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Free Attractions

Most of the local museums are free, though donations are always very welcome, but there are also a number of other free attractions: a prehistoric stone circle, a Roman villa complete with mosaic, the ruins of a ‘Bishop’s Palace’, the ruins of a medieval hall and a wonderful children’s adventure play area.

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Cotswold Wildlife Park rhinos

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

One of Oxfordshire’s top venues and one of the most beautiful wildlife attractions in the country. It is a superb mix of animals, landscaped parkland...

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  1. St Mary's Church, Bampton

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    Bampton - St Mary's Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Bampton

    The parish of Bampton was the largest in Oxfordshire and incorporated some 11,238 acres as late as 1877. It seems there was a church here long before the Norman Conquest, although the only surviving element before that time is the Anglo-Saxon tower with its fine herringbone stonework. It is likely...

  2. The Old Grammar School Building in Bampton

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    Bampton Community Archive

    Type

    Museum

    Bampton

    Bampton Archive, originally Bampton Museum, is based in the Vesey Room of the Old Grammar School Building, which many people will recognise from TV – it served as the ‘Hospital’ in the popular TV series Downton Abbey.

    As well as housing an extensive archive that includes an impressive collection...

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    Free
  3. The 'Bishop's Palace' in Witney as it might have appeared in the middle ages

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    Bishop's Palace

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    Historic Site

    Witney

    The remains of the ‘Bishop’s Palace’ are situated in the grounds of Mount House, just east of St Mary’s Church in Witney. In reality the ‘palace’ was a manor house, one of the earliest and largest of its type, the working centre of the estates owned by the Bishops of Winchester. Archaeological...

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  4. St Martin's Church in Bladon

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    Bladon - St Martin's Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Bladon

    The parish of Bladon covers Blenheim Palace and is therefore the burial place of many of the Spencer Churchills - only the Dukes and Duchesses are buried in the chapel at Blenheim Palace. The most famous grave is that of Sir Winston Churchill, who chose to be buried here. His wife Clementine was,...

  5. St John The Baptist Church Burford

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    Burford - St John the Baptist Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Burford

    One of the large Cotswold 'wool churches' built between 1160 and 1475. Items of interest include: a memorial tablet to Henry VIII’s barber-surgeon, Edmund Harman, showing one of the earliest representations of South American Indians; the ornate, canopied tomb of Sir Lawrence and Lady Tanfield; a...

  6. The River Thames at Chimney Meadows

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    Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Bampton

    Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s largest nature reserve, covering 250 ha of the Upper Thames floodplain. The reserve is of national importance for its species-rich wetland meadows that support large numbers of now scarce ground-nesting birds, and provides a haven for curlew, snipe and reed...

  7. Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre

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    Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Churchill, Chipping Norton

    Housed in the remains of the old medieval church, the Heritage Centre is placed in a stunning setting overlooking the site of the ‘lost’ village of Churchill, destroyed by fire in 1684.


    The building may be only 15' by 30' but its ancient walls contain state of the art technology, with touch...

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    Free
  8. Bluebells at Foxholes Nature Reserve

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    Foxholes Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Bruern

    Foxholes is a tranquil woodland sloping down to the River Evenlode with year-round colour and wildlife interest but particularly noted for its springtime bluebells.

    Managed by Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, this 66ha (165 acre) reserve has a 1.75 mile Wildlife Walk clearly marked with...

  9. St George's Church in Kelmscott

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    Kelmscott - St George's Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Kelmscott

    Originally a chapel of ease, St George's Church in Kelmscott is practically unaltered since the close of the 15th century, thanks to William Morris, who lived at Kelmscott Manor. He was so appalled by some of the Victorian 'restoration' work being carried out on medieval churches that he founded...

  10. Snake swing in Kilkenny Lane Country Park

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    Kilkenny Lane Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Carterton

    Set within 21 hectares (50 acres) Kilkenny Lane Country Park is an ideal location for playing, walking, jogging, horse-riding or simply relaxing with a picnic. There are 2.5km of footpaths (suitable for wheelchair and pushchair access) and bridleways as well as an adventure play area.

    The...

  11. Minster Lovell Hall

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    Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote

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    Historic Site

    Minster Lovell

    Ruins of a large 15th century manor set around a courtyard. Situated in attractive settings on the banks of the River Windrush. A skeleton found in 18th century is said to be that of Lord Lovell. English Heritage site. External viewing at any reasonable time.

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    Free
  12. North Leigh Roman Villa

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    North Leigh Roman Villa

    Type

    Historic Site

    North Leigh

    The remains of a large and well-built Roman courtyard villa facing south east over the Evenlode valley. The most important feature is a near complete mosaic floor, which can be seen through a viewing window.

    This is an English Heritage site with access at any reasonable time.

    Price

    Free
  13. The Rollright Stones

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    Rollright Stones

    Type

    Historic Site

    Little Rollright

    The Rollright Stones are a group of prehistoric megalithic monuments built from large natural boulders found within about 500m of the site. The stones are naturally pitted, giving them extraordinary shapes.

    The legend goes that a king and his army were marching over the Cotswolds when they met a...

  14. St Mary's Church in Swinbrook

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    Swinbrook - St Mary's Church

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Swinbrook

    Set in the Windrush Valley, St Mary's church is 12th century with early enlargements and a tower tacked on in 1822 – a recent ‘afterthought’. It is full of interest and light, the clear glass windows illuminating both the architecture and some amazing monuments to the Fettiplace family – six...

  15. Swinford Museum

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    Swinford Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Filkins

    Housed in a 17th century cottage in the centre of the beautiful village of Filkins, the Swinford Museum has a fine collection of local domestic, agricultural, trade and craft tools providing a unique picture of a bygone rural community. One of Oxfordshire’s oldest small rural museums, it was...

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    Free
  16. Dinosaur at The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock

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    The Oxfordshire Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Woodstock

    A large 18th century house in the historic town of Woodstock provides a home for the County's collections

    Touring exhibitions, a stunning garden, Museum shop and cafe complement the permanent displays.

    The museum is labigger than you might think with eleven galleries displaying art,...

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    Free
  17. Widford Church on a misty morning ©Helena Sylvester

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    Widford - St Oswald's Church

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    Church / Chapel

    Widford

    A tiny church on its own in the Windrush Valley. In 1904 it was found to have been built on the base of a Roman house or temple. Mainly 13th century it has remnants of an 11th century Saxon or Norman building, e.g. the dividing wall, a chevroned corbel and the plain rough font.

    There are two...

  18. Witney Historic Museum

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    Witney Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Witney

    The large ground floor gallery houses a long term exhibition, showing the history of Witney and the surrounding area, and highlighting the changes that have taken place over the last 1,000 years. Local industries such as Witney Blankets, glove making and brewing are all featured.

    The museum...

  19. Wychwood Wild Garden

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    Wychwood Wild Garden

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Shipton under Wychwood

    Wychwood Wild Garden is a beautiful woodland and garden, close to the centre of Shipton under Wychwood.

    Wychwood Wild Garden covers 12.5 acres of avenues, woods and ponds,much of which was laid out in the 1860s, and provides a haven for wildlife including many breeds of ducks and birds. It is...

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    Free