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.

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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: Wolfson College. Image courtesy of Iqbal Aalam.

Wolfson College

Wolfson College is an all-graduate college affiliated with the University of Oxford in England, located near the River Cherwell in

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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:

Barefoot Jericho - Cakes in Oxford

Barefoot Jericho

Barefoot offers homemade cakes, pastries and bread, delicious coffee for eat-in or takeaway in the neighbourhood of Jericho, in Oxford.

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Shops to See in Oxford: The Shop of Secrets. Harry Potter Collectibles.

The Shop of Secrets

The Shop of Secrets is Oxford’s chamber of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts official collectables and merch. A shopping must-to in the city, the Shop of Secrets is a family-run

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The Christ Church Regatta - University of Oxford Rowing Events

The Christ Church Regatta

The Christ Church Regatta is a boat race held annually at the University of Oxford. Novice crews of eight rowers represent each college. The race takes place during the seventh

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