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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Oxfordshire

From the pretty villages to the palaces and university colleges there is impressive architecture throughout the county. Places to Visit in Oxfordshire The Harrow at Little Bedwyn and Upton House & Gardens are listed below.
28 Results In Or Near Oxfordshire
in Wiltshire
Established nearly 20 years ago, this privately-owned restaurant has had a Michelin Star for 12 years in a row. It has also been named AA and Decanter Restaurant of The Year and won numerous International Wine Awards. The owner, Roger Jones, is also a wine journalist and wine judge, working for Decanter Magazine, The_Buyer.net, CSWWC, DWWA & Taittinger Sommelier of The Year.
in Warwickshire
In 1927, Lord and Lady Bearsted viewed Upton House with ‘the eye of imagination' and set about creating their made-to-measure country home. The house is currently set up as it would have been in the 1930s, once the Bearsted's had finished turning it from a Victorian mansion to a modern country retreat.
in Warwickshire
Explore the Beautiful Upton House and Gardens Upton House is an impressive mansion built in the 17th century on an earlier site, and was remodelled in the 1920s by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, son of the founder of Shell Oil. He adapted the building to house his great collections. Amongst the outstanding collection of English and Old Master paintings are works by Hogarth, Raeburn, Stubbs, El Greco, Bosch, Metsu, Canaletto and Breugel. The porcelain collection includes fine examples of SÅ...
in Warwickshire
Discover the beautiful Farnborough Hall nestled in the Warwickshire Countryside Bathed by the light bouncing off the honey-coloured stone of the glamorous 18th century Farnborough Hall, the grounds at this wonderful regal stately home are a delight to explore. This is a rare example of a ferme ornee (or ornamental farm), a style much favoured by the early 18th century landscape gardeners who wanted to move from grand, formal gardens to softer, more naturalistic designs. The hall's ow...
in Warwickshire
Explore the beautiful Farnborough Hall nestled in the Warwickshire Countryside In the low afternoon sun, the rays hit the honey-coloured stone of Farnborough Hall and create such a gorgeous hue that you understand at once why its creator William Holbech II opted for this pretty Horton stone for the build. Sitting in rural Warwickshire in palatial grounds, the hall is a celebration of 18th century craftsmanship, with its fine plasterwork showing wildlife and natural scenes. As you wande...
in Warwickshire
Over the years, the Oak Room Restaurant has built a strong reputation. Dine beneath the 18th century Rococo ceiling and take in the stunning views.
in Oxfordshire
The Bear and Ragged Staff in Cumnor,just a few miles from Oxford.The heart of the pub with Ancient chimneys, flagstone floors and mullioned windows with cut lin
in Oxfordshire
The Mole Inn is a beautiful 2 AA Rosette country Pub & Restaurant set in the stunning Oxfordshire countryside just 5 miles from the historic and cultural city o
in Oxfordshire
The Feathers is the place to come for a celebratory meal, relaxed lunch or Afternoon tea treat! Executive Chef, Dominic Chapman brings a wealth of experience to The Feathers. Having been Head Chef of Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred Hinds Head (Bray), Michael Parkinson's Royal Oak, and now Chef Proprietor of the acclaimed Beehive in White Waltham. His trademark is straightforward, comforting food made from the best seasonal ingredients, with the kind of attention to detail that only ...
in Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace is a perfect example of beautiful Baroque architecture. As the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, it is steeped in history and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
in Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace gardens (one of the Winners of the Historic Houses Association/Christies Garden of the Year Award 2008)are one of the great 18th century parks landscaped by `Capability´ Brown including the largest lake he ever devised. The Secret Garden is one of Blenheim Palace´s most popular attractions for plant lovers as it is a garden for all seasons, combining mature trees with new plantings. This secluded area has winding paths that lead to soothing water features, bridges, fountains, ...
in Oxfordshire
Spend an inspiring day exploring a national treasure Receive a warm welcome into the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Wonder at this masterpiece of 18th century baroque architecture. Explore our World Heritage Site with over 2000 acres of ‘Capability' Brown landscaped parkland. Discover the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Secret Garden. Delight in our family friendly Pleasure Gardens, reached by miniature train, with a giant hedge ...
in Oxfordshire
A lavender-scented footpath paves the way for a spectacular culinary fairy tale. Described as “a twist of imaginative genius”, Raymond Blanc's vision for Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons has always been one of world-class gastronomic flair and outstanding organic produce. Take your seat for a feast like no other.
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in Oxfordshire
Once a 16th century Inn, the pub boasts a 5* AA rating, has 9 guest rooms and is dog-friendly. The Mason Arms is a smart and convivial country pub, offering sumptuous menus of local produce. The Mason Arms is also home to Artist Residence Oxfordshire, a delightful boutique-hotel offering a heavenly retreat in the most glorious setting.
