Oxford

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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 nearMagdalen 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, OX2 8AL
The price is £85 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Oxford. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (954 reviews)
"great clear nice staff"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

Jurys Inn Oxford
The Randolph Hotel, by Graduate Hotels
The Randolph Hotel, by Graduate Hotels
5 out of 5
Beaumont Street, Oxford, England, OX1 2LN
The price is £206 per night from 3 Aug to 4 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Oxford. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (63 reviews)
"Great hotel in central Oxford"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2022

The Randolph Hotel, by Graduate Hotels
Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
4 out of 5
15 Paradise Street, Oxford, England, OX1 1LD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £129 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Oxford. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (294 reviews)
"Muy buena"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
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.
Premium Studio near the heart of Oxford
Premium Studio near the heart of Oxford
5 W Wy. Square, Oxford, England, OX2 9TD
Stay at this apartment in Oxford. Enjoy free WiFi, a fridge and an oven. Popular attractions New Theatre Oxford and O2 Academy (Oxford) are located nearby. Discover ...
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"The accommodation was clean and very comfortable, with very good facilities in a convenient location. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2022

Premium Studio near the heart of Oxford
The Historic Gem - Sleek & Central 3bdr Maisonette
The Historic Gem - Sleek & Central 3bdr Maisonette
3.5 out of 5
41-47 George St, Oxford, England, OX1 2BE
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Oxford. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a Smart TV. Popular attractions New Theatre Oxford and O2 Academy (Oxford) ...
The Historic Gem - Sleek & Central 3bdr Maisonette
The Oxford Studios
The Oxford Studios
3.5 out of 5
153 Kennington Rd, Oxford, England, OX1 5PE
Stay at this 3.5-star eco-friendly apartment in Oxford. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (29 reviews)
"Great place to stay."

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

The Oxford Studios
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