Modern Art Oxford (< 1 mile)
Modern Art Oxford
Lots of family related things to do: The Modern Art Trolley introduces children of all ages to the Gallery through a range of fun and creative activities. Family Guides are available for most exhibitions and can be enjoyed by all family members. The guide encourages a creative pathway around the exhibition and suggests activities to try out at home plus loads more family days out activities.
Oxford Castle Unlocked (< 1 mile)
Oxford Castle Unlocked
An ancient site of incarceration offering a highly atmospheric history lesson spanning ten centuries, with hands on displays and real life prisoner stories. Quirky costumed tour guides are available every 20 minutes.
Oxford Ghost Trail (< 1 mile)
Oxford Ghost Trail
Historically informative yet hugely entertaining, it's the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere of this famous city, leaving you with a deliciously scary tingle running down your spine.
Oxford City and Meadow Spy Trail (< 1 mile)
Oxford City and Meadow Spy Trail
Treasure Trails are a fantastic way to explore Oxford! Enjoy a family walk in the fresh air and solve an intriguing mystery at the same time. Follow the directions, solve the clues and see the sights! This is one of many themed Treasure Trails available in Oxford.
Bates Collection of Musical Instruments (< 1 mile)
Bates Collection of Musical Instruments
One of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world. Has over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times.
Oxford Ice Rink (< 1 mile)
Oxford Ice Rink
Great fun for all the family at the newly renovated Ice Rink. General session, family sessions and lessons for children of all abilities. The rink is very
easy to reach as it's right in the heart of Oxford; just a short walk from Oxford City centre and railway station.
Bill Spectres Oxford Ghost Trail (< 1 mile)
Bill Spectres Oxford Ghost Trail
A spooky fun walking tour of Oxford conducted by a costumed trained actor who will lead you through the streets of this ancient seat of learning. The ghostly stories of the old city are illustrated with the help of props illusions and volunteers of all ages!
Footprint Tours (< 1 mile)
tours of Oxford, a walking tour of Oxford, a Harry Potter tour of Oxford, a bike tour of Oxford. Cambridge walking tours, Cambridge punting tours. tours of England, tours of the Cotswolds, tours of Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare tours, tours of London. Historical tours for kids, fun tours for kids.
The Ashmolean (< 1 mile)
is packed full of archaeology and art works from all over the world. Families can discover mummies in ancient Egypt, find coins from ancient Greece, and travel through time to find modern paintings, statues and more.
Museum of the History of Science (< 1 mile)
Museum of the History of Science
A free to view unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments and exciting modern exhibitions in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Oxford
Magdalen Bridge Row Boats (< 1 mile)
Magdalen Bridge Row Boats
Rowing is fun and relaxing and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon on the river, pedalos and punts also available. You can hire the boat for an hour or if you want to make a day of it, just stay on the river as long as you like, simply returning the row boat to the boathouse before sunset.
South Oxford Adventure Playground (< 1 mile)
South Oxford Adventure Playground
A supervised playground aimed at children aged 7 to 15 featuring elaborate climbing frames, wooden play structures and more set out as an assault course. You must complete a simple registration to use the playground.
The Bodleian Library (< 1 mile)
The Bodleian Library
Interactive and stimulating tours of the historic university where much of Harry Potter was filmed! Like stepping into their favourite films. Most tours are for 10+ but Family Tours in holidays welcome 5+.
Oxford River Cruises (< 1 mile)
Oxford River Cruises
A trip aboard an Edwardian River Launch in Oxford offers a taste of a slower life, where cares drift away with the gentle flow of the water and life’s pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost. Great idea for a family day out in Oxfordshire.
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden (< 1 mile)
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden
This Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World: there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests!
The Pitt Rivers Museum (< 1 mile)
The Pitt Rivers Museum
is a great place for family days out. It is famous for it’s period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many world cultures, past and present. Due to building works only the ground floor is currently open.
Oxford Univ Museum of Natural History (< 1 mile)
Hinksey Outdoor Pool (< 1 mile)
Hinksey Outdoor Pool
A much-loved local landmark, this heated outdoor pool has been providing family summer fun and great memories since 1934.
Large outdoor pool with fun areas for the kids. Sun-beds, play areas and refreshments make this the ideal summer destination.
Science Oxford Live (< 1 mile)
Science Oxford Live
Science Oxford Live is a great place for children to discover science by playing. All exhibits are interactive and families can go at their own pace, with the help of one of our friendly guides.
Cherwell Boat House (1 miles)
Cherwell Boat House
Rowing boats, canoes and punts for hire - what a great idea for a bit of family fun while you are in Oxford.
