a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions


National Rail | station code OXF

Oxfordshire near Cotswolds Offers & Links

Known as the 'City of Dreaming Spires' with many fine stone buildings, Oxford is most famous for its University which is made up of over 30 colleges. Christ Church Meadow is a tranquil grazed area with river walks. Note that the River Thames is known as the Isis where it flows through Oxford. Gloucester Green Bus & Coach Station is just over ¼ mile from the Rail Station. Oxford PlusBus tickets are valid within the Oxford urban area.

Recommended book: Oxford City Walks

TI Tel. 01865 252200.
Oxford attractions map

Oxford University Colleges

The University of Oxford is made up of over 30 colleges and many are open for visitors to see their chapels, cloisters and quadrangles. University, Balliol and Merton Colleges are the oldest, all founded in the late 13th century.
Open arrangements vary, please see the website or ask at the Tourist Information Centre.

Ashmolean Museum ½ mile

Established in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum is the oldest museum in the UK. It houses Oxford University's extensive collections of art and antiquities. Admission free. Tel. 01685 278000.
Open Daily 1000-1700.

Oxford Castle Unlocked ½ mile

Guided tours of the Castle by costumed character guides. Cafe. Tel. 01865 260666.
Open Daily from 1000, see website for tour times.

Modern Art Oxford ½ mile

Modern and contemporary art. Exhibition programme. Cafe. Admission free. Tel. 01865 722733.
Open TWThFS 1100-1800, Sun 1200-1700.

Museum of Oxford ¾ mile

The story of the city and the University. Tel. 01865 252334.
Open M-S 1000-1700, closed BH.

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments ¾ mile

Instruments of Western Classical music from medieval times to the present day. Admission free. Tel. 01865 276139.
Open M-F 1400-1700.

Bodleian Libraries ¾ mile

Take a tour of the historic Old Bodleian Library or explore the newly renovated Weston Library. The entrance in Catte Street is the best one to use. Exhibitions programme. Cafe. Tel. 01865 287400.
Open Daily, see website for times and to check for event closures.

Museum of the History of Science ¾ mile

The world's finest collection of historic scientific instruments housed in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. Admission free. Tel. 01865 277280.
Open TWThFSSu 1200-1700.

Christ Church Picture Gallery ¾ mile

An important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings. Tel. 01865 276172.
Open MWThFS 1939-1300,1400-1630.

Botanic Garden 1 mile

The oldest botanic garden in Britain with plants from around the world in a compact site. Tel. 01865 286690.
Open Daily 0900-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb).

Oxford University Museum of Natural History 1 mile

The Museum houses Oxford University's collections of zoological, entomological, paleontological and mineral specimens. Admission free. Tel. 01865 272950.
Open Daily 1000-1700.

Pitt Rivers Museum 1 mile (enter via Museum of Natural History)

Extensive collections of anthropology and archaeology from human history around the world. Admission free. Tel. 01865 270927.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1000-1630, subject to change at Easter and Christmas.

Blenheim Palace by bus then ½ mile

A World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Formal gardens and extensive Parkland. Events and exhibitions. Cafes and Restaurants. Tel. 0800 849 6500.
Open Mar-Nov, Daily 1000-1730.
Bus S3 & 500 from Rail Station (also 7 from George Street, outside Bus Station) to entrance then ½ mile walk through the Park. About 40 minutes journey. All routes Daily every 30 minutes. S3 & 7 operated by Stagecoach, 500 operated by Oxford Bus, note that bus tickets are not interchangeable between operators. Buses also operate from Charlbury, Hanborough and Oxford Parkway.

Oxfordshire Museum and Woodstock by bus

Woodstock is a picturesque market town. Galleries in the museum cover the human and natural history of Oxfordshire. Museum Garden. Exhibitions programme. Cafe. Tel. 01993 811456. Admission free to Museum.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700, Sun 1400-1700.
Bus see Blenheim Palace but alight at the next stop.

Blenheim Palace and Woodstock map
Cotswolds Hideaways
Cotswolds Hideaways
Cotswolds Hideaways

Harcourt Arboretum by bus

The Arboretum is part of Oxford University's botanic garden. Trees include many North American conifers. Tel. 01865 343501.
Open Apr-Oct, M-S 1000-1700, Su 1100-1700. Nov-Mar, see website.
Bus X38/X39/X40 from St Aldates (¾ mile from station) to Nuneham Courtenay (alight second stop at far end of village). 13 minutes journey, M-S every 20 minutes, Sun hourly. Operated by Thames Travel.

Harcourt Arboretum map

Waterperry Gardens by bus then 1¼ miles

The gardens feature a spectacular herbaceous border, roses, a wisteria tunnel, shade-loving plants and a small knot garden. Arboretum and riverside walk. Tearoom.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
Bus 280 from station forecourt to Waterstock Turn shortly after Waterstock Motorway Services, then 1¼ miles walk. 40 minutes journey, M-F 3 buses per hour, Sat ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Arriva.
Bus 280 also operates from Haddenham Thame Parkway.

Waterperry map

Wallingford by bus

Wallingford is an attractive and historic market town with old buildings, narrow streets, an elegant bridge over the River Thames and remains of a royal castle. Earthworks of the castle can be seen in the Castle Gardens and Castle Meadows. Visit the Museum for details of the castle, including its destruction immediately after the Civil War. Leaflets for town and local walks are available from the Tourist Information Centre. The Thames Path passes through Wallingford.

TI Town Hall. Tel. 01491 826972. |
Bus X38/X39/X40 from St Aldates (¾ mile from station) to Wallingford Market Place. 40 minutes journey, M-S every 20 minutes, Sun hourly. Operated by Thames Travel. Buses also operate from Cholsey, Goring & Streatley and Henley-on-Thames.

Wallingford Museum by bus

The history of Wallingford from earliest times to the present day, covering the early Saxon fortified town, the prominent medieval royal castle and its destruction, the River Thames and bridge, and local inhabitants including Agatha Christie. Features include a Victorian street scene and a scale model of Wallingford station. Tel. 01491 835065.
Open Mar-Nov, TWThFS & BH (also Sun Jun-Aug) 1400-1700, opens 1030 on Sat.
Bus see Wallingford above.

Wallingford map
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Witney by bus

Witney is a busy market town in the Cotswolds with a 17th century Butter Cross. It became prosperous from the wool trade and a Wool and Blanket Trail can be downloaded from the website. The archaeological remains of the Bishop's Palace can be seen protected under a modern roof (open M-F 1000-1700).
Bus S1 from Park End Street (near Rail Station) to Witney Market Square. 42 minutes journey, M-S every 15 minutes, Sun every 20 minutes. Also S2 from Gloucester Green, 30 minutes journey, M-S only, every 30 minutes. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Charlbury and Hanborough.

TI Tel. 01993 775802.

Witney map

Witney and District Museum by bus

A small museum of covering the history of Witney, including the local industries of brewing and blanket making. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01993 775915.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFS 1000-1600, Sun 1400-1600.
Bus see Witney above.

Cogges Manor Farm Museum by bus then ½ mile

A 13th century manor house and its grounds giving visitors an insight into farm life. Walled garden, picnic orchard. Demonstrations, tours and animal feeding. Adventure play area. Events programme. Cafe. Tel. 01993 772602.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.
Bus see Witney above, then walk ½ mile.