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Steeped in history, Oxford is a city just waiting to be explored. From getting lost in one of the many university colleges to taking a stroll down the banks of the River Tames, Oxford offers everything for the perfect city break.
Ashmolean Museum - Attached to the University of Oxford, the fantastic 16th-century Ashmolean Museum offers an original collection of portraits, coins medals and artefacts. The architecture of the building itself is also worth visiting.
Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH. Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday 10 – 6pm, Bank Holiday Monday 10 – 6pm.
University Museum of Natural History - If dinosaurs and geology is your thing, then the University Museum of Natural History is definitely worth a visit. The Grade I listed building is renowned for its Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo and the swifts in the tower – you’ll have to go and explore to see exactly what we’re talking about.
Opening times: Monday - Sunday 12.00 - 4.30pm
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW
.The Covered Market – The Covered Market in central Oxford may well be free to enter, however, we can’t guarantee how much you will spend at the wealth of shops and stores available inside. From fresh fruit and vegetables to clothes and jewellery and a range of cafes, the Covered Market has everything you could need for an afternoon of retail therapy.
The Covered Market, Market Street, Oxford, OX1 3DZ
Exeter College - If you’re interested in hearing the history behind one of the most prestigious universities in the UK, then take a trip to Exeter College, one of Oxford’s oldest and smallest colleges. Established in 1314, the College has seen many greats walk through its doors, including Lord of the Rings author, J.R. Tolken. The College is free to walk around and is open 7 days a week.
Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DP
Modern Art Oxford - Hailed as the South East’s leading gallery for modern and contemporary art, the Modern Art Oxford showcases internationally recognised artists within its galleries. With a range of activities available for children during school holidays, Modern Art Oxford offers something for all the family.
Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP
Blackwells Walking Tour of Oxford – Take the Blackwells Walking Tour of Oxford to experience the full historic and literary tour of the city. The tour will show you literary greats, such as Alan Bennett, Lewis Carroll and Stephen Hawking, old haunts and even where William Shakespeare stayed when he visited the city. The tour runs every Tuesday and Thursday, lasts an hour and a half and costs £7.
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 48 - 51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
Missing Bean coffee shop – With the wealth of coffee shops now available on the high street, you’re never too far away from a cup of coffee. However, if you want a really good cup of coffee you sometimes have to look a little further. The Missing Bean coffee shop in Oxford is an independently owned and run espresso bar, offering a fantastic cup of coffee in a fantastic relaxed atmosphere.
The Missing Bean, 14 Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DQ
Cowley Road – Just a short walk out of the city centre and you’ll come to the Cowley Road area of Oxford. This two mile road offers a wide range of eclectic shops, bars, restaurants and cafes all in a relaxed setting.
Heroes Sandwich shop – Whether you’re looking for a good bacon sandwich to kick start your day of sightseeing or simply somewhere to refuel at lunch, then Heroes Sandwich bar is the ideal spot. With their own freshly baked breads and a range of delicious fillings, you' wont be disappointed with your choice.
8 Ship Street, Oxford, OX1 3DA
Bicester Village - Granted, Bicester Village isn’t in central Oxford. However, if you catch our Oxford to Bicester coach service, in just 30 minutes you'll be in one of the best discount designer outlets in the UK. From the likes of Ralph Lauren, French Connection, Diesel and many more, there are so many bargains to be had at Bicester Village, you won’t know where to start.
Bicester Village, 50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, OX26 6WD
We travel direct to Oxford from 65 destinations and of course you can also connect to the city from one of the 900 points across the UK. Travel from Birmingham, Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Luton Airport, Stansted Airport direct to Oxford from just £4.50 one-way (online exclusive, limited fares available, plus £1 booking fee).
Coach station address: Gloucester Green Bus Station, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BU.
With so much history and culture to absorb, our top things to do are only a fraction of the fantastic things to do and see during your stay in Oxford. So if you'd like to find out even more about Oxford, then why not take a look at Visit Oxford and Oxfordshire for loads more great reasons for exploring the city.