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
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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Exhibition charting the Second World War invasion of Normandy by allied forces. Combining information panels from the National Army Museum with the regimental history and artefacts from SOFO's own archives to give an Oxfordshire perspective on D Day and the events surrounding it. SOFO Museum Open Tuesday - Fridays, 10am to 5pm. Saturdays 11am to 5pm, and Sundays 2pm - 5pm. Last admission at 4.15pm.Find out more »
The first coffee house in England opened in Oxford in 1651, but the story of coffee began many years earlier in the Ottoman Empire. Discover how coffee made its way to England through an exploration of both Ottoman coffee-related objects and English adaptations, which illustrate the fascinating and complex relationship between the two powers at the time. Gallery 29Find out more »
Learn about the untold stories and hidden narratives of empire, trade and transatlantic slavery through this contemporary art installation inspired by the Ashmolean’s European Ceramics collection. A cup of tea represents comfort for many of us, but every sip connects us to the legacy of the British Empire, global trade and transatlantic slavery. The fashion for drinking sweetened tea from China inspired the luxury tea sets in the Ashmolean European Ceramics Gallery. Behind this wealth was the brutal exploitation of enslaved…Find out more »