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Abingdon County Hall Museum,
Market Place, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3HG

Free Admission

Museum is open daily 10.30 - 16.00 except Easter Sun, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (please telephone to check opening times for other bank holidays). MAP

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Regrettably, there is no wheelchair access to the museum, but a visual guide is available at Abingdon Information Centre in Abbey Close.

Officially reopened following the completion of the Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment of the Grade I Listed building by H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO on 8th March 2013.

25 cases of geology and minerals
10 cases of shells and corals
14 cases of zoological exhibits
5 human skeletons found when excavating the basement of a local inn

In addition, the museum stores a selection of craft from the former Southern Arts Collection, donated to the County in 1998. This comprises 90 pieces including work by Kate Malone, Alan Caiger-Smith, Wendy Ramshaw, Jim Partridge and Lubna Chowdhary.

The items on display include: The Monk's Map, a 16th-century map of the River Thames around Abingdon.

A reproduction of the Abingdon Sword, a late Anglo-Saxon iron sword and hilt of the late 9th or early 10th century (original held by the Asmolean Museum).

The last MGB car off the production line at Abingdon.

Some items from the collection are available in an online database.

Email: abingdon.museum@abingdon.gov.uk

Tel: 01235 523703

Ashmolean Museum (of Art and Archaeology)
Beaumont Street, Oxford
Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH

The present Ashmolean was created in 1908 by combining two ancient Oxford institutions: the University Art Collection and the original Ashmolean Museum.

Open 2 Jan-31 Dec, Tue - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00, Sun, 14.00 - 17.00. Easter, 14.00 - 17.00. Closed 9-11 Apr, 24-27 Dec.

Admission is Free.


Tel: 01865 278000
Fax: 01865 278018

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Bampton Community Archive
& Local Studies Centre, Old Grammar School, Church View, Bampton OX18 2HA

Community Archive with over 2000 photos and other material concerning Bampton's architecture, social history and folklore with particular emphasis on Morris dancing.

Admission Free

Only open during exhibitions please phone 01993 850947 or 01993 851377 for details


Banbury Museum
Spiceball Park Road,
Banbury, Oxon OX16 2PQ

Banbury Museum's entrance is inside the Castle Quay Shopping Centre.

Admission Free

Banbury Museum has events and activities throughout the year and monthly talks by the Friends of Banbury Museum.

With a section reflecting the history of the town's association with the Oxford Canal.

Open Mon through Sat 09.30 to 17.00 and Sun and Bank Holidays 10.30 to 16.30

Tel: 01295 259855

Web: www.Cherwell-DC.gov.uk/BanburyMuseum


The museum includes Tooley's historic boatyard which is viewed from the Oxford Canal waterside.

The boatyard is a working business operated by Tooley's Boatyard Ltd. Guided tours are are available on Sats from Easter at 15.00 but chargeable. Details from 01295 272917.

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
Faculty of Music, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1DB

Open 5 Jan-24 Dec, Mon - Fri, 14.00 - 17.00. Closed 9-12 Apr during term time.

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01865 276139
Fax: 01865 276128


Bishop's Palace Site, Mount House, Church Green, Witney, OX28 6AZ

Bishop's Palace - The town of Witney owes its origin to the Bishop of Winchester. The Bishop's Palace site situated near to the Church on Church Green is one of 24 luxurious residencies in the diocese and dates from the 12th century. MAP

The archaeological remains of the great hall and other features are exposed under a modern roof and were discovered in the early 1980s.

There is a small interpretation centre with a model of the Palace at the height of its importance.

Opening Hours - Site only: Mon to Fri 10.00 to 17.00 - Interpretation centre: By appointment only

Tel: 01865 300557

Dorchester Abbey Museum
Abbey Guest House
Dorchester on Thames
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

The Museum has displays in the oak-panelled, 16th century Old School Room in the Abbey Guest House and in the Abbey’s Cloister Gallery. The intention is for these displays 'to be a guide to the past and present of the village of Dorchester-on-Thames and its environs', bearing in mind that the area has been continuously occupied by man for the last 6000 years.

Open Easter 11.00 - 17.00, Easter Mon 14.00 - 17.00;
1 May-30 Sep, Tue - Sat, 11.00 - 17.00, Sun, 14.00 - 17.00,
Bank Holiday Mon, 11.00 - 17.00.

Admission is Free.


