It’s Time to Rediscover Oxford


Summer’s here – and with ongoing uncertainty around holidays abroad, 2021 is the perfect year to be a tourist in your own backyard. With its compact city centre, wide streets and network of cobbled lanes, Oxford is easy to explore on foot to take in spectacular architecture. It’s hard to miss Radcliffe Square, which is the heart of the University of Oxford and its 38 colleges but if you’re not sure of your route, book an Oxford Official Walking Tour.

If you tire of the historic buildings, there are plenty of green spaces to enjoy, such as Christ Church Meadows (with excellent views of Oxford’s spires), University Parks, and the newly-created Broad Meadow.  One of the city’s largest outdoor public spaces, Broad Meadow is a great place to relax among wild flowers, lawns and seating. Grab a drink, a snack or an ice cream and take in the sights on one of Oxford’s most iconic streets. A host of free events are planned for summer weekends.

Or book a visit to the Oxford Botanic Garden – Britain’s oldest – which this year celebrates its 400th anniversary. This summer the Garden will be a hive of activity with events, lectures and exhibitions, and unique anniversary projects.  Learn more about the Garden’s incredible botanical collections and heritage, as well as the impact it has made since it was founded by the Earl of Danby, Henry Danvers as a physic garden in 1621.

When the sun’s shining, there’s nothing better than eating in the Great Outdoors and in Oxford, you’re spoilt for choice. Treat yourself to a two-course set lunch in Quod’s heated Italian garden terrace, check out the eclectic mix of eateries on the Westgate Roof Terrace or book for Afternoon Tea and enjoy the beautiful views at the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant.

Or what about a glass or wine or two at the new Wilding wine bar, shop and restaurant on Little Clarendon Street? With over 400 different wines and delicious local food, from nibbles and small plates to mains from the grill, this is the perfect place for an aperitivo, lunch or dinner.

As the sun starts to set, you can relax and unwind on a Sundowner Oxford River Cruise on the Thames. Hop on for a 30-minte evening trip and take in the sights while sipping a glass of something cold.

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.

Rediscover Oxford

Independent boutiques, international brands, and hundreds of years of history!

Covered Market Oxford

Fifty independent traders selling gifts, crafts, jewellery, fashion, flowers and fresh food

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Westgate Oxford

International brands including John Lewis, Primark, H&M, Urban Outfitters and Uniqlo

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Clarendon Centre

Brands including Gap Outlet, TK Max, Robert Dyas, Swarovski and Thorntons

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Oxford’s Independent Businesses

Independent Oxford has created an online map showcasing the city’s best independent businesses.

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Bus tours

City Sightseeing Oxford provides open-topped bus tours of the city (From 19 July until 13 August – Kids* Go Free) *Children must be under 16.

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Museum of Natural History

Internationally-significant collection, including dinosaurs and the Oxford Dodo

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Broad Meadow

Enjoy a summer full of events at the new Broad Meadow on Broad Street, Oxford City Centre’s largest outdoor space. This is the perfect outdoor space to meet with friends and family!

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The Oxford Shakespeare Festival

The Oxford Shakespeare Festival is an outdoor theatre experience that takes place on the Castle yard of Oxford Castle & Prison from 12th July to 21st augut.

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Ashmolean Museum

Britain’s first public museum. Exhibits from Egyptian Mummies to modern art

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Parks and waterways

Port Meadow, University Parks, rivers and canals provide a break from the bustle

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Oxford Castle & Prison

Step back in time and learn about Oxford’s famous prisoners with costumed tours

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The Story Museum

Celebrating the power of stories. A magical museum for all ages

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Dirty Bones

Fancy a cocktail that won’t break the bank? Enjoy cocktails for only £5, from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Cocktails not your thing? You can grab two bottles of Portobello Pilsner for £6. If you’d like food with your drink, choose a main and a side from the Lunch List for £10 Mondays to Thursdays, 12 noon to 5pm.

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Stay in Oxford

Choose an overnight stay in the centre of Oxford at the newly opened Premier Inn (Westgate), with rates from £65 per night or browse our accommodation page, from local B&B, self-catered accommodation to Hotels, there’s something for every need in Oxford.

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Oxford Official Walking Tours

If you’re coming for a staycation or simply a day trip, then try out our Oxford Official Walking Tours. From the classic Uni & City Tour, to Literary and Ghost Tours, there’s something for anyone!

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Best restaurants in Oxford

Oxford has a great choice of places to eat and drink, including Michelin star restaurants, cosy rural pubs and social enterprise cafes.

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