OxfordUnited Kingdom

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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 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

Oxford Town Hall featuring street scenes and heritage elements

Oxford City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(124 area reviews)

Museums, historical sites and theatres are some highlights of Oxford City Centre. Make a stop by New Theatre Oxford or Bodleian Library while you're exploring.

Oxford City Centre

Top hotels in Oxford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Randolph Hotel
The Randolph Hotel
5 out of 5
Beaumont Street, Oxford, England
£147
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in Oxford City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Oxford Playhouse, Ashmolean Museum and New Theatre Oxford. University of Oxford and Carfax ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,638 reviews)

"Could not fault my stay at the Randaulph. Professional staff. Beautiful food."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

The Randolph Hotel
Jurys Inn Oxford
Jurys Inn Oxford
4 out of 5
Godstow Road, Wolvercote Roundabout, Oxford, England
£55
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (1,677 reviews)

"Could not get out of the car park, barrier would not lift, it caused was a traffic jam. Did have help eventually."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Jurys Inn Oxford
Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford
4 out of 5
3 Oxford Castle, Oxford, England
£113
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Oxford City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oxford Castle and Carfax Tower. New Theatre Oxford and Ashmolean Museum are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,177 reviews)

"Very comfortable room, bed and pillows were excellent quality. Loved the large deep tub and appreciate the super high water flow that would fill the tub in minutes. Not a lot of other guests it seemed, so it was always quiet. I can imagine it would be a lot more noisy as the authentic original doors ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Malmaison Oxford

Popular things to do in Oxford

University of Oxford
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University of Oxford

4.5/5(218 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around University of Oxford, a top university in Oxford. Experience the area's museums and theatre scene.

Ashmolean Museum
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Ashmolean Museum

4.5/5(179 reviews)

The world’s oldest public museum is home to a fascinating collection of global curios and priceless works of art.

Oxford Castle
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Oxford Castle

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Embark on an entertaining journey through this medieval castle. Learn about its dark past and listen to tales of murder and crime.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

4.5/5(102 reviews)

Gaze up at towering Oxfordshire dinosaur skeletons, see a colony of swifts in a tower and study the preserved model of the extinct dodo.

Carfax Tower
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Carfax Tower

4/5(28 reviews)

Climb the narrow, winding staircase to reach the top of this tower, which is considered the very centre of Oxford, for a panoramic view over the city.

Bodleian Library
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Bodleian Library

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Sign up for a tour to get a closer look at the priceless gems in one of the oldest libraries in the world.

Top activities in Oxford

Shakespeare’s Stratford, Warwick Castle, Cotswolds & Oxford
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Shakespeare’s Stratford, Warwick Castle, Cotswolds & Oxford

86% of travellers recommend
£92
Per adult
Warwick Castle, Shakespeares England & Oxford with Admission
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Warwick Castle, Shakespeares England & Oxford with Admission

80% of travellers recommend
£92
Per adult
Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

80% of travellers recommend
£16
Per adult
TOAD Distillery Tour (45 minute Standard Afternoon Tour)
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TOAD Distillery Tour (45 minute Standard Afternoon Tour)

£21
Per adult
Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour Walking Tour of Oxford
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Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour Walking Tour of Oxford

98% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
Day Trip to Oxford by Train
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Day Trip to Oxford by Train

96% of travellers recommend
£42
Per adult

Reviews of Oxford

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 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

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 2020

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

Nightmare traffic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 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

Verified traveller

Jan 18, 2020

what a brilliant city, well worth a visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 6, 2020

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