Oxfordshire Accommodation Guide

Punting at Oxford University

Oxfordshire is a large landlocked county, roughly equidistant between London to the west and the Bristol Channel to the east. Thanks to its association with Oxford University, the city of Oxford (Oxfordshire’s principal city) has become a world famous brand in its own right. Thousands of tourists visit Oxford every year to see this historic town and to see the University’s spectacular buildings.

In this guide, we will exhibit some of Oxfordshire’s best accommodation choices and explore some of the county’s historic attractions. With so much to see and do, Oxfordshire is one of the most visited counties in England and attracts tourists from all over the world.

The accommodation choices on offer in Oxford and the wider county are extremely varied. From converted barns, windmills and thatched farmhouses to wooden lodges, coach houses and ancient inns, Oxfordshire has something for everybody.

When visiting Oxfordshire, many people break up they stay by staying in the centre of Oxford before heading out into the countryside for the rest of their break. Given parts of Oxfordshire fall within the Cotswolds (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), many people choose to spend a few nights in towns like Burford or Chipping Norton as well.

The Cotswolds also extend into Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire. Many visitors to Oxford also visit these counties along with Oxfordshire’s other neighbouring counties including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

As a tourist destination, the City of Oxford offers visitors a great deal. Steeped in history, the city’s university can trace its roots back to the 11th century. Many of the university’s colleges, libraries, gardens and museums are open to the public but numbers are strictly limited as are the opening hours. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment!

When in Oxford, many people try their hands at punting which looks like an ancient form of rowing. A ‘punt’ shares some similarities with both a Venetian goldola and also a paddle board in that all these watercraft are flat bottomed.  Each vessel is also propelled by someone that is standing up. The main difference with a punt is that it is not actually propelled by an oar but by a long pole which is used to push against the bottom of the river bed or canal thereby propelling the punt forward.

If rowing is more to your taste, then a trip to Henley-upon-Thames is an absolute must, especially during the Henley Royal Regatta; the most famous rowing competition in the world. The event usually takes place between during the last week of June and it is one of the UK’s most prestigious annual sporting events alongside Wimbledon (tennis), Cowes Week (sailing) and the Gold Cup (polo).

Walkers will want to stop and enjoy the 5,000 year old Ridgeway National Trail which is thought to be the UK’s oldest road. The trail starts in Avebury (a World Heritage Site) and follows a ridge through the chalk hills all the way to Ivinghoe Beacon on the northwest side of London. The 139 Km (87 mile) trail is extremely popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders.  It is also suitable for disabled people in either wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Oxfordshire / Tourist Information

  • County Town: Oxford
  • Land Area: 2,605 km2 (1,006 square miles)
  • Population: 687,524 (2019)
  • Population Density: 264/km2 (680/square mile)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 20 °C)
  • Days Of Rain: 165 days of rain / dry for 200 days a year

Best Attractions In Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace (Woodstock): Blenheim Palace is one of England’s largest stately homes and it is the only non-royal house to hold the title ‘palace’. Built between 1705 and 1722, Blenheim Palace was the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the palace, park and gardens are open to the public. Admission charges apply.

The Uffington White Horse: Located near Wantage, the Uffington White horse is pre-historic drawing that was cut into the hillside using trenches filled with chalk. It is thought that the 110 metre (360 foot) long horse is at least 3,000 years old and was constructed as a tribal symbol that possibly paid homage to a ‘solar horse’ – thereby reflecting a mythological belief that the sun was carried across the sky on a horse or horse drawn chariot.

River And Rowing Museum (Henley): This fascinating museum pays tribute to the sport of rowing and Henley’s long standing association with the sport. There are sections dedicated to the Oxford versus Cambridge University Boat Race, boat building and also sports nutrition. Visitors can also sit in a virtual rowing boat as a ‘cox’ and experience the thrills of being in a race at the Henley Regatta!

Best Accommodation In Oxfordshire

Shifford-Manor-Farm, Bampton, OxfordshireShifford Manor Farm (near Bampton): This idyllic farmhouse which was built in the 16th century is situated in beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Located just 14 miles away from Oxford city centre, this amazing holiday home sleeps 13 people across 6 bedrooms. The farmhouse also has a royal connection which will amaze you… be sure to ask the owner to recount the story when you collect your keys!

Hillview-Barn, Witney, OxfordshireHillview Barn (Witney): Converted barns are one of the most popular accommodation types for holiday rentals; when you have visited Hillview Barn it is easy to see why! Sleeping 5 people across 3 bedrooms, Hillview has a wealth of unique features with double height cielings and a mezzanine level for sleeping accommodation. The house is located on the fringes of the Cotswolds too.

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