• Things to do with Thames Travel

    There are many great 'things to do' within easy reach using your Thames Travel bus services. Below are some suggestions of top places to visit - so take a look and get on board!

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For lots of ideas for affordable fun days out this summer, please see our 'Destination: Summer!' info page here.

Thames Travel: Things to do

  • Open Top Bus Tour of Oxford

    With its medieval streets, cobbled lanes and secluded alleys, there's no better way to see Oxford than up close. City Sightseeing Oxford run a superb bus tour that covers all of Oxford's major attractions throughout the year.

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  • Carfax Tower

    The Carfax Tower is all that remains of the 13th century St. Martin’s Church. The Church was the official city church of Oxford from 1122. Upon climbing the 99 steps to the top, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Oxford's skyline.

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  • The Covered Market

    With around 55 independent retailers, Oxford's historic Covered Market has something for everyone. Located just a minute's walk from our High St coach stop, it's easy to get to.

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  • Dorchester Abbey

    This 12th Century Abbey is on a site that has housed religious monuments dating back to as early as c4000BC. Discover 6000 years of history in the Abbey Museum or enjoy a Sunday afternoon busking session during the summer.

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  • Harcourt Arboretum - Botanic Garden

    This magnificent tree collection includes some of the oldest redwoods in Britain. Seasonal highlights include wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods.

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  • The Oracle Shopping Centre

    Shop 'til you drop at The Oracle Shopping Centre, with 90 shops to choose from!

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  • Didcot Railway Centre

    Enjoy a ride on a steam train and learn about the history of the unique collection of trains, coaches and more at Didcot Railway Centre.

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  • Oxford

    For more things to do in Oxford please visit our sister company Oxford Bus Company.

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  • River and Rowing Museum

    Visit one of the UK's leading independent museums and learn about the river, the town of Henley-on-Thames and the sport of rowing.

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  • Stonor Park

    Stonor Park is the family home of Lord and Lady Camoys and has been the Stonor family residence for over 800 years.

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  • Museum of English Rural Life

    Educational for all ages! The Museum of Engish Rural Life is a great place to visit. Discover fascinating immersive galleries, and research collections, take a stroll in the beautiful garden and refresh in the welcoming cafe.

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  • Vale and Downland Museum

    Learn about the heritage of Vale and White Horse in the busy market town of Wantage.

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  • Westgate

    Westgate is home to prestigious global brands, eclectic restaurants and cafes, leisure and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining. With over 100 stores, it is the perfect place to shop 'til you drop!

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  • Walking in Henley

    From short guided historic tours and nature trails, to riverside walks and long country rambles, why not catch the X38 service into Henley to start your walk?

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  • Wallingford Castle and Gardens

    Scenic, charming and medieval! Once the site of one of the strongest and most important castles in England, the Wallingford castle grounds are the perfect spot for a picnic with family and friends.

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  • Warburg Nature Reserve

    Warburg Nature Reserve is an ideal location for a walk with family or friends. Borrow a wildlife explorer pack from the resident warden and learn about nature through games and spotter sheets.

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  • Aston Martin Heritage Trust

    The Aston Martin Heritage Trust holds a fascinating and growing collection of cars and artefacts. Enjoy a celebration of the British motor industry, and of James Bond’s car of choice.

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  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    The Oxford University Museum of Natural History offers the chance to see many collections of geological and zoological specimens. A fun and educational day out for all the family.

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  • Swimming Pools

    Save time and money! Buy your swim ticket from your bus driver for 4 swimming pools in Oxford!

    Swimming Pools in Oxford
  • Nuffield Place

    Explore the house that was occupied by Lord and Lady Nuffield. Wander through the gardens and enjoy a light lunch in the tea-room.

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  • Reading Museum

    The museum is located inside the beautiful Victorian Town Hall in the centre of Reading. Visitors get the opportunity to discover Reading through the ages and learn about local history.

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  • Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary

    A registered charity dedicated to caring for abused and ill-treated donkeys. Visitors are welcome with no entrance fee but donations are appreciated.

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  • Cornerstone Arts Centre

    Opened in 2008, this purpose-built arts, culture and entertainment centre has something for everyone — from children’s shows and plays to live music and comedians.

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  • Wallingford Museum

    See specialised exhibits and experience sights and sounds through history at the Wallingford Museum, open annually from 1st March to 30th November.

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  • Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

    Take a ride in a 1950s carriage pulled by a Heritage diesel locomotive through beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside.

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  • Abingdon County Hall Museum

    The Abingdon County Museum tells the story of one of England’s oldest towns, where you can see one of the last MGB Roadsters to come off the Abingdon factory production line, and discover why bun throwing is so significant to the town!

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  • Cole Museum of Zoology

    Part of the University of Reading, the Cole Museum of Zoology contains some 3500 specimens of which about 400 are on display at any one time.

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  • The Oxford Pass

    Entry to a host of Oxford attractions plus free bus travel!

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