Visiting Oxford, its University, Pubs, and Museums

Are you planning a visit to the beautiful city of Oxford? Perhaps you’re ready to start University. Or you’re just looking for day trips around the Oxfordshire area. Explore Oxford’s history, find tours, and research what to do and see in this incredible city. We have divided all of Oxford’s attractions into four main categories: Visiting (with ideas for things to do and see), History (from medieval times to the present), Oxford University (its colleges, libraries and museums), and Gift Ideas (where you will find posters, merch and books about Oxford). You can use these buttons to get started:

What to do and see in the city of Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Learn about the history of the city and its famous university.

Plan visits to Oxford colleges, libraries and useums.

Find books, mugs, T-Shirts and products inspired by Oxford.

Free Self-Guided Walking Tours

If you prefer to explore at your own pace and delve into the charm of Oxford independently, consider embarking on a free self-guided walking tour. I’ve created a few options based on places I enjoy visiting!

Latest Stories & Articles About Oxford

We LOVE Oxford and everything it has to offer. People come to the city for different reasons, though, so we’ve created a few guides that can give you ideas to plan your visit. For example, you can explore Oxford Harry Potter filming locations or places that are ideal for a date. Or you can do a deep dive into the University and its traditions – some of which will probably surprise you (turtle racing? Yep. That’s a thing!). Take a look at some of our articles below.

Famous Oxford Landmarks
& What to See

If you don’t have much time, you might want to select places in Oxford that can give you a great idea of what the city is like. Popular attractions include Oxford Castle, the Ashmolean Museum, and some of the oldest colleges in the world. These are our main recommendations and must-sees:

Oxford Castle and Prison - Image courtesy of Meraj Chhaya
Historical Places

Oxford Castle & Prison

Oxford Castle is a partly ruined Norman medieval castle on the centre of Oxford. The castle then became a prison which closed in 1996. What’s the History of Oxford Castle?

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The Sheldonian Theatre - Oxford
Theatres & Cinemas

The Sheldonian Theatre

The Sheldonian Theatre was designed by Christopher Wren for the University of Oxford. The building is named after Gilbert Sheldon, chancellor of the University at the time. Elegant and strong

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Oxford Christ Church College - Image courtesy ofArnaud Malon
Historical Places

Christ Church College

Christ Church is college of the University of Oxford. It was founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII and is one of the larger colleges. What’s the History of Oxford’s

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The University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is one of the leading academic institutions in the world – and the home of many unique traditions. If you want to learn more about the University, its different colleges, fun facts, ceremonies, terms, and much more – follow the links below!

Oxford Colleges

The University of Oxford has 39 semi-autonomous constituent colleges and six permanent private halls. Some of them include:

Oxford University - Oriel College. Image curtesy of Tejvan Pettinger.

Oriel College

Located in Oriel Square, Oriel College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

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Bored and looking for something to do in Oxford? These are some of our suggestions and ideas for unique activities you can try: