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Welcome to Oxfordshire

If you are a tourist with a pique to counties in South East England, then it is a must to visit and know Oxfordshire. Located at the middle of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Gluocestershire, the Oxfordshire is a county that offers unique culture and history, as well as exquisite venues worth remembering.

The county’s main city where most people are centered is Oxford. Oxford is known to be the most ethnically diverse cities in the United Kingdom. It towns more than 150,000 citizens. Aside from Oxford, other major settlements in Oxfordshire are Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, Chipping Norton, Didcot and Abingdon.

Generally, Oxfordshire prides its top brass educational institutions and tourist industries. One of these prestigious educational institutions that are housed at Oxfordshire is the Oxford University. Oxford University has already top caliber geniuses and notable individuals in their respective fields. To name a few of them, Lester B Pearson (Prime Minister of Canada, 1963-1968 and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize) and Stephen Hawkings (highly celebrated physicist and author of the bestseller, A Brief History of Time) were all products of Oxford University.

Oxfordshire is also noted for a high concentration of performance motorsport companies and facilities like the Britain’s Motorsport Valley—one of the producers of Formula 1 cars. Aside from that, Oxfordshire has a concentration of some local biotechnological companies.

There are a lot of places of interest located in Oxfordshire. The Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway — a rail station powered by steam and diesel locomotives are one of the good sites to go if one is to visit Oxfordshire. The county is also rich with historical and educational museums for public utilization. The Ashmolean Museum of the Oxford University, the Cogges Manor Farm Museum in Witney and the Wallingford Musem are among of the must-visits museums in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire is indeed a dynamic and progressive county in South England. Its industries, institutions, tourist spots as well as its people are the reasons why people should not miss visiting Oxfordshire when going to United Kingdom.

Map over Oxfordshire

Banbury

If you are a tourist with a pique to counties in South East England, then it is a must to visit and know Oxfordshire. Located at the middle of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Gluocestershire, the Oxfordshire is a county that offers unique culture and history, as well as exquisite venues worth remembering.

The county’s main city where most people are centered is Oxford. Oxford is known to be the most ethnically diverse cities in the United Kingdom. It towns more than 150,000 citizens. Aside from Oxford, other major settlements in Oxfordshire are Banbury,Bicester, Kidlington, Chipping Norton, Didcot and Abingdon.

Generally, Oxfordshire prides its top brass educational institutions and tourist industries. One of these prestigious educational institutions that are housed at Oxfordshire is the Oxford University. Oxford University has already top caliber geniuses and notable individuals in their respective fields. To name a few of them, Lester B Pearson (Prime Minister of Canada, 1963-1968 and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize) and Stephen Hawkings (highly celebrated physicist and author of the bestseller, A Brief History of Time) were all products of Oxford University.

Oxfordshire is also noted for a high concentration of performance motorsport companies and facilities like the Britain’s Motorsport Valley—one of the producers of Formula 1 cars. Aside from that, Oxfordshire has a concentration of some local biotechnological companies.

There are a lot of places of interest located in Oxfordshire. Chinnor & Princes Risborough RailwayThe Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway — a rail station powered by steam and diesel locomotives are one of the good sites to go if one is to visit Oxfordshire. The county is also rich with historical and educational museums for public utilization. The Ashmolean Museum of the Oxford University, the Cogges Manor Farm Museum in Witney and the Wallingford Musem are among of the must-visits museums in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire is indeed a dynamic and progressive county in South England. Its industries, institutions, tourist spots as well as its people are the reasons why people should not miss visiting Oxfordshire when going to United Kingdom.

The shire county of Oxfordshire has a lot of things to offer. Whether it is a piece of history, scenery, or a plain piece of its vast delicacies, Oxfordshire won’t run out. Oxfordshire is among the different counties in England but it stands out as one of the most visited places in the country. Many tourists and foreign visitors go here to have a taste of this beautiful place.

Oxfordshire, or called as “Oxon”, is a county located in the southeast of England. It borders Warwickshire (another shire county) to the northwest, Buckinghamshire to the east, Wiltshire to the southwest, Berkshire in the south, Northamptonshire to the northeast, and Gloucestershire to the west. These mentioned places are the shire counties that bounded Oxfordshire in the middle.

