101 Best Things To Do With Kids In Oxford

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  1. Experience a full-day tour of Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford.
  2. Know the behind the scenes secrets, see some of the most recognisable set features from the Harry Potter films.
  3. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Windsor castle and discover what makes it one of the Queen’s favorite weekend retreats.
  4. Discover sights such as Oxford Castle and Queen’s College, as you travel on an open-top, double-decker bus.
  5. Experience a guided small-group tour of England’s delightful Cotswold Hills then enjoy a delicious country pub lunch afterward.
  6. Follow in the footsteps of the fictional Inspector Morse and his sidekick Lewis on a TV locations tour of Oxford.
  7. Visit Morse film sites like the Randolph hotel, the castle, Exeter, Brasenose, or St Johns colleges and/or the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library.
  8. Discover the Door to Narnia and learn about the lives of J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll.
  9. Indulge in an afternoon tea session as you cruise along River Thames.
  10. Do an Oxford cycling tour & enjoy the view while cycling down the Thames River cycle path to a historic village with traditional thatched cottages.
  11. Hear the stories of Oxford Castle and Prison from your tour guide.
  12. Join a costumed Ghost Tour, one of the most entertaining and scariest experiences in Oxford.
  13. Learn what inspired and influenced C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on this more intellectually paced walking tour.
  14. Explore Oxford through the eyes of Harry Potter and test your knowledge with a Potter-mania quiz.
  15. Buy snacks at the Folly Restaurant & take them with you as you do a tour cruise along the river.
  16. Take a guided walking tour of the places that inspired Tolkien to write the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  17. Follow the Oxford actors, students or graduate guides to explore the famous sights and colleges in Oxford.
  18. Enjoy river punting in Oxford and hear about the points of interest on the route.
  19. Explore the Oxford of Morse/Lewis and Endeavour with a qualified green badge guide
  20. Visit the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ where there is plenty to see and do.
  21. Do a walking tour at Oxford University.
  22. Climb the 9 metre Pyramid Tower, try the 50-metre zip wipe, and splash around the in the water at Wonder Woods in Stonor Park.
  23. Find books and educational games at Barefoot Books.
  24. Visit a compact yet diverse collection of plants in the world at Botanic Garden.
  25. See contemporary art at the Modern Art Oxford Art Museum.
  26. Explore a world-class museum and see things from 810 AD to the present at the Museum of Oxford.
  27. See the unrivaled collection of early scientific instruments and inspire your kids into enjoying Science at the Museum of the History of Science.
  28. See extinct animals including dinosaurs and the Dodo Bird at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
  29. Visit a unique museum famous for the collection of anthropology and world archaeology at Pitt Rivers Museum.
  30. Visit a museum that has exhibits that are very child-friendly, with many hands-on activities.
  31. Join an Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s workshops and activities during weekends and school holidays.
  32. Visit Kelmscott Manor, the inspirational country home of William Morris, founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement.
  33. Enjoy 2 heated indoor pools and the group exercise studio at Ferry Sports Center Swimming Pool.
  34. Ride a miniature train that runs from the Blenheim palace at Blenheim Palace Pleasure Gardens.
  35. See a unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, and wagons at Didcot Railway Centre.
  36. Check out the schedule of Cornerstone Arts Centre in Oxford for activities, workshops, dance, and art classes for kids.
  37. Visit the Cutteslow and Sunnymead Park and let the kids enjoy the splash pad and mini-golf course.
  38. Have a meal at The Vaults and Garden Cafe which dates back to 1320 (700 years old).
  39. Eat bagels and ice cream at George and Danver.
  40. Entertain the whole family and participate in one of the best ghost tours in the world, Bill Spectre’s Oxford Ghost Trail.
  41. Play board games with your family especially during rainy days at Thirsty Meeples Cafe.
  42. Take a ride on the mini-train and interact with farmyard animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park.
