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5 Family Staycation Breaks near Oxford

Oxford is a wonderful place for a city break or a staycation in the UK. Mostly famous for Oxford University, one of the oldest universities in the World, and the medieval architecture of the 38 colleges in the city centre, but Oxford has much more to offer.

The city centre of Oxford is a wonderful combination of village atmosphere and modern big city with all that entails. The vibrant city is home to amazing cuisine, great festivals, an exciting art scene and pubs, clubs, and cafes.


Summertown oxford short let

Summertown is a vibrant suburb to Oxford with many shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from when on staycation. The suburb is also home to a great number of pretty University Parks, perfect for walking, for a picnic, or for a punt on the river.

Stay in Bishop Kirk Place in Summertown, the perfect place to staycation near Oxford.

Hollow way house
Cowley and Headington in East Oxford

East of the city centre of Oxford is the suburb of Headington. Located at the top of Headington Hill and overlooking the city, Headington is a wonderful residential with little pockets of shops and cafes. Cowley is a residential and industrial area and best known for its automotive industry - historically, it was the home of the car manufacturer Morris (later absorbed into British Leyland, then the Rover Group), which has now evolved into MINI.

Stay in Hollow Way House on the Hollow Way Road that runs between Headington and Cowley, perfect for a family staycation break.

Beech Cottage
Boars Hill

Boars Hill is a lovely hamlet Southwest of the city centre of Oxford, a picture-perfect area with the most wonderful views of both the city of Oxford and the surrounding countryside. For those enjoying the outdoors life and walking, Boars Hill is a great place for a staycation near Oxford. The Oxford Spires View Walk offers stunning views of the spires below, it’s perfect for picnics, and you will most likely see both local farm animals, bluebells and snowdrops at the right time of year too. 

Stay in Beech Cottage in a wonderfully rural location in Boars Hill, a super setting for your staycation near Oxford.

Bushnells Cottage

The large village of Wheatley is a great mix of modern of old, full of history but with modern conveniences too. If you’re visiting around May Day, don’t miss the old village lock-up, a pyramid-shaped stone structure from 1834 where visitors can be locked up for a few minutes to feel what it was like back in the day, and even leave with a certificate to prove it.

Stay in Bushnell’s Cottage, a quaint stone cottage in Wheatley and the perfect place to staycation near Oxford.

Jericho Townhouse

This fashionable suburb of Oxford, Jericho, is a wonderful place to staycation as it is full of buzz with wonderful restaurants, cafes, exciting little shops, and an independent cinema. Jericho is a mere 15-minute walk from The River Thames with some wonderful walks along the.

Stay in Jericho Townhouse in the fashionable suburb of Jericho, the perfect place to book a staycation near Oxford.