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Oxford is renowned for its stunning architecture and the prestigious University of Oxford. While many of the most spectacular buildings are connected to the university, there is far more to the city than the university campus. Wander its cobbled lanes and immerse yourself in its beauty and history; visit Port Meadow; explore the diverse Cowley Road; and enjoy a few drinks in one of the cities many watering holes.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie

14 Places

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14 Places

Organic Deli Cafe

Restaurants

University of Oxford

Educational sites

Bodleian Library

Architectural Buildings, Libraries

Bridge of Sighs

Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Radcliffe Camera

Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Magdalen College

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Educational sites

Christ Church

Castles, Sacred & Religious Sites, Educational sites, Historic Sites

Christ Church Meadow

Parks

Port Meadow

Parks

Ballroom Emporium

Gift & Speciality Shops

South Park

Parks

The Kazbar

Restaurants

The Bear Tavern

Bars & Clubs

The White Rabbit

Restaurants

Mercyfcb's City Tips

  • Don't just stick to the main roads, explore down alleyways to unearth hidden gems.
  • Oxford is best explored by bike or on foot.
  • The bus is the cheapest way to get from London to Oxford.
  • The city is famed for its university and beautiful university buildings; be sure to explore the lush gardens within the college grounds.
  • Buses to London run all night, so if visiting for the day, you can enjoy your evening in Oxford and then leave late.
  • The bus and train stations are a mere ten-minute walk from the city centre.
  • The weather in Oxford is extremely varied year round. Check the weather before you leave and be sure to pack appropriately.
  • Check online for festivals or carnivals taking place during your visit; these are often extremely fun to attend.
  • Avoid driving in Oxford: If you are driving I would recommend using the park and ride system as parking is hard to find in the centre.
  • Oxford is quite a small city, so be sure to book accommodation in advance.
  • Prices in Oxford are similar to London.
  • It is customary to tip 10% for a meal.
  • Organic Deli Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, British, Deli)
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Kick start a fun filled day of sightseeing by heading to the Organic Deli Cafe to stock up on healthy snacks for the road. The Organic Deli Cafe does take away, but it also has seating upstairs where you can relax before a busy day exploring. The portions are generous and the food is both delicious and relatively guilt free!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the delicious salads and smoothies.
    • The Organic Deli Cafe is tucked away near The White Rabbit (another must visit establishment).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 556 restaurants in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Plant Based Heaven 16/10/2018
    • A great find 04/10/2018
    • Organic Deli Cafe
    Address:
    24 Friars Entry
    Oxford OX1 2BY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 364853
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 18:30
    Other:
  • University of Oxford
    Educational sites
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    No trip to Oxford would be complete without visiting the university. The University of Oxford is renowned for its world-class academia, vibrant history, and sheer beauty. The university buildings are dotted throughout the city; spend a few hours wandering through the grounds, peeking into courtyards, and admiring the wonderful architecture and green gardens.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is possible to take a walking tour; doing so can be extremely helpful, but it is by no means necessary.
    • Many of the buildings are open to the public; check online for up to date information and opening times.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walking Tour 18/10/2018
    • Beautiful and Historical Destination 16/10/2018
    • University of Oxford
    Address:
    University Offices 1 Wellington Square
    Oxford OX1 2JD
    England
    Phone:
    011-33-1865-270-396
    Other:
  • Bodleian Library
    Architectural Buildings, Libraries
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The Bodleian Library is the research epicentre of Oxford University. The library is one of the oldest in Europe and is the second largest in Britain. It is famed for both the vast content it houses and also for its beautiful building, and is used by students and locals alike.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check the website for access details.
    • Head to the nearby Blackwell's Bookshop on Broad Street to buy a book after admiring the Bodleian collection.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful piece of history 21/10/2018
    • Bodleian Tolkien 18/10/2018
    • Bodleian Library
    Address:
    Bodleian Library Broad Street
    Oxford OX1 3BG
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 287400
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Bridge of Sighs
    Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Hertford Bridge is more commonly known as the Bridge of Sighs, owing to its resemblance to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The Bridge was built to connect two sections of Hertford College, and has become somewhat of a popular tourist site owing to its iconic architecture.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a stroll under the Bridge of Sighs as you walk to The Radcliffe Camera.
