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Wander down the ancient streets and discover great shopping, art galleries, the theatre, and museums, and of course a variety of restaurants and cafes.

Ashmolean Museum

Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is Britain's first public museum and home to the University of Oxford's world-class collections of art and archaeology. The interior of the Ashmolean has been extensively modernised in recent years and now includes a restaurant and large gift shop.

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Bodelian Library

Here you will discover more of the University's fascinating history. The Bodleian Library is a working library which is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which forms the historic heart of the University, and you can explore the quadrangles of these magnificent structures at no charge.

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University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World – there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots.

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe, and the fascinating visitor experience, 'Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story'. The Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born 1874.

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Broughton Castle

This historic 14C moated castle enlarged in 16C has fine walled gardens with herbaceous borders, old roses and clipped box. Inside boasts splendid plaster ceilings, fireplaces and panelling.

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Christ Church

Christ Church is both Oxford University's largest College and the Cathedral Church for the Anglican Diocese of Oxford. Christ Church has had many students who have subsequently gone on to achieve considerable fame. Among these are the philosopher John Locke, religious leaders John Wesley and William Penn and the writers W.H. Auden and Lewis Carroll.

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New Theatre Oxford

Audiences at the theatre can once again see leading opera and ballet companies, from Welsh National Opera to the English National Ballet, contemporary dance, hit musicals like Chicago and Guys and Dolls, and of course sell-out pop concerts. The venue's current capacity is 1785 and the building is not listed.

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Museum of Oxford

Only museum dedicated to the history of the city. Exciting collection of social history displayed over two floors. Story of Oxford is brought to life through artifacts, room settings and film presentation.

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North Wall Arts Centre

One of Oxford's most exciting new venues, The North Wall in South Parade is a purpose-built arts centre, created from a former Victorian swimming pool, which has won several national awards for its innovative design. The Centre comprises a 240-seat theatre, an art gallery, and drama and dance studios.

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Brightwell Vineyard

Brightwell Vineyard produces award-winning, quality English wines which frequently win medals at National and International competitions. Wines sales and tastings are available from Brightwell Vineyard's on-site Wine Shop. Group wine tastings and vineyard tours are available by appointment.

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Cotswold Wildlife Park

It is one of Oxfordshire's major attractions and one of the most beautiful wildlife parks in the country. There are over 250 species of animals, large and small ranging from the colony of leaf-cutting ants in the Invertebrate House to the three White Rhinos grazing in front of the Manor House.

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Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse is a theatre for everyone. Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.

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The Living Rainforest

This living recreation of an Amazon rainforest houses an exotic collection of tropical plant and animals under glass making it a perfect all weather family attraction.

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Oxford Punting

Who could visit – or live in – Oxford without trying their hand at punting? And who can predict whether they will be sublimely competent and capable of effortlessly propelling their craft past all obstacles, or gloriously inept and prone to falling in every third push and incapable of keeping up with the speed of the stream?

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River Cruises

Oxford River Cruises offers public cruises and private and self drive boat hire in the heart of historic Oxford. Cruising the tranquil Thames in Oxford offers a taste of a slower life, where cares drift away with the gentle flow of the water and life's pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost.

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City Sightseeing

On the tour you will see Magdalen College, The site of William Morris's first workshop, University Science Area, the City Walls, Sheldonian Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Martyr's Memorial, Christ Church College, River Cherwell, Carfax Tower, Alice's Shop, Radcliffe Infirmary, Bodleian Library, The High, Broad Street and the University Parks.

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Water Walks

The only guided walks in Oxford along the River Thames, its backwaters, and the Oxford Canal, revealing the main features, events, and characters which have shaped these historic waterways and, as a consequence, the city itself. Walks are tailored to meet the interests and stamina of your group, embracing both historical and literary themes.

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Westgate Oxford

Westgate is located at the west end of Queen Street, where the west gate of the city of Oxford used to be situated. A car park, including a multistory section, is attached to the shopping centre, with access from Oxpens Road.

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The Covered Market

The market is located to the north of the High Street towards the western end between Cornmarket Street and Turl Street. To the north is Market Street. Most of the entrances are from the High Street and Market Street (with four entrances from each street). It is also possible to gain access from Cornmarket via the Golden Cross alley, with its small up-market shops.

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Bicester Village

Bicester Village Shopping Centre is a designer outlet centre in Bicester in the English county of Oxfordshire, for several high-end brands, including Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Charles Tyrwhitt, Aquascutum, Gucci, Dior, Bally and Prada. The centre's stores generally stock end-of-line ranges at discounted prices, at up to 60% off.

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Jamie's Italian

Jamie's Italian features fantastic, rustic dishes, using recipes that Jamie Oliver loves!

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Le Manoir

Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc, Le Manoir is renowned for offering one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences. Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, it is also one of the country's most intimate and original hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites.

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The Grand Cafe

The site of the first coffee house in England (1650) The Grand Café has now become an Oxford institution. During the day serving lunch, cream teas and high teas all perfectly at home in the opulence of the marble-pillared, gold-leafed building. At night The Grand Café is buzzing with locals, visitors and Oxford University students, taking advantage of the half price cocktails on offer.

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The Tree at Iffley

The Tree Hotel in the leafy village of Iffley boasts of a restaurant and bar in Oxford that serves Continental, Thai and Indian Cuisine with a varied choice, not only in its menu but also in its Buffets.

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Rusty Bicycle

Standing close to the city centre, The Rusty Bicycle has served the population of Oxford for generations. It offers cask ales, traditional ciders, a lengthy wine list, whiskies and a medley of fine spirits. They also make a mean cappuccino. They are also serious about their food - including making their own beer bread.

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