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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Oxford

There’s much more than academia for families looking for fun things to do in Oxford!

Inspire your child’s creativity at The Story Museum, where their favourite TV and book characters will come to life. If it’s the literary trail you’re after then just outside of Oxford in Great Missenden is a museum and story centre dedicated to Roald Dahl, who lived there for 36 years.

Back in the city and equipped with an imagination firing on all cylinders visit the Oxford Castle where you can climb the Saxon St George’s Tower and marvel at the stunning 360 degree view, drop down into the dark depths of the crypt and take a tour who will bring the history of the castle to life on this Oxford family day out.

If you’re feeling brave you can join one of Bill Spectre’s award-winning ghost tours from outside the front of the castle or the visitor centre. Learn all about the dark secrets on the streets of the city as you brace yourself for theatrical hour laced with props and illusions to keep you on your toes!

To blow away the cobwebs visit Blenheim Palace, which was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is now a World Heritage Site with acres of land filled with glorious gardens, a dedicated family area, a giant hedge maze, butterfly house and adventure playground.

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Oxford Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are you ready for your next mission? Transform a regular day in Oxford into a real-life adventure with a Spy Mission Treasure Trail! Your kids will s...

Escape Hunt Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Ever been to a kid-friendly escape room? Head out to Escape Hunt Oxford and take on one of 5 exciting experiences, suitable for kids of all ages. Eve...

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  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Story Museum’s exhibitions and spaces are currently closed for redevelopment, with plans to reopen in 2020. In the meantime, you can still visit...

Modern Art Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Modern Art Oxford is a visual gallery devoted to presenting exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Lots of family related things to do: The...

Huntfun Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Bring a little bit of adventure into your everyday life! Take a treasure map and turn your family walk into an Indiana Jones-like quest on the huntfu...

Footprint Tours Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Footprints Tours was created to show you the best of British history, and not to bore you to death with stuffy, dry academic tours. Using the brillia...

ODEON Oxford Magdalen St

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

A trip to the flicks is one of the best ways to spend time as a family - the only hard bit comes with deciding what to watch! Take your pick at ODEON...

ODEON Oxford George St

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

We all love a trip to the movies, so cast your vote and decide what you and your gang want to see tonight at ODEON Oxford George St. With 6 screens o...



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History of Science Museum

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The History of Science Museum houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose built museum bu...

Oxford Ghost Trail

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Bill Spectre's Oxford Ghost Trail Historically informative yet hugely entertaining, it's the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere of this famous cit...

Oxford Castle & Prison

  • Oxford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Travel back in time to Oxford Castle Unlocked: home to over 10 centuries of intrigue. This site is packed to the brim with history; where to start?!...

The Ashmolean

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Founded in 1683,The Ashmolean Museum is Britain's first public museum and home to the University of Oxford's world class collections of art and archa...

Magdalen Bridge Row Boats

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Magdalen Bridge Row Boats is fun and relaxing and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon on the river. You can hire the row boat for an hour or if yo...

Bates Collection of Musical Instruments

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Bates Collection of Musical Instruments has over 2000 immaculately maintained instruments from Western orchestral music traditions, all the way f...

Museum of Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Museum of Oxford offers fun and interactive galleries for families to explore local history of Oxford and its people; including an interactive touch...

Oxford River Cruises

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

A trip aboard an Edwardian River Launch in Oxford offers a taste of a slower life, along the same stretch of river which inspired Lewis Carroll! You...

Oxford Ice Rink

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

A visit to Oxford Ice Rink is great fun for all the family. General sessions, family sessions and lessons for children of all abilities are held dail...

City Sightseeing Oxford Hop on Hop off Tour

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Hundreds of legends have called the streets of Oxford home, from Stephen Hawking to Dr Seuss! Follow in their footsteps on a City Sightseeing Oxford...

Christ Church Meadow Codebreaking Walk

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Fancy a family day out in Oxford? An atmospheric walk along the cobbled streets of the city and into the beautiful Christ Church Meadows along the ri...

The Bodleian Library

  • Oxford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Bodleian Libraries Visit the world famous Bodleian Libraries. The Bodleian Libraries can offer Guided Tours for families with children over 11 ye...

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