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 Unlocked 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.

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!

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.

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  • X90: Oxford to London

    24/7 luxury coach service linking Oxford and London.

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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 Remembers 1914-18: Part II

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
November 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - December 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 2, 2018

An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until December 2, 2018

Running throughout 2018 is The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum’s contribution to the commemoration of the Centenary of WW1. During the latter half of the First World War, men and women of all classes and social backgrounds from across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire contributed in a myriad of ways to the war effort. This second of two exhibitions, covering the years 1917-19, tells some of their personal stories, through fascinating artefacts, images and films. The exhibitions covers everything from Oxfordshire’s VC winners,…

The Power of Dogs

The Power of Dogs

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - July 4 @ 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of inspiring talks in Oxford giving an interesting insight into the Power of Dogs and all that they bring to us as humans. Talks & Speakers: Creating sustainable green spaces that benefit wildlife as well as dog and human health – Stephen Jenkinson, Access Adviser to The Kennel Club Personal experience of the life-changing support dogs can offer – Christa Dyson, Vice Chair of Spinal Injuries Association, Dogs for Good client How dogs support our…

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English Strawberry Afternoon Tea & Prosecco

Old Swan & Minster Mill
June 1 @ 1:00 pm - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

Strawberry tartlet, strawberries & cream macaroon, scones clotted cream & strawberry jam, Eton mess, open cucumber sandwich, coronation chicken brioche, potted crayfish and a glass of prosecco £25.00

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