If you haven’t taken the time to visit central England yet, you should add this to your travel ‘to-do’ list. One of the jewels in the crown has to be the county of Oxfordshire, with the city of Oxford itself as the pinnacle of places to see. Yet there is plenty more to do here aside from the notorious University city; all you need is a car and a sense of adventure! So if you fancy a spot of exploration in the coming weeks and months, here are a few destinations to stop off at…
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There is an amazing outlet village to be found on the outskirts of Bicester, but the town itself is where the charm lies. There is a traditional market square, which is the perfect place to sit if you enjoy a bit of people watching. Luckily there are a number of car parks in the area so you can easily switch between your car wheels and your feet when you fancy a bit of a stretch. There are also many restaurants and cafes here so you can make sure you have enough fuel to continue your journey elsewhere.
Take the time to check out the small market town of Thame, which is a few miles away from Oxford. Here you will find cute boutique style shops, as well as a butchers and a bakery. There are car parking spaces within the town centre, or you could choose to park a little further out and explore the area by foot. See if you can find the bridge just outside of the town where you can straddle the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire borders – it really is possible to be in two places at once!
Further north is the town of Banbury which sits in the Cherwell district of Oxfordshire. There are lots of green spaces and delightful buildings, so it is certainly worth heading here if you have the time. Other attractions to see in the town are Banbury Cross, the museum, and Oxford Canal. Have a stroll and see if you can find all of the churches in the town, and make your mind up about which one looks the most quintessentially English.
The area of Didcot has been inhabited for 9,000 years, so you can bet that the area is worthwhile visiting. Drive around the surrounding area by car to discover things that you might not be able to if you were relying on public transport. There is one attraction in the area that is fairly accessible to everyone, and this is the Didcot Railway Centre – somewhere that those both young and old enjoy. It is a former Great Western Railway engine-shed that is now a comprehensive railway museum.
Near the corner of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire is the town of Henley-on-Thames; a place you should visit for a touch of the high life. The town is truly known for its association with rowing; the Henley Royal Regatta is held here each summer. However it is perfect for visiting any time of the year, even if you aren’t too into the rowing scene. Enjoy the characterful buildings and restaurants offering fine dining before taking a stroll beside the River Thames.