The ‘Uffington White Horse’ refers to a 110 m long figure carved into a hill that dates back to the late prehistoric period. It was presumably created out of crushed chalk deposited into deep trenches. The top of the hill offers a wonderful scenic view of the White Horse valley.
The figure has been referred to as a horse since the 11th century and can be seen in its entirety only through an aerial view. The ‘stallion’ shape seen on the hill has been compared to similar figures found on Celtic coins. This Uffington White Horse is only one of many ancient remains found in the region.
The hill is presently also used for hang gliding and paragliding activities. Spring is a wonderful time to visit the White Horse hill when the wildflowers are in full bloom.
The White Horse hill and valley are of major scientific interest due to the prehistoric sediments and unexplored greens that are believed to have served as farmlands during the medieval period. Legend has it that the horse on White Horse hill steps down to the valley to graze at night.
- While at White Horse, lend a helping hand in the upkeep of this prehistoric site. You and the family could spend some time on the task of keeping the White Horse white.
- There is a whole host of things planned for children and adults who visit White Horse. Roll down the hill and climb back up again, fly a kite, climb up a huge hill, learn about the folklore associated with the White Horse hill and neighbouring regions – it’s all part of the ‘50 things to do while at White Horse’.
- White Horse is also a great spot for a picnic!
Uffington White Horse Travel Tips
- Tips & Warnings: There are no restrooms on the site. The nearest facility is at local villages of Woolstone and Uffinton.
- The place tends to be chilly even on a sunny day. Take a jacket along.
Uffington White Horse Hours
- The timing mentioned refer to the opening hours of the information trailer on the premises. It is open only on Saturdays and Sundays.
How to Reach Uffington White Horse
- By Bus: Woolstone Turn (S-bound) – X47.
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16.19% of people who visit Oxford include Uffington White Horse in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
86.42% of people start their Uffington White Horse visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Uffington White Horse
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Uffington White Horse
Uffington White Horse Reviews & Ratings
The white horse looks great on the Internet but don't expect to see anything when you get there. You'd need a drone to see what the horse looks like but they've banned drones from flying there. Good view from the hill I guess though
Beautiful countryside and lots of history. With the ancient Uffington White horse, Castle and Dragon Hill and a short walk to Waylands Smithy there's plenty to explore for the family. Ideal for walkers/dog walkers , good place to fly a kite or have a picnic and take in the surrounding views.
My favourite place to go, parking is easy and lots of places to walk around
Fantastic place to visit for the day. Views are spectacular. Once up in the main hill you can see 360 degrees of the surrounding area!
Can't get a good view of the horse on the way up from the NT car park but you might if you drive along Dragon Hill lane. You could also try walking down to Dragon Hill and looking back towards the horse - but I didn't do this so don't blame me if you still can't see the horse! I was there to help with renewing the chalk on the horse (under supervision of the NT) - afterwards I did a 7mile way along the ridgeway then around and back up to the hill. Loads of choices for walking routes around this area