Things to do in Oxford

From exploring its quirky lanes to taking a punt on the river, Oxford is a fantastic city to visit year-round

Oxford is one of the world's oldest university cities and is well known for its beautiful architecture. But apart from being a beautiful place to visit, the city is also fantastic for a weekend of culture and adventure.

Find out the top things to see and do in Oxford this Autumn:

Magdalen Bridge

Located in the east of the city, this bridge has been used for crossing River Cherwell since ancient times. The first known reference to a bridge goes back to 1004! This is a great place to start your Oxford adventure, from here you can walk along the river Cherwell, pick up a punt, relax by the riverside or explore the nearby Botanic Gardens.

Botanical Gardens

The University of Oxford Botanic Gardens should certainly be on your must-visit list of Oxford. It’s the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world at 400 years old. The garden has over 5,000 different plant species and is a fantastic place to explore or get that perfect Instagram photo: https://www.obga.ox.ac.uk/

Radcliffe Camera

This iconic Oxford landmark is actually a working library and is a great spot for any budding photographers. For those with an interest in history, you can take a tour of the Bodleian Libraries. There’s a tour that runs on a Wednesday that will take you on a 90-minute tour and includes a visit to the Gladstone link, a secret tunnel that was originally used to transport books. So if you’re visiting mid-week we highly recommend the tour: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/libraries/radcliffe-camera

Bodleian Library

If you prefer to explore on your own time, then you can take an audio tour around the Bodleian Library. Allowing you to get behind the scenes access and hear stories from the historic heart of Oxford University: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/home#/

Carfax Tower

At 74 feet tall, you really can’t miss this central Oxford landmark! It’s certainly worth climbing the 99 steps to the top of the tower for a bird’s eye view of this stunning city: https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/venue/carfax-tower/

Castle & Prison

Head back 1,000 years and explore the history of Oxford’s Castle and Prison. With guided tours from costumed characters, events and experiences, the rich history will be fun for the whole family: https://www.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/

Oxford Covered Market

Oxford’s Covered Market showcases more than 50 traders selling a colourful array of items from fruit and vegetables to flowers and jewellery. It’s the perfect place to shop for the very best local produce and handmade crafts: https://oxford-coveredmarket.co.uk/

Westgate Shopping Centre

The home of popular high street brands, Westgate is a fantastic place to indulge in some retail therapy. Then, when you’ve exhausted all of the shopping options, you can enjoy a bite to eat or a cocktail in one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants whilst enjoying views of the Oxford city skyline: https://westgateoxford.co.uk/

Night Life

When the sun goes down the city does not stop. Oxford has a vibrant nightlife with a range of venues to explore. There’s something to suit most tastes including pianos bars, cocktails bars and clubs. 

Image Credits: Oxford Architecture by Nils Lindner / Magdalen Bridge by Roger Lipera / Radcliffe Camera by Ben Seymour / Bodleian Old Library by Tim Wildsmith / Oxford Castle by James Coleman 

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