfson College Wolfson College
    Oxford,  Oxfordshire
    OX2 6UD
      ¾m N of Oxford city centre.  Turn R off Banbury Rd to end of Linton Rd
    click here for a map
    Tel : 01865 274100

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      Edinburgh Woollen Mill 141-143
    Crew Clothing Co 139-140
    Coast (ladies fashion) 138
    Fellow's of Oxford (gift shop) 137
    Karen Millen (ladies fashion) 136
    Reiss (ladies fashions) 135a
    Cafe Zouk (Indian restaurant) 135b
    Jigsaw (ladies fashion) 134
    Hay's Accountancy Personnel 133
    Britannia Building Society 132
    The Chequers (Inn) 131a
    Payne and Son (goldsmiths) 131
    White Stuff (outdoor clothing) 130
    Chiang Mai Kitchen (Thai Restaurant) 130A
    Northern Rock 129a
    India Garden (Tandoori restaurant) 129b
    Gill's Ironmongers 128A
    Starbucks 127
    Bonjour (sandwich shop) 126
    Herbert Mallam Gowers (solicitors) 126
    Jack Wills (ladies fashion) 125
    All Bar One 124
    Phase Eight (clothes) 123
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    NatWest Bank 120-122
    Ede & Ravenscroft (tailors) 119
    Breckon & Breckon (estate agent) 118
    Oxford University Press Bookshop 116-117
    Hobbs Outfitters 115
    Kaliko (ladies fashions) 114
    Shepherd & Woodward (department store) 109-113
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    A-Plan Insurance 107
    University of Oxford Shop (department store) 106
    The Glass House (ladies fashion) 105
    Sanders (prints and maps) 104
    Toast (mail order) 103
    Brora (Scottish Cashmere) 102
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    Quod Restaurant 94
    Old Bank Hotel 92-93
    Max Print 91
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    University College
    Logic Lane =====
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    University of Oxford Botanic Garden
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    --- Market Avenue 3
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    32 Warden's House, All Souls
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    The Queen's College
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    48 Fitrite Shoes
    49 Honey's Newsagent
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    57 Brothers Hair Sculpting
    58 Harvey's Sandwiches
    59 Oxford
    60 The Letting Shop
    ===== Longwall Street
    Magdalen College

    prepared by Lance Publications, Park House, Park Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3DL email: info@showmans-directory.co.uk  website: www.showmans-directory.co.uk The full  Directory is available from them.
    This section is included in memory of the late Alec Davey of R.Bromley & Co. Ltd- the wine  merchants, to commemorate his 25 years entertaining all at the major events
    (1962-1987). Read about him CLICK HERE
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    A large Country Show with quality arena displays to entertain you throughout the day plus other activities for all to enjoy.  With beautiful crafts, demonstrations and trade stands theres something for everyone, this Easter holiday. Please note that this show has now become a three day event due to popular demand.
    Thame Showground, Kingsley Road,

    Mark Hulme, Living Heritage Events, PO Box 36, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 8PY
    tel: 01283 820548 fax: 01283 821200


    Thame Showground, Kingsley Road,

    Mike Howes, Starbank House, 23 High Street, Thame, Oxon OX9 2BZ  tel: 01844 212737 fax: 01844 218481  email: info@



    A visit to the prestigous Home Design & Interiors Exhibition at Blenheim Palace can provide visitors with an exclusive accessory or an elegant piece of furniture to give their home added style whilst quality exhibitors will be anxious to show visitors the very latest design ideas for the home and some of the most stylish traditional furniture available.

    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
    Buckingham Events, Buckingham House, 11 High Street, Old Portsmouth, Hants PO1 2LP tel: 02392 295555 fax: 02392 295544 email: blenheim@stately


    The magnificent Blenheim Palace Estate in Woodstock is home for the 18th year running to one of the Country's most prestigious Craft Shows. Held within sight of the Palace itself, the show combines some of the most gifted Craftsmen, Artists and Designers in the Country with specialist demonstrations and major Craft attractions. The Show and Palace have combined with the admission price providing entrance to both the Craft Show and Palace grounds.
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
    Mark Hulme, Living Heritage Events, PO Box 36, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 8PY
    tel: 01283 820548 fax: 01283 821200

