Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
- CurrencyBritish Pound (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+44
- Best time to visitOxford 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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A tour not only interesting for Potter fans but also an insight into Oxford history
We booked this tour to find out more about Oxford and were so pleased that we did. Our guide Elizabeth was brilliant her knowledge of Oxford and it’s colleges was incredible combined with stories from the Morse trilogy made it a very worthwhile two hours.
I don't think 1000 characters would be enough to describe my enjoyment of the wonderful tour Tom provided. He is so knowledgeable, yet you felt you cold ask any question, and her wild kindly answer, even if you felt it was a silly request. I felt that I had a Morse tour and more, he quoted episodes,plots and even dialog. He brought it all to life, and I known on gong to watch all episodes again, with much more vigour, as I feel I have a greater insight, and knowledge, kindly passed on by Tom. Even the naming of the character played by John Thaws daughter, in deference to him, in a Lewis production. We had such a pleasant time,we we were a party of three,another party of four, and a mother and daughter, celebrating mothers day, so nine in total. Tom introduced us all to each other, and I think this helped the friendly atmosphere amongst the group,and I believe Tom manner, gave us all the courage,to ask questions openly without feeling silly, and there was nothing he didn't know. FAB
We loved our group tour with Stuart. He shared relevant information at the most appropriate times and had and enthusiastic wit about him. We felt safe and really had fun. The ONE thing that was annoying, were two American ladies sitting behind us on the bus. They ate food noisily for a large portion of the trip, talked continuously and loudly making really stupid comments, but my partner and I enjoyed complaining about them throughout the day.
Peter, our guide, was a former Oxford student and made the place come alive with fascinating stories about the place. Although only 3 hours, I felt familiar with Oxford by the time we had finished. Well worth the cost!