This shire county has a lot of educational institutions and major tourism industries. It is also known to house most of the top performance motorsport companies and facilities in the entire world. For example, the Oxford University Press, one of the largest print and publishing firms in United Kingdom, is located here in Oxfordshire. The University of Oxford in also connected to the concentration of local biotechnological companies.

The centre of Oxfordshire is the prestigious city of Oxford. Within and around Oxford are the significant settlements in the county. Banbury, Chipping Norton, Kidlington, and Bicester are located to the north of the city; Thame and Chinnor to the east; Abingdon, Wantage, Henley-on-Thames, Didcot, Wallingford to the south; and Carterton and Witney to the west. The highest point of Oxfordshire is the White Horse Hill, in the district of Vale of White Horse. It reaches 261 metres. Most of these places are studded with the Snake’s-Head Fritillary, the county flower of Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire was known as a county as early as the 10th century. It is situated in an area between the Chiltern to the east, the Cotswolds to the west, the Midlands to the north, and River Thames to the south. A part of Henley-on-Thames is also located on the south and Banbury to the north. This county in England has always played a significant role in different centuries. It contains vast valuable agricultural land in its center. But before anything great, Oxfordshire is widely ignored by the Romans. They didn’t notice the value that the place has or foresaw that the county will grow wider than their expectations. The formation of a settlement at Oxford during the eight century started the flicker, starting the county’s importance in the entire England.

There are a lot of historically important events that took place in Oxfordshire. Alfred the Great was born across the village of Thames in Wantage. The University of Oxford was also founded here in 1096. This university developed its importance in the course of the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. Oxfordshire also took part on the Cotswolds wool trade at the beginning of the 13th century, which have generated a huge amount of wealth for the entire county, especially in the western portions of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The industrialization of the place has begun when Morris Motors was founded there in 1912. It brought a heavy industry to a considerably industrial county. The role of agriculture as a major employer in Oxfordshire slowly diminished in the 20th century. Currently, only under one percent of the county’s population are involved in agriculture due to the growth of mechanization.

Throughout the history of Oxfordshire, it is divided into several parts, namely Banbury, Bampton, Bullingdon, Chadlington, Dorchester, Ewelme, Langtree, Lewknor, Ploughey, Binfield, Thame, Wootton, and Pyrton. Some of these are parishes, others are market towns, and others are main settlements. On the other hand, the main settlement areas in the county are Abingdon (in Berkshire until 1974), Banbury, Bicester, Burford, Carterton, Charlbury, Chinnor, Chipping Norton, Didcot (in Berkshire until 1974), Faringdon (in Berkshire until 1974), Henley-on-Thames, Islip, Kidlington, Oxford, Thame, Wallingford (in Berkshire until 1974), Wantage (in Berkshire until 1974), Watlington, Witney, and Woodstock.

Of course, you may never have savoured the entire Oxfordshire if you haven’t visited its finest places and places of interest. For example, the Abingdon County Hall Museum houses a 17th century County Hall building. It is often visited by tourists and even locals because of its displays of national artifacts that plays important role in the history. Aside from that, you can go these suggested places: Blenheim Palace and Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Broughton Castle (a 14th century fortified manor house), Cotswold Wildlife Park and Garden, Bradwell Grove, Cotswolds – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Didcot Railway Centre (Museum of the Great Western Railway), North Wessex Downs – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Oxford Canal, Rollright Stones (megalithic stone circle and “Whispering Knights” burial chamber), Uffington White Horse, Uffington Castle, Kemlscott Manor (home of William Moris), and the Museum of Bygones, Claydon (a museum of stationary steam engines)

Of course, these are few among the hundreds of places you can visit in Oxfordshire. This county is filled with riches that cannot be savoured in just a month of stay. Therefore, when going to this wonderful place in England, make sure you stay long enough so that you can have a complete tour to its finest places. Of course, you could plan to go district by district to know what these places can offer.