Rock Solid Climbing Wall (1 miles)
Rock Solid Climbing Wall
Modern ope climbing facility with kids' clubs and courses from age 7 upwards. Features include bouldering room, bottom rope wall and Walltopia lead tower.
Barefoot Books Studio (2 miles)
Barefoot Books Studio
Step inside a magical world of books, story-telling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, juggling, drumming, dance, drama and more. Enjoy fantastic food in our award-winning cafe. Our colourful shop stocks the full range of Barefoot Books and gifts.
Cutteslowe Park and Miniature Railway (3 miles)
Karting Oxford (3 miles)
Get set for a phenomenal drive for the over 8s. Speed is the name of the game as you whizz around the floodlit 360 metre circuit. Min age 8yrs. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Oxford
Oxford Bowlplex (3 miles)
Bowling is the perfect activity for any occasion whether it's a family get together, birthday party or special treat during the school holidays. We are the ideal all weather venue with much more than just bowling. So, can we interest you in The Great Indoors?
Crazy Colosseum Indoor Playcentre (5 miles)
Crazy Colosseum Indoor Playcentre
The indoor play arena, Crazy Colosseum, is a soft arena with 3 floors filled with all the latest play equipment, including Ball Pool, Huge Slide, Climbing Bridges to guarantee a fun and crazy time for 0-8 year olds. Children of all abilities will love this play area.
Snakes and Ladders (5 miles)
Snakes and Ladders
Bursting with indoor and outdoor adventure play, Snakes and Ladders is jam packed with fun! There's plenty for all ages including the massive 3 tier playframe with slides, tunnels, balls ponds and rope climbs, the huge dedicated zone for under 5s, water play, home corner, construction zone & more. And whilst the kids let off steam adults can relax on comfy leather sofas with a snack from the cafe.
Abbey Meadow Open Air Swimming Pool (6 miles)
Outdoor Laser (7 miles)
Laser-gaming is a live combat entertainment experience using infra-red gaming guns for eight year olds and up.
Oxford Bus and Morris Motors Museums (7 miles)
Oxford Bus and Morris Motors Museums
All aboard! See how engines work; what buses are made of; go aboard some; see old tickets and uniforms once used. View the workshop and on special days ride on a vintage bus.
Morris Museum: see a 1970s police car; 1920s Bullnose Morris and a Mini in the original style.
Bernwood Butterfly Trail (7 miles)
Bernwood Butterfly Trail
Extensive forest paths lead walkers through vast areas of mixed coniferous and broadleaf woodland. Path side vegetation management has provided the favoured habitats for butterflies and other flora and fauna. Follow the yellow waymarked path on an hour and a half walk around the forest to discover the variety of habitats to be found.
Windrush Path Mosaic Trail (7 miles)
Windrush Path Mosaic Trail
A series of striking and individual mosaics to act as way-markers on a pleasant 2 mile trail. Keeps kids running about between looking for the next one and giving that pleasure of discovery.
Millets Farm Centre (7 miles)
Millets Farm Centre
A variety of interesting farm zoo animals which originate from across the world including camels, adventure playground, plus let the kids pick their own fruits and vegetables.
Blenheim Palace (8 miles)
Steeped in inspirational history and surrounded by beautiful parkland and award-winning Formal Gardens, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire offers the perfect day out in 2012. This year there are stunning new visitor facilities to enjoy, as well as a host of superb special events in store.
Blenheim Pleasure Gardens and Train (8 miles)
Blenheim Pleasure Gardens and Train
can be reached by the miniature train, on foot or there is a small car park. It is the perfect place for families to while away an hour or two, watching exotic butterflies, muddling around the Marlborough Maze or letting off steam in the Adventure Playground.
Woodstock Open Air Heated Pool (8 miles)
The Oxfordshire Museum (8 miles)
The Oxfordshire Museum
A wide range of natural and social history exhibits, the more exciting of which include the interactive dinosaur gallery and gardens, and the special family drop-in sessions.
Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways (8 miles)
Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways
At Pendon we aim to recapture, in detailed and colourful miniature, scenes showing the beauty of the English countryside as it used to be in the years around 1930.
Didcot Railway Centre (10 miles)
Didcot Railway Centre
See the steam trains from the golden age of the Great Western Railway in the original engine shed, with a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway and a typical country branch line.
The Leys (10 miles)
Super adventure playground with a seasonal paddling pool for the smaller ones. Also boasts tennis courts, a skate park and seasonal crazy golf.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Oxford with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Oxfordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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