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 onwards. The centre looks like an enchanted fairytale city – no wonder Oxford is a firm favourite of filmmakers 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 & Prison right in the centre – perfect to explore on foot. If you are interested in learning more about Oxford, the Oxford Preservation Trust hosts a range of events throughout the year from visits, to talks and walks getting behind closed doors to explore Oxford’s rich heritage. Also, climb the 99 steps of Carfax Tower to experience a bird’s eye view of Oxford’s “dreaming spires.”
Oxford is a favourite filming location for 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 the Alice in Wonderland films were ever made in Oxfordshire, Oxford was where author Lewis Carol met little Alice and where the whole story began! Find out more here.
Westgate Oxford is Oxford’s newest shopping and leisure experience located in the heart of Oxford and is home to prestigious global brands, inventive and eclectic restaurants and cafes, a five-screen boutique cinema and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining.
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. Let the experts from Oxford Official Walking Tours take you on a tour around the city and reveal its hidden secrets or take one of many tours available around Oxford to explore more what this historic city has to offer!
Oxford is easy and fast to reach from London and Birmingham, as well as the major airports in the area, with regular direct connections: London Paddington, London Marylebone and Birmingham New Street are an hour away by train. Frequent coaches depart 24 hours a day from London Victoria. Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham airports can be reached by 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, guidebooks, 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
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Things to do in Oxford
Visit our first community exhibition in the Micro-Museum. See our West-Indian living room exhibition and find out about the experiences of the Windrush with the voices of local people and costumes from BK LUWO. Created in partnership with ACHKI (Afrikan Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative) and BK LUWO. This exhibition will be available Mondays to Saturdays. Key facts about the HMT Empire Windrush: British troopship anchored at Tilbury Docks in Essex on 21 June 1948 It was 500ft and 3inches long…
The Medieval Mosaic is a re-recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry handcrafted from 3 million pieces of spring steel. The mosaic, created by Michael A. Linton, is 64 metres long, weighs 350kg and took 33 years to complete. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest steel mosaic. In 2005 Michael added an 8 metre 'Finale Section' which depicts events leading up to the crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day 1066. In 2012,…
Gallery 11 27 Oct 2018 - 7 Apr 2019 Lui Shou-kwan (1919–1975) was one of the most significant artists in Hong Kong during the mid-twentieth century. The paintings in this exhibition marking the anniversary of his birth are from the Ashmolean’s own collection. Two themes in particular dominate the output of the painter Lui Shou-kwan: landscapes and spirituality. It is his Chan (Japanese: “Zen”) paintings for which he became most famous. During the 1960s and 1970s these caught the imagination…