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in Oxfordshire
A vibrant village pub and restaurant situated in an historic Tudor Chantry House, The White Hart's dramatic antique features such as the great hall and minstrel's gallery (now the dining room) have been well preserved. Favouring local and seasonal produce, owners Mark and Kay Chandler source from the surrounding farms and estates, as well trade surplus fruit and vegetables from the pub's large kitchen garden for other local ingredients. All dishes are prepared on site, including bread and pas...
in Oxfordshire
Explore the city of dreaming spires and the beautiful surrounding countryside before returning to The Oxford Belfry spa to rest your weary limbs. The hotel, set within 17 acres, will tend to all your troubles – pep up lacklustre complexions, ease tight muscles, relax overworked minds and engerise sluggish souls. Spa connoisseurs will love that Espa is at the heart of the treatment menu, applying its renowned formulations and techniques to a host of terrific therapies. Or plump for QHotels' ve...
in Oxfordshire
This 17th-century inn offers the best of all worlds: a rural setting on the edge of a classically good-looking Cotswold village; a cosy-contemporary interior with a bar much loved by locals; very highly rated food; and relaxingly stylish bedrooms.
in Oxfordshire
The Fleece looks over the field of Witney's delightful Church Green. It is one of only a handful of spots around the local area where you can sit outside on radiant days, eating, drinking and viewing the world pass by. An incredible bar with a private lounge area and 10 superb en suite rooms.
in Oxfordshire
One of England's finest gardens, Rousham House garden was first designed in 1738 by William Kent and represents the initial phase of English landscape design. One of the few gardens to have escaped alteration over the years. Original features such as the ponds and cascades, statuary and eye-catchers which delighted the 18th century visitors, still attract numerous visitors today. The walled garden, herbaceous borders, pigeon house, parterre and espalier apple trees are not to be misse...
in Oxfordshire
DRC recreates the golden age of the Great Western Railway, with a fine collection of over 20 steam locomotives, many housed in the original 1932 engine shed, a collection of passenger coaches and freight wagons. With examples of GWR buildings and infrastructure, including the original 1857 Transfer Shed.
in Oxfordshire
Perched on the edge of the Thames, The Trout is a true Cotswolds inn that makes the most of its incredible riverside location. Whether stopping-in by boat, bike or on foot, you can enjoy everything from great real ales, local game and delicious fish including fresh crayfish from the pub's own river spots. The Trout Inn has recently reopened its doors with a fresh new look and a delicious menu and are proud to have already received 1 Rosette, 1 Breakfast award and 4 Star Gold from the AA. T...
in Oxfordshire
Discover, Buscot Park, a magnificent stately mansion and intimate family home Part owed by the National Trust and part owned by Lord Faringdon, Buscot House in Oxfordshire has fabulous grounds to explore across the seasons. The gardens are split into very different areas - a particular favourite with horticultural fans is the walled garden with its pleached hop hornbeam central avenue with a fountain and surrounding quadrants planted up to reflect the four seasons. We love the gloriou...
in Oxfordshire
Discover, Buscot Park, a magnificent stately mansion and intimate family home The home of Lord Faringdon, 18th century Buscot Park in Oxfordshire is one of those glorious English country estates that whisk you back through the centuries as you wander in awe at the beautiful paintings and plates, pots and urns, furniture and fabrics. If you've the time before you visit, take a look at Buscot's website in which Lord Faringdon himelf explains the history by which he came to live in the hou...
in Oxfordshire
Nestled in an Oxfordshire valley, the slow creep of time has given this cherished family home an informal and timeless atmosphere. Today, amongst the tapestries and topiary, visitors will find peeling paintwork and rambling ivy, as the National Trust brings them a home carefully preserved as it was found, not as it once was.
in Oxfordshire
Closer to Wildlife! Enjoy a relaxing day out in beautiful surrounding at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, with over 260 animal species in 160 acres of spacious Parkland. Stroll up our New Giraffe Walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures. Picnic whilst watching Rhinos grazing on the lawns of the Gothic Manor House. Leap about with Lemurs in their walk-through enclosure. Ride on the railway around the Park or climb into the tree house in the adventure playground. There's something...
in Oxfordshire
Discover the beautiful Greys Court and surrounding gardens Greys Court is a picturesque house mainly Tudor in style set in a beautiful courtyard. A series of walled gardens are set out as outdoor rooms with a fine collection of old fashioned roses, paeonies, an ornamental vegetable garden, maze, and 19th century wisteria walk. The garden also has wonderful historical features including a Tudor wheelhouse, a maze, ice house and a WW2 Dig for Victory kitchen garden.
