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Charming University town that oozes old-world character. Are you looking for things to do in Oxford? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.


Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and rich history. It is now a bustling cosmopolitan city. With a great mix of old and new, there is always something to do for visitor and local alike. The city is blessed with some of the best architecture in the country so even the simplest stroll it is a treat for the eyes. There are many museums, galleries and world famous colleges you are able to look around and learn more about the Oxford experience.

The city also has an excellent arts scene with numerous galleries, theatres, cinemas and live music venues, offering a platform for both established artists and rising stars. Being home to two universities, there is a vast and diverse range of pubs, clubs and bars to suit every individual's tastes. You will also find a host of excellent restaurants offering dining experiences from all over the globe. Oxford is also ideally located to explore the Cotswolds and is within easy reach of London.

Known for...   Oxford University, Boat Race, CS Lewis, Dreaming Spires and Radiohead


Did you know...

  • The first colleges of Oxford were built in the 13th century, but it wasn't until 1878 that women were admitted to the university, 1920 when they were awarded degrees, and 1974 when the last of the all-male colleges opened their doors to women.
  • Hitler was intending to use Oxford as his capital if he conquered England which is one of the reasons it was not bombed.
  • Oxford has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world.



 

  Attractions

Oxford Castle

Visitor Attraction.
11 New Road
Oxford
OX1 1LT

01865260666

 

Hinksey Outdoor Pool

Ideal summer destination.
Lake Street
Oxford
OX1 4RP

01865467079

 

Sheldonian Theatre

Famous theatre designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3AZ

01865277299

 

CitySightseeing Oxford Hop On Hop Off

Relax and enjoy a guided tour of Oxford upon an open-top bus - great for all the family.
Park End Street
Oxford
OX1 1HS

 

Salters Steamers

Boat hire on the the River Thames.
Folly Bridge
Oxford
OX1 4LA

01865243421

 

Radcliffe Camera

The Radcliffe Camera, a large circular building with a lofty dome, was built by James Gibbs between 1737 and 1749.
Radcliffe Square
Oxford
OX1 3BG

 

Bodleian Library FREE

One of Europe's oldest existing libraries.
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BG

 

Cherwell Boathouse

Iconic boathouse with punts for hire and it's own restaurant.
50 Bardwell Road
Oxford
OX2 6ST

01865552746

 

Donnington Doorstep Family Centre

Fantastic, fun and free family drop-in centre. Great activities throughout the day.
Townsend Square
Donnington Bridge Road
OX4 4BB

01865727721

Recommended by Kelly Bourton, Oxford
“'The kid's can really enjoy themselves!'”

 

Shotover Country Park FREE

289 acres of beautiful parkland with stunning views across Oxfordshire.
Shotover
Oxford
OX3 8TA

 

Bury Knowle Mini Golf

There are three mini golf facilities across Oxford, available for public use.
London Road
Headington
Oxfordshire
OX3 9JJ

 

Waterperry Gardens

The gardens at Waterperry are extensive, well-maintained and full of interesting plants. Much has been redesigned and replanted.
Waterperry, Wheatley
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX33 1JZ

 

Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Arboretum has been part of the University of Oxford since 1963. The site comprises 130 acres.
Oxford Lodge
Peacock Gate
Oxford
OX44 9PX

 

North Hinksey Conduit House

English Heritage - Roofed conduit for Oxford's first water mains, constructed during the early 17th century.
North Hinksey
Oxfordshire
OX2 0NA

 

Unique Creation

Paint your own pottery cafe.
263 Banbury Road
Summertown
Oxford
OX2 7HN

01865553554

 
 

  Museums

Oxford University Museum Of Natural History

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections.
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PW

 

Museum Of The History Of Science FREE

Educational visitor attraction for all ages.
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3AZ

 

Pitt Rivers Museum FREE

Fascinating collection of anthropology and archaeology.
South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PP

Recommended by Martin Bourton, Oxford

 

University Museum Of Natural History FREE

Fascinating city centre museum.
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PW

01865272950

 

