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 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.”

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 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 about 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!

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  • Park&Ride Oxford

    park&ride Oxford is an express bus service connecting Oxford Rail Station, Summertown, Seacourt Park&Ride, Redbridge Park&Ride, Pear Tree Park&Ride and Thornhill Park&Ride sites with the the heart of Oxford with minimal stops on its route.

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  • Royal Cars

    Royal Cars is Oxford's largest taxi company offering all types of work, from local runs to airport tranfers to long-distance pickups and drop offs, weddings and occasionally have crossed the channel.

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  • Airline: London Heathrow to Oxford

    Luxury coach service linking Oxford and London Heathrow 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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  • Oxford Tube: Oxford to London

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

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  • Airline: London Gatwick Airport to Oxford

    A luxury coach service linking London Gatwick and Oxford 24 hours a day, 7 day a week.

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Oxfordshire Museum Garden & Cafe, Fletcher's House, Park Street
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SN United Kingdom

Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock Connections: Oxford Textile Artists 7 May – 5 June 2022 Following their very successful 25th Anniversary exhibition, the Oxford Textile Artists are back during Oxfordshire Artweeks with…

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May 7 @ 11:00 am - May 29 @ 6:00 pm

Oxfordshire Artweeks: artists’ open studios and pop-up exhibitions

Oxfordshire Artweeks, Admin only, 8 Hazel Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 9LF United Kingdom
Free

Oxfordshire Artweeks is the UK’s oldest and biggest artist open studios & pop-up exhibition event and they are delighted to be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. From 7th-29th May…

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May 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - May 31, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Ridgeway Adventures: Axe Throwing & Archery

Oxford Oxfordshire United Kingdom
£ per person25

Join us at our activity centre for some cutting edge entertainment. Learn the medieval art of axe throwing, you can even book for knife throwing as well as our warrior…

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