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Top 10 Hidden Gems in Oxford

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations scattered across Oxford.

Oxford is known for being a literature-focused and historic city; with many tourists visiting to explore the many museums in the area. However, if you look hard enough you'll find some little gems which the typical tourist doesn't know about.

In this article, we share the top 10 hidden gems in Oxford which you need to add to your Oxford bucket list this year. We hope you enjoy!

1) Godstow Abbey

A very holy and atmospheric abbey located in Godstow which even some locals don't know about. It's a great place to spend a few hours, especially along the Riverside. It's a very quiet location; you may find the odd dog walker when you visit but apart from that you will more than likely have the whole ruins to yourself!

2) Devil's Quoits

A great location to see Neolithic Stones and take a pleasant explore through the woods. To add a bit of history to the site; it's a reconstruction of a Neolithic henge dated 4900 to 4600 years.

3) Grand Cascade

An amazing place to visit especially after heavy rainfall! It's located in the midst of the tranquillity of the garden/woodlands walk and seeing the cascade is such a reward. We definitely recommend visiting at Christmas time as the annual illustration shows are not to miss!

4) The Harry Potter Tree

The Harry Potter Tree is also located within Blenheim Palace for those visiting the Grand Cascades too, so we recommend visiting when you're in the area. It's a lovely tree and an amazing bit of cinema history of a breath-taking estate.

5) The Column of Victory

A fairly simple honouring column which has a great viewpoint towards the palace as it's lined up perfectly! It's not too far away for The Harry Potter Tree either.

6) North Leigh Roman Villa

This hidden gem are well preserved low walls of a Roman Villa which are free to visit. Visitors can enjoy villa walls, hypocaust, baths as well as courtyard clears. There are clear information boards which are available to read too.

7) Old Mans Bridge

This little bridge has been a known landmark since the late 19th century. It's a footbridge over the River Thames so there isnt much to see!

8) Wayland's Smithy

Described as some as being even better than Stonehedge, this gem is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and admire some history. It's a 4500 year old long barrow burial chamber, and is located in a small forested area in the middle of a field. Definitely recommend visiting if you're in the area!

9) Chedworth Roman Villa

You can almost imagine Roman life when you visit these ruins! It also makes you appreciate how advanced they were when it came to buildings and even underfloor heating. Visitors will be able to see amazing remains of mosaic tiled floors which are preserved for all to see.

10) Liddington Hillfort

Experience amazing views of Wiltshire from Swindon's highest viewing point! It's a lovely historic place to visit and it's well worth a wander around if you're in the area. Visitors can sit back and take in the English countryside surrondings.

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known places which are scattered around Oxford. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Oxford trip even more memorable!

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