Ashmolean Museum Of Art And Archaeology FREE

Fascinating collection of art and archaeology.
Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2PH

01865278000

 

Science Oxford

Innovative science museum.
1-5 London Place
Oxford
OX4 1BD

01865810000

 
 

  Parks

South Park FREE

South Park occupies 50 acres of open space, with magnificent views overlooking Oxford.
Headington Road
East Oxford
OX4 1NT

 

Botley Park FREE

Located just outside the city centre, the park offers local residents and visitors a great place to visit for sport, play or relax.
Botley Road
Oxford
OX2 0PE

 

Hinksey Park FREE

It's avenues of Giant Redwood and Pine trees, create a unique space and picturesque venue for picnics, play, sport and relaxation.
off Abingdon Road
Oxford
OX1 4RR

 

Burgess Field Nature Park FREE

Burgess field is a reclaimed landfill site and home to a nature reserve.
Port Meadow
Walton Well Road
OX2 6ED

 

Dry Sandford Pit FREE

A fascinating mosaic of cliffs, fenland, grassland, scrub and woodland set in an old quarry.
2 1/2 miles north-west of Abingdon
Cothill village
Oxfordshire
OX13 6JW

 

Bernwood Meadows FREE

Traditional hay meadows covered with spring and summer wild flowers.
1 mile south of Horton-cum-Studley
Buckinghamshire
OX33 1BJ

 

CS Lewis Nature Reserve FREE

Thought to be the inspiration behind the Narnia classics, this tranquil woodland and pond once belonged to CS Lewis.
Risinghurst
Oxfordshire
OX3 8HF

 

Raleigh Park FREE

Raleigh Park is 27 sloping acres, outside the city boundaries between Botley and North Hinksey.
Raleigh Park Road
North Hinksey
OX2 9AR

 

Bury Knowle Park FREE

One of Oxford's most beautiful parks and the historic Bury Knowle House and its parkland setting provides a picturesque back-drop.
Headington
OX3 9HX

 

Florence Park FREE

Florence Park is in East Oxford, five minutes walk from Cowley Road.
East Oxford
OX4 3PW

 

Lashford Lane Fen FREE

Exciting wildlife lies hidden in this small limestone valley leading into fascinating fenland and reedbeds.
4 miles south-west of Oxford
nr Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX13 6DY

 

Sydlings Copse FREE

Embark on a sensory journey through this secluded wildlife gem - once described as one of the richest habitats in middle England.
3.5 miles north-east of Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX3 9TY

 

Cutteslowe And Sunnymead Park FREE

Cutteslowe and Sunnymead is the largest park in Oxford.
Oxford
OX2 8ES

 

Blackbird Leys Park FREE

Blackbird Leys Park is a 9 hectares 'green haven' in the middle of Blackbird Leys estate, with a tree-lined meandering brook.
Pegasus Road
Blackbird Leys
Oxford
OX4 6JL

 

Iffley Meadow Nature Reserve FREE

Ancient wet meadows with an abundance of Oxfordshire's iconic flower - the snake's-head fritillary.
Donnington Bridge Road
Oxford
OX1 4UP

 

Asham Meads FREE

Ancient flower-filled meadows fringed with old hedgerows and alive with butterflies and birdsong.
5 miles south of Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX33 1BS

 

Hitchcopse Pit FREE

An old sandpit with a fascinating array of plant and insect life.
3 miles north-west of Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX13 5QF

 

Abbey Fishponds FREE

An historic wetland at the heart of the local community.
Radley Road
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 3TN

 

Oxey Mead FREE

An ancient flood meadow graced by a wide variety of grasses and wild flowers.
3.5 miles north-west of Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX29 4ES

 

Woodsides Meadow FREE

A survivor from days gone by, this traditional hay meadow is exceptionally rich in wild flowers.
4 miles south of Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX5 2UR

 

Parsonage Moor FREE

A fenland wilderness rich in botanical gems, moths and dragonflies.
3 miles north-west of Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX13 6JW

 

Whitecross Green Wood FREE

A dynamic yet fragile woodland renowned for its beautiful butterflies and wild flowers along wide grassy rides.
5 miles south of Bicester
Buckinghamshire
OX5 2RF

 

Cutteslowe And Sunnymead Park FREE

Oxford's largest park. Play areas,paddling pool,duck pond,skate park,ornamental flower beds and much more.
Oxford
OX2 8NP

Recommended by Shirley Bourton
“'It's huge.”

