Oxford Town Hall is an impressive grade 2* Victorian building that continues to play a key role in the management, social and cultural life of residents and visitors but is also a versatile venue and home of the Museum of Oxford. Located in the centre of Oxford only a 10 minute walk from the train station, with many bus routes stopping right at the door, parking close by and many top quality hotels, this multi purpose venue is an ideal location to host your event or start your visit in Oxford.
The remains of a large, well-built Roman courtyard villa. The most important feature is a nearly complete mosaic tile floor, patterned in reds and browns.
The O3 Gallery, situated at Oxford Castle, presents a dynamic programme of selling exhibitions by regional artists, offering the very best contemporary visual and applied arts.
The Life Museum in Westgate Street takes a fascinating look at the social history, crafts, trades and industries of the City and County of Gloucester with everything from 16th century maces to 'groovy gadgets' of the 20th century! Set in Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Folk Museum is a complex of rooms mostly on three different levels and with a unique ambience that makes it a popular sight for locals and visitors.
There are over 500 cycles from 1818 to 1930 and much documentation and records in this large private collection
Millets is pretty much just a garden centre with a large shop and restaurant bolted on. However, it does have a well appointed adventure playground and farm animal walk with pygmy goats, alpacas, pigs, sheep and a couple of charming ponies.
Oxfordshire OX13 5HB
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Castle Gardens is a nice park for the kids to play in, or to picnic. Itis located in the old grounds of Wallingford Castle and admission is free.
Also of interest are the Kine Croft and Bull Croft as large recreational areas of grassland. There are also Saxon walls which are free to explore.
The Oxford Canal Walk links Oxford to Coventry, passing through the quiet rural landscape of the south Midlands. It passes beside 43 locks, numerous wooden life bridges and cast iron bridges and through one tunnel, yet crosses only one road.
There are few hills to speak of - the canal summit is only 400 feet above the start on the Thames. The towpath is continuous throughout its length. The path is in good condition all the way along, and the route is waymarked throughout with 'Oxford Canal Walk' signs.
Warburg is the premier nature reserve of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust and nestles in the Bix valley near Henley-on-Thames in Oxon.
The mixture of chalk grassland and ancient woodland makes it an ideal site for birds and butterflies. Over 2,000 species of plant, animal and fungus have been recorded here.
carpet of bluebells in spring
helleborines and orchids in summer
over 400 species of fungi and stunning colour in autumn
A collection of contemporary British paintings with artists including Mary Fedden, John Hoyland, Eric Rimmington and Evelyn Williams. It has nine feature exhibitions per year.
Bohun Gallery is open daily from 10.00 to 1.15 and 2.15 to 5.00 Saturday 10.00 to 5.00.
Closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
Wayland's Smithy is a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site located near the Uffington White Horse and Uffington Castle, at Ashbury in Oxfordshire. The later stone tomb consists of four chambers in which arrangement gives the burial area a cruciform appearance in plan. It is classified by archaeologists as one of the Severn-Cotswold tombs.
The Uffington White Horse is a highly stylised prehistoric hill figure, 374 feet (110 m) long, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is situated on the upper slopes of White Horse Hill in the English civil parish of Uffington (in the county of Oxfordshire, historically Berkshire), some five miles south of the town of Faringdon and a similar distance west of the town of Wantage. The hill forms a part of the scarp of the Berkshire Downs and overlooks the Vale of White Horse to the north.
The Ridgeway is an ancient trackway described as Britain's oldest road. At 85 miles (137 km), the route follows the chalk hills between Overton Hill, near Avebury, and Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and represents part of a route in use since Neolithic times. Specifically, the Ridgeway hugs the ridge tops of open downland west of the Goring Gap and the tree-covered Chiltern Hills east of the River Thames, thus avoiding once-difficult woods and marshes in the valleys below. It is just one of many ridgeways formerly used in western Europe.
Radcot Bridge is often claimed as the "oldest bridge on the Thames", having been built around 1200. The Cistercian monks of St Mary at Cîteaux in Normandy were granted land for the purpose by King John. Much of the structure was broken down during the famous battle which took place here in 1387, although it was apparently reconstructed six years later. The bridge was again severely damaged during the Wars of the Roses, and was largely rebuilt as we see it today with a flattened centre arch.
The Thames Path crosses the bridges.
Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, best known for the prominence of the Wittenham Clumps, has been designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The designation is a key measure to ensure the protection and enhancement of biodiversity, and together with all the UK sites, form a network across the European Union.
Champs Chapel, built in 1453 for Carthusian monks, contains a selection of East Hendred Heritage Trust’s collection of village artefacts, pictures, documents, books and photographs most of which can be viewed on computer if not on display. Separately housed is the 19th century village fire engine. Exhibits in the museum trace more than a 1000 years of the history of East Hendred, a history which is closely interweaved with that of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and England.
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, sometimes known simply as the Oxford University Museum, is a museum displaying many of the University of Oxford's natural history specimens, located on Parks Road in Oxford. It also contains a lecture theatre which is used by the University's chemistry, zoology and mathematics departments. The University Museum provides the only access into the adjoining Pitt Rivers Museum.
The Pitt Rivers Museum is a museum displaying the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford. The museum is located to the east of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and can only be accessed through that building.
Churchill village with a population of approximately five hundred residents and is located in West Oxfordshire. There are a number of round barrows and other signs of early occupation nearby. Churchill Old Church was built in the 14th century on the site of earlier churches going back to Saxon times.
Great Tew is an ancient chocolate-box Cotswold village located 5 miles east of Chipping Norton on the slopes of a limestone ridge overlooking the Worton Valley. Regularly described as one of the most beautiful villages in England, it is also one of the most interesting.
Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote are extensive ruins of a 15th century Manor house. The remains include a fine hall, south-west tower, and complete nearby dovecote. The home of Richard III's henchman Lord Lovell. The site is run by English Heritage.
There is a public footway over private land via a kissing gate and a pasture.
Edgehill Country Park extends to some sixteen acres of mixed grass and primary Bluebell woodland, with extensive views over the rural South Warwickshire countryside.
Edgehill Country Park Ltd
Langdon Lane, Radway
Warwickshire CV35 0UQ
Burton Dassett Hills Country Park is run by Warwickshire County Council. Great views from the hills and good for walking or kite flying. The site comprises a series of hilltops with good views in all directions and Fox Covert, a small woodland with a surfaced footpath. Opened as a country park in 1971, the 100 acres contain a wealth of historical interest such as the prominent beacon, quarry remains and the nearby 12th Century All Saints Church.
Swalcliffe tithe barn was built in 1401-1407. It is considered one of the best examples of a mediaeval tithe barn in England and has an almost completely intact medieval timber half-cruck roof. The barn is open free of charge on Sundays from Easter to October and houses part of the Oxfordshire Museum's collection of traditional agricultural and trade vehicles and an exhibition of 2,500 years of Swalcliffe history.