Bus to Kidlington? Here are 12 other things to do in Oxfordshire

Bus to Kidlington? Here are 12 other things to do in Oxfordshire
Oxford (Picture: Getty)

In a weird spin of events, busloads of tourists keep turning up in Kidlington – a self-proclaimed ‘largest encampment in England’ – in sequence to take selfies outward houses.

Why is this bizarre? Well, no one can utterly figure out since they’re there. (That’s a tourists, not a houses, that were presumably built sometime.)

But only what we do we do when you’re out and about in Oxfordshire? We’ve thumbed by a guidebooks to move we only a few of a good things on offer in a county to beat all counties.

1. Jericho, Oxford

It’s easy to revisit Oxford and skip out on Jericho – that would be a good shame, as it’s full of quirky bookshops and sharp-witted pubs.

Philip Pullman took impulse from this neck of a woods when he was essay Northern Lights, and a initial part of a certain investigator array was filmed here. As Alan Partridge said, ‘No one had listened of Oxford before Inspector Morse’.

2. Blenheim Palace

Bus to Kidlington? Here are 12 other things to do in Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace (Picture: Getty)

This is a traveller prohibited spot, yet it’s easy to see why. Boasting fantastic drift (the handiwork of ‘Capability’ Brown), a sidestep obstruction and a tiny railway, this exuberant noble home was a hearth of Winston Churchill, and is only about as grand and roughly as iconic.

There’s substantially too many to do here in a singular day, yet if we buy an annual pass (for about a same cost as a unchanging ticket) we can come behind as mostly as we like. And if we consider that elaborate front expostulate looks familiar, it’s substantially since you’ve seen it in a cinema – scenes from Spectre were shot here, along with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

Look out for a Secret Garden, presumably so called since there’s a large pointer indicating to it.

3. The Rollright Stones

Bus to Kidlington? Here are 12 other things to do in Oxfordshire
The Rollright Stones (Picture: Getty)

It’s not utterly Stonehenge, yet that doesn’t stop it carrying a mysticism that’s all a own. Situated on a limit between Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, a Rollrights are popular with tourists and Pagans – and Doctor Who story The Stones Of Blood was filmed here in 1978.

According to legend, it’s unfit to count a stones accurately – no matter how many times we do it, you’ll never get a decisive answer.

4. Henley-on-Thames

Bus to Kidlington? Here are 12 other things to do in Oxfordshire
Henley-on-Thames (Picture: Getty)

Sitting snugly during a bottom south-east dilemma of a county, Henley is eminent for a boozy regatta – yet a stream itself is lovely, quite in summer, with parks and play areas dotted along a banks.

The River and Rowing Museum is also value a visit, housing as it does a smashing walk-through Wind In The Willows exhibit.

5. The Covered Market, Oxford

If we can equivocate using into a tyro tours, this is a colourful and rarely enjoyable retail experience. From outlandish fruits to fantastic cakes (by approach of hats and handbags and only about all else we can consider of), this place unequivocally does have it all.

Feel your jaw strike a belligerent during a appetizing preference on arrangement in The Oxford Cheese Shop, yet make certain we find it in time to have a punch to eat during one of a many cafés. (And whatever we do, don’t skip David John Pies.)

6. Didcot Railway Centre

(Picture: James Baldock)
(Picture: James Baldock)

At initial glance, Didcot isn’t accurately a arrange of place you’d come on a jaunt. But sitting adjacent to a sight marks during this bustling connection you’ll find a internal Railway Centre – a loyalty to a golden age of steam, with unchanging rides adult and down a bend line on steam days, as good as entrance to a engine sheds, vigilance box and all demeanour of exhibitions. (The centre also hosts themed Thomas Friends events, where we can accommodate Thomas, Diesel and a Fat Controller, 3 times a year.)

7. Thirsty Meeples Board Game Café, Oxford

Fancy browsing a latest and biggest house games – and afterwards personification them in a comfort of a accessible (and licensed) café? Then cocktail along to Gloucester Green in Oxford City Centre, compensate a reasonable cover assign and have a demeanour during a dual thousand and games on offer. (Be warned that evenings and weekends are really bustling and allege engagement is recommended.)

8. Wychwood Brewery, Witney

Hobgoblin’s one of a excellent genuine ales in a country, so since not come and see where it’s made? Just make certain we call them initial – this is one of a many renouned attractions in a area.

9. Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Bus to Kidlington? Here are 12 other things to do in Oxfordshire
Pitt Rivers Museum (Picture: Getty)

Oxford’s home to a few museums, yet a fantastic Pitt Rivers deserves a discuss simply for a perfect accumulation of what’s on offer – there’s thousands of years of tellurian story in here, from kayaks to funeral masks to mummies to shrunken heads and a hundred-year-old cheese (thankfully behind glass, so we don’t have to smell it).

When you’re finished with looking during artefacts, cocktail adult a highway for a quick pint in The Eagle And Child, where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien hung out in their Oxford days.

10. The Ridgeway

Bus to Kidlington? Here are 12 other things to do in Oxfordshire
Bluebells along a Ridgeway Path (Picture: Getty)

Fancy a stroll? The Ridgeway (the National Trail that lays a explain to be Britain’s oldest road) passes yet 4 counties on a tour from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon, yet some of a many pleasing tools are in Oxfordshire – from a pacific woodland during Grim’s Ditch, nearby Mongewell, to a hills that lead adult to a White Horse during Uffington, a top vantage indicate in a county.

11. Sutton Courtenay

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If you’re looking to get off a beaten lane a bit, a (mostly) lifelike encampment of Sutton Courtenay has beguiling riverside walks and a desirable encampment green. Have a still splash in a George And Dragon or a Swan, suffer a epicurean dish in The Fish, and revisit George Orwell’s grave in a church cemetery. (If you’re here on a Wednesday by Saturday, cocktail adult a highway to a Old Farmhouse Bakery in Steventon, that does an extraordinary quiche.)

12. Banbury

Bus to Kidlington? Here are 12 other things to do in Oxfordshire
Broughton Castle, Banbury (Picture: Getty)

Go to Banbury. Visit Tooley’s Boatyard and eat Banbury cake. ‘Nuff said. If you’ve time, revisit Broughton Castle, only adult a road. But don’t forget a cake…

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