Destination: Oxford


World famous historic university city


Oxford Tours with Great British Trips

Introducing Oxford

Oxford is most famous for having the oldest university in the English speaking world, with teaching occurring as long ago as the 11th century. The many university colleges and riverside setting give the city a great character and charm. Oxford has many literary links and some stunning film and TV locations. Its many shops are filled with local character and you can be entertained by music and drama ranging from candlelit evensong in college chapels to Shakespeare in the park. Finally, Oxford's lively mix of restaurants, pubs, theatres and tourist attractions give this historic city an extremely vibrant and cosmopolitan buzz. The compact nature of the city means that it is very easy to explore this intriguing old city on foot.


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Region: Central England

Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day

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What's nearby? Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Cotswolds

What transport do you recommend? Reached easily by train, Oxford is a large city but can be walked around. A sightseeing bus is a good option.

Did you know? Hitler was intending to use Oxford as his capital if he conquered England which is one of the reasons it was not bombed.

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What can I see in and around Oxford?

Christ Church College

Oxford University has 38 colleges, the most famous and largest being Christ Church College. As well as 13 British Prime ministers being educated here, it has recently gained fame as a location for the Harry Potter films. Magdalen College with its strangely carved gargoyles is one of Oxford's most beautiful.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Ashmolean Museum

Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean museum displays art and archaeology spanning civilisations of east and west from the Neolithic era to the present. It houses the largest group of Raphael drawings, and the best collection of modern Chinese art in the Western world.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Punting in Oxford

Famous for its quaint and relaxing punting, a guided punt up the river is a traditional attraction which cannot be missed. The guides will take you up the river and give you a commentary of the area and some background knowledge on the universities.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Sightseeing tours of the city can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Oxford.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Blenheim Palace

Only 20 minutes away from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room - both are included in the Palace tour. Surrounding the Palace are over 2000 acres of beautiful parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens including the recently restored 'Secret Garden', the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Grand Cascade.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Bicester Village

A huge favourite with many visitors, Bicester Village is an outlet shopping centre for all of Britain's designer labels. With instant tax refunds available on site for overseas shoppers and brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Gucci and Hobbs, the centre is an essential visit for all lovers of designer brands.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information


Banbury is a small historic town close to Oxford and a great base for visitors to the area. The centre has the famous monument 'Banbury Cross' Banbury has a market, some nice independent shops and a museum.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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