Oxford, where ancient and modern come together to create a cosmopolitan, vibrant destination in a stunning setting.
Check-into somewhere comfortable, a five star treat or a student pad, there’s somewhere for everyone. Oxford is compact, nowhere is far away. Book your private tour with Oxford Official Walking Tours and they’ll guide you round town. Shop till you drop in independent shops or world-famous Bicester Village. Pick up a picnic in the Covered Market, or lounge over a cocktail on the roof top of ultra-modern Westgate Oxford leisure complex and take in the view. Pub grub or fine dining, classical concert or jazz café, stand-up comedy or theatre, good times, spent together.
AND PRIVATE TOURS FROM £130
Explore Oxford’s history with your own private guide and enjoy a personalised walking tour based on your interests – perfect for groups of friends and families!
OXFORD OFFICIAL GHOST TOUR
Learn about the famous ghosts and spirits of Oxford and hear the spookiest, most well-known tales from around the city in this 2-hour evening walking tour.
THE ST. MARGARETS
HOTEL FROM £100 PPPN
After a busy day sightseeing in Oxford, unwind in comfort at the St Margaret’s Hotel, a stylish Victorian building located near the historic city centre.
LUXURY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
AT BICESTER VILLAGE £50
Delight in a day out at Bicester Village in the Oxfordshire countryside, and discover more than 160 boutiques from British and international fashion and lifestyle brands.
Oxford is a compact city, but the best way to get to know it is by taking to its streets with an Oxford Official Walking Tour guide. Book a private tour, specify your interests, and their in-depth knowledge will soon be yours! If walking’s not your thing, then sit up top on a City Sightseeing bus tour – it’s a great way to get your bearings, with the option to hop on and hop off at 19 stops.
Jump off at Little Clarendon Street or lovely North Parade for their independent shops and cafés or take time out for lunch at Westgate Oxford, Oxford’s centrally located, upscale shopping city. Up on the roof top you’ll find Victors, a Hamptons inspired, all day dining restaurant and bar, Pho, with its deliciously healthy Vietnamese inspired street food, and noodles, authentic Hakata tonkotsu style, at Shoryu Ramen.
Take yourselves off to the Oxford Artisan Distillery, where they use ancient heritage grain and botanicals from Oxford’s own Botanic Garden (the oldest in England), to create very fine spirits. Discover the principals and production process involved in making their spirits, from their bespoke copper stills to how they grow the grain. Leaving time, of course, to sample the finished product!
Treat yourselves to Afternoon Tea at one of Oxford’s finest hotels. The newly refurbished The Randolph Hotel, by Graduate Hotels, makes a lovely setting for this very English experience. Or how about stepping into Alice’s world with Salter’s Steamers, Alice in Wonderland Cruise, and admire the truly stunning open landscape surrounding the famous dreaming spires.
Set sail aboard an Oxford River Cruise and enjoy a relaxing cocktail cruise as the sun begins to set.
Spend a sophisticated evening at one of Oxford’s trendy rooftop bars. Or, dance the night away in unique venues across the city, the home of iconic bands from Foals to Radiohead.
Oxfordshire embraces summer with a packed programme of festivals bringing people together from across the county and from far away. The beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace are a fabulous setting for Nocturne Live in June, four nights of great music in from much-loved bands and performers.
KITE Festival, delivers a line-up of ideas, events and music at Kirtlington Park in June. Cornbury Music Festival, an eclectic and eccentric musical carnival has its last hurrah at The Great Tew Park in July. In August Wilderness, brings music, arts, food and wellbeing for grown-ups to Cornbury Park, and at the end of the same month The Big Feastival returns to Alex James’ farm for food and music.
Shop til you drop at Westgate Oxford with over 100 prestigious global brands, a sophisiticated rooftop and more than 20 eclectic restaurants, bars and cafes.
Opened in 1774, the historic Oxford Covered Market has a unique and vibrant atmosphere and is home to unique shops and stalls.
The Oxford Castle Quarter mixes the past and present. With great places to eat and drink, historical attractions as well as the Malmaison Boutique Hotel.
THE RANDOLPH HOTEL
BY GRADUATE HOTELS
Surround yourself in heritage and history at the Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels, an Oxford landmark in the heart of the city close to the Oxford university buildings.
THE OXFORD ARTISAN DISTILLERY
Visit The Oxford Artisan Distillery, the ancient city’s first distillery and discover how they make their award-winning and finest spirits.
SKY WAVE GIN
Immerse yourself in Gin Heaven at Sky Wave Gin boutique distillery based at Bicester Heritage, the home of the World’s Best Contemporary Gin 2020. Hear their stories and drink award winning gin.