This summer, rediscover Oxfordshire by bus!

Rediscover Oxfordshire by Bus

Now that summer holidays are finally here, it’s time to plan some great days out for you, your family and friends.

There are many great attractions within easy reach using your Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel bus services. Below, we've listed top 20 attractions for you to discover. You should also check out our things to do page with an integrated journey planner to help you work out how to get there!

We have a range of great value tickets. With the Go-Anywhere day ticket, you can travel on all Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel services for just £9 for an adult day ticket or £17 for a family! Buy your Go-Anywhere ticket straight from your driver or the mobile app.

Top 20 attractions in and around Oxford!

To help you plan your fabulous days out, we've put together a list of 20 (in our opinion) greatest locations and attractions for you to visit in Oxfordshire this summer. No need to thank us - we hope you enjoy your summer and your Oxfordshire experiences!

1. Open-top bus tour of Oxford

Open-top bus tour of Oxford

Location: Oxford City Centre

Hop on an open-top bus for the best way to see Oxford’s dreaming spires and iconic historical buildings!

Let City Sightseeing Oxford introduce you to this vibrant and cultured city. With one fantastic route of 20 bus stops, you’re free to hop on and off at your leisure to make the most of your stay. Join us around Oxford!

2. Oxford Walking Tours

Oxford Walking Tours

Location: Oxford City Centre

Discover the main attractions of Oxford on foot, learn about the history of our fascinating city and have all your questions answered by friendly and professional tour guides.

City Sightseeing Oxford offer a range of fantastic walking tours suitable for everyone, including a unique Oxford Ghost Tour brought to you by a professional actor!

3. Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower

Location: Oxford City Centre

The Carfax Tower is all that remains of the 13th century St. Martin’s Church. Climb the 99 steps to the top to enjoy a fantastic view of Oxford's dreaming spires.

4. Oxford Castle and Prison

Oxford Castle and Prison

Location: Oxford City Centre

A fun family destination located close to the Oxford City Centre. Take a guided tour around the castle and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the building’s 1,000 year history. 

5. Museum of Oxford​

Museum of Oxford

Location: Oxford City Centre

The Museum of Oxford is dedicated to telling the story of Oxford, its people, and its communities.

6. The Ashmolean Museum 

The Ashmolean Museum 

Location: Oxford City Centre

The Ashmolean Museum is the world's first university museum. Their world-famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.

7. Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey

Location: Dorchester

This 12th Century Abbey is on a site that has housed religious monuments dating back to as early as c4000BC.

8. Iffley Meadows

Iffley Meadows

Location: Oxford 

Beautiful nature reserve a stone's throw away from central Oxford. A perfect location to relax, take a breath and enjoy the nature. 

9. Christ Church Meadow

Christ Church Meadow

Location: Oxford City Centre

Located within Oxford City Centre, Christ Church Meadow offers beautiful views of the meadow and rivers. 

10. Vale & Downland Museum

Photo of a fossil

Location: Wantage

At the Vale & Downland, you’ll discover so much more than a museum! From fossils to a Formula One racing car, there are objects and stories to fascinate all ages.

11. Wallingford Castle and Gardens

Wallingford Castle and Gardens

Location: Wallingford 

Scenic, charming and medieval! Once the site of one of the strongest and most important castles in England.

12. Nuffield Place

Illustration of Nuffield Place

Location: Nuffield near Wallingford

Nuffield Place reveals the surprisingly down-to-earth lives of Lord Nuffield, founder of the Morris Motor Company, and his wife. 

13. Abingdon County Hall Museum

Abingdon County Hall Museum

Location: Abingdon

The Abingdon County Museum tells the story of one of England’s oldest towns, where you can see one of the last MGB Roadsters made.

14. Wallingford Museum

Wallingford Museum

Location: Wallingford

Learn about the history of Wallingford in this colourful, delightfully intimate and family-friendly local history museum.

15. Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Arboretum

Location: Nuneham Courtenay

This magnificent tree collection includes some of the oldest redwoods in Britain.

16. Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Location: Wallingford

Ride in a 1950s carriage pulled by a Heritage diesel locomotive through the beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside on this trainline.

17. The Story Museum 

The Story Museum 

Location: Oxford City Centre

Founded in 2003, The Story Museum celebrates stories in all forms and explores their enduring power to teach and delight.

18.  Didcot Railway Centre

Photo of people looking at a train

Location: Didcot

A unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics based around the original 1930s engine shed.

19. Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Location: Oxford City Centre

The Museum of Natural History holds Oxford University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens.

20. Hinksey Outdoor Pool

Hinksey Outdoor Pool

Location: Oxford

Want to cool down this summer? Head to Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool in Oxford!


Still need more ideas? Check out all of local attractions and things to do by clicking here.