It’s Time to Rediscover Oxford
With its spectacular architecture, open spaces, distinctive shops and vibrant culture, Oxford has so much to offer. As lockdown restrictions start to ease, it’s time to rediscover Oxford and visit your favourite places – and maybe find some new ones.
Shopping trips are back on! There’s a wealth of retail in the city centre to suit every shopper, from international brands at Westgate Oxford or the Clarendon Centre to thriving independent boutiques. Visit Oxford’s Covered Market for the finest in local crafts, food and drink, and check out Independent Oxford’s website for the city’s best indy businesses. Or nip into Blackwell’s, which has been trading continuously on Broad Street since 1879, to browse their enormous collection of books.
You’re also spoilt for choice when it comes to getting around the city safely. Take a leisurely stroll around famous buildings on an Oxford Official Walking Tour or hop on a City Sightseeing Oxford open-top bus to see more of the city. For a relaxing trip, pack up a picnic and treat yourself to an Oxford River Cruise. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could head to Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and hire a punt.
And if you get peckish, there are plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes that will be happy to see you. For al fresco dining, try Quod’s heated Italian garden terrace, the Westgate Roof Terrace or the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant.
Remember to Know Before You Go; check ahead for any restrictions that might affect your visit to the city centre and remember to follow Government guidelines to keep you safe.
To help you enjoy your visit to Oxford with confidence, businesses continue to take precautions. Look out for VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark on attractions that have made necessary changes to their day-to-day workings, including social distancing measures and staff training, and are ready to welcome you safely.