The Thames Valley

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  • 1. Ashmolean Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    What might be Britain's greatest museum outside London is also the oldest public museum in the United Kingdom. "The Ash," as locals call it...Read More

  • 2. Blenheim Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This magnificent palace has been called England's Versailles, and with good reason—it's still the only historic house in Britain to be named...Read More

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  • 3. Eton College

    Educational Institution

    Signs warn drivers of "Boys Crossing" as you approach the splendid Tudor-style buildings of Eton College, the distinguished boarding school...Read More

  • 4. Hatfield House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Six miles east of St. Albans, this outstanding brick mansion surrounded by lovely formal gardens stands as a testament to the magnificence of...Read More

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  • 5. Magdalen College

    Educational Institution

    Founded in 1458, with a handsome main quadrangle and a supremely monastic air, Magdalen (pronounced maud -lin) is one of the most impressive...Read More

  • 6. Pitt Rivers Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    More than half a million intriguing archaeological and anthropological items from around the globe, based on the collection bequeathed by Lieutenant...Read More

  • 7. Stowe Landscape Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    This exquisite example of a Georgian garden was created for the Temple family by the most famous gardeners of the 18th century. Capability Brown...Read More

  • 8. Waddesdon Manor

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Many of the regal residences created by the Rothschild family throughout Europe are gone now, but this one is still a vision of the 19th century...Read More

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  • 9. Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

    Museum/Gallery

    Attention all Muggles: this spectacular attraction just outside Watford immerses you in the magical world of Harry Potter for hours. From the...Read More

  • 10. Windsor Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    From William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria, the kings and queens of England added towers and wings to this brooding, imposing castle that...Read More

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  • 11. Windsor Great Park

    Park/Playground

    The remains of an ancient royal hunting forest, this park stretches for some 5,000 acres south of Windsor Castle. Much of it is open to the...Read More

  • 12. Althorp House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Deep in the heart of Northamptonshire sits the ancestral home of the Spencers, best known in recent years as the family home of Princess Diana...Read More

  • 13. Ascot Racecourse

    Sports–Sight

    The races run regularly throughout the year, and Royal Ascot takes place annually in mid-June. Tickets for Royal Ascot generally go on sale...Read More

  • 14. Carfax Tower

    Building/Architectural Site

    Passing through Carfax, the center of Oxford and where four roads meet, you can spot this tower. It's all that remains of St. Martin's Church...Read More

  • 15. Chiltern Conservation Board

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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  • 16. Chiltern Way

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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  • 17. Christ Church

    Educational Institution

    Built in 1546, the college of Christ Church is referred to by its members as "The House." This is the site of Oxford's largest quadrangle, Tom...Read More

  • 18. Christ Church Picture Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    This connoisseur's delight in Canterbury Quadrangle exhibits works by the Italian masters as well as Hals, Rubens, and Van Dyck. Drawings in...Read More

  • 19. Cliveden

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Described by Queen Victoria as a "bijou of taste," Cliveden (pronounced Cliv -dn) is a magnificent country mansion that for more than 300 years...Read More

  • 20. Dorchester Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In addition to secluded cloisters and gardens, the abbey has a spacious church dating from 1170, with a rare lead baptismal font from the Norman...Read More

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