    • The Bridge of Sighs is more a point of interest to admire as you explore the city rather than a place to spend much time.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Attractive and unusual architecture 21/10/2018
    • Venice in England 18/10/2018
    • Bridge of Sighs
    Address:
    New College Ln.
    Oxford OX1 3BL
    England
    Other:
  • Radcliffe Camera
    Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The distinctive circular architecture of the Radcliffe Camera has made it one of the most photographed buildings in Oxford. The building is part of the Bodleian Library and is situated in a beautiful square, surrounded by stunning buildings. Stroll around the building and enjoy the historic atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Remember to pack your camera!
    • The building is not open to the public but it is still worth a visit in order to appreciate its impressive neo-classical architecture.
    • Cyclists often zip through the square at pace, so keep an eye out to avoid collisions.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Most Photographed Building 18/10/2018
    • Gorgeous Place 09/10/2018
    • Radcliffe Camera
    Address:
    Radcliffe Square
    Oxford OX1 4AJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 287400
    Other:
  • Magdalen College
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Educational sites
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Magdelan College is extremely beautiful, and its buildings are very well preserved. Enjoy exploring both the buildings and the surrounding grounds, and even pay a visit to the chapel to listen to the choir.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Although access is restricted by a fence, the beautiful deer park is still definitely worth a peek.
    • Check the website for up to date opening times and admission costs.
    • Head to the Old Kitchen Bar for a snack, which also happens to be the oldest building on site.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting architecture and history 21/10/2018
    • Wonderful architecture, beautiful peaceful deer park in the middle of the city. 21/10/2018
    • Magdalen College
    Address:
    High Street
    Oxford OX1 4AU
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 276000
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Christ Church
    Castles, Sacred & Religious Sites, Educational sites, Historic Sites
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Christ Church is one of the largest of the Oxford colleges, and those interested in architecture will marvel at its beautiful buildings and intricate stained glass. This college is a must-see, owing to its rich history and stunning beauty. Christ Church also boasts many literary ties: Alice in Wonderland was actually written here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Many scenes in Harry Potter were filmed here; you may recognise the dining room!
    • Although Christ Church College is open to visitors, it is also a working institution, and as such some parts may be closed on certain days without warning.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The "must do" college in Oxford 21/10/2018
    • Christ Church and College 20/10/2018
    • Christ Church
    Address:
    St. Aldates
    Oxford OX1 1DP
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 276150
    Other:
  • Christ Church Meadow
    Parks
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Christ Church Meadow is an extremely popular picnic spot in Oxford. The meadow offers great views of the colleges and is a beautiful place to read a book or relax amongst nature. Cattle graze in this picturesque meadow, just minutes away from the bustling city centre.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy the great view of the Christ Church spire from the meadow.
    • It is possible to watch the rowers from the meadow; a true Oxford experience.
    • Parts of the meadow are left untamed, therefore during the autumn it is a great place to pick blackberries.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Oasis 18/10/2018
    • Outdoors in the heart of town 14/10/2018
    • Christ Church Meadow
    Phone:
    +44 1865 276150
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Port Meadow
    Parks
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Port Meadow is a beautiful flood plain, dotted with horses, cows, and an abundance of wild-flowers. Escape the city and enjoy a little bit of the English countryside; go for a rainy walk or enjoy a picnic in the sun. Running enthusiasts should also note that Port Meadow is a great place to train; run along the river to the ruins of Godstow Abbey for an enjoyable and scenic route.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wander along the canal to Port Meadow.
    • In summer you can pick berries on nearby farms.
    • Walk through Port Meadow to the Perch or the Trout; two traditional countryside pubs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fantastic place to visit 09/10/2018
    • A great, easy walk. 02/10/2018
    • Port Meadow
    Address:
    Walton Well Road
    Oxford
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 715830
    Other:
  • Ballroom Emporium
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Mercyfcb Says:

