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The 10 Best Things to Do in Oxford

The name alone exudes a scholarly atmosphere, with nearly 40 different colleges and their hallowed halls of learning. However, there's more to "Gown Town," and you'll find a city that brims with history and science, and traditional English culture.

Bodleian Library

Commonly known as the Bod, the university's famous library contains 9 million books, making it Britain's second largest. The earliest collection dates to the 13th century.

Radcliffe Camera

Connected to the Bod by an underground passageway, this striking structure, with its circular design from 1749, is the reading room of the library. Go on a guided tour to see it.

University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Established in 1621 by the university's faculty of medicine, Britain's oldest botanical garden boasts 7,000 various species of plants, and its glasshouses are 300 years old.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Walk among dinosaurs in the gallery under an industrial interior of glass and iron. After visiting, go to the Pitt Rivers Museum in the adjacent building with its bevy of artifacts.

Museum of the History of Science

The ensemble of 18,000 objects includes scientific instruments from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The chalkboard Einstein used in a lecture at Oxford is also on display.

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

Once a place for lectures and ceremonies, the tallest structure on the High Street was the first of this center of academics. Climb the 124 steps to the top for amazing views.

Carfax Tower

A reminder of the former, 13th-century St. Martin Church that once stood here, this belfry, with a clock that chimes every 15 minutes, marks the geographical heart of the city.

Photo: Deb Harkness@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Blackwell's Bookshop

Students, academics, and those who love books have been flocking to this historic shop since opening on Broad St. in 1879. Whatever the subject, you'll find a book about it here.

Oxford Town Hall

Built in 1897, this former library and police station is the seat of the local government and also houses the Museum of Oxford, covering the history of the city and university.

Punting

To experience this popular summer outing, rent a flat-bottomed boat and push yourself down the River Cherwell. You can rent one at the Magdalen Bridge or Cherwell Boathouse.

Planning Your Oxford Visit

How many days to spend in Oxford?

You can spend a full three days visiting the main attractions in the city center, but why not add a couple more to explore its different neighborhoods, such as trendy Jericho or East Oxford and soak up that English culture?

Getting around

Exploring the city on foot is the best way to take in the sights and sounds, especially during rush hour times. There are two bus companies which are Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach. A day pass, which is valid when traveling with either one, costs 4£, and you can buy it directly from the driver.

Where to stay in Oxford

There are hotels in the bustling center itself, and you'll have everything at your fingertips. You'll also find accommodation just beyond the center, with easy access to go on a sightseeing expedition.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    Oxford is great for a visit year-round, and with so many different festivals on offer throughout the year, it's best to plan your trip according to what you most want to do.

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What People Are Saying About Oxford

Really interesting, excellent, knowledgeable guide.

Our guide Peter was great. It was a very wet day, but he remained upbeat and gave us a good tour. He answered all our questions and despite the weather he took his time and didn't rush us.

Oxford University Walking Tour Reviewed by Sylvia Ann, 11/29/2016

Easily arranged, comprehensive, informative and well paced!

Excellent tour of the Oxford Colleges. Our guide was good fun, very knowledgeable and provided great guidance to maximize our few hours in this beautiful place. No hesitation in recommending!

Oxford University Walking Tour Reviewed by Kevin, 11/04/2016

Getting on the sightseeing bus at the station was a great asset.

Were very pleased with the bus tour, especially being able to get on and off at suitable intervals. Very good value.

24/48 Hour Oxford Hop-on Hop-off Tour Reviewed by Margaret, 10/13/2016

Very informative, profound and versatile

Very informative, profound and versatile with the personal glamour of our guide. Thank you a lot.

Oxford 3-Hour Private Walking Tour Reviewed by Jakub, 09/30/2016

Boat trip was very relaxing and food was excellent

We had a very enjoyable 30 minute round trip on the river and then back for a lovely meal right by the river bank overlooking Folly Bridge. The service on all aspects of our trip and meal were excellent. Very pleased that we booked it.


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