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Oxford

Known for Museums, Universities and Historical Buildings

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

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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.

Activities in Oxford

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

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

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

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.

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

One of the most photographed spots in the university, this bridge dates back to the early 1900s and unites two parts of Hertford College.

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Stroll the grounds of the oldest university in England, explore an 11th-century castle full of interactive exhibits, and get a first-hand look at the town William Shakespeare called home. Enjoy a drive through the Cotswolds, check out Oxford's campus, enter Warwick Castle, and visit Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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Spend the day exploring castles, charming villages, and historic cities on this immersive tour. Experience the quaint English homes in the Cotswolds, walk through the medieval Warwick Castle, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, and stroll down the cobbled streets of Oxford.

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Venture outside of London to explore several of the area's famous attractions on this private tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, this full-day excursion shows you the city of Oxford, the medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the countryside region of the Cotswolds, and the imposing Warwick Castle.

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Travel back in time as you visit the fabled academic institutions of Oxford with a knowledgeable guide. Hear about the history of this education-centric city, scope out filming locations from the Harry Potter movies, and visit the colleges where famed figures like JRR Tolkien, Tony Blair, and Hugh Grant once studied.

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Head out of London into the traditional English countryside to explore 2 of Britain's most beloved academic cities. Visit Christ Church College, the largest of the colleges in Oxford, before heading to the elegant city of Cambridge, with its historic market places and renowned colleges.

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Cruise through Oxford's waterways and take in picturesque views of Christ Church college and Osney Island from a unique vantage point. As you sail along, listen to stories about famous writers who were inspired by the very sights you're witnessing.