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    Our 2006 rally will be held on 24 and 25 June 2006 at Bloxham, near Banbury, Oxon. It is expected to be one of the biggest and best events in the country. We expect a similar number and variety of exhibits as at our 2005 rally.
    The Secretary, Bloxham Steam Society, Po Box 277, Banbury, Oxon OX17 2RH  tel: 01869 346670 fax: 01869 346670

    Henley Festival kicks off the new season with a spectacular and magical contemporary festival chock full of Henley’s trademark glamour and quirky humour.
      Concerts include an all-American Leonard Bernstein evening, performances from opera singer Bryn Terfel, and the legendary Status Quo on their 40th Anniversary tour.
    Also a glittering evening of musical Shakespeare with Zoë Wanamaker and Robert Lindsay and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; plus a Henley revival, Jon Lord’s legendary Concerto for Group and Orchestra written for Deep Purple and full symphony orchestra. There will also be Transe Express's remarkable flying show Maudits Sonnants. This is a show on a scale rarely seen in Britain and it is with considerable pride that we are bringing it to Henley. n 2006, without any shadow of a doubt, we have a remarkably strong line up in many, many different art forms: classical music, contemporary music, jazz, comedy, the visual arts and more. The Festival's extensive outreach programme SHOUT! is bringing a carnival procession to the centre of Henley with carnival arts company Kinetika on Sunday 9th July as the exciting culmination of the year's work, and it's all free!

    Henley on Thames
    Suzanne Yates, 14 Friday Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AH tel: 01491 843400 fax: 01491 410482 email: info@henley


    This year the Sheepdog Trials will be held on Sunday 23rd July also at Greenlands Farm. Last year 40 dogs and their handlers attended the event.
    Greenlands Farm, Dairy Lane, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames,
    Mrs Desme Smith, Greenlands Farm, Dairy Lane, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 3AS  tel: 01491 410949 fax: 01491 410948


    Enter this magical world of traditional and contemporary crafts, displayed and demonstrated by over 250 individual makers and artist craftsmen. These specialist artisans travel from all over Britain to bring you the very best in unusual and inspiring crafts. The craft and design on show has been made in the time honoured way with individual care and attention to detail.The show is held in ten large marquees each one boasting thousands of products to choose from, as well as demonstrations for both young and old alike. In fact, a wonderfully relaxing, yet exciting atmosphere in which all the family can enjoy a captivating day out together.
    Henley on Thames
    International Craft & Hobby Fair, Dominic House, Seaton Road, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 5HW
    tel: 01425 272711 fax: 01425 279369 email: info@ichf.co.uk
    The Blenheim International Horse Trials which started in 1990 and has become one of the UK’s most prestigious sporting occasions. Set in rolling parkland and against the  spectacular backdrop of Blenheim Palace it  is one of the world’s major international three-day events.In 2006, Blenheim looks forward to welcoming some of the worlds leading riders (fresh from the World Equestrian Games) to the event and is expected to draw an audience of around 50,000. In addition to  top-class sporting action, the event also provides a varied programme of main arena entertainment for all the family and the Retail Village features over 180 quality exhibitors.

    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
    Events Secretary, Trials Office, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxon OS20 1PS tel: 01993 813335  fax: 01993 813337 email: info@blenheim-


    We are delighted to report that the Household Cavalry Musical Ride will be the main attraction in Ring One this year. The Guards Division Corps of Drums Association will also be entertaining the crowds during the day. Other attractions at the Show will include a shearing demonstration – “Shearing Through the Ages”, Llama display, four Rings of Show horse event, - including the Area Trial for the King George V and Queen Elizabeth II Cup. While in Ring 5 there will be the ever-popular heavy horses. We are delighted for the first time this year to welcome miniature horses to the Henley Show; they will also be competing in Ring 5. Other attractions at the Show will include the cattle lines, pygmy goats, poultry, cage birds and the very popular companion dog show. Once again there will be fierce competition in the ever-popular Produce Tent. There will be an interesting and varied Craft and Food & Wine Tents and Shopping Arcade and over 100 outside Trade Stands with many family attractions in the Village Green area.
    Henley on Thames

