Oxfordshire's towns and villages are steeped in history yet boast some of the very best shopping experiences available. From Bicester Village to the cobbled streets of Henley, you'll find everything you need and want right here. 


Central Oxfordshire
Central Oxford
Oxford has shopping, history and parkland in abundance as well as riverside walks and a huge variety of leisure activities. Go punting, ice skating or just watch the world go by outside a cafe in the city centre - Oxford is perfect for finding something to do when you have a day to fill. The museums are all-family friendly and there are frequently free workshops and talks available. The covered market offers an alternative to the main high street shops and you can find local handmade treasures or accessories from far-flung parts of the world. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, you'll be spoilt for choice in Oxford and you'll have plenty of excuses to stop in between sight seeing or discovering parts of the city you've never seen before.
 
If you want to escape the city, be sure to visit Sandford to enjoy the river or take the children to Cuttleslowe Park for some family fun. Shotover Park near Headington and Christ Church Meadow back in the city will take you to quiet places and give you a chance to enjoy the surroundings.
 
Be sure to use the park and ride to avoid costly parking charges or getting caught up in traffic.

South Oxfordshire
South Oxfordshire
The riverside towns of Abingdon and Henley attract many visitors throughout the year as well as being well-loved by locals. Walks along the Thames are within strolling distance of the hustle and bustle of the main towns and boat trips are readily available, whilst large parks provide areas for picnics and quiet strolls. History is easily found by wandering the streets of the older market towns, including Wantage and Wallingford, and more recently developed towns like Didcot provide great train links to Oxford and London.
 
Get away from the main towns and head to Wittenham Clumps, White Horse Hill or the Ridgeway for a great green space experience.
 
Abingdon is the place to be if there's a significant royal event on the calendar. The 400 year old tradition of bun throwing means that around 4000 current buns rain down on the people of Abingdon thrown by local councillors from the town hall. A sight to be seen!


North Oxfordshire
North Oxfordshire
The increasingly popular market towns of Banbury and Bicester offer shopping for the seasoned professional at Bicester Village, Castle Quay and Banbury Gateway set alongside the stone buildings of the older parts of the towns. In Banbury, the town centre straddles the canal so a short stroll from the shops you'll find tranquility and green parks.
 
With easy access to both towns from the M40 and A34, a trip to North Oxfordshire is essential. If it's countryside pubs you're after, you'll find plenty of choice in the surrounding villages of both towns with play areas and pubs gardens to suit families as well as those wanting a quiet sunday afternoon with a local ale. Antique shops and vintage emporiums can be found in Deddington and Brackley, as well as great choice for independent coffee shops.

East Oxfordshire
East Oxfordshire
The market towns of Wheatley, Thame and Chinnor are real gems of Oxfordshire. From the wonder of Waterperry Gardens to the historic windmill at Brill, you can find plenty to see and do.
 
If you're in the mood for something extra special, take a trip to Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons at Great Milton where the food and scenary will blow you away. For more mainstream offerings, head to the small market town of Thame where you might recognise some of the many backdrops to Midsomer Murders. Also home to the Towersey Festival, make sure you visit in August so you don't miss the four day experience.
 
For train enthusiasts, a trip to Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is a must while those with a sweet tooth can watch chocolate being made back in Thame.

West Oxfordshire
West Oxfordshire
Bordering the Cotswolds, the quaint market towns of Witney, Burford and Chipping Norton can offer all the usual supermarkets and high street shopping coupled with a good provision of shopping centres and retail parks amid glorious countryside. Not forgetting Woodstock and Charlbury, you'll find you won't need to venture far to find breathtaking views of rolling hills.
 
If its independent shops and curious boutiques that tickle your fancy, this area is not to be missed. West Oxfordshire is spoilt for choice when it comes to great coffee shops, bakeries and bistros so take a stroll around the towns and villages to explore its history and its modern day offerings.
 
Of course, a trip to Blenheim Palace is not to be missed and you can convert your entry ticket to an annual pass ensuring you can go back again and again.