Days Out Oxford

Museums & Attractions

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Blenheim Palace

The Palace – a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history. Enter the Palace and explore the gilded State Rooms and priceless collections set against striking stonework, and experience the beauty and magnificence of this Grade I listed building.

Park & Gardens – the picture-perfect British stately home of Blenheim Palace sits among more than 2000 acres of extraordinary landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens. The inspired work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown constructed the Great Lake and planted thousands of trees in his ten-year tenure here, engineering a landscape that appears natural but is actually ‘contrived to pleasing effect’.

Cafes & Restaurants – serving light bites, lunches and traditional Afternoon Teas, our cafés and restaurants serve locally sourced, fresh food and can cater for all tastes and experiences.

For families – there is loads going on for kids in the Pleasure Gardens including an adventure playground, maze, butterfly house and miniature railway.

Events – Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, ever-changing experience with a wealth of sporting and cultural events throughout the year. Click here to find out more about forthcoming events.

Park open 9.00-6.30 everyday except Christmas. Opening times vary for different parts of the estate.

Woodstock, OX20 1PP

01993 810530

Ashmolean Museum

The University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. For families: you can download a free family trail in advance, pick up free sketching materials and trails at the museum, and museum ‘Explorer’ kits (containing little challenges to complete and toy camera, torch, magnifying glass) See weekly classes for Baby Ashmoles, (Fri) Little Ashmoles (Thurs) and Ashventures (Sat). Open every day, 10am–5pm. Admission FREE.

Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH

01865 278000

Bletchley Park

Enjoy the once top-secret world of iconic Codebreaking Huts and Blocks set within an atmospheric Victorian estate. Families visiting Bletchley Park can expect a fun-filled day, exploring the museums and discovering all about the codebreakers. Family trails and children’s playground. Open 09.30 to 17.00 in summer and 09.30 to 16.00 in winter.

Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB

01908 640404

Bodleian Libraries

The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with over 12 million printed items. Discover the Library’s history with your family through Thomas Bodley’s History Trail, ten quiz questions to guide you through the external quadrangles, the beautiful Divinity School, the Sheldonian Theatre and the Weston Library.

Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

01865 277094

History of Science Museum

The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments. For children – help yourself to a paper trail from the Entrance Gallery and don’t forget to collect a sticker from a staff member once you’ve completed your trail! Open Tuesday to Sunday 12.00-5.00.

Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

01865 277293

Oxford Bus Museum

We tell the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years. Our exhibits include a historic preserved horse-drawn tram, motor buses, coaches and a wide selection of artifacts.

Open Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 10.30am to 4.30pm. Also open Saturdays in June, July and August.

Hanborough rail station yard, Main Road, Long Hanborough, OX29 8LA

01993 883617

Oxford Castle and Prison

Take a guided tour and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the building’s 1,000 year history. After your tour, you will be inducted into the castle’s prison and wider site where you will be able to explore at your own leisure. Open daily 10.00-4.20

Oxford Castle & Prison, 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY

01865 260666

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimensOpen everyday 10.00am-5.00pm. Admission FREE. For families:

  • Science Saturdays (2.00-4.00) – meet scientists to investigate real natural history specimens, for ages 8+. Doesn’t run every Saturday so please check.
  • Family Friendly Sundays (2.00-4.00) – try a trail, borrow a backpack, make something or rummage in our special sorting boxes. Free, drop-in.
  • Curious Cubs MONTHLY on a Tuesday – explore the museum with some of our furry friends (for under 5s). Free, drop-in. Next date: 17th Sept, 22nd Oct, 2019
  • A Little Look at… MONTHLY on a Monday – a tour of the museum for under 5s, with a different theme each month. Free, drop-in.
  • Trails available.

Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

01865 272 950

Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world. For families:

  • Free family friendly object handling. Saturdays 11.00-13.00.
  • Borrow a backpack full of activities and become a family of museum explorers. Saturdays 10.00-16.00.

Open 10.00-16.30 Tuesday to Sunday and bank holiday Mondays, and 12.00-16.30 Mondays. Admission FREE.

South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP

01865 270927

River and Rowing Museum

Explore our galleries and exhibitions, attend one of our events, take a look in our shop, or relax in The Cafe. The museum is also home to the magical Wind in the Willows exhibition which brings to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music. Open daily 10.00-5.00.

Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF

01491 415600

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

A great little family museum aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, featuring hands-on galleries and home to the Roald Dahl archive. Regular story-telling sessions. Chiddler’s sessions run term-time Fridays, 10.30-11.30, for ages 0-3, and feature songs, storytelling, free play and crafts (book in advance – these usually sell out). Cafe.

Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00-5.00 and Saturday to Sunday 11.00-5.00. Closed most Mondays.

81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Bucks, HP16 0AL

01494 892192

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

A military museum telling the stories of soldiers, their families, the county towns in which they lived or came from and the consequences of conflict on them and the County.

Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00-5.00, Saturdays 11.00-5.00, Sundays2.00-5.00, closed Mondays.

Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN

01993 810211

The Oxfordshire Museum

A large 18th century house in the heart of Woodstock with galleries exploring Oxfordshire’s story. Garden, cafe and gift shop. Admission FREE. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.00-5.00,Sundays 2.00-5.00, closed Mondays (except bank holidays 12.0-5.00)

Fletcher’s House, Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN

01993 814106

The Story Museum

Waddesdon Manor

Over a century ago, the house and setting were created to delight the small circle of Baron Ferdinand’s friends. We now welcome thousands of visitors each year who come to appreciate the exceptional architecture, art collections and gardens. Woodland playground, cafe and restaurant. National Trust.

Grounds open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00-5.00 (21st March to 4th November 2018)

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH

01296 820414