Into the city
Oxford is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You’ll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax.
When William the Conqueror invaded England and won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Oxford Castle was marked by the Normans as the ideal place for a motte-and-bailey castle. Today, after almost one millennia, Oxford Castle & Prison is a visitor attraction with a past stretching far beyond your imagination.
Oxford Botanic Garden
The Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest in the UK with over 6,000 different types of plant. It’s a rather spectacular garden at the heart of the city. Offering a range of activities, from flower drawing to Vinyasa yoga you can be amongst a serene oasis.
Pitt Rivers Museum
The Pitt Rivers is packed beautifully, and practically to the ceiling with the most wonderful array of ethnographic objects, all soothingly lit and artistically arranged.
Located in Oxford’s medieval city centre, the Sheldonian Theatre is the principal assembly room of the University, and the regular meeting place of Congregation (the body which controls the University’s affairs)
This magnificent building is celebrating it’s 350th Anniversary so be sure to pop along and be wowed by the beautiful painted ceiling.
Punting and boat hire
Punting is truly timeless, while slightly eccentric it's a quintessentially Oxford pleasure: sailing leisurely upstream or down river, admiring the wildlife and picnicking on a river bank. You can easily pretend to be an Oxford undergrad for the day... perhaps even feel inspired to write some poetry.
The Thames Path is 184 miles walking trail that follows our neighbour, the River. We don’t expect you to go the whole way. But we would recommend enjoying the fresh air.
Cowley Road Murals
If you are seeking another side to Oxford, then you are likely to find it on Cowley Road — sometimes even on the walls of the buildings.
To visit Oxford and learn of its history is to delve deep into the heritage. The city has been home too many famous fictional characters and played backdrop to some of the most inspiring movies. You can choose to walk in footsteps of Harry Potter or step into the mind of Philip Pullman. Whatever you choose, it‘ll be an adventure. We would recommend heading out with Walking Tours of Oxford.
The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. The world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.
Westgate Oxford is home to prestigious global brands, eclectic restaurants and cafes, leisure and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining.
Morse and Lewis Tour
For all Morse, Lewis (Hathaway) and Endeavour fans, this is the tour to take, led by your expert and enthusiastic Oxford Green/Blue Badge Guide.