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Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire

Places to Visit

Oxfordshire

The Heart of England 

Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.

A rich history 

The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.

Recommended in Oxfordshire

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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

A grand house on a small scale where staff are passionate about what they do.
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The Baskerville

An ideal base for exploring the Oxfordshire countryside, with an award-winning dinner menu to boot.
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Wild Thyme Restaurant with Rooms

This 400-year-old restaurant has a bright and contemporary feel.