What makes living in Oxfordshire so great?

Published: 26 July 2019

A local’s guide to Oxfordshire

For many years Oxfordshire seemed to be the most desirable area in the country to live in and now we know why. Its central and well-linked location along with the country’s reputation for exceptional schooling makes Oxfordshire the perfect place for commuters and families.

The Location

White Horse Hill is one the of most unique National Trust properties that you should visit and also ideal for a family walk. The Oxfordshire landscape offers a great variety of outdoor activities such as walks or rides which will be accompanied by amazing views over the surrounding countryside. Over 30 golf clubs can be found in Oxfordshire. You can also visit the county's numerous forests, including Wytham Woods, an area of historic woodland owned by Oxford University that is open every day of the year from dawn to nightfall.



Oxford offers a wide range of activities. There is a good range of open-to-the-public museums and university buildings among them. The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is Britain's oldest museum, and many residents attend on a regular basis to admire its vast collection, which is impossible to see in a single visit. Blenheim Palace is a beautiful building located just 8 miles from Oxford in Woodstock.


Things to Do

If you're looking for something to do in Oxfordshire, there are plenty of fantastic shopping possibilities throughout the county. Oxford is a popular location for shoppers especially for those searching for something a bit different because of the wonderful mix of major high street brands and unique, independent stores that litter the city's small cobblestone streets. For more upmarket shopping Bicester Village Outlet Shopping centre has a vast array of top worldwide labels. For foodies, Daylesford Organic and Millets Farm shops provide excellent quality produce which is locally sourced.


Restaurants, Pubs and Bars.

When it comes to restaurants,  Le Manoir aux Quat'Saison, is a must-visit dining experience for gourmands across the world. Raymond Blanc's two-Michelin-star restaurant in a wonderful manor house and countryside setting, and The Black Boy, a 16th-century bar in Milton that Marco Pierre White has renovated. Browns in Oxford is a popular choice for a casual lunch or drink in a welcoming environment. There are plenty of classic rural pubs and restaurants in practically every village and town you come across if you want to have a drink in a more traditional setting. The Swan Inn in Swinbrook and The White Hart in Henley on Thames are two of the best.


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Written by the SO Resi In-House Team










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