Oxfordshire is known to have four major government districts. These are South Oxfordshire, West Oxfordshire, Cherwell, and the Vale of White Horse. These places are the main divisions of Oxfordshire that houses the civil parishes and market towns. And of course, the centre of them is Oxford. It is very recommended that you should go district by district if you are planning to tour Oxfordshire. After all, each of these districts has their own beautiful sights, interesting histories, and wonderful delicacies that you can enjoy. You can really experience Oxfordshire if you take time to visit these places and embrace its rich culture and history. Definitely, you won’t regret anything once you set your feet to this wonderful place.

Vale of White Horse

Vale of White HorseThe Vale of White Horse is a local government district in the county of Oxfordshire. It has a main town named Abingdon, and some major places, namely Wantage and Faringdon. All in all, there are about 68 parishes within this district. Currently, the Council head of Vale of White Horse in Matthew Barber. Vale of White Horse is a non-metropolitan district, meaning that this place is largely rural and agricultural. Although there are some urbanized places here, most of the district’s parishes are still rural and idyllic in nature. Going here for relaxation is the best idea you can have!

List of Parishes in Vale of White Horse that you can hop in:

 

· Abingdon

· Appleford on Thames

· Appleton with Eaton

· Ardington and Lockinge

· Ashbury

· Baulking

· Besselsleigh

· Blewbury

· Bourton

· Buckland

· Buscot

· Charney Bassett

· Childrey

· Chilton

· Coleshill

· Compton Beauchamp

· Cumnor

· Denchworth

· Drayton

· East Challow

· East Hanney

· East Hendred

· Eaton Hastings

· Fernham

· Frilford

· Fyfield and Tubney

· Garford

· Goosey

· Great Coxwell

· Great Faringdon

· Grove

· Harwell

· Hatford

· Hinton Waldrist

· Kennington

· Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor

· Kingston Lisle

· Letcombe Bassett

· Letcombe Regis

· Little Coxwell

· Littleworth

· Longcot

· Longworth

· Lyford

· Marcham

· Milton

· North Hinksey

· Pusey

· Radley

· Shellingford

· Shrivenham

· South Hinksey

· Sparsholt

· St Helen Without

· Stanford in the Vale

· Steventon

· Sunningwell

· Sutton Courtenay

· Uffington

· Upton

· Wantage

· Watchfield

· West Challow

· West Hanney

· West Hendred

· Woolstone

· Wootton

 

Vale of White Horse is a geographically distinct region; it is bounded between the River Thames and the Berkshire Downs. The place is named after the Bronze Age Uffington White Horse. Historically, it was formed on 1 April 1974, through the Local Government Act of 1972—from the Municipal Borough of Abingdon, Abingdon Rural District, Faringdon Rural District, and the Wantage Urban District, and a part of the Wantage Rural District of Berkshire. The southern border of Vale of White Horse is almost the same size as the Ridgeway Path.

The Vale of White Horse is located in the valley of the Ock, a stream that connects the West, Abingdon from the Thames. This district is largely flat and well-wooded. The meadows of this place are so green that you can feel that you are in the Garden of Eden. Its foliage contrasts the richly bald summits of the Berkshire Downs in the south of the district. This district was once studded with numerous elm trees that once dominated the entire vale. Sadly, the district lost this wonderful feature due to the Dutch Elm Disease.

A low ridge to the north of the Vale of White Horse separates it from the upper Thames Valley. It also holds back the soft Jurassic sedimentary deposits (Gault, Kimmeridge Clay, and Greensand) on the back of a hard corallian limestone escarpment ridge. In some geographic definitions, the Vale of White Horse. Is two to five miles wide, and the distance from the road from Shrivenham to Abingdon is nearly 18 miles.

On the heart of Vale, the market town and civil parish of Wantage is located. Aside from Faringdon on the northwestern rim, Wantage is also referred as a “Vale” Town. It lies in a sheltered hollow at the foot of the hills. There are a lot of springs that can be found in the hills, which have enabled several early occupations from the past.

There a lot to see when you are in Vale of White Horse. Among these sites, the most famous perhaps is the White Horse Hill. The White Horse Hill is towards the west of the district, just above Uffington. The hill reaches up to 261m (856 ft). In the northern flank of the White Horse Hill, you can see a large figure of a horse, which is rumored to have unusual or supernatural origin. But definitely, this is a site to see while touring Vale of White Horse. This figure obviously gave name to the hill, the range, and of course, the village itself. This horse is 114 m (374 ft) long and have a complex style; its body, neck, and tail, have a little variation in width.

