6 days out in Oxfordshire to visit by Bus this Summer without breaking the bank

05 Aug 2022

With the rise of the price of living costs lately, catching the bus to your desired location will help you save money on fuel and parking when taking day trips this summer with the £15 family explorer ticket for up to 4 people. So, we have compiled a list of 6 places in Oxfordshire that you can visit by bus whilst on a budget this summer!

Pitt Rivers Museum

A photograph of Pitt Rivers Museum

Price: Free

Bus route: Any which serve Oxford City Centre

Location: Oxford


Pitt Rivers Museum is full of world-famous collections of anthropology and archaeology that showcases human problem-solving and craft skills from every continent in the world throughout human history and is a great free day out!

There are a variety of exhibitions for you to explore on a variety of topics that are sure to get the kids thinking and wanting to find out more.

The museum’s family trails get you looking for items around the museum and working as a team, perfect for bringing everyone together!


Ashmolean Museum

A photograph of the Ashmolean Museum

Price: Free

Bus route: Any which serve Oxford city centre

Location: Oxford


The Ashmolean Museum of art and archaeology from the University of Oxford is the oldest public museum in the UK and is home to world-famous collections from across the globe. You will find artefacts that range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.

Among the museum’s treasures exists the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo,

It really is a must-see by bus whilst you’re in Oxfordshire and even better it’s free admission!


Garth Park

Price: Free

Bus Route: S5 or X5

Location: Bicester

Garth Park is a lovely place to spend a hot day in the summer, it is home to award-winning gardens and is perfect for a family picnic, whether you bring your own food or grab something from the café onsite.

You will also be able to spot a traditional bandstand at the park that has amazing details to it and there’s also a children’s play area, which is great for keeping the kids entertained and is sure to get them worn out by the end of the day!


Christ Church Meadow

A photograph of Christ Church Meadow

Price: Free

Bus Route: S2, S5 or 7

Location: Oxford


Take a breath-taking family walk beside the river and meadows that look towards the back of Merton College and the entrance to Christ Church College. You’ll be able to watch the boaters pass by down the river and is a great chance for the whole family to have a relaxing day.

It’s the perfect backdrop for your summer family walk and there is plenty of open space for you to take a picnic along and enjoy the sun with the kids whilst still keeping to a tight budget this summer!


Modern Art Oxford

A photograph of an exhibit in the Oxford Modern Art Musuem

Price: Free

Bus Route: S1, S3 or X5

Location: Oxford


Immerse yourself within contemporary art at the Modern Art Oxford. Here you will find art that is unique and inspiring and is sure to bring out the kid’s creative sides.

There are hands-on workshops available for families with activities such as make play and making creative spaces, perfect for getting the kids more involved and allowing for them to be creative whilst also learning about art and how it allows for people to express themselves.


The Oxfordshire Museum

A photograph of the Oxford Museum

Price: Free

Bus route: S3,7 and 233

Location: Woodstock


Why not head on down to this 18th century house situated in the heart of Woodstock with free entry by bus this summer with the kids, this house is full of history about Oxfordshire and is exhibited over 10 different galleries about Oxfordshire’s story and the people that live there.

One of the galleries is full of dinosaurs which is perfect for any dinosaur obsessed children and is sure to get them interacting with exhibits!

There is a shop for you to browse through and café for you to relax with some refreshments after an exciting day for the kids.


There really are so many places for you and the whole family to visit this summer with the kids and even better you can travel via bus, saving you money to go on even more days out!

Ticketing information:

For travel for you and the family, the best value ticket is the West Gold Group DayRider available to buy from the driver for £15.00 or get it on the app for even cheaper at £14.60

Valid for travel all day for up to four people (any combination of adults and children) it's a great choice for travelling anywhere on our network. Trips are limitless so you can hop on and off to explore as many places as you can.