 
 

  Galleries

Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK's leading venues for the presentation of modern art.
30 Pembroke Street
Oxford
OX1 1BP

 

Modern Art Museum FREE

Fascinating collection of moden art.
30 Pembroke Street
Oxford
OX1 1BP

01865722733

 
 

  Bowling

Bowlplex Oxford

Ten Pin Bowling.
Ozone Leisure Park
Grenoble Road
OX4 4XP

01865714100

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Oxford George Street

Multi-screen cinema in the heart of Oxford.
George Street
Oxford
OX1 2BL

03330144501

 

Ultimate Picture Palace

Independent Cinema.
Jeune Street
Oxford
OX4 1BN

01865245288

 

Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street

Multi-screen cinema.
Magdalen Street
Oxford
OX1 3AE

03330144501

 

Curzon Cinema Oxford

Independent cinema.
Westgate Shopping Centre
Oxford
OX1 1NZ

03333210104

 

Vue Cinema Oxford

Multi-Screen Cinema.
Ozone Leisure Park
Grenoble Road
OX4 4XP

03453084620

 
 

  Theatre

Oxford Theatre Guild

Oxford's premier amateur theatre company.
Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2LW

 

Oxford Playhouse

The very best drama, dance, music, comedy, family work.
11-12 Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2LW

01865305305

 

New Theatre Oxford

Popular city centre theatre. Full listings available.
George Street
City Centre
OX1 2AG

01865320760‎

 

Creation Theatre

Innovative theatre.
1-5 London Place
St Clements Street
OX4 1BD

01865766266

 
 

  Golf

Studley Wood Golf Club

Set in 177 acres of tranquil Oxfordshire countryside and only 6 miles from the center of Oxford, Studley Wood Golf Club boasts a superb golf course, excellent practice facilities, a 15 bay covered driving range and a sumptuous clubhouse.
The Straight Mile
Horton cum Studley
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX33 1BF

 

Bicester Golf & Country Club

Golf Club.
Chesterton
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 1TE

 

Kirtlington Golf Club

Golf Club.
Lince Lane
Kirtlington
Oxfordshire
OX5 3JY

 

North Oxford Golf Club

Golf Club.
Banbury Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 8EZ

 

Frilford Heath Golf Club

Golf Club.
Frilford Heath
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX13 5NW

 
 

  Leisure centres

LA Fitness

Health club and gym.
Littlegate House
16-17 St Ebbes Street
OX1 1PT

 

David Lloyd

Gym, tennis, health and fitness club.
Garsington Road
Oxford Business Park
OX4 2JY

01865334950

 

The Oxfordshire Health And Racquet Club

Health and racquet club.
269C Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 7NZ

01865318300

 
 

  Water sports

Oxford Dive Centre

Learn to scuba dive.
302 Abingdon Road
City Centre
OX1 4TE

01865242994

 

Falcon Rowing And Canoeing Club

Opportunities to row, canoe and kayak.
Meadow Lane
Oxford
OX4 4BJ

 
 

  Karting

Karting Oxford

Top class outdoor karting.
Oxford Stadium
Sandy Lane
OX4 6LJ

01865717134

Recommended by Malcolm Grieveson, Oxford

 
 

  Sport

Oxford Ice Rink

Ice skating venue.
Oxpens Road
Oxford
OX1 1RQ

08448933222

 
 

  Riding

Old Manor House Riding School

Friendly school. Lessons available.
20 North Hinksey Lane
Oxford
OX2 0LX

01865242274

 

Pony Pursuits

Affordable pony rides.
Old Road
Headington
OX3 8SZ

 
 

  Climbing

Rock Solid Climbing Wall

Indoor climbing wall.
Oxford Brookes
Oxford
OX3 0BD

 

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