As mentioned, the origin of this white horse figure is still unknown. Locals here have suggested that this figure serves as a monument for King Alfred when he defeated the Danes. But mistakenly, even though King Alfred was born at Wantage, the Battle of Ashdown in 871 took place in various locations. Aside from that, this wonderful and mysterious white horse dates back from the Bronze Age, therefore it pre-dates the battle by many years. Also, one of the most enigmatic feature of this White Horse is the many ancient remains and relics were found here.

On the summit of the White Horse Hill, there is a well preserved and extensive camp which is circular in shape. It is assumed that this camp is used by the Romans, but the camp itself dates earlier than the Roman occupation. The camp is an Iron Age Hill fort and called now as the Uffington Castle. Close to the castle is the Hardwell Castle, and on the southern slope of the hill, near the Ashdown House, a small camp called the Alfred’s Castle is located. To the west of the slope, you can see the Liddington Castle.

The smooth, steep gully on the north flank of the White Horse Hill is called the Manger; to the west, you can see a bald mound the locals called Dragon Hill. The Dragon Hill is the traditional depiction of the victory of St George over the dragon; the blood of which, made the ground bare of grass forever. Yet, some suggest that the name of the hill is derived from the Celtic Pendragon (dragon’s head), a title for a king, and may locate and early place of burial. To the west of White Horse Hill, the Wayland’s Smithy is found. Wayland’s Smithy is a long barrow that is presumed to be the place of a smith who was never seen, but who takes the horses of unwary travelers if they left them at the place. This legend is now elaborated in the novel Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott and Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling.

The Vale of White Horse used to have a huge dairy industry, in which have employed a lot of villagers before, especially during the 1960s. That industry slowly diminished to just a few herds of dairy cows upon the entry of the 21st century. But still, farming in Vale of White Horse still thrives because the farmlands are still arable. There are a lot of natural sediments that are quarried in the district, including gravel, sand, and in the past, the Fuller’s Earth.

When the MG works closed at Abingdon, there are no mote motor industries in Vale of White Horse expect from small car fabricators and component manufacturers. The entirety of Vale of White horse is coursed by the Great Western Main Line (GWR) and the Cherwell Valley Line. If you want to take a round or two in the entire district, you might as well choose either of these stations. On the other hand, the Radley Railway Station and the Appleford Railway Station are now the only remaining stations within the Vale of White Horse. Once, there used to be stations at Uffington, Challow, Grove (near Wantage), Steveton, and Abingdon. These stations were forced to close when the Beeching Cuts took place in the early years of the 1960s. The closest mainline stations are now located in the Oxford, Didcot Parkway, and Swindon. Once, the Amey Ltd and Amey Roadstone Construction had its head office in Sutton Courtenway, Vale of White Horse.

One of the oldest road in Europe is found in the Vale of White Horse. The Ridgeway, a grassy path, is perhaps five thousand years old already. This track traverses along the crest of the White Horse Hills, continuing to Icknield Street, from the Chilterns to Goring, and Streatley on the Thames River. The Ridgeway connects The Salusbury Plain and The Wash. Possibly, the Ridgeway became an important route for trade.

Aside from the sites mentioned above, there are other interesting sites that are worth to be visited. The Letcombe Castle (also called the Segsbury Camp) just above Wantage, is an ancient castle that is still well preserved up to now. The churches in Vale of White Horse are equally significant and beautiful to the other sites in the district. One of these is the Cathedral of the Vale, an Early English cruciform at Uffington, noted for its hexagonal tower.

Indeed, Vale of White Horse is definitely an exciting and awesome place to visit and revel.

Cherwell

Cherwell is another local government district in Oxfordshire, England. The name of the district is derived from the River Cherwell, which flows to the south of the region into River Thames. The main towns in Cherwell are Bicester and Banbury.Cherwell The village Kidlington in Cherwell is a contender for the biggest village in England. Officially, the district was formed on April 1, 1974, through the Local Government Act of 1972. It was created through a merger of the municipal borough of Bicester Urban District, Ploughley Rural District, Banbury Rural District, and Banbury.

