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The perfect country weekend in Oxford

Whether you’ve planned a city break to Oxford and want to explore some of the stunning surrounding landscapes or you want to use it as a base to make the most of the countryside we’ve put together a list of our favourite attractions in and around the city.

Explore the town centre

Oxford is a historic city, home to some of the UK’s most intellectual elite and fascinating culture, making it ideal for a weekend away. Wander through the town centre and admire its many sandy stone buildings, with steeples and chimneys giving it a unique skyline.

Visit the many boutiques which are dotted throughout the city or shop in name brand stores in one of the shopping centres. Book lovers will enjoy a visit to Blackwell’s, as well as Waterstones or one of the many second-hand bookshops which pepper the city. The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History are ideal for culture lovers.


Jericho is a vibrant area of Oxford with pastel coloured houses and some pretty shops to discover. There are lots of local bars and pubs where you can enjoy a drink or two, as well as an independent cinema and theatre perfect for evening shows.


Full of famously beautiful villages and plenty of activities the Cotswolds are a must on a country holiday to Oxford. Spread out over 800 square miles the key features are the golden stones of the cottages and country pubs, with a backdrop of rolling green hills. Enjoy walking and cycling, visit country gardens and stately homes, pick up local produce and handicrafts at the market villages and enjoy the stunning landscapes of the area.


Along the River Thames, about five miles south of Oxford, Radley is an idyllic town with thatched cottages and beautiful surrounding countryside. Take a boat trip along the river and stop off at one of the country pubs or simply walk through the fields and enjoy the native flora and fauna.


Also located along the River Thames, Abbingdon has pretty, narrow streets full of houses built of traditional stone. The historic Church’s spire overlooks the village and is open to visitors at selected times during the weekend. Riverside walks are a great way to get to know the area and guests can also enjoy the many gourmet restaurants in the town. Dating back 250 years make sure you don’t miss the Bun-Throwing festival!

Where to stay in Oxford?

The Manor Country House Hotel, Oxford

A stunning luxury manor with 28 bedrooms and suites, enjoy a peaceful getaway in the Manor Country House Hotel. Each of the rooms is decorated with timeless style, with little details ensuring your stay is comfortable and relaxing.

The restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes and serves up creative twists on traditional British dishes, all using fresh local ingredients and produce. Guests can also enjoy private dining, afternoon tea and delicious gourmet wines.


Stay at The Manor House Country House Hotel