    The Ballroom Emporium is a beautiful shop where you can both hire and buy vintage pieces. The collection is extensive, and it is a great place to browse traditional English formal wear. The Ballroom Emporium is also somewhat of an institution in Oxford; for years students have been coming here to hire and buy outfits for university balls.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The roundabout where the shop is located is extremely busy so take care when crossing the road.
    • The sunglasses sold here are both extremely fun and very affordable.
    • Explore other vintage shops on Cowley Road such as Reign.
    • After shopping, head up Cowley Road; this stretch is extremely diverse and is home to the annual Cowley Road Carnival.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 49 Shopping in Oxford
    • Curated vintage with a special surprise in the back! 12/08/2018
    • vintage clothes and other goodies 10/04/2018
    • Ballroom Emporium
    Address:
    5-6 The Plain
    Oxford OX4 1AS
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 202303
    Other:
  • South Park
    Parks
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Oxford is renowned for its dreaming spires and South Park is a great place to view them. Take a stroll to South Park after enjoying some shopping on Cowley Road, and relax and rejuvenate amongst nature, or head here with a group of friends for a picnic.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk to the top of the hill to enjoy the best view of the infamous dreaming spires.
    • There is ample outdoor gym equipment in South Park, making it the perfect place for a workout.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 144 things to do in Oxford
    • Beautiful green space for picnics and views of Oxford Spires 02/10/2018
    • Lovely park in Oxford 26/06/2018
    • South Park
    Address:
    St. Clements
    Oxford
    England
  • The Kazbar
    Restaurants (Moroccan, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Experience a little bit of Morocco in Oxford. The tapas here are delicious and the decor is extremely Moorish. The Kazbar is also a great place to go to listen to live music and enjoy tasty cocktails.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Kazbar is located on Cowley Road; be sure to explore this road as it is extremely diverse and is littered with unique vintage shops and tasty eateries.
    • If you are hard of hearing, consider arriving early, as during the evening the loud music can be a struggle for some.
    • Check the website for deals and events.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 556 restaurants in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food 07/10/2018
    • Always a fun place to visit 03/10/2018
    • The Kazbar
    Address:
    25-27 Cowley Road
    Oxford OX4 1HP
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 202920
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    17:00 - 00:00
    Fri
    17:00 - 00:30
    Sat
    12:00 - 00:30
    Other:
  • The Bear Tavern
    Bars & Clubs
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The Bear Tavern is one of the oldest pubs in Oxford. Head here to experience a quintessentially English pub with a rich history. The walls are covered in tie ends; supposedly having your tie end on display is a great honour. Enjoy a drink and soak up the unique atmosphere!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This pub can get very busy and the wait for food can be quite long.
    • I wouldn't necessarily recommend The Bear as a final destination on a night out. I would suggest coming here for a drink and then moving on to The White Rabbit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 59 Nightlife in Oxford
    • Great spot in the beautiful city of Oxford 13/10/2018
    • Very typical pub 24/09/2018
    • The Bear Tavern
    Address:
    6 Alfred Street
    Oxford OX1 4EH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 721783
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 22:30
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • The White Rabbit
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Pub)
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The White Rabbit has been a free house since 1870. It is now run by a group of childhood friends, and this dynamic creates an extremely relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It attracts a diverse crowd and is a great place to enjoy delicious food and sample artisanal drinks such as Blue Bottle Gin.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try Chef Matteo's delicious organic gluten free pizza for guilt free indulgence. Just don't ask for the secret recipe!
    • The pub is a great place for an evening out; on the weekend it is often buzzing with energy and fun.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 556 restaurants in Oxford
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the best places for pizza in Oxford! 20/10/2018
    • What’s up with gangster rap? 11/10/2018
    • The White Rabbit
    Address:
    21 Friars Entry
    Oxford OX1 2BY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1865 241177
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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