The half of the northern portion of the district of Cherwell mainly consists of soft rolling hills that goes down towards the Cherwell River. The southern half of the district around Bicester on the other hand, is much flatter compared to the northern part.

Just like Vale of White Horse, Cherwell has a lot of civil parishes that can offer you a good view of what the district is all about, and maybe the entire Oxfordshire as well. Well, it is practically impossible to hop on one village to another, but you can look at the list below to see which place interests you. After all, there is no such thing as boring trip and vacation when you are in the district of Cherwell and Oxfordshire.

§ Adderbury

§ Ambrosden

§ Ardley with Fewcott

§ Arncott

§ Banbury

§ Barford St John and St Michael

§ Begbroke

§ Bicester

§ Blackthorn

§ Bletchingdon

§ Bloxham

§ Bodicote

§ Bourton

§ Broughton

§ Bucknell

§ Caversfield

§ Charlton on Otmoor

§ Chesterton

§ Claydon with Clattercote

§ Cottisford

§ Cropredy

§ Deddington

§ Drayton

§ Duns Tew

§ Epwell

§ Fencott and Murcott

§ Finmere

§ Fringford

§ Fritwell

§ Godington

§ Gosford and Water Eaton

§ Hampton Gay and Hampton Poyle

§ Hanwell

§ Hardwick with Tusmore

§ Hethe

§ Hook Norton

§ Horley

§ Hornton

§ Horton cum Studley

§ Islip

§ Kidlington

§ Kirtlington

§ Launton

§ Lower Heyford

§ Middle Aston

§ Middleton Stoney

§ Milcombe

§ Milton

§ Mixbury

§ Mollington

§ Newton Purcell with Shelswell

§ Noke

§ North Aston

§ North Newington

§ Oddington

§ Piddington

§ Prescote

§ Shenington with Alkerton

§ Shipton on Cherwell and Thrupp

§ Shutford

§ Sibford Ferris

§ Sibford Gower

§ Somerton

§ Souldern

§ South Newington

§ Steeple Aston

§ Stoke Lyne

§ Stratton Audley

§ Swalcliffe

§ Tadmarton

§ Upper Heyford

§ Wardington

§ Wendlebury

§ Weston on the Green

§ Wigginton

§ Wroxton

§ Yarnton

You can travel to any of these destinations via the M40 route, with junctions 9, 10, 11 in the district. This route has also a good rail connection with London, Oxford, and Birmingham, which can make your trip convenient and worthwhile.

The district of Cherwell is one of the England’s best when it comes to recycling. Its recycling rates are over 40% for the past year. Formerly, the recycling rate in Cherwell is just 9%. This rate increased when the blue box scheme for recycling paper was introduced. From them, this has grown to include cardboard, cans, and plastic. The civil parish of Kidlington has even a freecycling group. No wonder Cherwell is among the cleanest areas in England. While travelling here, you can see no dirt or trash on the streets. The air is clean and the surroundings will remind you of the fresh ambient you are wishing for.

One of the sites that you must see is the River Cherwell. River Cherwell is the major tributary of the River Thames in central England. These rivers are the most popular in the entire Oxfordshire because they have played part, throughout the entire history of the county. Actually, River Cherwell is much closer to Oxford but it is really linked to Cherwell district. Of course, this river served as an irrigation when Cherwell was still an agricultural land back then. Today, houses have already erected near it. Many boating rides and riverside restaurants have been built also to savor the beauty of the river. While you are in Cherwell, make sure you pay to visit one of these establishments. You will surely enjoy the fresh air while enjoying the calm of the river. Fresh delicacies and Oxfordshire original food are also waiting for you! The famous boathouse and restaurant in Cherwell is the Cherwell Boathouse.

In some major villages in Cherwell, there tourist information centers in which you can ask where are the must-go places, restaurants, and hotels.

The Walk the Landscape, a theme park in Banbury, Cherwell, offers a guided day walks in the Cotswolds and into the heart of England. The routes of the park are well researched so that they can provide the best experience to any visiting tourists and visitors. These routes will lead you to the most awesome parts of the Oxfordshire County. They have expert guides on these paths to tell you a little background and history of Cherwell. The pass will also lead you to some good pubs for lunch and delicious treats. Taking a tour in the Walk the Landscape will surely make the most of a day in Oxfordshire.

