Things to do in Oxford

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.


Whether you want a relaxed day punting down the Thames, a guided tour around the city or the adrenaline rush of go-karting, you’ll find all these and more in Oxford.

Places to eat

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.


From Cowley to Jericho and everywhere in between, we’ve covered the best pubs, underground clubs, trendy cocktail bars and cosy watering holes to keep you entertained on any kind of night.

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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.


From huge shopping centres the size of 12 football pitches to weekly markets stocked with artisan goods, you’ll find the best bargains, high street names and independent shops in Oxford.

University of Oxford

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.

Oxford Castle

Dating back to the 11th century, Oxford Castle and prison has an amazing history that spans numerous battles and wars and is now a fascinating historical monument that’s brought alive by tour guides.

Westgate Oxford

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.

Getting around

With excellent train and bus networks, and just an hour from London Heathrow, getting around Oxford couldn’t be easier. Plus, with a small city centre, it’s tailor-made for exploring on foot or by bike or even by gondola!

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Oxford Map

Looking for a hotel in Oxford?

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.