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 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.

Jurys Inn Oxford
Jurys Inn Oxford
4 out of 5
Godstow Road, Wolvercote Roundabout, Oxford, England
The price is AU$147 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (935 reviews)
"Despite paying in full before we arrived, charged my wife's credit card 3 times without her consent or her leaving a pre-authorisation request. A week later and the issue still hasn't been resolved"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2021

Jurys Inn Oxford
Vanbrugh House Hotel
Vanbrugh House Hotel
4 out of 5
20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford, England
The price is AU$265 per night from 14 Nov. to 14 Nov.
Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps away from University of Oxford, New Theatre Oxford and Oxford Playhouse. Balliol College and Exeter College ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (452 reviews)
"Good location very central. Nicely furnished. Lovely views. But Parking in Oxford overnight is a nightmare."

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2021

Vanbrugh House Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
4 out of 5
15 Paradise Street, Oxford, England
The price is AU$276 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (203 reviews)
"Location perfect to see city on foot. Hotel was very clean and staff were friendly. Parking was off site but close and had a cost which was the only drawback"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
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Oxford Private Studio - Free Parking
Oxford Private Studio - Free Parking
3.5 out of 5
9 Inott Furze, Oxford, England
The price is AU$186 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Situated in Oxford, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. John Radcliffe Hospital and Blenheim ...
Oxford Private Studio - Free Parking
3 Summertown Court
3 Summertown Court
4 out of 5
264-266 Woodstock Road, Oxford, England
Situated in the shopping district, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of University of Oxford, St. Anthony's College and St. Anne's College. Green ...
5/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Weekend stay at 3 Sommertown Court
"We found the flat very comfortable and conveniently placed as it took only a short bus ride to get to the center of Oxford and there were shops, cafes and a restaurant very close to the flat.The only difficulty we encountered was turning the heating in the bathroom, specially on the morning of our ..."

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019

3 Summertown Court
Rana Court
Rana Court
4 out of 5
138 - 142 Hollow Way, Oxford, England
The price is AU$389 per night from 21 Oct. to 21 Oct.
Situated in Oxford, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Churchill Hospital, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and O2 Academy (Oxford). Headington Shark ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (20 reviews)
Convenient comfortable apartment.
"Nice spacious apartment convenient for Oxford Off street Parking space made it easy. Check in went smoothly Recommended"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2021

Rana Court
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