Oxford

There’s a broad range of things to do in Oxford. They include discovering the history and heritage of a city that is home to 1,500 listed buildings from every major period of British architectural history from the 11th century on wards. The centre looks like an enchanted fairy-tale city – no wonder Oxford is a firm favourite of film makers from all over the world, and has inspired countless famous writers over the centuries.

Oxford is flat and compact, with many of its major attractions, such as the University of Oxford and its 38 colleges; Bodleian Library, the museums, and Oxford Castle Unlocked right in the centre – perfect to explore on foot.

Just a little out of the centre, you can find large green spaces like Christ Church Meadows (with excellent views of Oxford’s spires), University Parks, the riverbanks and Port Meadow .

Oxford is a favourite filming location with many famous TV shows, such as Inspector Morse and movies filmed in the city. Retrace the steps of Harry Potter in Oxford with your family or friends. See the Tudor dining hall at Christ Church that inspired the Hogwarts Great Hall, as well as the staircase that was used several times during the films. Even though neither of Alice in Wonderland films were never made in Oxfordshire, Oxford was where author Lewis Carol met little Alice and where the whole story began! Find out more here.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a history and heritage holiday, cultured city break, a family holiday or a weekend out with friends – Oxford has plenty to offer for everyone.

Oxford is easy and fast to reach from London and Birmingham, as well as the major airports of the area, with regular direct connections: London Paddington, London Marylebone and Birmingham New Street are an hour away on train. Frequent coaches depart 24 hours a day from London Victoria. Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham airports can be reached on regular direct buses in approximately 90 minutes, and Birmingham International is served by fast trains, making Oxford easily accessible from all over the world!

During your visit, the friendly, international team at the Oxford Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street will be happy to answer all your questions. The Visitor Information Centre sells maps, guide books, discounted attraction tickets, souvenirs (also available in our e-shop) and offers affordable luggage storage while you explore the city.

Where is Oxford?

How to get to Oxford

  • Park & Ride

    The quickest way into Oxford. Visitors to the city can park at five Park&Rides in the city: Seacourt, Peartree, Thornhill, Redbridge and Water Eaton (Oxford Parkway).

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  • X90

    24/7 luxury coach service linking Oxford and London.

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  • The Airline

    Linking Oxford with Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham airports

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  • Oxford Tube

    24 hours a day and 7 day a week coach service linking Oxford and London.

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Collecting the Past at Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum
March 21 @ 10:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm

A range of Chinese paintings created by scholar-artists since the 18th century. These works represent the tradition of collecting the aesthetic taste and values of the Chinese literati who governed China for more than ten centuries.

Summer Show

June 3 @ 10:00 am - July 30 @ 5:00 pm

Junction Art Gallery in Woodstock will be presenting a mixed exhibition throughout June and July which focuses on the theme of Landscape in several different mediums. Two of the artists represented are landscape painter Robert Newton and award winning ceramicist Paul Wearing. Robert Newton describes his work as ‘a diary of my surroundings’ finding inspiration in the landscape around him in Northumberland and capturing the seasons, from the rich colours of autumn to the freshness of spring. His work has…

Discovering Wychwood: Living and Working in a Royal Forest

The Oxfordshire Museum
June 10 @ 10:30 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Find out what your life would have been like if you’d lived in West Oxfordshire in 1851. The area would have been a Royal Hunting Forest! How would you have lived, worked and spent your recreation time? Find out what happened to the Royal Forest, how it came to a sudden and dramatic end and how its fortunes shaped the West Oxfordshire we know today. With rural craft demonstration days on Saturday 8 July, Saturday 29 July and Saturday 19…

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