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.
Unicorn is a hidden treasure that is labyrinth of vintage delights. Rails are jam-packed with retro clothes and old suitcases overflow with accessories and knick-knacks – you will inevitably unearth the vintage find of your dreams, that you didn’t know you needed.
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.
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.
Host to Oxford United Football Club – a team established back in 1893. The Boys from Up the Hill gained great recognition when they, the ‘underdog’, took the “Milk Cup” in 1986 with such energy and . Currently playing in 1st Division, this inspiring team will be sure to show you a great match.