What to see and do in Oxford

Oxford Spires

Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires” boasts 1,500 listed buildings from every major period of British architectural history from the 11th century onwards. The centre looks like an enchanted fairy-tale city - no wonder Oxford is a firm favourite of film makers from all over the world, and has inspired countless famous writers over the centuries.

Oxford is flat and compact, with many of its major attractions, such as the University of Oxford and its 38 colleges; Bodleian Library, the museums, and Oxford Castle right in the centre – perfect to explore on foot.

Just a little out of the centre, you can find large green spaces like Christ Church Meadows (with excellent views of Oxford’s spires), University Parks, the riverbanks and Port Meadow .

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a history and heritage holiday, cultured city break, a family holiday or a weekend out with friends – Oxford has plenty to offer for everyone. Browse our “What to See & Do” pages to find the must see things to do for your interests, or have a look at our suggested itineraries for hassle-free planning.

Oxford is easy and fast to reach from London and Birmingham, as well as the major airports of the area, with regular direct connections: London Paddington and Birmingham New Street are an hour away on train, frequent buses depart 24 hours a day from London Victoria, Heathrow and Gatwick airports can be reached on regular direct buses in approximately 90 minutes, and Birmingham International is served by fast trains, making Oxford easily accessible from all over the world!

During your visit, the friendly, international team at the Oxford Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street will be happy to answer all your questions. The Visitor Information Centre sells maps, guide books, discounted attraction tickets, souvenirs (also available in our e-shop) and offers affordable luggage storage while you explore the city.


Food and Drink

Places to Stay in Oxford

Events in Oxford

Highlights Tour

Highlights Tour

Sat 21 Jan 2017

Hands-On Coins

Hands-On Coins

Sat 21 Jan 2017

Luke Courtier: Lunch

Luke Courtier: Lunch

Sat 21 Jan 2017

The Flows of Qi

The Flows of Qi; dual anchors II

Tue 10 - Sat 28 Jan 2017

Bodleian Winter Tours

Winter Tours Offer at the Bodleian Library

Tue 1 Nov 2016 - Tue 28 Feb 2017


Fri 13 Jan - Sat 4 Mar 2017

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