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.
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 500: Oxford Rail Station to Woodstock
park&ride500 is an express service connecting Oxford Rail Station, City Centre, Summertown, Oxford Parkway, Blenheim Palace and Woodstock with minimal stops on its route.More info
X90: Oxford to London
24/7 luxury coach service linking Oxford and London.More info
Airline: London Heathrow to Oxford
Luxury coach service linking Oxford and London Heathrow 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.More info
Oxford Tube: Oxford to London
24 hours a day and 7 day a week coach service linking Oxford and London.More info
Airline: London Gatwick Airport to Oxford
A luxury coach service linking London Gatwick and Oxford 24 hours a day, 7 day a week.More info
Things to do in Oxford
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.
The discovery of a bequest made to the National Library of Wales in 1939 by Mary Frances Vivian Lobb has inspired this eye-opening exhibition, “Mary Lobb — From Cornwall to Kelmscott”. It is the first exhibition to focus on Miss Lobb (1878–1939), the companion of 22 years to May Morris while May lived at Kelmscott Manor (rural Oxfordshire). May, a designer and embroidery historian in her own right, was the younger daughter of famous Victorian designer, poet and social thinker…
New chapters of Aleksandra Mir’s ongoing work Space Tapestry span the walls of Modern Art Oxford’s Piper gallery. The huge monochrome drawings are inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the artists who depicted Halley’s Comet in 1066. Much like a graphic novel, Space Tapestry tells an episodic visual story of Space travel. Mir has brought together a team of collaborators aged 18 to 24, to draw the work collectively in her studio. At Modern Art Oxford, Mir presents Space Tapestry:…