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Oxfordshire

For a cultural getaway or a countryside ramble, Oxfordshire is a captivating county. Oxford itself, at the very heart of this rural county, is renowned for its heritage, exquisite architecture, and ancient university. But it’s well worth taking time out time out to explore the surrounding landscapes, enjoy the county’s bustling honey-coloured market towns, discover the film and literary connections or visit beautiful Blenheim Palace.

 

The first colleges of Oxford were built in the 13th century, but it wasn't until 1878 that women were admitted to the university.

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Stars line up for Henley Festival

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St Mary's Church, Bampton, was the setting for many key Downton Abbey scenes. credit: Martyn Ferry 2015/Getty Images

Dreams of Downton: gorgeous photos of Oxfordshire

With thatched cottages, medieval manor houses and cosy inns a plenty, rural England doesn’t get much lovelier than the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, so it’s little wonder it was chosen as the backdrop to much of Downton Abbey.

Photos of our most spectacular stately homes

As these photos show, we have some gorgeous grand houses in Britain, from giants such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and Highclere Castle to lesser-known gems.

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Beautiful photos of Oxford

With its prestigious university, established in the 12th century, and the city’s medieval centre, Oxford’s architecture led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the City of Dreaming Spires. Here are some of our favourite spots.

The English Music Festival

The English Music Festival is an annual celebration of music by British composers, held in a number of beautiful venues in Oxfordshire. Its 2012 festival will coincide with the Diamond Jubilee

Millais brothers art collaboration up for sale

A beautiful example of brotherly partnership is coming up for auction on 29 September 2010: a tale of two Millais, a Wyatt and Blenheim Palace.

Tune into the best of English music

A world premiere of a symphony, a lost piano concerto and rare opera are just some of the highlights of this month’s English Music Festival (27-31 May), in Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

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