Tel: 01865 340007

Faringdon Woodland (Home of Faringdon Folly Tower) - Off - Stanford Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

Nearest postcode is SN77AQ - The footpath starts from the Stanford Road.

Free Entry woodland - Folly woodland is an always open place for people to go, with a number of things to please children. Great views too.

Faringdon Clump - Historic site of one of five (Oliver) Cromwell's Batteries.

A charming 4 acre, circular woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees, some more than 200 years old.

Seek out the 24 black birds and giant willow pie, Cromwell’s cannon, the fairly useless bridge and more. Please do not feed the giraffes!!

10 minutes walk from Faringdon’s historic market place where refreshments are available, and 2 hours Free parking.

Faringdon Folly Tower

Entry to the folly on occasions Apr to Oct (see website) is chargeable (accompanied Under 11s Free) - This unique unusual 100ft tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England sits on Folly Hill, within the woodland.
Tel: 0845 475 8386

Faringdon is a market town in the Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire with a half-hourly 66 bus service run by Stagecoach from Swindon

Iona House Gallery
4 High Street, Woodstock
Oxfordshire, OX20 1TF

Iona House Gallery is part of Scottish International Relief – all profits from the gallery go to ‘Iona House’ – a home in Romania for children who have been abandoned and are HIV positive.

Open Mon - Sat 10.00 - 1730; Sun 12.00 - 1730

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01993 811 464
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Museum of Modern Art
30 Pembroke Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BP

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01865 722 733
Fax: 01865 722 573


Museum of Oxford
Town Hall, St Aldates
Oxford OX1 1DS

Free Admission

The only museum dedicated to the history of the City and University. Discover the earliest residents, medieval crafts, Civil War stories and the growth of the University and present day city.

Open: Tue to Fri 10.00 17.00; Sat and Sun 12.00 to 17.00


Tel: 01865 252761

Museum of the History of Science
Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire

Open all year, Tue - Sat, 12.00 - 16.00, Sun, 14.00 - 17.00.
Telephone for Christmas opening

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01865 277280
Fax: 01865 277288

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road, Oxford
Oxfordshire, OX1 3PW

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01865 272950
Fax: 01865 272970

Oxfordshire Museum
Fletchers House
Park Street, Woodstock
Oxfordshire, OX20 1SN

Situated in an 18th C. house in the heart of the town the museum displays the history and natural history of the county. Hands on exhibits and specially designed computer programmes provide additional interest for the whole family

Open all year

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01993 811 456
Fax: 01993 813 239

Pitt Rivers Museum
Parks Road, Oxford
Oxfordshire, OX1 3PP

Open all year Mon - Sat, 12.00 - 16.30, Sun, 14.00 - 16.30.
Telephone to check closure at Easter and Christmas

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01865 270927
Fax: 01865 270943

Regimental Museum Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
TA Centre, Slade Park
Headington, Oxford
Oxfordshire, OX3 7JJ

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01865 780128
Fax: 01865 780144

Swalcliffe Barn
Swalcliffe, Banbury
Oxfordshire, OX15 5DR

Open: 11 Apr -31 Oct, Sun, Bank Hols, 14.00 - 17.00.

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01295 788278

Tolsey Museum
126 High Street
Burford, Oxford
Oxfordshire, OX18 4QU

Open 1 Apr -31 Oct, Tue - Fri, 14.00 - 17.00,
Sat, Sun, Bank Hols, 11.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01993 823238

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Below this line, in the grey area, we are adding alternative days out to the Free listings that DoFreeStuff is renowned for. This is to help you plan your family days out. The attractions listed below make a charge for admission!

Abingdon Museum, Abingdon
Banbury Museum, Banbury
Benson Veteran Cycle Museum, Wallingford
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Bloxham Village Museum, Banbury
Bodleian Library, Oxford
Broughton Castle, Banbury
Charlbury Museum, Oxford
Chipping Norton Museum of Local History, Chipping Norton
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, Wallingford

Cogges Manor Farm Museum, Witney
Greys Court, Henley on Thames
Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre, Banbury
Kingston Bagpuize House, Abingdon
Mapledurham House and Watermill, nr Reading
MG Car Club, Abingdon
Museum of Oxford, Oxford
Nuffield Place, Henley-on-Thames
Pendon Museum, Abingdon
River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames
Rousham Park House and Garden, Bicester

Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames
Sulgrave Manor, nr Banbury
Tom Brown's School Museum, Faringdon
Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage
Wallingford Museum, Wallingford

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