You’d be hard-pressed to find a UK city with as much history as Oxford. Home to the oldest museum in the world, the oldest English-language university and castles and churches that date back over 1,000 years, you could spend days and even weeks discovering the city’s heritage. But there’s a lot more to Oxford than just its incredible history. Its food scene spans cool cafés, fine-dining restaurants and lively food markets while there are few better places for a night out with bars, pubs and clubs liberally dotted around the city – find out the best place to stay with our hotels in Oxford guide. Factor in its amazing theatres, live music venues, state-of-the-art shopping centres, world-beating museums and art galleries and you have an incredibly well-rounded city that keeps on delivering, rightly making it one of the UK’s tourist hotspots.
From castles to historic churches, leafy parks, botanical gardens and – of course – the mighty university, Oxford has enough attractions to keep you sightseeing for weeks!
A city rich in arts and culture, you can take in art from Picasso and Turner, food and music festivals and museums covering natural history, science, music, art, archaeology and more.
Oxford is one of those rare UK cities with a café culture in its bones. Throw in almost 500 restaurants and buzzing local markets and when looking for a place to eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
With theatres offering 2,000 spaces to tiny studios that can seat just 50 guests, Oxford’s theatres put on a wide range of events including musicals, comedy, plays, live music and more.
Home to the oldest museum in the world, Oxford is a real treasure trove of exhibits and artefacts with museums covering musical instruments, natural history and science, art and archaeology.
A world-famous institution that’s given the world Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and more than 50 Nobel prizewinners, Oxford University is the oldest English-language university in the world.
Home to hundreds of shops, dozens of cafés, bars and restaurants and a boutique five-screen cinema, Westgate isn’t just the leading shopping destination in Oxford, but also a leading leisure and entertainment hub.
Head to a cutting-edge live music show, a sing-a-long West End musical, a riotous stand-up show or catch some live football, rugby, cricket or rowing – whatever you fancy, you’ll find it in Oxford, a city that barely finds time to sleep.
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There are plenty of reasons for visiting Oxford. Whether it's the world-famous university, Westgate shopping sprees, world-class museums, or the waistband-busting food scene, you can take your pick from four wonderful Oxford hotels with parking. Each one is an excellent base for exploring this most-fascinating of cities.
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