5 ‘off the beaten track’ things to do in Oxfordshire

20th January 2020

  1. Broughton Castle


Broughton Castle is a fortified manor house surrounded by a moat, home to Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family. The original medieval manor house, of which much remains today, was built in the year 1300 by Sir John de Broughton. An impressive array of arms and armour from the Civil War period, as well as much more, are displayed in the Great Hall. Visitors may also explore the gatehouse, gardens and sprawling leafy park. A delicious range of tea, cakes and snacks can be found at the Tea Rooms in the converted stables.
Open Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays – please check their website for further details: http://www.broughtoncastle.com/


  1. For lovers of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials book trilogy


Explore an area key to Pullman’s book La Belle Sauvage, a story set 12 years before the start of His Dark Materials. Visit Port Meadow, home to the Trout Inn pub where the main character Malcolm Polstead lived with his parents.  Cross the weir and visit the ruins of Godstow Abbey where in the book, baby Lyra was cared for and protected from the evil Magisterium. Continue to walk along the Thames footpath, past Godstow lock, heading for the Perch pub at Binsey who serve up a variety of traditional British pub food. On your way, take in the views of Oxford’s dreaming spires which can be seen across the famous Port Meadow , you may even (in the summer months) find locals taking a swim in the river Thames to cool off.



  1. The Oxfordshire Museum


For those visiting the world-famous Blenheim Palace, it’s worth taking a walk outside the palace walls to visit the quintessentially British town of Woodstock home to the Oxfordshire Museum. Housing a fascinating collection, all from within the county of Oxfordshire, you will have the chance to see dinosaur footprints, ancient treasure and even the opportunity to dress up in period costume! The museum’s tearoom, situated within its beautiful 18th century house, serves up delighted lunches and snacks.
For further details please check their website: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-culture/museums/oxfordshire-museum 


  1. Millets Farm Centre


If in search of a fun day out for all the family, then Millets Farm Centre may be just the place. With fun activities for every age, this charming and well-established farm offers ‘pick your own’ fruit and vegetables, falconry shows, a large maze, multiple play areas, a restaurant using the farms own produce, a café serving hot drinks and cakes, and a farm shop. This is a great chance to get outside and learn about the British world of agriculture.
For more activities and information about Millets Farm, visit their website at: https://milletsfarmcentre.com/



  1. The Story Museum


A hidden gem in the heart of Oxford, the Story Museum is a truly unique and captivating way of experiencing literary stories in all their forms. Through immersive exhibitions, gallery spaces and events, the museum celebrates and explores the enduring power that stories have to teach and delight us. A real favourite for both children and adults alike, be sure to make a stop into this magical world.
For more details about events and immersive exhibitions, please check their website at: https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/explore#explore

Written by: Amy Huggins, Academic Programme Manager