The Story Museum (< 1 mile)
The Story Museum
A gallery of rogues and rascals, wizards, witches and wild things unfolds throughout the atmospheric spaces of The Story Museum in our immersive exhibition '26 Characters'.
Modern Art Oxford (< 1 mile)
Modern Art Oxford
Introduces children of all ages to the Gallery for free through a range of fun and creative activities. Dedicated Family Guides 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
Award winning, historically informative and 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 Spy Mission Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
Oxford Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Explore Oxford with the kids whilst solving a self guided themed Treasure Trail. Putting your spy skills to the test, as you follow the directions can you hunt out the answers to the clues set within Oxford to crack the code?
Museum of Oxford (< 1 mile)
Museum of Oxford
is a free museum about the history of Oxford and its people. Families can explore the interactive galleries and come along to monthly family craft workshops in the learning centre to handle real objects.
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.
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 lifeâs pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost. Great idea for a family day out in Oxfordshire.
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 worldâs 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+.
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!
Oxford Univ Museum of Natural History (< 1 mile)
Oxford Univ Museum of Natural History
A classic series of collections housed in stunning architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower.
The Pitt Rivers Museum (< 1 mile)
The Pitt Rivers Museum
is famous for it's period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many world cultures, past and present.
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 in Summer since 1934.
Large outdoor pool with fun areas for the kids. Sun-beds, play areas and refreshments make this the ideal summer destination.
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.
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.
Cutteslowe Park and Miniature Railway (3 miles)
Bowlplex Oxford (3 miles)
With ball ramps, lightweight balls and gutter guards for the kids to use, there's just no way those pins aren't going down! But will they drop for you too…?
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
Partyman World Oxford (3 miles)
Partyman World Oxford
is an indoor play centre which provides lots of fun and play for everyone on the huge themed play structures, Go Karts, make a bear, fantastic slides and much more! There is also a specially designed toddler area for little guests who are under 3 years!
Laser Kombat Oxford (3 miles)
Laser Kombat Oxford
Action packed laser tag fun for all the family. A great chance for an exciting run around with hi tech kit that keeps score of hits made and received.
Crazy Colosseum Indoor Playcentre (5 miles)
Crazy Colosseum Indoor Playcentre
Their indoor play arena 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 to 8 year olds.
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...
Abbey Meadow Open Air Swimming Pool (5 miles)
Abbey Meadow Open Air Swimming Pool
Seasonal pool offering an interactive water feature in the main swim area plus learner pool for kids, plus changing with showers. Tennis, mini golf and playground nearby.
High Ropes Oxford (7 miles)
High Ropes Oxford
Oxford’s only Tree Top Adventure, suitable for all monkeys 10 years and older. 3 Zones to explore, containing over 40 obstacles such as wobbly bridges, zip lines and cargo nets!
Outdoor Laser (7 miles)
Laser-gaming is a live combat entertainment experience using infra-red gaming guns for eight year olds and up. This one is outdoors, realistic, and played in all weathers!
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...
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.
Millets Farm Falconry (7 miles)
Millets Farm Falconry
Falconry Centre with several daily flying shows plus experiences available. Over 70 birds to see, plus a number of daily events including flying and feeding displays.
Blenheim Palace (8 miles)
is a World Heritage site with over 300 years of history and 2000 acres of Parkland and Formal Gardens, including the family friendly Pleasure Gardens. Enjoy a whole host of events, exhibitions and entertainment throughout the year.
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)
Woodstock Open Air Heated Pool
25 meter pool (heated to 29 degrees) with separate toddlers' paddling pool plus diving board and changing with showers.
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
Highly realistic models recall the landscape of the period and trains provide a fascinating record of the railways of the time and how they operated. Enjoy an informative and interactive 90 minute tour covering three indoor galleries.
Cogges Manor Farm (10 miles)
Cogges Manor Farm
Feed the farm animals, see the miniature Shetland ponies, picnic area and welly walks, zip wire and adventure play fort and dressing up in the manor house. Indoor soft play, cafe and farm shop. Family fun at Oxfordshire Cotswolds historic Witney farmstead.
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 Pottery Place (10 miles)
The Pottery Place
is a fun and fabulous Paint Your Own Pottery and craft studio with buckets of charm and chocolate biscuits. Kids (and big kids) can go crafty crazy trying out pottery painting, Decopatch and Mosaics, and take home a gorgeous one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
The Tree House Play Centre (10 miles)
The Tree House Play Centre
offers a soft play frame that is designed for children upto 1.48m tall and we also have a specific toddler area for under 3s.
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.
The Leys Mini Golf (10 miles)
The Leys Mini Golf
A simple 9 hole course offers a superb introduction to the game for smaller ones, with no intimidating features or really tricky hazards. Other features nearby.
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary (10 miles)
Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary
A registered charity which cares for and protects abused and ill-treated donkeys and other animals whom you may visit and sometimes pet and feed.
Didcot Wave Leisure Pool (10 miles)
Didcot Wave Leisure Pool
Swimming pool featuring a wave machine, giant flume ride, parent and toddler sessions and lane swimming.
Bicester Leisure Centre (11 miles)
Bicester Leisure Centre
offers a 25m, 6 Lane Pool for serious swimming, plus a 15m Play 'n' Teach leisure pool which amongst other things features enchanting artwork, interactive squirter jets and a giant tap.
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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