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Experience wildlife just outside Oxford

Posted by Emma Righton on Wednesday 6 April

With London just one hour away on the train, and with two train stations in the city (including the snazzy new Oxford Parkway) you have more options than ever to visit neighbouring areas during your visit.

One top tip from Righton would be to make the most of the wonderful Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in West London before it closes on May 2.

The vibrant annual exhibit showcases over 100 images and the work of some of the world’s finest photographers, including young amateurs and established artists.

You can even buy a copy of your favourite print from the gift shop at the end.

Book tickets here.

TOURIST TIP: White Horse Hill

Posted by Emma Righton on Thursday 31 March

One must-see for people visiting Oxford is the historic and enigmatic White Horse in Uffington, just 20 miles outside Oxford.

White Horse Hill is one of the many highlights along the Ridgeway National Trail, an ancient 87-mile chalk ridge route that was first used by prehistoric man, stretching from Avebury to the Chilterns.

Make the strenuous climb to the top of the hill and you will be rewarded with a seemingly never ending view that stretches – on a clear day – over six counties.

Carved into the chalky hills around 3,000 years ago, no one knows who or why the giant horse was created.

The area is great for exploring, taking in the sights or just looking at wildlife.

Twitchers will enjoy spotting skylarks, meadow pipits, corn buntings and partridges, which breed in the grassland.

Look up and you might also see buzzards, kestrels and red kits hunting voles and field mice.

For more information click here.

TOURIST TIP: Floral Treats for the Green-Fingered

Posted by Emma Righton on Thursday 31 March

Just outside the city centre is Waterperry Gardens, which has a stunning collection of over 83 gardens to explore.


With walking trails, a lovely tea shop, garden shop (selling delicious homemade Waterperry apple juice and cider from the orchards on site), gift barn, plant centre and amazing floral displays to enjoy, this little gem in Wheatley is well worth a visit, especially in the summer.


For more information, click here.

Images courtesy of Waterperry Gardens website.

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