Oxford Historical Places

Take a look through some of the best historical places in Oxford and Oxfordshire. Here you’ll find the most iconic Oxfordian locations you shouldn’t miss if you are in the area. Oxford truly has a little bit of everything – from hundreds-year-old colleges and quads to ancient castles and churches. Plus, a few river locks, a covered market, and one of the oldest libraries in the world. 

Most Popular Oxford Historical Places

Explore all of Oxford’s castles, quads, and locks—memorable and historically-relevant locations in the heart of the city and its surrounding areas.

Oxford's Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower, in Oxford, is a 23-meter-high bell tower that used to belong to a 12th-century church. Here’s how to visit it (and why!).

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Bodleian Library - Entrance. Image courtesy of Billy Wilson.

Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is one of Oxford’s most famous landmarks. Among the oldest in Europe, it’s easy to visit and incredible to see.

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Museums & Art Galleries

World-renowned museums and art galleries.

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

The Oxford Bate Collection is the most comprehensive collection of European woodwind, brass and percussion instruments in Britain. It mainly contains instruments for Western classical music, from the Middle Ages onwards.

Oxford Christ Church College, Canterbury Quadrangle. Image courtesy of Billy Wilson

Christ Church Picture Gallery

Christ Church Picture Gallery is an art museum holding an important collection of about 300 Old Master paintings and almost 2,000 drawings and is one of the most important private

Pitt Rivers Museum - Oxford

Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum displays the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford. This museum is located to the east of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and

Parks & Meadows

Beautiful parks and nature reserves in Oxford.

Oxford Parks and Meadows: Oxford Canal - A Breath-taking Walk

Oxford Canal

Oxford Canal is a breath-taking option if you’re looking for an enjoyable walk close to the city. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Oxford Christ Church Meadow - Image courtesy of Matthias Rosenkranz

Christ Church Meadow

Christ Church Meadow, in Oxford, is open to the public all year round. This open space in the heart of the city is an ideal choice for wandering, picnicking, or

Things to See Near Oxford: Waterperry Gardens. Image courtesy of Ukgardenphotos via Flickr Commons.

Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens is a charming horticultural haven located in the idyllic countryside of Oxfordshire. Here’s everything about it.

Things to Do in Oxford

Looking for things to do and enjoy while you’re in Oxford? Here are some suggestions, from quirky shops to escape rooms, art galleries, and sports. 

The North Wall Arts Centre

The North Wall Arts Centre

The North Wall Arts Centre is an award-winning Oxford theatre and gallery based in Summertown. Their mission is to educate and inspire. The North Wall Arts Centre is a vibrant

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New Theatre Oxford

New Theatre Oxford

New Theatre Oxford (previously known as the Apollo Theatre Oxford) is Oxford’s main commercial theatre. It has a capacity of 1,785 people. The first theatre was built in 1836, and

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