    Mrs Desme Smith, Greenlands Farm, Dairy Lane, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 3AS  tel: 01491 410949 fax: 01491 410948


    Thame Showground, Kingsley Road,

    Mike Howes, Starbank House, 23 High Street, Thame, Oxon OX9 2BZ  tel: 01844 212737 fax: 01844 218481  email: info@thameshow.co.u

    Fawley Court, Henley on Thames
    Sales Team, South West Events Ltd, 9 Granary Lane, Budleigh salterton, Devon EX9 6ES tel: 01395 446695 fax: 01395 446605 email: sales@south


    The annual Ploughing Match and Country Fayre will take place on Sunday 1st October at Frizers Farm, Sonning Eye – the same venue as 2005. There are classes for vintage and classic vintage tractors and also for tractors using match, conventional and reversible ploughs. Last year there were 12 teams of horses ploughing and over 50 tractors of all descriptions – including a demonstration of ploughing using a 94 years old Titan tractor.
    Frizers Farm, Sonning Eye
    Mrs Desme Smith, Greenlands Farm, Dairy Lane, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 3AS  tel: 01491 410949 fax: 01491 410948
    email: info@thehenleyshow.com


    Blenheim Palace,

    Sales Team, South West Events Ltd, 9 Granary Lane, Budleigh salterton, Devon EX9 6ES tel: 01395 446695 fax: 01395 446605 email:


    His Dark Materials

    Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials novels feature a number of fictional Oxford colleges:

    Inspector Morse

    The Inspector Morse series of book by Colin Dexter is predominantly set within Oxford and environs, including the University. Consequently many fictional colleges are named. The derived television series, Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour, continues the idea:

    Jude the Obscure

    Thomas Hardy's novel Jude the Obscure features a number of fictional 'Christminster' colleges, a thinly fictionalized version of Oxford:

    Loss and Gain

    Loss and Gain, by Blessed John Henry Newman tells the story of the conversion of Charles Reding, an Oxford student, to Catholicism. In the novel, Newman creates the following colleges:

    Other works

    All Saints College
    Baillie College

     - Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, attended by successive Cabinet Secretaries, Sir Arnold Robinson and Sir Humphrey Appleby. A very thinly veiled reference to Balliol; indeed in several episodes Sir Humphrey Appleby is seen wearing a Balliol tie, and in the 2011 stage play version, the fictionalisation has been dropped entirely and Balliol College is overtly mentioned as the alma mater of the character.
    Bartlemas College

     - Kate Ivory detective novels, Veronica Stallwood; Takes its name from St Bartholomew's Chapel, itself belonging to Oriel College.
    Beaufort College

    - Inspector Morse TV series; Named for Henry Beaufort, a Plantagenet royal and Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1397 to 1399.
    Beaumont College

     - Inspector Morse novels; Beaumont Street is a long road in central Oxford. One end emerges opposite Balliol's side entrance, and it extends to the front of Worcester College. Beaumont Street was formerly the site of Beaumont Palace, perhaps the "location" of the college.
    Bede College

     - Operation Pax, Michael Innes (pseudonym of J. I. M. Stewart); Allusion to the Old English polymath Bede, whose histories give us the account of St Hilda, from whom St Hilda's College, Oxford takes its name
    Biblioll College

    Thomas Hardy's novel Jude the Obscure features a number of fictional 'Christminster' colleges, a thinly fictionalized version of Oxford:
    Brazenface College

      Verdant Green, Cuthbert Bede (veiled stand-in for Brasenose College)
    Cardinal College

    - A Yank at Oxford (based on Christ Church); Christ Church was originally founded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey as "Cardinal College" in 1525 also used in Jude the Obscure
    Carlyle College

     - Lewis, episode "The Soul of Genius" (filmed in Exeter College).
    Charsley College

    Chaucer College
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    OX25 2QA
    Tel: 07764489600
    Email: alex@alchesterstables.co.uk

