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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.

Find your perfect day out

Exhibitions in The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford

The Pitt Rivers Museum5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Pitt Rivers Museum offers free drop-in family events and object handling opportunities that take place on the first Saturday of every month, ever...

Outside view of Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Oxford University Museum of Natural History4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens...

Families listening to speaker at The University of Oxford Botanic Garden

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden

  • Oxford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden The Garden consists of 3 eminently explorable sections. The Glasshouses contain plants that need protection f...

Kids on South Oxford Adventure Playground

South Oxford Adventure Playground

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Children can make new friends and have fun in a sporty and fun environment at South Oxford Adventure Playground. The indoor and outdoor space is litt...

Families swimming at Hinksey Outdoor Pool in Oxford

Hinksey Outdoor Pool

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

The sun is shining and the kids are tired of the family walks. Then head on down to Hinksey Outdoor Pool for some outdoor water fun. This a huge step...

Cakes at Foodies Festival in South Park Oxford

South Park Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Ready, set, tuck in! Foodies Festival is coming to Oxford’s South Park this September from the 1st to the 3rd. There’s going to be bucketloads of del...

Climbing wall at Rock Solid Climbing Wall in Oxford

Rock Solid Climbing Wall

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Rock Solid Climbing Wall facilities include bouldering room, bottom rope wall and Walltopia lead tower. Kids' Open Session for 7yrs+. Mondays 4.30pm...

Visitors relaxing and rowing at Cherwell Boat House in Oxford

Cherwell Boat House

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Sailing and Kayaking

Rowing boats, canoes and punts for hire: what a great idea for a bit of family fun while you are in Oxford. There are over 80 traditional hand crafte...

Man playing footgolf at FootGolf - Hinksey Heights in Oxford

FootGolf - Hinksey Heights

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

You love golf but your kids love football? Why not play both! Take the family to FootGolf - Hinksey Heights for a hybrid game between football and go...

Boy on horse at Pony Pursuits in Oxford

Pony Pursuits

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Come Christmas, birthdays or really any old afternoon, kids are known for that classic line: can I have a pony? Well, they can (for a day at least) a...

Families on train at Cutteslowe Park and Miniature Railway in Oxford

Cutteslowe Park and Miniature Railway3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

There are lots of opportunities for activity and adventure at Cutteslowe Park and Miniature Railway. The largest park in Oxford offers spans 42 acres...

Race Hut Oxford girl on simulator

The Race Hut Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Find out what it’s like to drive the fastest cars known to man with the added thrill of the race at The Race Hut Oxford. Choose 1 of 16 state-of-the-...

Partyman World Oxford

Partyman World Oxford5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Partyman World Oxford is stuffed to the brim with family favourites like face painting, ball ponds and so much more. It really is the best way to par...

UV light room at Gravitee Golf in Oxford

Gravitee Golf

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Golf doesn’t have to be dad’s boring hobby any more! Take the whole family for a round of crazy golf at Gravitee Golf - Oxford’s biggest (and wackies...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

The film fun starts here! Jump into movie magic at Vue Oxford, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciting action films to hilarious comedie...

Kids go karting at Karting Oxford

Karting Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

The facilities at Karting Oxford's amazing circuit are second to none. The circuit is set within a stadium, so the spectator areas are fantastic! Wel...

Hollywood Bowl Oxford

Hollywood Bowl Oxford

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Bowling is a great way to get the whole gang together, from the tiniest of tots right up to your grandparents. Spend the day as a family at Hollywood...

Kids playing laser tag at Laser Kombat Oxford

Laser Kombat Oxford5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Oxford
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Kombat Oxford is a great fun place to take the kids to burn off some of their energy while having a good, safe little game of war! Armed with e...

Kids playing at Snakes and Ladders Abingdon

Snakes & Ladders Abingdon

  • Abingdon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Offering extensive indoor and outdoor adventure play, Snakes and Ladders in Abingdon is jam packed with fun! Whatever your child's age there is alway...

Map and booklet for The Abingdon Treasure Trail

The Abingdon Treasure Trail

  • Abingdon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

You'll be amazed at what you and the kids will discover on the Abingdon self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. A fascinating and fun way to...

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