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Welcome or welcome to the OxfordShire blog, a magical and fantastic territory that we will tell you day after day, because there are so many places, stories and traditions of this land. We are waiting for you to share the growth of this territory on the web, if you have more in-depth knowledge of places, legends, clubs, hotels, restaurants, museums and all that is beautiful to visit in OxfordShire, this will be with your help a quick and practical guide to discover all the wonders of this fantastic territory of the United Kingdom.

Oxford is a city in England. It is the county town and only city of Oxfordshire. In 2017, its population was estimated at 152,450.It is 56 miles (90 km) northwest of London, 64 miles (103 km) southeast of Birmingham, and 61 miles (98 km) northeast of Bristol.

The city is home to the University of Oxford, the oldest University in the English Speaking World and has buildings in every style of English Architecture from late Anglo Saxon. Oxford’s industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing, information technology and science.


Good morning dear Reader and welcome to the official OxfordShire.world Blog, the Capital of this land is Oxford which is the crowning glory of the county. The dignified home of one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world must be visited at least once in a lifetime. But if you’re eager to see more there’s a beautiful county waiting for you set with ancient ruins and opulent wonders like Blenheim Palace.

To the west are the Cotswold Hills and their beloved limestone villages, while most of the others are made up of chalk hills bordered by the Thames, while it is still only a small if very picturesque river. Lets explore the best places to visit in Oxfordshire:

Oxford At the oldest English-speaking university in the world, you should start with a tour of the various colleges clustered around the city center. Most of these have wonderful architecture, and if you have time for your travel, you will be able to enter.

Christ Church, Magdalen College and Queens’ College are vital, as is the 17th century Bodleian Library. And with an internationally recognized university, world-class museums and cultural attractions are born: the Ashmolean, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of Natural History, all of which are world-class. Then there’s the Thames, which is still shallow upstream, so the best way to get around the water is to aim.

2. Henley-on-Thames

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A very stately town in the far southeast of the county, Henley is synonymous with regatta taking a dip in the social calendar at the turn of July.
Thousands of spectators flock to the grassy banks for rowing events introduced by both seasoned Olympians and crews new to competitive rowing.
At other times you can just bask in the refined character of Henley and take walks in the meadows and wooden slopes of the Chiltern that climb up from the river.
The sublime Tudor country house and National Trust attraction, Grays Court, sits on the edge of town and has appeared on television shows such as Downton Abbey.
Also the stuffed animal is Nuffield Place, once home to carmaker William Morris.

3. Burford

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Burford, England
On the steep sides of the Windrush Valley, Burford is considered Oxfordshire's "Gateway to the Cotswolds". The stark slopes of Burford make it somewhat more picturesque, especially when you see the town's rustic stone cottages, half-timbered buildings, and regal townhouses on the main road.
Wandering towards the medieval bridge over the Windrush you will be drawn to the side streets, which offer tea rooms, pubs and specialty shops.
And if you want to spend the night, there is a good choice of bed & breakfast and guesthouses for such a small town.
Allow some time to see the medieval church of St John the Baptist, which is sumptuous in true Wool Church style.

4. Witney

5. Wantage

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Wantage's most famous son must be King Alfred the Great who was born here in 849 and ruled the Kingdom of Wessex until 899. There is a statue of him in the middle of the market square, sculpted by Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, a cousin of Queen Victoria.
Wantage is a very sociable place to hold on Friday and Saturday evenings in summer, when its many pubs and restaurants around the market are particularly lively.
Wednesdays and Saturdays are market days, and you should also visit the Vale and Downland Museum, which is housed in a 17th-century cloth house.

6. Abingdon

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On the Thames, a few miles from Oxford, Abingdon is a large and thriving city with very impressive architecture in its center.
The 1670 Abingdon County Hall is very large, with high arches that would have provided a sophisticated space for markets and meetings.
Now it's a handy place to have a quick cup of tea.
The Abingdon Bridge has spanned the Thames since 1416, despite having needed repairs over the centuries.
The defunct Abingdon Abbey is enclosed in an enchanting city park, and although the abbey church is long gone, monastic buildings can still be identified, including the Long Gallery, a striking half-timbered room.

7. Woodstock

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Blenheim Palace
This dignified market town has historical ties to nobility and royalty, as Woodstock Manor was the birthplace of King Edward III's eldest son and was where Queen Mary I was imprisoned for a time by Elizabeth I. The Oxfordshire Museum can introduce you to the town's legendary history, while the luxurious center of Woodstock is worth more than a visit to its regal townhouses, covered in ivy and wisteria.
But Woodstock's biggest attraction is the UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace, and what could be Britain's most prestigious country house.
One of the few monuments built in the trendy English Baroque style in the early 18th century, the palace was the seat of the Churchill family and birthplace of statesman Winston Churchill in 1874.

