Fun facts about Oxfordshire:
- Reputed as the furthest location from the sea yet has various rivers and canals for boating activities
- There are more pigs than people living in Oxfordshire
- King Alfred burnt the cakes in Wantage
- The county hosts an annual children’s festival: http://www.childrensfoodfestival.co.uk/
- Harry Potter was filmed at Christchurch
- The Oxford Castle complex is the site of Robert d’Oilly’s motte-and-bailey castle, built in 1071 for William the Conqueror soon after the Norman conquest
Home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, the palace was built between 1705 and 1722. It is an English Baroque masterpiece, with a collection including tapestries, paintings, sculptures and fine furniture displayed in magnificent gilded state rooms. This is a World Heritage site reflecting the importance of both the house and the 2100 acre park, landscaped by `Capability´ Brown.
Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1PP
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The museum is open from 7 April – 31 August:
* Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 5pm
* Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday’s 11am – 5pm
The museum is closed on Monday
Cogges Manor Farm Museum, Church Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3LA
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and home to a fascinating collection of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates from around the world. Newly opened is the Madagascar walk-through enclosure with free-roaming lemurs and enclosures for the Lac Alaotran Gentle lemur and Verreaux´s Crowned Sifaka both critically endangered in the wild. Baby Morelet´s crocodiles can be seen in the Reptile House, these babies are the only ones to be bred in the UK. The gardens contain a mix of exotic planting and herbaceous borders.
Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP
Didcot Railway Centre
Home to a collection of over twenty Great Western Railway steam locomotives based in the original engine shed or under restoration in the locomotive works, together with Great Western carriages and wagons. There is a typical Great Western branch line with stations and signalboxes recovered from many parts of the GWR. Brunel´s original broad gauge railway has been recreated with a replica of the Fire Fly locomotive dating from 1840. There are Steamdays and special events throughout the year when you can ride on the steam trains.
Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ
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A much loved open farm in Oxfordshire. Friendly, fun and a real ´hands on´ experience, Farmer Gow´s is a great place for a family day out. The farm´s speciality is its ´Meet the Animals´, held daily at 11am and 2pm. There are always lambs or kids to bottle feed, eggs th collect and pigs or cattle to feed. Plus you can take a goat or a ferret for a walk and handle young chicks – wonderful. There are activities both indoors and outside – so its an ideal location whatever the weather. There are bales to climb, pedal tractors to drive, an adventure play area plus a host of other ´farmy´ facilities.
Longcot Road, Fernham, Faringdon, SN7 7PR
The Northmoor Trust
The nature reserve at Little Wittenham lies on two small hills overlooking the fertile Thames floodplain. The reserve is approximately half woodland and half grassland. The reserve’s grassland areas are grazed with sheep and cattle. The Reserve’s two large ponds and the surrounding mature woodland habitat have been recognised due to the presence of the great crested newt, breeding dragonflies and other breeding amphibians.
Northmoor Trust, Hill Farm, Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4QZ
See the largest UK collection of George Washington memorabilia demonstrating the British contribution to the origins of the USA with a separate exhibition on George’s life and career in the US. Also visit the buttery at which to refresh yourself with good fare, a shop from which to take away some souvenirs, picnic areas, a pleasant garden to stroll through and the National Garden of the Herb Society
Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Sulgrave, Nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2SD
Wind in the Willows Exhibition at the River & Rowing Museum
River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF
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