  43. Experience holding butterflies and riding a mini-train at Blenheim Palace.
  44. Meet cute animals, go on a treasure hunt, and ride a tractor-trailer at Farmer Gow’s Activity Farm.
  45. Meet unique miniature animals at Cogges Manor Farm.
  46. Pet small animals and enjoy the play area at Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children’s Farm.
  47. Enter bird paradise and discover numerous species of birds at Birdland Park & Gardens.
  48. Join the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Story Museum.
  49. Visit the Divinity hall in the Bodleian Library, which is the hospital in the Harry Potter films.
  50. Check out the Harry Potter style dining room at Balliol College.
  51. Shop in Alice’s Shop, the official shop officially sketched in Alice in Wonderland, the original book.
  52. Attend Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral.
  53. Be amazed at the various crocodiles, alligators, and caiman at Crocodiles of the World.
  54. Enjoy a space-themed obstacle golf course at Gravitee Golf.
  55. Choose from 5 themes and solve the mysteries at Escape Hunt Oxford.
  56. Enjoy the wave machine with your family at Didcot Wave Leisure Pool.
  57. Be fascinated by the stories surrounding Oxford at Oxford Castle and Prison.
  58. Photograph wildlife especially butterflies at Bernwood Meadows.
  59. Cool off and have an icy blast with your family at Oxford Ice Rink.
  60. Crawl through tunnels and overcome obstacles at a famous kid’s playground, Snakes and Ladders.
  61. Sing “Wheels on the bus” with your toddler as your family goes through the different vehicles at Oxford Bus Museum and Morris Museum.
  62. See life-size dinosaur skeletons and other exhibits at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
  63. Test your family’s bowling skills at MFA Bowl.
  64. Visit the museum that tells human stories across cultures and time & see real Egyptian mummies at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology.
  65. Tap out tunes on the floor piano and shoot goals in the sports area at Sprouts Playbarn.
  66. Enjoy the ball pit and a dedicated karting area for kids at Sprouts Playbarn.
  67. Explore the rich histories of REAL heroes, the soldiers who fought wars throughout the years at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.
  68. Inspire your kid’s appreciation for art by viewing or buying amazing sculptures displayed in a beautiful garden at Turrill Sculpture Garden.
  69. Indulge blissful spa, relax and unwind while children play on the indoor heated pool.
  70. Play footgolf, a unique game with your family.
  71. Solve clues and guide your kids as they become detectives at Wallingford Mystery Trail.
  72. Enjoy musical dancing fountains and digging activities at Fairytale Farm.
  73. Pay laser on the great outdoors with your whole family at LaserGaming Oxford.
  74. Watch falconry shows and see might birds swoop through the skies at Millets Farm Falconry.
  75. Wander through the original 1930 engine shed, discover the history of the railway at Didcot Railway Centre.
  76. Splash around the outdoor heated pool at Hinksey Outdoor Pool.
  77. Splash and slide at the inflatable water park at Oxford Aqua Park.
  78. Play mini-golf or tennis and let kids enjoy the huge children’s playground and aviary at Cutteslowe Park.
  79. Pick your own fruit and vegetables from May until September at Medley Manor Farm.
  80. Visit and interact with the Port Meadow Ponies at Port Meadow.
  81. Find hidden treasures around the park, using Geocaching software at the Shotover Country Park.
  82. Play tennis or mini-golf with the kids at Florence Park.
  83. Climb the Carfax tower to get a splendid view of Oxford’s key landmarks.
  84. Visit Waterperry Gardens, a picturesque garden that’s Instagram worthy because of the dreamlike hoop house, beautiful flowers, and ornaments.
  85. Play a crazy game of mini-golf with the family & enjoy the quirky vibe of Junkyard Golf Club.
  86. Adopt a donkey at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary.
  87. Create your own idyllic rural scenes at Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways.
  88. Do scientific workshops with the whole family at Science Oxford Live.
  89. Paint your own ceramics at Unique Creations.
  90. See an amazing collection of historic musical instruments at Bate Collection of Musical Instruments.
  91. Engage the whole family in a “Pick Your Own Crops” activity which includes Asparagus, Strawberries, Raspberries, and Gooseberries.
  92. Join the ‘The Big Batsford Bug Hunt’ and find creepy crawlies hidden around the Batsford Arboretum.
  93. Fly your drones at Harcourt Arboretum since the place looks more spectacular when viewed from above or just marvel at the peacocks and the numerous colours of nature.
  94. Play Quidditch and other sports at Oxford University Parks.
  95. Shop in artisan shops and find unique memorabilia and sweets.
  96. For families with young children who love theatre and musicals, watch the matinee show in the afternoon at the Oxford Playhouse Theatre.
  97. Join workshops and watch family-friendly shows at the Pegasus Theatre.
  98. Let experienced and supportive instructors teach you and your family how to do the flying trapeze.
  99. Explore the ‘7 Worlds of Wisdom worth a wander’.
  100. Discover the Rollright Stones Monuments and the legend behind it.
  101. Catch a view from atop Faringdon Folly Tower, which is 100 feet high and offers panoramic views over five counties.

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