in Oxfordshire
Discover the beautiful Greys Court and surrounding gardens Greys Court is a picturesque 14th century house that was much added to, with one surviving tower dating from 1347. It has been the home of the Brunner family since the 1930s and is furnished as a family home, with some fine 18th century plasterwork and early English furniture in mahogany, walnut and oak. The entrance hall displays a collection of porcelain and the plain pine staircase has a window at the top with panels of Swi...
in Oxfordshire
Heythrop Park Resort Golf is destined to become one of the finest new courses in the UK. The club is limiting the membership of the club to just 400 exclusive members. The stunning course meanders through ancient woodland, lakes and streams and is supported by a sophisticated new clubhouse built beside the original family home. The club has separate changing facilities for golfers and those using the Health Club. There is also a family change area with easy access to the swimming pool.
in Oxfordshire
Heythrop Park was built in the early 18th Century and oozes historic charm. Designed by Thomas Archer you will observe many Roman inspired features and this building is brilliantly appointed, taking full advantage of the stunning panoramic views. The superb spa at Heythrop Park is new to October 2009, and you should prepare to be amazed. The treatment rooms are divine and the experienced team of beauty therapists will work wonders as they perform your chosen treatments. The spa facilities are...
in Oxfordshire
Kelmscott Manor is a 17th century farmhouse known for its inspiration on William Morris - writer, designer and craftsman, who first saw it in 1871. Due to major conservation and improvement works funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Manor is now closed. Visit the website for more information.
in Oxfordshire
The Greyhound Inn offers a fabulously warm welcome and looks after its guests with great care and attention. The rooms are thoughtfully appointed, the food is freshly prepared, imaginative and delicious, and there's a good selection of beers and wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy country walks from the doorstep or cycling routes on the untouched North Wessex Downs.
in Oxfordshire
In the gentile honey-stoned surroundings of the Cotswolds, this impressive three Rosette pub and hotel has earned a notable reputation for its quality food as much as its elegant countrified ambience. Chef/proprietor Emily Watkins (formerly sous chef at The Fat Duck) is known to change the menu mid-service to accommodate regular deliveries from local foragers, fruit farms, small holdings and game estates. Her skill and innovation starts with bar snacks such as scotched quail's eggs and ha...
Reviews: (4)
in Oxfordshire
The Wild Rabbit is a reinvention of the traditional English inn - a place to eat, drink and sleep. Set in the charming and tranquil village of Kingham in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Wild Rabbit offers visitors a welcoming and relaxing traditional pub bar, a more formal dining room, as well 12 individually furnished bedrooms and a cottage. Having been awarded their first Michelin star in October 2016 The Wild Rabbit has a well-deserved reputation as one of the great places to eat in th...
in Oxfordshire
Our head chef Joe McCarthy prides himself on buying local produce with which he creates wonderful dishes to entice your taste buds. Joe works in tandem with the seasons to offer an ever changing menu that uses produce in its prime. We serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. You will always find some classic favourites on our menu (this is a must for our locals) The dining room is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two or for a special dining experience for groups of friends ...
Reviews: (8)
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in Northamptonshire
The quintessentially English Folly boasts an enviable location nestled in beautiful Northamptonshire countryside. With Head Chef David Horak at the helm, you ca
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in Buckinghamshire
A family-run restaurant with many awards under its belt, Canaletto offers fabulous Italian food in the tiny village of Kingswood, near Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire. For authentic Italian cooking prepared by talented chefs, and served by an experienced and attentive front of house staff, Canaletto is the perfect place to go.
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in Buckinghamshire
Discover the Beautiful Waddesdon Manor and gardens Waddesdon Manor and gardens were bequeathed to the National Trust by the Rothschilds in 1957. The garden today is essentially the one laid out by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and his French landscape designer Elie Laine. It is one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain with a parterre, colourful shrubs, rose garden and specimen trees. A rococo-style aviary houses exotic birds and is known for breeding endangered species. The garden...
in Buckinghamshire
Discover the Beautiful Waddesdon Manor To visit the glorious faux French chateau that is Waddesdon Manor is a lesson in how the gilded rich used to live their lives. Built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 19th century, its downstairs reception rooms are lavishly furnished to host glittering parties. Besides that there are smoking and billiard rooms to accommodate the male guests, rooms especially reserved for reading the papers and letter writing and a huge dining room wit...
in Buckinghamshire
Explore a splendid 18th-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting The architecture of Claydon House includes extravagant rococo and chinoiserie decoration, with a unique Chinese Room and parquetry Grand Staircase that is so precious no one is allowed to use it. The house was occupied by the Verney family for over 380 years and the family museum contains mementoes of Florence Nightingale, who was a regular visitor, along with military uniforms, weapons, costume and musical...
in Buckinghamshire
Hartwell House is a Jacobean and Georgian Grade I listed stately home, owned by the National Trust. 30 years, it was refurbished and opened as a hotel.