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    Asti Equestrian is a BHS and ABRS Approved riding school offering riding tuition for children and adults on well mannered horses and ponies or on your own horse or pony.
    Telephone: 01367 710288
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    Millaway Farm
    Near Faringdon
    SN7 8PA
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    Aston Rowant
    OX9 5SS
    Phone:     01844 352824
    Fax:     01844 890268
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    Phone:     01235 851016
    Fax:     01235 851016
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    Cote Road
    Near Witney Oxfordshire OX29 7QW
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    49 Shilton Road, OX18 1EN, Tel: 01993 840866 - Horse Livery, Riding Lessons
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     Main Street, Charlton, OX17 3DP, Tel: 01295 811293 - Horse Livery
    Conway Farm & Stables,
    Email, Satwell, Rotherfield Greys, RG9 4QZ, Tel: 01491 628716 - Horse Livery
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    East Ginge Livery,
    East Ginge, OX12 8QS, Tel: 01235 82591 - Full, Part or DIY Livery, Private Yard, Indoor Menage with Jumps, Transport, miles of excellent off road hacking, year round grazing
    Farfurlong Riding School

    Far Furlong
    Nether Westcote
    Chipping Norton
    OX7 6SD
    Phone:     01993 831193
    Info:     Private lessons, Hacking, Cross country, Show jumping, Group Lessons.
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    Gravel Hill
    RG9 4NR
    Phone:     01491 575479
    Fax:     01491 578453

    Gainfield Farm, SN7 8QH, Tel: 07887 808630 - Full, Partial & DIY Livery, All Disciplines, English, Riding Lessons, Dressage, Clinics, Training, Eventing, Showing, Indoor & Outdoor Arenas, Hot Walker, Jumps, 150 Acres
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    East Ginge, OX12 8QS, Tel: 01235 821759 - Full & Part Time Liveries, Riding Lessons, Breaking, Racehorse Rehab & Pre Season Training, Point to Point, Horse Walker, near the village of Lockinge
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    Watery Lane
    OX12 9PL
    Phone:     0777 567 6482
    Info:     Livery Yard near Wantage, Oxfordshire offering full & part livery. Superb facilities at a quite location. Tuition in all disciplines at all levels also provided for horse & rider.
    Hill Farm Livery Stables,
    Email, Hill Farm, Oxford Road, OX29 6UY, Tel: 01993 705965 - Horse Livery, Dressage & Jumping Arenas, 2 Menages, Miles of safe riding
    Holistic Horses,
    Blowing Stone Racing Stables, OX12 9QL, Tel: 01235 821520 - Horse Livery, Riding Lessons, Horses for Sale
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    Starveall Barn, Quarry Road, Oxfordshire, OX15 6DF, Tel: 01295 670502 - Full, Part or DIY Livery, Floodlit Menage, Gallops, Horse Walker, Show Jumps
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    Petwick Stables, New Road, Oxfo OX12 9PG, Tel: 07712 776321 - Full & Partial Livery,Overnight Layovers  , All Breeds, Riding Lessons, Dressage, Eventing, Clinics, Breaking, Training, Horses for Sale, Outdoor Menage, Hot Walker, 9 Acres
    Joss Gray Eventing
    Sporthorse Yard
    Alden Equicentre
    Aldens Lane
    OX11 9HS
    Phone:     07836 243933
    Info:     Top class full, competition, schooling and sale-preparation livery. Joss Gray, BHSI, personally ensures that every horse and owner get the most out of the incredible facilities on offer.

    Kirtlington Park Polo School
    Park Farm Technology Centre
    Akeman Street
    Kirtlington, Kidlington
    Oxfordshire OX5 3HF
    Phone:     01869 350083
    Fax:     01869 350069
    Info:     Just 10 minutes from Oxford, we offer group and private lessons on day, week and weekend courses. We also hold Corporate Days. Polo holidays to world-wide destinations. No riding experience necessary.

