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Oxford
Travel Guide

University Church of St Mary the Virgin showing a church or cathedral, heritage elements and heritage architecture

From boat trips along the River Thames to an acclaimed university and a lively nightlife scene, Oxford is an action-packed English city.

Oxford is a city of fascinating architecture, history and nightlife. Admire a cityscape of grand towers and spires. Visit the college buildings that count Aldous Huxley and Stephen Hawking as alumni. Sample the atmosphere of centuries-old pubs. Explore pristine parks lining the River Thames and River Cherwell, the two rivers that cut through the city.

A major highlight of Oxford is Oxford University, with some of England’s most architecturally impressive buildings. These include Christ Church College, Christ Church Cathedral, the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera. Step inside the Sheldonian Theatre, the location of the Oxford Literary Festival. Walk around the Botanic Garden near Magdalen College.

Enjoy the university’s free museums. Spot archaeological and anthropological objects at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Find collections of scientific instruments at the Museum of the History of Science. See artifacts from the Neolithic period to the present at the Ashmolean Museum.

Oxford’s city center presents a mix of retail and entertainment. Find over 50 independent stalls at the Covered Market. Browse for literature at Blackwell’s Bookshop, one of Europe’s largest bookstores. Learn about the legends of Oxford Castle at Oxford Castle Unlocked. Climb to the top of Carfax Tower for unrivaled city views.

Experience the buzz of Oxford’s nightlife, centered on pedestrianized George and Magdalen streets. Watch concerts at Cowley Road’s live music venues. Visit historic pubs such as the Old Parsonage Hotel and the Eagle and Child, the haunts of Oscar Wilde and J.R.R. Tolkien, respectively.

In the summer, punting is a favorite activity. Rent a punt, a flat-bottomed boat, and travel through the city along the gently flowing rivers. Relax with a picnic on the riverbanks or in University Park or Christ Church Meadow.

Getting to Oxford is easy via frequent public train and bus services from London. Be sure to visit attractions outside of the city center, all accessible by rental car. Enjoy daytrips to elegant Blenheim Palace and villages set amid the picturesque Cotswolds countryside.

Where to stay in Oxford

Jurys Inn Oxford
Jurys Inn Oxford
4 out of 5
Godstow Road, Wolvercote Roundabout, Oxford, England
The price is £57 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in the heart of Oxford, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Oxford, Pitts Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Felt nervous booking and staying due to covid, but everything was great, reception staff helpful, friendly, couldn't do enough for you. Would stay again and highly recommend."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Jurys Inn Oxford
Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
4 out of 5
15 Paradise Street, Oxford, England
The price is £101 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oxford Castle, Said Business School and Ashmolean Museum. Exeter College and Radcliffe ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)
"The staff were extremely nice and helpful"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
4 out of 5
73 High Street, Oxford, England
The price is £99 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
Located in Oxford City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from The Queen's College and University of Oxford. Bodleian Library and Bridge of Sighs ...
3.9/5Very Good! (693 reviews)
"Very comfortable and well located hotel. Excellent staff (Nelly on reception and morning chef who shared great local knowledge)"

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2021

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
La Reserve Aparthotel
La Reserve Aparthotel
4 out of 5
7 Ducie Street, Manchester, England
The price is £63 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in Manchester City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Affleck's Palace and Manchester Arndale. Manchester Palace Theatre and Manchester ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (438 reviews)
"Great stay friendly staff very clean"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

La Reserve Aparthotel
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
The price is £94 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (708 reviews)
"Its in beautiful Bath and it feels like a Georgian Bath Property to stay in."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

SACO Bath - St James's Parade
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
2.5 out of 5
Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, York, England
The price is £60 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bootham Crescent Stadium. York Minster and Shambles are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)
loved it
"Pod was comfortable and clean. Check in was very easy and good communication over email. Would happily stay again!"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Oxford

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24 Feb 2020

Used the excellent park & ride service. Easy to walk around the City centre for shops and/or sight seeing. Good choice of shops & plenty of food outlets.

4/5 - Good

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9 Feb 2020

Always very busy with lots of tourists. Nice place to visit.

3/5 - Okay

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3 Feb 2020

Nightmare traffic.

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Feb 2020

Oxford is a compact, cultural and scenic city with plenty to see and do. Would highly recommend it for a short city break or long weekend :-)

5/5 - Excellent

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18 Jan 2020

what a brilliant city, well worth a visit

4/5 - Good

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6 Jan 2020

A great place for culture and shopping. Would happily return in the future.

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