Oxfordshire is home to world class arts and culture in stunning venues, lush gardens, animal attractions for purr-fect family holidays, beautiful landscapes full of walking, cycling and boating opportunities. Oxford and Oxfordshire have provided backdrops for countless international films and popular TV series, and many places may look familiar to fans of series like Downton Abbey, Midsomer Murders and Inspector Morse. Oxfordshire is also famous for its excellent local produce and delicious food.
The Ashmolean Museum's collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations. Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is the most important museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Britain. The collections span the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of mankind from the Neolithic era to the present day.
The impressive architecture and incredible scenery at Bleinheim Palace provides a stunning setting for filming, from classic period dramas, to factual documentaries and modern feature films. Some films place the Palace centre stage but others come to film small aspects, you might not recognise at first glance such as part of a staircase or a glimpse of the maze.
The Oxford Covered Market is centred in the middle of the city and welcomes its visitors with an array of colours and aromas. The building dates back to the 1770’s and has a long, varied and interesting heritage. The Market provides a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink.
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the most compact, yet diverse collection of plants in the world right in the heart of the city centre and is open throughout the year. Visit inspiring herbaceous borders, glasshouses that take you around the World or simply relax in the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain.
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