    The Linnings,
     Email, Boars Hill, OX1 5DE, Tel: 01865 391786 - Horse Livery
    Majestic Horse Center
    835 Hummer Lake Rd
    Oxford, MI 48371
    tel: 01248-628-3460
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    , Email, Hanney Road, Steventon, OX13 6AP, Tel: 01635 201619 - Horse Livery
    Merton Stud
    Main Street
    OX6 0NF
    Phone:     01865 331425
    Info:     Stud Farm
    New House Livery,
    New House Farm, Hanney Road, Southmoor, OX13 5HR, Tel: 01865 821180 - Horse Livery, Riding Lessons
     Oakfield Riding School
    Great Coxwell Rd Great Coxwell
    SN7 7LU
    Tel: 01367 240126
    BHS approved, emphasis on safety & care taken, hacks in beautiful countryside, open all year round, lessons for toddlers, children & adults, all abilities catered for, outdoor menage, BHS progressive tests, BHS road safety tests, BHS stages 1, 2 & 3
    Old Manor House Riding School
    North Hinksey Lane
    OX2 0LX
    Phone:     01865 242274

    Oxford Livery
    Bradley Farm
    OX2 9QU
    Phone:     01865 864506
      Lots of Bridleways which lead off the farmland. Livery for horses and showjumps available for use.

    Oxford Riding School
    Watlington Road
    OX44 5DP
    Phone:     01865 361383
    Park Farm Stables
    Chipping Norton
    OX7 5TW
    Phone:     01608 641481
      Part Livery Available - Lorry/Trailer Parking - Floodlight Menage - Lovely Hacking - All year Turn-out - Holiday Livery Available
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    Freeland, OX29 8AQ, Tel: 07775 523225 - Full, Part and DIY Livery, Off Road Riding, 32 Acres Set on the beautiful Eynsham Park Estate, 8 Miles Oxford
    Pearl Equestrian
    Northfeild Farm
    Challow Station
    SN7 8NT
    Phone:     07921840079
       Friendly, family run livery and training yard set on 220 acre farm between Wantage and Faringdon

    Pigeon House Equestrian
    Pigeon House Equestrian
    Church Hanborough

     is a BHS Approved Centre and Livery Yard offering expert horse riding tuition to suit all levels of rider from beginner to advanced.
    Telephone: 01993 881628
    PMC Equine Consultants,
    Rose Garden Cottage,
    Little Coxwell Estate,
     Little Coxwell, SN7 7LW,
    Tel: 01367 240909 -
     Horse Livery
    Purston Manor Stables
    The Garden Cottage
    NN13 5PL
     Excellent facilities for your animal, 24 hour care, superb bridleways and off roads riding, all requirements catered for, contact for details, retirements welcome!
    Silverdown Riding School
    Reading Road
    OX11 0LU
    Tel: 01235835377
    The facilities include an Indoor School as well as an Outdoor School suitable for dressage or jumping.
    Riding lessons are available for our livery owners from a qualified Instructor.

    Stable House Livery
    Stable House, Lower Haddon Farm
    Station Road
    OX18 2AT
    Phone:     01993 8522535
    Fax:     01993 8522535
      Livery Yard: Full and part livery for competition dressage horses, other disciplines welcome. Indoor arena, training.
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      Standlake Equestrian Centre
    Downs Road, Standlake, OX8 7UH, Tel: 01865 300099 - Horse Livery
    Stonehill Riding School
    Oday Hill
    OX14 4AA
    Phone:     01235 529915
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     Lower Yard, Little Coxwell Estate, Little Coxwell, SN7 7LP, Tel: 07811 624580 - Horse Livery, Training
    Turpins Lodge Riding Centre
     Hook Norton, OX15 5DQ Telephone 01608 737033
    Horse Riding School Lessons, hacks beginners, experienced.
    Turville Valley Stud Riding School
    Orchard Cottage, Turville, RG9 6QU, Tel: 01491 630338 - Horse Livery, Riding Lessons
    Valley Farm Equestrian Centre,
    Mollington Lane, Shotteswell, OX17 1HZ, Tel: 01295 730576 - Horse Livery, Riding Lessons
      Watermans Lodge,
    Cornbury Park, Oxfo OX7 3NH,
    Tel: 01608 810019
    - Full & Partial Livery, Quarter Horse Racing, 12 Acres
    Waterstock House Training Centre
    Waterstock House
    OX33 1JT
    Phone:     01844 339460
    Fax:     01844 338147
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    Merton Grounds
    OX6 0NS
    Phone:     01869 252224
    Fax:     01869 320620
      Lessons, livery service, breaking in horses and private lessons.
    White Horse Stables
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    OX12 9QF
    Phone:     01367 718806
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