5 great places to caravan in Oxfordshire

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Oxfordshire is located in central southern England and known for its academic links, rich history and beautiful countryside. With a population of around 738,000 and an area of 2,605km2, it’s one of the smallest counties in England and borders Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

Oxfordshire is home to the University of Oxford, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. The university's history dates back to the 12th century, and it has produced numerous renowned scholars, scientists, writers and leaders.



The county is bursting with historical buildings and stunning mediaeval architecture including the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, and many beautiful college buildings. Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, is also located here. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an impressive example of Baroque architecture. The palace is set in beautiful parkland and hosts a range of events and exhibitions.

Part of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, extends into Oxfordshire. The region is known for its picturesque villages, rolling hills, and charming countryside. And - the iconic River Thames flows through Oxfordshire, providing opportunities for boating, punting, and scenic walks along its banks.

When it comes to food and drink, Oxfordshire is famous for its Oxford Blue Cheese, a soft blue cheese with a creamy texture and a mild, slightly tangy flavour. Banbury cakes are often enjoyed with a cuppa here! Associated with the town of Banbury, they’re sweet, oval-shaped pastries filled with currants, mixed peel, and spices.

Oxfordshire boasts a thriving brewing culture, with several local breweries producing a wide range of real ales and craft beers. Pubs and bars in the area often offer a selection of locally brewed beverages. What’s more, the popular British summer drink, Pimm’s, is often associated with Oxford's social and academic scene!

If you’re considering a trip here, Google ‘Campsites in Oxfordshire’ to find available campsites in the areas you’re most interested in, or utilise caravan site finders such as pitchup.com or caravansitefinder.co.uk for a more focused search that will enable you to select the key features you’d like the site to have.


5 great Oxfordshire locations…

The city of Oxford is the heart of Oxfordshire and a must-visit destination. It is famous for its prestigious University of Oxford, stunning architecture, and historical landmarks. The University of Oxford, founded in the 12th century, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. It comprises over 40 colleges and halls, each with its own distinct history and character. The university's academic excellence has produced numerous Nobel laureates, prime ministers, writers and scholars.

Oxford’s diverse architectural styles include mediaeval, Gothic, Georgian and modernist designs. The city's historic core features stunning buildings such as the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Libraries and the Radcliffe Camera. Amongst the oldest libraries in Europe, the Bodleian Libraries are part of the University of Oxford and house a vast collection of books, manuscripts and historical documents. The Radcliffe Camera, a circular library building, is one of its most iconic structures.

Oxford boasts a variety of museums and galleries, one of which is the Ashmolean Museum. It’s the oldest public museum in the UK and showcases a wide range of art and artefacts. The Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum is another great place to visit - it’s one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and features a diverse collection of plant species and serves as a peaceful oasis within the city.

Banbury is a historic market town located in northern Oxfordshire and dates back to Saxon times. Over the years it has grown into a vibrant town with a mix of modern amenities and historical charm. It continues to hold regular markets to this day; the bustling market provides a range of goods from fresh produce to clothing and household items.

Banbury is situated on the Oxford Canal and the River Cherwell, and the canal basin is a popular spot for visitors, with narrowboats, cafes, and charming waterside walks. Banbury Museum showcases the history and culture of Banbury and its surrounding areas. Visitors can learn about local industries, including the once-thriving iron industry.

Abingdon is one of the oldest towns in England, with a history dating back over 1,000 years! Situated on the River Thames and surrounded by picturesque countryside, it’s a delightful town to visit and explore. It boasts a number of historic landmarks including St. Helen's Church, a beautiful mediaeval parish church with a striking 170-foot spire, and the market place, which is surrounded by historic buildings and has been a centre of commerce since mediaeval times.

The town's iconic Abingdon Bridge extends over the River Thames and offers beautiful views of the river and the surrounding countryside, making it a favourite spot for visitors and locals alike. In the mediaeval period, Abingdon was home to Abingdon Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in the 7th century. The abbey was a significant religious and cultural centre until its dissolution during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. The abbey buildings are still a great place to visit today!

Located on the River Thames, this charming town is famous for its Henley Royal Regatta, a prestigious rowing competition held annually in early July. It attracts rowers and spectators from around the world and is a highlight of the British summer social calendar. If rowing’s your thing, the River and Rowing Museum will be of interest. With interactive displays, artefacts and exhibits related to the river's significance, it celebrates the history and heritage of the River Thames and the sport of rowing.

In addition to the riverside setting and idyllic scenery, Henley’s historical architecture is another attractive feature. The town centre is packed with traditional architecture, including Georgian and Tudor-style buildings, and the historic Henley Bridge spans the River Thames offering fantastic views. Henley's parish church, St. Mary's, is an impressive mediaeval building with a 16th-century tower, beautiful stained glass windows and a hub for cultural events.

A bustling market town, Bicester is famous for Bicester Village, one of England’s most popular luxury outlet shopping centres. It attracts shoppers from around the world seeking high-end brands at discounted prices and is a great place to visit if you’re a keen shopper - and even if you’re not! 

Other great places to visit near Bicester include Rousham House and Bicester Heritage. Rousham House and Gardens is an elegant 17th-century country house with a stunning landscaped garden. Designed by William Kent, the garden showcases naturalistic style and tranquillity, making it a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll. Bicester Heritage is a hub for classic car and vintage aviation enthusiasts. It's home to various historic vehicle specialists, workshops and events, with a focus on preserving automotive heritage.

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