Oxford, the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, is a wonderful place to explore. 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 everyone.

Suggested itinerary

On a trip to Oxford be sure to squeeze in a visit to a world-class museum before strolling along the city’s pastel-hued High Street lined with independent boutique shops and coffee bars. Take a walking tour of Oxford city centre, where ornate University of Oxford buildings in distinctive golden stone can be found around every corner. Make sure that you leave time to explore and enjoy the eclectic variety of places to eat and drink, from chic five-star restaurants to buzzing pubs and cafés. This two day Oxford itinerary will show you the highlights of this historic city.

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Morning

Start your day with an exhilarating morning on the water with a chauffeured cruise down the River Thames from Salter’s Steamers or Oxford River Cruises and admire the views of Christ Church College in the distance.

Take a guided tour of Oxford Castle & Prison and discover the fascinating stories of the building’s 1,000-year history. Explore the Saxon St George’s Tower and descend deep underground to the 900-year-old crypt.

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Accommodation

★★★★★ Greyfriars Hideaway is an exclusive destination in central Oxford with two historic luxury self-catering properties.

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★★★★★ The Randolph Hotel is an Oxford landmark in the heart of the city close to the Oxford University buildings.

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★★★★★ The Old Bank hotel has 43 luxury bedrooms, many with unrivalled views of the city’s most famous landmarks.

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★★★★★ The 17th century wisteria-clad Parsonage is located in Oxford’s historic city centre.

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★★★★ Just minutes away from Oxford Castle and Westgate Oxford, this hotel provides the perfect base to explore Oxford.

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★★★★ The hotel has excellent Executive and Family rooms and is conveniently located three miles from the city centre.

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★★★★ The hotel is located near Oxford and has 240 stylish bedrooms, from a standard double to the Deluxe King.

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★★★★ This 17th-century converted coaching inn was often visited by the famous J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S Lewis.

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★★★★ The hotel is located in the picturesque village of Iffley and is inspired by Oxford style vintage fashion.

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★★★★ The Buttery Hotel offers six deluxe en-suite bedrooms and is located on historic Broad Street in Oxford.

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★★★★ This hotel has many period features but with all the amenities required by today’s business and leisure travellers.

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★★★★ The hotel is located just a stroll away from Oxford city centre and surrounded by beautiful parkland.

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★★★ This transformed Edwardian House is set ine one and a half acres of gardens, in a quiet suburb of Oxford.

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★★★ Royal Oxford Hotel is located just two minutes’ walk from Oxford city centre, a perfect base to explore the city.

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★★ This family-run hotel consisting of 17th century cottages is nestled in the heart of Oxford near New College.

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Food and drink

This family owned and run restaurant is well-known for its creative cooking and its impressive wine list.

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At Knoops you can choose your chocolate %, milk, and extra flavours to be made into your perfect chocolate drink.

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The café at the Old Fire Station has a full range of delicious coffee, tea, pastries, cakes and delicious Middle Eastern food.

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Oxford Castle Quarter mixes the past and present and is home to an exciting hub o bars and restaurants.

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Located at the top of the Westgate Shopping Centre, Pho serves healthy Vietnamese street food.

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Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city in Japan.

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The Alice at the Randolph Hotel serves comforting, seasonal British Dishes with a contemporary twist.

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The Coconut Tree serves delicious Sri Lankan street food with a naturally abundant vegan and vegetarian cuisine.

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The Drawing Room is the perfect place for guests to enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea.

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Filming for the Inspector Morse series took place in this intimate panelled bar, which focusses on cocktails and whiskey.

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The Snug is an intimate cocktail lounge, serving drinks and snacks derived from The Alice menu.

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Victors serves a modern Asian inspired menu and show stopping cocktails under their iconic wisteria tree.

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Shop local

The Cake Shop specialises in exquisitely hand-crafted, premium celebration cakes for any occasion.

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The Oxford Artisan Distillery is Oxford’s first distillery and one of the world’s very few true craft distilleries.

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Officially opened in 1774, the market is home to numerous traders selling a captivating variety of goods.

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A proper record store in the heart of the city’s music scene. New and pre-owned CD and vinyl and so much more!

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This shopping centre is home to over 100 prestigious global brands, 20 eclectic restaurants, bars and cafes and more.

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Attractions

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, with an incredibly rich collection.

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Cherwell Boathouse is Oxford’s biggest punt station with over 80 handmade punts to hire to explore the river Cherwell.

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Christ Church is located in the heart of the city centre and is one of Oxford University’s largest colleges.

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The museum holds an impressive collection of scientific instruments from Middle Ages to the 19th century.

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Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK’s leading contemporary art spaces and is free and open to all.

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The Museum of Oxford is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of Oxford and its people.

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Set in the heart of the historic city centre, New Theatre Oxford is home to some of the biggest names in entertainment.

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An arts centre in the heart of Oxford, showcasing the best of local and international performance and artwork.

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Oxford Castle & Prison is a 1,000 year-old castle and former prison with the famous Castle Mound and St George’s Tower.

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The walking tours take visitors around the city’s most famous sites with historical and cultural knowledge throughout.

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The Oxford Philharmonic brings inspirational classical music performances to Oxford and beyond.

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They provide a range of luxury boat trips, sightseeing tours and picnic cruises in the heart of Oxford.

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Oxford Tour Guides provide walking tours of the city with a fully qualified blue or green badge guide.

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Established in 1860, it now plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for all ages.

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Founded in 1884, it houses more than 700,000 objects, photographs and manuscripts from different times and places.

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Salter’s Steamers is a family run firm that has been providing boat trips in Oxford for 164 years.

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The world-famous Bodleian Libraries has grown to be the largest academic library system in the UK.

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The Carter Company’s cycling, walking and touring holidays give the chance to discover hidden gems and local secrets.

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The arts centre is home a vibrant public programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, talks, and more.

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The Sheldonian Theatre was built from 1664 to 1669 after a design by Christopher Wren for the University of Oxford.

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The Story Museum is a most unusual museum in the heart of Oxford celebrating the power of stories to teach and delight.

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Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, the University Church offers the finest views of Oxford.

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Oxford Botanic Garden is the UK’s oldest botanic garden and an oasis of green in the heart of Oxford.

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