If you are up for an adventure, you could also visit the Bicester Gliding Centre. This center is a historically important airfield that dates back to 1917, when it was set up as an RAF Station. This base was also used in the Second World War. After that, this airfield was abandoned, but most of its parts and structures are still preserved. The Bicester Gliding Centre is a listed under the English Heritage Building. It includes the 1920s and 1930s hangars, control tower, and the pre-World War Two bomb store. The airfield is assigned as a conservation area by Cherwell District Council. Today, the Gliding Club offer courses ranging from half a day to five days; these courses cater to different gliding experience levels. Members of the Bicester Gliding Centre can participate in regular activities, including vintage rallies and competitions. But you can also experience the thrill even though you are not a member of the gliding club. This center offers gliding services to tourists and visitors!

For a more historical destination in Cherwell, the Broughton Castle is the perfect one for you. The Broughton Castle is a medieval manor house located in the civil parish, 2 miles to the southwest of Banbury. This castle became the home of the famous Fiennes family, Barons Saye and Sele. The building is in the center of a parkland that is surrounded by a wide moat. During the English Civil War, William the 8th Lord Saye and Sele, raised a regiment, and he and his four sons fought at the famous Battle of Edgehill. Afterwards, the Castle was besieged, and then captured. Broughton Castle is open everyday for visitors and tourists. This castle, even medieval, has still retained its original features. It is a good place to visit, especially when you are planning to enjoy the rich history of Cherwell.

Adventure will also come your way when you will visit Cherwell. Flying will never be impossible as long you will visit the Hinton Skydiving Centre. It is owned and managed by a group of professional skydivers. The skydiving center is the nearest full time skydiving center in London, Northampton, Banbury, Brackley, Midlands, and Milton Keynes. The popular Drop Zone is located at the Hinton Airfield which is in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire border. It is among the friendliest and most sociable skydiving club in the entire United Kingdom. This place offers skydiving competitions, corporate events, and some charitable activities. One of the services offered by the Hinton Skydiving Centre is the tandem skydiving. This service is especially designed for those who want to try skydiving for the first time. Visitors like you will surely love this activity as it puts your adrenaline to the edge of its limits.

Enjoy fantastic artifacts and well-preserved relics and treasures in Banbury Museum. This museum is located in the center of the market town of Banbury, near the Oxford Canal. It displays most of the history of the town and even of the Cherwell. Pieces of stories can be told here through their exhibits. These include vast remains, and treasures from the English Civil War. Also included in their display are pieces of history of the Oxford Canal and the Tooley’s Boatyard. The Tooley’s Boatyard is a scheduled ancient monument, or simply, a nationally important archaeological site or building. You can visit this boatyard through a guided tour. 17th century costumes can also be seen in the Banbury Museum. The Museum is operated by the Cherwell District Council and accessible over a bridge from the Castle Quay Shopping Centre or through the Spiceball Park Road. Most importantly, the admission to the museum is absolutely free!

A place you should also visit in Cherwell is the Hook Norton Brewery. It is a regional brewery in the county of Oxfordshire, and is located several miles outside the Cotswold Hills. It is founded in 1849 as a traditional Victorian brewery. Until 2006, the process was operated by steam. But still, the beer is delivered in the entire village of Hook Norton via horse drawn dray. You can take a tour inside the Hook Norton Brewery and visit its own museum of historic brewery relics and local history exhibits. Outlets for Hook Norton ales comprise off licenses, free houses, and supermarkets. The Hook Norton Brewery also has a system of 47 tied houses spread across a region from Thame in the east to Worcester in the west and Grove in the south to Napton-on-the-Hill in the north. In total there are 23 Hook Norton pubs in Oxfordshire, nine each in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, and three each in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

Cherwell is indeed a nice place to visit. Aside from the mentioned places, there are a lot of sites you can see while you are in the district!