8. Wallingford

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Everything you might need in Wallingford is close at hand at the town market.
This is the site of Wallingford's most memorable landmarks, such as the neoclassical grain exchange, the glorious arcaded town hall from the 1600s, and the Norman church of St Mary-le-More.
You can also come to the tourist information center for flyers on the Wallingford heritage trail, which touches on the Saxon era when the town was a vital fortification for Alfred the Great.
Wallingford Castle, built by the Normans, was one of the most powerful fortresses in the south until it was torn down in the Civil War and left as the ethereal ruin that remains today.

9. Chipping Norton

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Chipping Norton
Even though it is only a small town, most people in the UK know Chipping Norton for the "Chipping Norton Set". A loose association of local promoters and agitators including former Prime Minister David Cameron, the Murdoch family and former editor of the Sun newspaper.
In addition to this connection, Chipping Norton is a very charming place, known for its antique shops, and being in the Cotswolds it is also the highest town in all of Oxfordshire.
St Mary the Virgin is the quintessential Cotswold church and is flooded with light inside due to its uninterrupted skylight windows.
In the verdant countryside outside the city are the Rollright Stones, a Neolithic and Bronze Age stone circle.

10. Faringdon

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Faringdon Town Hall
A lovely historic market town southwest of Oxford, Faringdon has a lot more to offer than you'd expect from a settlement of this size.
In the center, the town hall is the extraordinary sight, dating back to the 1600s and still a cornerstone of everyday life.
For all its serenity today, Faringdon Hill to the east has seen some great events, such as the battles in the succession crisis known as "The Anarchy" in the 12th century and again during the English Civil War when the Republicans had a fortress.
Today the hill is topped by a 43 meters high madness from 1935, with a neo-Gothic design and with splendid views over the Valle del Cavallo Bianco.
Also visit the 14th century Great Coxwell Barn and the White Horse of Uffington, a chalk hill built around 3,000 years ago.

11. Banbury

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More of a working town than many of the destinations on this list, Banbury in the far north of Oxfordshire has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
This thriving city draws shoppers from miles away, and the pedestrian center with its fair share of history is the place to stroll.
Banbury is also a stepping stone to the area's fantastic heritage.
There are three stunning country houses: Sulgrave Manor, Upton House, and Broughton Castle, all worthy of a detour.
To pick one, Broughton Castle is a medieval fortified manor that was extended in the Elizabethan era and has a magical walled garden.

12. Bicester

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This historic market town is expanding rapidly, building new homes for commuters working in London and Oxford.
But Bicester is more than just a bedroom, as evidenced by the fabulous architecture around the market, including stunning 17th-century houses and a smattering of old half-timbered buildings.
But for many vacationers, the city's reputation is built directly on Bicester Village, an outlet that impressively attracts up to 6.3 million customers a year.
More visitors from China come to these luxury shops than any other attraction in the country, aside from Buckingham Palace!

13. Minster Lovell

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Minster Lovell Hall A very small group of villages and hamlets in the west of the county, Minster Lovell may be something of an unassuming place now, but in the Middle Ages one of England’s richest men called the shots from this place. Minster Lovell Hall is managed by English Heritage, retaining the beautiful ruins of a late medieval manor built for the Baron of Lovell and Holland. The building has been abandoned since the 1700s and the entire site is framed by the Windrush River and its picnic banks. Photographers and antique dealers won’t want to leave, but there are a couple of pubs in the village to put on a cap on a perfect day.

14. Thame

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Thame Oxfordshire specializes in affluent market towns and Thame is one of the prettiest. In its distant past it was a fortified city in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex, and is now a very convenient place to spend a few hours. Traditional services such as butchers, bakers, tea rooms and pubs share Thame with elegant boutiques and restaurants. Being here on Tuesdays for what many agree is Oxfordshire’s best outdoor market, compared to an outdoor deli, featuring local fruits and vegetables, pastries, chutneys and a host of other homemade goodies.

15. Didcot

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Didcot Railway Center In a county stereotyped for its refined towns and villages, Didcot swings the other way and is a gritty railway town that coalesced around Brunel’s Great Western Railway in the mid-1800s. For decades, the cooling towers of the Didcot power plant have been an identifiable landmark for miles, but with hi-tech industries and research centers being phased out, Didcot is now entirely dedicated to innovation. For tourists though, the Didcot Railway Center is just the ticket if you want to relive the quiet days of the steam locomotives. The attraction is based on an impressive engine shed, with over 30 locomotives, four of which operate on a historical line of the museum.