It is no disservice to the rest of Oxfordshire to say that the City of Oxford is the county’s crowning glory.
The dignified home of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities has to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
But if you are eager to see more there’s a beautiful county waiting for you embedded with ancient ruins and opulent marvels like Blenheim Palace.
In the west are the Cotswold Hills and their beloved limestone villages, while much of the rest is rolling chalk hills laced by the River Thames while it is still just a small if very picturesque river.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Oxfordshire:
At the oldest English-speaking university in the world, you should begin with a tour of the various colleges clustered around centre of the city.
Most of these have wonderful architecture, and if you time your trip right you’ll be able to go inside.
Christ Church, Magdalen College and Queens’ College are vital, as is the 17th-century Bodleian Library.
And with an internationally-respected university comes museums and cultural attractions that are a cut above: The Ashmolean, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of Natural History, all are world-class.
After that there’s the Thames, which is still shallow this far upstream, so the best way to get around on the water is by punting.