The prime visitor destination in Oxfordshire is Oxford itself, which as well being home to the hallowed university and several top-notch museums, holds restaurants and accommodation to suit all budgets. In addition, though, the villages and towns in the surrounding countryside abound in rustic charm, and make excellent day-trip options, as well as stop-off destinations for travellers heading west into the Cotswolds. To the northwest, Witney has a pretty town centre, but the major highlight is magnificent Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, adjoining attractive Woodstock. Southwest of Oxford, the Vale of the White Horse offers some intriguing prehistoric attractions.

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These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Oxfordshire.

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