The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

If your kids love dinosaurs, then they’ll have fun at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.  Entry is free which makes it a low cost trip and it’s perfect for a short visit on a dry or damp day.

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We were lucky enough to have a sunny day so decided to explore the dinosaur garden first.  Hidden in a small, walled garden, it’s perfect for mini explorers.  You’re greeted by a life size Meglosaur.  The garden is full of Jurassic plants.  These are ones which would have existed when the Meglosaur walked in Oxfordshire and includes the Monkey-puzzle tree.

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A highlight of the Jurassic Garden at the Oxfordshire Museum are the four fossilised footprints of a Meglosaur, the marks made in a muddy landscape 168 million years ago.  My eldest placed his foot next to one of the prints to compare sizes.

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Outside the walled Jurassic garden is a lovely green space, perfect to spread a rug on and enjoy a picnic while the kids run around.  There’s also a pleasant café if you fancy grabbing a sandwich or drink.

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Inside, the museum is not huge but is packed with lots of things to see and do.  We loved the Dinosaur Gallery.  Initially it seems a small room, but it’s packed with all things dinosaur to keep kids occupied.  Dress up in dinosaur costumes, feed the meat eater for a loud roar, jigsaws, drawing and even a dinosaur puppet theatre are all on offer.

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There are also a variety of interesting rooms from the Victorian age to inventions and they’re suitable for kids of all ages.

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There is no parking at the museum but there are some spaces on the surrounding streets which are free for a few hours if you’re lucky, or use the public car park in Woodstock.


Business Name: Oxfordshire Museum

Address: Fletcher's House, Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN

Opening Times:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 2pm - 5pm
Last admission: 4.45pm

Bank holiday

All bank holiday Mondays they are open 12-5pm

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