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OxfordUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Oxford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jurys Inn Oxford
Jurys Inn Oxford
4 out of 5
Godstow Road, Wolvercote Roundabout, Oxford, England
AU$133
per night
3 May - 4 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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,706 reviews)

"Parking charged at 6 pound per day Could have been free for hotel guest Clean and well renovated rooms"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Jurys Inn Oxford
Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford
4 out of 5
3 Oxford Castle, Oxford, England
AU$296
per night
3 May - 4 May

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! (1,220 reviews)

"The unique conversion of it being a prison but retaining the character."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Malmaison Oxford
The Randolph Hotel
The Randolph Hotel
5 out of 5
Beaumont Street, Oxford, England

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! (1,680 reviews)

"Lovely stay in the middle of Oxford. Staf were very helpful and amenable. Some slight issue with teh heating in the room - just too hot but generally everythign was lovely. Old fashioned hotel but a lovely stay"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

The Randolph Hotel

Popular activities in Oxford

Ashmolean Museum
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Ashmolean Museum

4.5/5(17 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(2 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(11 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.

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
AU$182
Per adult
Discover Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds and Warwick Castle
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Discover Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds and Warwick Castle

AU$110
Per adult
Costume Character Guided Tour at Oxford Castle & Prison
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Costume Character Guided Tour at Oxford Castle & Prison

AU$25
Per adult
Private Tour of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds & Warwick Castle
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Private Tour of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds & Warwick Castle

AU$1,203
Per adult
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Oxford
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Oxford

AU$20
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK

AU$17
Per adult

Reviews of Oxford

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Feb. 2020

For an Australian, the beautiful historic buildings are amazing , and the pubs warm and cozy We only had a short time there but it was definitely worth it

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Nov. 2019

Lots to see and do in oxford from the historic to the modern

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Oct. 2019

Driving in the city was a nightmare; so many streets were closed off for roadworks or waterworks, and there are cars, buses and bicycles everywhere. We handed back our hire car there and were glad not to be driving or having to park!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Sep. 2019

Great history. Beautiful architecture. Go on a guided walk. Great bookstores.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Sep. 2019

If you have a car, take the park and ride bus, there is very little parking in Oxford central.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Sep. 2019

I really wanted to love Oxford but I found it just a bit too touristy. There is a snobbish air about it that I’m not sure does it any favours. It’s certainly pretty though and has interesting history.