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 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!

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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.

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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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February 2021

February 18

From Renaissance Italy to Mexico, Japan, Switzerland and the UK

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jane owen

Our Winter Lectures are back and this year you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. Jane Owen is an author, lecturer, journalist and TV presenter with a focus on gardens. She writes for the Old Money column of the Financial Times, delighting readers with her insights into tackling her new garden in the centre of Oxford, the contribution of gardening to the British economy and the economics of ‘grow your own’. In this talk, Jane will…

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March 2021

March 4

The Well Gardened Mind

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Sue Stuart-Smith

Our Winter Lectures are back and this year you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. Dr Sue Stuart-Smith is a Psychiatrist and Psychologist and author of ‘The Well Gardened Mind’, a Sunday Times bestseller. She earned her degree in English Literature at Cambridge University before qualifying as a doctor and went on to become the lead clinician in psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over 30 years together,…

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March 18

Extreme Mediterranean Landscapes with Case Studies of Etna and Malta

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James Basson

Our Winter Lectures are back and this year you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. James Basson is a gardener and garden designer who specialises in drought tolerant, sustainable gardens inspired by his passion for Mediterranean landscapes. James read Garden Design for his degree, and then moved to the South of France to set up Scape Design with his wife, Helen, in 2020. Scape Design has since won numerous awards including 4 gold medals at the…

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