Living in Oxfordshire
Explore a town that’s packed with history
With a rich city history, a vibrant cultural scene and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it's no wonder that so many people are choosing retirement properties in Oxfordshire. With the Chiltern Hills and the Cotswolds on your doorstep and thriving cities such as Oxford close by, your retirement can be as active or as relaxing as you’d like it to be.
Lifestyle in Oxfordshire
With ancient ruins, ornate buildings and one of the most famous universities in the world, there are plenty of historical sites and intriguing museums to explore around the area. You can tour the libraries, concert halls and churches of the University of Oxford, delve into the prisons, crypts and the tower at Oxford Castle, or marvel at the ancient white horse that's carved into the hillside at Uffington.
You'll also find historic locomotives at the Didcot Railway Centre, local history, art and archaeology at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, and over half a million archaeological and anthropological items on display at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
Whether you're looking for quirky boutiques or the latest touring dramas, there's plenty to keep you busy around Oxfordshire. You can catch comedy, poetry and music at the Oxford Playhouse, community-focused arts, dance and music at Cornerstone in Didcot, or plays, musicals and popular concerts at the New Theatre in Oxford.
When you want to treat yourself, you'll find more than 40 different stalls offering craft goods, fashion and food at the historic Oxford Covered Market, over 130 brands at the Bicester Village outlet mall, and a huge range of locally-produced food and drink at the markets dotted around the county. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, then head slightly further afield to Bath where you can visit the Roman Baths. Here you can explore the Sacred Spring and the Roman Temple, taste the famous spa water that was used as a curative for centuries or see the ruined remains of the ancient changing rooms and saunas.
From the Cotswolds to the Chilterns, you'll find scenic landscapes and diverse wildlife all around the county. You can wander through 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens at the historic Blenheim Palace, see more than 8,000 different species of plants at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, or just admire the rolling hills and open fields as you follow the 78-mile-long Oxford Canal.
You'll find stunning birds of prey at the Millets Farm Falconry Centre near Abingdon, woodpeckers, badgers and owls across the 300-square-mile Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and thousands of different species of plants and animals at the Warburg Nature Reserve near Maidensgrove.
From challenging hikes to leisurely cycling routes, you'll have lots of opportunities to keep up an active retirement around Oxfordshire. You can take guided kayak tours down the River Thames, take scenic walks through the Chilterns or the Cotswolds, or practise your swing at 30 golf courses and 40 tennis clubs around the area.
If you like the sound of spending your retirement surrounded by natural beauty, English heritage and a thriving cultural scene, have a look at some of our impressive retirement properties in Oxfordshire.
Retirement Homes in Oxfordshire
A Full Range of Lifestyle Options
“We really enjoy going out to lunch and we are spoiled for choice here. In fact, everything we need is within walking distance. It all adds up to a very attractive place to retire to!”