The village of Shipton-under-Wychwood is on the Oxfordshire Way footpath. Attractions such as Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, the Cotswold Wild Life Park near Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire are all within easy reach by car. It derives its name from being under the boughs of the ancient Royal Forest of Wychwood. Langley Lodge, on the east side of Shipton was the site of a Royal Hunting Lodge. Some remnants of the forest remain, but for the most part this is open Oxfordshire farmland.
The village has three historic public houses The Shaven Crown Hotel, The Red Horse and the Lamb Inn. The haunted Shaven Crown Hotel overlooking the village green was once a guest house run by the monks of nearby Bruern Abbey. It is claimed to have had a licence since 1384 but the present building is mainly 15th century. There are some lovely walks in the area, notably through the Wild Garden, a peaceful 12.5 acres of natural woodland, walks and ponds dating back to the 1860s.