Looking for something to keep all the family happy? Oxford has so much to offer when it comes to fun days out that the little ones will love. Whether you fancy learning about history and culture at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History or solving puzzles to get out of an escape room, this beautiful city has got it all. Here are our top picks of things to do in Oxford for families.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
If your little ones tend to roll their eyes or moan at the suggestion of visiting a museum, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History might change their minds. With charming collections revealing the natural world, along with a fanciful display of dinosaur skeletons and fossils, there’s plenty here to really inspire the kids. A great thing to do in Oxford for families.
The University of Oxford Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Garden is a great place to visit with kids. It’s the oldest and most iconic botanic garden in the UK. The kids can wander around the amazing gardens and enjoy the range of 6000 flowers and trees which grow there, as well as exploring what’s inside the glasshouses. Have you heard of the Garden Eye Spy trail? It’s perfect for the very young. Help your little ones find all the numbers up to ten dotted around the beautiful gardens. Make sure to pick up a copy of this trail at the ticket office or print it out in advance.
The largest park in Oxford, Cutteslowe Park reaches across 42 acres and holds an impressive green flag award. Kids with a curious nature can pick up a map and go orienteering over the 18-control course or take on the two huge adventure playgrounds which sit at the heart of the park. Why not bring your swimming gear, towels and changes of clothes and let your kids loose in the paddling pool as you take in the pleasant sounds of splashing and laughter too? Cutteslowe Park should definitely on your ‘things to do in Oxford for families’ list.
Looking for that perfect thing to do in Oxford for families? Make sure you try out a kid-friendly escape room! Pay a visit to Escape Hunt and take on one of five thrilling challenges, suitable for kids of all ages. You’ve got one hour to unravel all clues and break out, so the whole family will have to work together, if you want to escape in time. Younger team members may need a little help to crack the puzzles, but you’ll find that kids are great at noticing clues that adults tend to miss.
The Ice Rink
Located in the heart of Oxford is the popular Ice Rink. Hosting fantastic activities such as skating sessions, discos, special events and much more, the kids are sure to have a great time. Maybe you want to watch an adrenaline fuelled game of ice hockey? Book tickets to watch the Oxford City Stars. Whether you know a little or a lot about the sport, it’s very exciting to watch. The ice is sure to accommodate all!
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