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For anyone in the market for a city break full of history, magnificent architecture and some of the country's best pubs, stop your search at Oxford. This city is obviously famed for its university, and any visit to Oxford wouldn't be complete without a trip to at least one of its 38 autonomous colleges.

In addition to this most famous of educational institutions, Oxford is also a well-used film set for a variety of TV and film institutions. Fans of ITV dramas will no doubt be keen to visit famous locations from Inspector Morse and Midsomer Murders, while much of the mythical Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films utilised Oxford's unique gothic architecture. Oxford is also well known for its own student drama scene, with the Burton Taylor and Old Fire Station theatres along with the Oxford Playhouse hosting a series of local and travelling productions.

For those on a budget, Oxford is also full to the brim with free museums, perfect for whiling away an afternoon when the British weather is at its unpredictable best. On nicer days though, there is not much better than renting a punt and exploring the city from the comfort of a boat along Oxford's stretch of the Thames.

Hostels in Oxford
Hostels in Oxford

If you are looking for the perfect base from which to enjoy everything the university city of Oxford has to offer, YHA Oxford is most definitely the place to be. Located right in the centre of this historic city, it is ideally positioned for punting on the river, strolling around museums, or enjoying a swift pint in one of Oxford's many exemplary pubs.


Five Free Things To Do In Oxford

Museum of the History of Science
Oxford's Museum of History and Science is the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, and is home to a huge collection of early scientific instruments.

Oxford University Parks
The university's parks cover an area of 70 acres, housing a myriad of different species of wildlife, plants and trees. Great for a sit down in pleasant surroundings after a tour of the college buildings.

The Pitt Rivers Museum
The Pitt Rivers Museum is dedicated to all things anthropology and ethnography, and is arranged in Victorian fashion. With over half a million objects on show, best to clear your day if planning a visit!

Blackwell's Bookstore
Unsurprisingly for a city renowned for its literary achievements, Oxford is home to the Blackwell's bookstore, featuring a 10,000 sq ft room devoted to books - the largest of its kind in Europe!

Bodleian Library
The university's own Bodleian Library was built in 1488 and is still fully functioning today. With past visitors including Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and J R R Tolkein, you will be in esteemed company.

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