Reviews: (4)
in Buckinghamshire
The Hartwell Spa is an integral part of a relaxing stay at this popular country hotel in Buckinghamshire. Half & full day spa days available.
in Buckinghamshire
Explore the beautiful landscape gardens of Stowe Stowe Landscape Gardens is an extraordinary, living, breathing work of art. With its ornamental lakes, glorious open spaces, wooded valleys and adorned with over 40 monument temples in all sizes and styles from Gothic to Classical, this magnificent landscape park is one of the supreme creations of the Georgian era. Given to the National Trust in 1989, the gardens, Stowe House (opened to the public by Stowe House Preservation Trust) and th...
in Buckinghamshire
Spa Illuminata Danesfield House invites you into a luxurious world of wellbeing where you can relax and unwind in its tranquil surroundings and indulge in an un
in Berkshire
The Miller of Mansfield is a modern inn set in an 18th century coaching inn. A warm welcome awaits. Partake in fine wines, well looked after beer, refined food and a sumptuous night's sleep. This pub-restaurant with 13 individually styled rooms celebrates the heritage of its building alongside a very 21st century take on savouring delicious food in hospitable surroundings.
Reviews: (1)
in Berkshire
Discover the life and times of a beautiful Berkshire Mansion This Berkshire Palladian mansion was rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Illife back in 1952 who set about restoring it and scouring the country for 18th century artworks and furnishings that would be in keeping with the history of the house. The result is what you see today – a simply glorious building, inside and out, which reflects the gracious life of an aristocrat in Georgian England. Inside you'll see amazing plaster wor...
in Berkshire
The Herd is a restaurant with rooms in the centre of Pangbourne. Our steaks are matured on the bone for a minimum of 30 days and are cooked to perfection on an open fire! We are passionate about steak and have left no stone unturned in our quest to deliver the ultimate steak experience at The Herd. Thousands of steaks have been tasted and many farms have been visited throughout the world in order to create The Herd. Flavour and tenderness are of premier importance to us and everything w...
Reviews: (13)
in Berkshire
Set in the heart of Berkshire countryside, The Crab & Boar is a lovely country pub with rooms offering British cuisine, free Wi-Fi and a large car park. The award-winning restaurant serves locally-sourced seafood and seasonal game in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has received 2 AA Rosettes and are part of 'Pub group of the year 2016' by The Good Pub Guide.
Reviews: (1)
in Berkshire
This 9 acre garden at Englefield House falls from the woodland area with magnolia, rhododendron, azalea, acer, camellia and many other species. Below are the two terraces enclosed in grey stone balustrades, built in 1860 with wide staircases, mixed borders, fountains and rill. In modern times there has been a steady programme of planting with many features and areas developed to give interest all through the year. Plants for sale in the neighbouring Englefield Garden Centre, and te...
in Berkshire
Donnington Valley Golf is a parkland course is set in beautiful rolling countryside with a challenging 6353 yards, 18 hole, par 71 from the back tees. Although some of the holes are quite forgiving the closing four holes are regarded as one of the toughest finishes in the country, with water featuring prominently on 15th, 16th and 17th holes.
in Berkshire
Donnington Valley Spa is the perfect lifestyle destination, a privately owned country retreat in the heart of Berkshire. Take time out in our sanctuary as we welcome you with a drink of your choice accompanied by a light breakfast, before we invite you to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and entertain your senses with our bespoke collection of day packages, with something suitable for everyone. Our leisure facilities include a luxurious modern 18m swimming pool, steam room, sauna, ...
in Berkshire
The Vineyard, one of the UK's best known places for those who love fine dining. The Vineyard restaurant is a 3 AA rosette awarded restaurant, with everything yo
in Berkshire
The Vineyard Spa is a luxury 5 Bubbles Spa that is situated in Newbury, Berkshire. About an hour from London, it's the perfect location to escape the city for a relaxing spa day or get away. From the moment you slip into your fluffy robe and cushioned slippers, the journey to rediscover yourself begins. Whether you are looking for spa days and breaks, or simply want to visit for a treatment, The Vineyard spa is somewhere you will experience relaxation that will rebalance your body and min...
in Berkshire
The Dundas Arms is set on the Kennet and Avon canal in the charming historic village of Kintbury halfway between Hungerford and Newbury. As a true country pub, our menus make the most of the local flavours available from the surrounding rivers, farms and fields and you'll always find traditional pub classics alongside creative seasonal dishes. Nestled between the Kennet River and the Kennet & Avon Canal, our idyllic garden is the perfect place to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fine...
in Berkshire
Celebrating its fifth decade of service and over 15 years retaining a Michelin star, L'Ortolan continues to be a beacon of Berkshire's fine dining restaurant scene offering a unique, luxury, timeless quality in its style and setting and impeccable attention to detail in its dishes and service.
Reviews: (10)
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