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.
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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
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Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957) is best-known for his gunpowder explosion events staged in public spaces worldwide and, in particular, for his firework display for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This exhibition focuses on the artist’s smaller-scale works, exploring the presence of Chinese culture in his art through the mediums of painting, drawing, and gunpowder on canvas, paper and silk. Learn about the significance behind the materials Cai Guo-Qiang chooses to work with, as…Find out more »
An exhibition that explores the ways in which humour and fun were used to spur on both troops and the people back at home - before, during and after war. Objects, music, posters, art, and testimonials from Oxfordshire people all illustrate how some of those who lived through times of conflict still managed to put a smile on their faces. Museum open Tuesday-Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm and Sunday 2pm - 5pm. Last admission 4.15pm each day.…Find out more »
Seven Oxfordshire women artists in metal, glass and ceramics show enticing offerings for Christmas and beyond from 16 November to 25 April. Julie Grose and Sophie Thompson work in metal, Harriet Coleridge, Sally Dorrity and Laura Laub in ceramic and Anne Arlidge and Judith Berger in glass. Add an outdoor element to your Christmas gift-giving for long-term delight. 16 November - 25 April Through Summertown Library, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JNFind out more »