South Oxfordshire

Another district that must be visited in Oxfordshire is the South Oxfordshire. The South Oxfordshire is a local government district in England. Its council is located in Crowmarsh Gifford, just outside of the village of Wallingford. South Oxfordshire was created through the Local Government Act 1972 on April 1 1974. It is a combination of municipal boroughs of Wallingford, Henley on Thames, Wallingford Rural District, Henley Rural District, Bullingdon Rural District, and the Thame Urban District. Some of the parts of Wallingford were previously owned by the administrative county of Berkshire.

The River Thames passes approximately 47 miles through the district of South Oxfordshire, and it is connected by the River Thame within the district’s territory. A one special feature of the rivers within the South Oxfordshire is that they have wide floodplains with few houses near them. Because of this, fluvial flooding is a lesser problem compared to flash flooding.

The major towns in the district are Henley on Thames, Thame, Watlington, Wallington, and Didcot. These areas have the basic amenities you need while you are venturing South Oxfordshire. They have a wide array of stores and shops, hotels, restaurants and pubs. Within these towns, you can also find places that can pique your interests, such as historical churches, buildings, and manor houses.

Apparently, unlike other districts in Oxfordshire, the entire district of South Oxfordshire is parished. These parishes, although small and rural in nature, still have a vital importance in the abundance of South Oxfordshire. These civil parishes will also completely awe you because of their simplicity and cleanliness. These are the parishes in the entire South Oxfordshire. You can take a look and mark the places that may include in your itinerary once you are here in the South!

Much of the village is rural in nature. This district is non-metropolitan; therefore, farming and other agricultural related occupations have constantly prevailed in the place. Its sceneries, such as the mountains, woodlands, grasslands, and forests, are still preserved. Several places here in the South Oxfordshire are listed under Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visiting here will relax your mind and weary body from the stress of a highly urbanized pace and lifestyle. The agricultural land of the district is almost 70%. In fact, there northeast of the district is entirely a greenbelt. Interacting with the locals here would be surely pleasant, as they are noted to be friendly and warm. 50% of the population of South Oxfordshire live in the four main towns—Henley on Thames, Didcot, Wallingford, and Thame.

South Oxfordshire is known to have integrated the traditional Henley on Thame, the enigmatic Uffington White Horse, the nostalgia of steam railways, and the adrenaline of F1 racing. South Oxfordshire is quite the mixture of the present, past and the future!

The landscape of South Oxfordshire is formed by the Chiltern Hills, the Berkshire Downs, the Ridgeway, and the River Thames. The city of Oxford is its northern neighbor while London, even though close in distance, seems to be far. While in the district, you can take your repose in any of its market towns. Actually, some of the villages and towns in South Oxfordshire have been used as film locations. For example, parts of the Harry Potter series have been shot here! You can relieve those moments once you visited South Oxfordshire.

You can enjoy and savor South Oxfordshire via walking or cycling through trails, accompanied by some red kites flew by some young children. South Oxforshire has a lot of colourful and hyped festivals you can surely partake. You can also explore county houses, set your feet to traditional pubs for original and decent brews. Many restaurants here in the district will make you tuck into fine and fresh local dining.

The country of England has a colorful history and South Oxfordshire has played a major part of it. The district is studded with Iron Age and Prehistoric settlements in almost of its areas. The Saxon Kings and the early promulgators of Christianity, the Norman invasion and medieval families’ feud, the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, and the Cavaliers and Roundheads of the unforgettable English Civil War took place here in South Oxfordshire. If you are a fan of history, then South Oxfordshire is the place for you.

There are plenty things that will entertain you while you are here in South Oxfordshire. Historic buildings, landmarks, gardens, and a Time Team excavation site—you can have them all. Those who have a heart of the countryside and countryside life will find this place as their own personal heaven.

For historic buildings, you can visit the Abingdon Abbey at Abingdon on Thames, the Ardington House at Wantage, Ashdown House at Faringdon, Buscot Old Parsonage and Buscot Park at Faringdon, Dorechester Abbey at Dorchester on Thames, Ewelme Church at Ewelme, Great Coxwell Barn at Faringdon, Grey’s Court in Henley on Thames, Kelmscott Manor at Lechlade, Kingston Bagpuize House and Garden at Abingdon on Thames, and the Stonor Park in Henley on Thames. These are just among the hundred historical and old structures that you can visit in South Oxfordshire.

