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BOTANIC GARDENS

To get the most out of these gardens make sure you visit on a beautiful summer's day and look out for the Victoria Water Lily on your stroll. The perfect place to rest and think, these landscaped gardens are great for a relaxing day out.

PUNTING (CHERWELL BOATHOUSE)

An Oxford classic, punting is associated with summer days and lazy picnics. Take full advantage of this quiet and rural experience through Oxford's green belt by hiring your punts at Cherwell Boathouse. Remember - the tradition at Oxford, dating back to the 1880s, is to punt from inside the boat rather than from on top of the till.

Details

50 Bardwell Rd, Oxford OX2 6ST

+44 (0)1865 515 978

www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

Oxford University Parks

University Park consists of 70 acres of parkland on the West bank of River Cherwell. A beautiful open space with a great chance to see the lovely academic buildings, it's well worth a stroll on a sunny day.

Blenheim Palace

The birthplace of Winston Churchill and the residence of the 11th Duke of Marborough is located just a short distance outside of Oxford. There are formal gardens, a lake, landscaped woodland as well as the pretty Palace to occupy your time.

Details

Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

+44 (0)1993 810 530

www.blenheimpalace.com

Carfax Tower

Only the tower of this former church remains after it was demolished in the late 19th Century to accommodate growing traffic. Climb the 99 steps of the swirling staircase for amazing views of Oxford.