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Oxford – Excursions

Our fantastic Oxford summer school locations offer a number of iconic destinations to visit during the summer, including local castles, wildlife parks and sites of historical interest.
Please note that these are example excursions, which may change from year to year and vary according to age group.



Blenheim Palace

In the heart of Oxfordshire’s countryside lies the stunning architectural feat of Blenheim Palace. Constructed in the 18th century by the first Duke of Marlborough, the Palace is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of former British wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.


Students will enjoy the chance to see the beautifully decorated State Rooms and witness the world-famous, and surprisingly accurate, Marlborough Tapestries. After exploring the grand interior, a walk around the breathtaking landscaped grounds completes the trip to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


London Theatre Trips

The chance to visit London's West End and see renowned shows is an exciting prospect for many ORA students. With a variety of critically-acclaimed performances available, students could be lucky enough to watch Wicked, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock or many other possibilities.


Cotswold Wildlife Park and West Midlands Safari Park

The Cotswold Wildlife Park is home to hundreds of animals from all over the world. Ring-tailed lemurs, giant tortoises, ostriches and giraffes await students as they eagerly enter the Park. Between animal exhibits, there are beautifully landscaped gardens perfect for a relaxing stroll around the animal kingdom.


The West Midlands Safari Park offers an immersive exploration of animal exhibits. A walkthrough trail is designed to educate young visitors about periods of zoological history and give them the chance to see incredible creatures. Students can explore the ice age and the land of the dinosaurs on their journey, even coming face to face with life-sized models as they go.


Roman Baths and Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a 5000-year-old Neolithic mystery, intriguing visitors for hundreds of years. With no certainty over its purpose, the enormous stone circle provides ample opportunity for interpretation and exploration as students wander around the mesmerising monoliths.


After investigating the mystical Stonehenge, a trip to the world-famous Roman Baths presents students with the chance to explore Roman Britain. A series of baths and springs reveal past Roman beliefs, including remains of curse tablets thrown into the water to bring misfortune upon enemies.


Warwick Castle and Windsor Castle

Fly back in time and experience medieval life at Warwick Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. History is brought vividly to life at this 1000-year-old stone fortress by a team of actors dedicated to jousting, archery and falconry. Students can explore the castle's endless rooms, examine the medieval graffiti scrawled by long-forgotten prisoners or take a relaxing stroll around the castle’s beautiful Victorian Rose Garden.


A trip to a castle still in use today is equally thrilling. Windsor Castle has housed many generations of the Royal family and is still a part-time residence of Queen Elizabeth. Its long and interesting history makes it a unique and captivating Castle to explore, with a perfect balance of beautiful scenery and impressive rooms. A visit to Windsor Castle also includes witnessing the Changing of the Royal Guard, an English tradition, and the chance to discover the Castle where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently tied the knot.


Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor is home to over 100 rides and attractions, as well as a fifteen-acre zoo. Visit the many different types of birds, reptiles and mammals, before letting off some steam on the exhilarating rides. Students can round off the day by tackling the vertiginous aerial assault course or enjoying a round of crazy golf.