Towns & Villages
The world-famous City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is a picture-perfect historic site set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.
Of course, Oxford is also famous for its university – an institution that has seen everyone from Oscar Wilde to 25 British Prime Ministers pass through its colleges. For the best view of this magnificent city and the Oxford University buildings, climb the 99 steps of Carfax Tower and gaze over the rooftops below.
While history echoes through every street and alley in Oxford, it also has its fair share of modern attractions and lively arts and entertainment too. The large student population means that there are plenty of cinemas, art cafés and live music venues to choose from – including the excellent Sheldonian Theatre.
Shopaholics can head for the wonderful Oxford Covered Market for more unusual and retro items. High-street brands and chic boutiques can be found in the Westgate Shopping Centre.
You may want to indulge in a timeless Oxford classic – punting along the serene Cherwell on a bright summer's day. You can also book river cruises along a beautiful stretch of the River Thames.
Things to see and do in Oxford...
- Take a tour through Oxford in the capable hands of a Blue Badge Guide. For more information see walking tours in Oxford.
- Visit the Bodleian Library, one of Oxford University's most impressive - founded in 1488, it contains over seven million items along 118 miles of shelving!
- The iconic Blenheim Palace is only 8 miles from Oxford. The birthplace of Winston Churchill, it's one of the most celebrated buildings in Britain.
- Take a guided tour around Oxford Castle to discover gruesome tales and amazing episodes from this great castle's long history.
- Make sure you head in to see the exhibits at Britain's oldest museum, the recently refurbished Ashmolean Museum.
- Waterperry Gardens have been delighting visitors for years with 8 acres of historic and inspirational gardens nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside. The gardens feature a spectacular 200 foot herbaceous border along with rose and formal gardens, a lily canal and riverside walk.
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