Aside from these, there are some industrial heritages, museums and exhibitions, restaurants and theatres, parks and gardens, wildlife and nature, and water-based attractions that will surely make your visit in South Oxfordshire memorable.

West Oxfordshire

A considerably non-metropolitan district, West Oxfordshire is a local government district located in the west Oxfordshire. Its major towns are Woodstock, Chipping Norton, Witney, and Charlbury. The district council is based in Witney. West Oxfordshire is mainly rural forest and downloand; the main activities and employment of the locals are farming and trade. This feature is the common trait West Oxfordshire shares with its neighbouring districts.

West Oxfordshire was born on April 1, 1974 through the Local Government Act of 1972. It is formed through the unison of the municipal boroughs of the Witney Urban District, Chipping Norton, Witney Rural District and the Chipping Norton Rural District.

The district is bounded within the River Thames catchment area. This area is also where the Thames and its tributaries such as River Windrush and River Evenlode pass through. Parts of West Oxfordshire have been severely damaged during the 2007 floods in the United Kingdom. But even for that, the district maintained its stature and rapport as one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Oxforshire.

Just like South Oxfordshire, all of West Oxfordshire is parished. You can take a look at the entire list below and see the places that have taken your interest. Of course, you can refer to this site to know more about the history and must-see places in any of these civil parishes.

Of course, West Oxfordshire also flaunts various sites and destinations that will leave you musing.

For example, the Blenheim Palace is the home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Located in the town of Woodstock, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This building is also listed as a World Heritage Site. Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, after his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. While you are here in the Blenheim Palace, you can take a look of the gilded State Room, which houses one of the best collections in the entire Europe. You can also access one of their fascinating services, the “Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story”. The Churchill Exhibition will also allow you to see the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born in 1874. Blenheim Palace is located in Woodstock, 8 miles from the city of Oxford. It is surrounded by 2,000 acres of “Capability” Brown landscaped parkland, wonderful formal gardens, and the great lake, which will give you a memorable visit in West Oxfordshire.

You can get closer to wildlife in West Oxfordshire when you will visit the Cotswold Wildlife Parks and Gardens. In this park, you can witness over 260 different species of animals in their 160 acres of lovely parkland and awesome gardens. You can see a giraffe here, walk with lemurs, and have an eye-to-eye with Rhinos as they graze in front of the Gothic Manor House of Burford. They also have train ride, restaurant, adventure playground, and a gift shop. Cotswold Wildlife Parks and Gardens is located in Bradwell Grove, Burford. It is open every day, all year round.

The Fairy Tale Farm is perhaps the most unique tourist attraction in the entire West Oxfordshire and even in Oxfordshire. Located in Chipping Norton will surely be loved by you and your family. It is a sensory and learning park that is specially built for the family. It has an exciting adventure playground and an enchanted walk that is filled with a lot of surprises around the corner. The Fairy Tale Farm also houses some majestic animals, which will assure you of a great time and stay here!

Located at the town of Witney, the Cogges Manor Farms, and wildlife is a place you must visit while you are in West Oxfordshire. The manor house can offer something for everyone. It has a splendid farm setting with animals around that bring life to the site with their noises and activities. If you will roam around, you can see beautiful Gloucester Old Spot piglets, some pygmy goats, Indian runner ducks, some sheep, and their very own rescue chickens. During weekends and bank holidays, the ground floor of the Cogges Manor House is open. Here, you can spot some traditional cooking tools on its huge kitchen range. Taking a walk in the walled gardens of the manor house will reveal the once coveted vegetable beds. You can meet new farm animals here and even create your very own vegetable plot in one of their sand-pit allotment!

You can also savour the West Oxfordshire Cotswold by taking the Charlbury Circular Walks. There are two very different paths in the Cotswolds Countryside that starts here in the village of Charlbury. The first route takes in the only public right of way through the old ancient Wychwood Forest within the Cornbury Park. You can also pass through the beautiful village of Chilson and several amazing views of the Cotswold. The second route traverses to the northwest of Charlbury, following the calm and splendid Evenlode Valley. It also uses a part of the Oxfordshire Way.