Welcome to Oxford
Explore the historic university city of Oxford.
Situated in the south of England, Oxford is a city which revolves around its prestigious university which dates all the way back to the 12th century. There are 38 colleges in the city centre and they have inspired countless artists and academics.
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Things to do in Oxford
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Just nine miles away from Oxford city centre, Blenheim Palace is one of the most celebrated monumental country houses and the residence of the dukes of Marlborough. The only non-royal country house to hold the title of palace, it was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Open daily from 10am to 5pm, over 300,000 visitors a year head to learn about geology, mineralogy, zoology and entomology; it also hosts major exhibits on dinosaurs and the dodo.
Opened in 2009 after extensive redevelopment, this museum has plenty of fantastic artefacts, including the Alfred Jewel, watercolours and paintings by Turner, the only surviving as new-quality Stradivarius violin, and an Arab ceremonial dress owned by Lawrence of Arabia.
Blackwell's Bookshop claims the largest single room devoted to book sales in all of Europe, known as the Norrington Room - measuring a whopping 10,000 sq ft.
The Headington Shark
It's not often that you can claim to have seen a shark embedded head-first in the roof of a suburban house, but a quick visit to 2 New High Street, Headington will offer a somewhat bizarre sculpture exactly like this.
There's nowhere in the world quite like Oxford
Oxford is, without a doubt, one of the most famous locations in the British Isles, and for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps best-known for being the home of the University of Oxford - the oldest university in the country and the English-speaking world - this location, known as "the city of dreaming spires", is also celebrated for its stunning architecture that survived the war due to its inland location and lack of industry.
As well as the beautiful complex of university buildings, there are plenty of museums and shopping experiences to be had around this fabulous city, as well as no fewer than 28 nature reserves inside Oxford ring road alone.
Ashmolean Museum hosts a fascinating collection of history, objects and art from around the world, all under one roof for you to enjoy.
Set in 2100 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland, the palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns and award-winning formal gardens.
Explore the quadrangles and the Divinity School or take a behind the scenes tour of oldest research library, the Bodleian.
With 7000 plants, this is the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World. Explore the walled garden and glasshouses. Visit the Botanic Garden website
Mountain bike 'The Ridgeway' in two days with a half way stop at YHA Streatley to refresh and prepare for the final stretch.
myOxfordtravel provides unique downloadable tour itineraries and a trip planning service.
Discover Oxford’s lesser known history - tales of great escapes, betrayal and romance within the walls of the castle and prison. Visit the website
Enjoy live performances of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, comedy, lectures and poetry.