Whether you plan to spend just a few hours or days exploring, here are some of our favourite things to do in Oxford...
Oxford’s museums are unparalleled. With over 10 museums within walking distance of our Oxford hotel, spend the day exploring some of Britain’s greatest treasures and works of art.
Discover hidden treasures in the famous Ashmolean Museum, the most important museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Britain. Founded in 1683, the University of Oxford’s museum showcases an incredible collection ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.
Other museum highlights include:
The Pitt Rivers Museum of anthropology and archaeology has plenty to set the imagination running wild, including a collection of shrunken heads.
The Bate Collection for the music lover. The Museum brings together over 2,000 western orchestral musical instruments.
The Museum of Oxford sheds a historical light on the beautiful medieval city.
Modern Art Oxford Museum will keep contemporary art enthusiasts at the forefront of artistic developments in the UK.
For children, there is The Story Museum, celebrating the use of stories to help children learn and develop.
Oxford's winding alleyways, streets and arcades are crammed with boutiques and unique shops for you to leisurely browse throughout the day. Located on the hotel’s doorstep you have a great excuse to treat yourself.
As you might expect in such an academic city, bookshops are a speciality. Spend the day in cavernous Blackwell’s or Oxford University Press searching for the perfect book in the city from which many famous authors drew their inspiration on such as Lewis Carroll with Alice in Wonderland.
Spend the day at Christ Church Meadows, a pasture between Oxford's two primary rivers, the Cherwell and Thames. The meadows provide an escape from the usual city bustle while remaining in the city. Enjoy a slice of Oxfordshire countryside life in the meadows which even has its own herd of cows.
Venture down to the water and explore the area by punt which are available to hire. The Cherwell Boathouse is a family run boathouse taking its name from the Cherwell River and at the lower end of the high street you will find the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse which rents out punts, rowing boats and pedalos.
Oxford is known to house some of the best theatres in the UK. A must see is The New Theatre Oxford which hosts some of the biggest shows and names from comedy shows to operas.
At night, immerse yourself in Oxfords flourishing arts scene. Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide variety of performances from contemporary dance and music to poetry and comedy.
For something out of the ordinary venture to The Old Fire Station to see quality art aimed at adults which takes a risk, asks questions and entertains while the North Wall Centre is an arts hub for live music, theatre and film screenings.
Spend the day at the grand stately home of Blenheim Palace just 10 miles away. It was built in the early 18th century for the Dukes of Marlborough, the aristocratic line from which Sir Winston Churchill was descended.
Explore Waddesdon Manor. The 19th century mansion built by the Rothschild family, is just over 25 miles away.
Another impressive country house, only 25 miles away is Kelmscott Manor. The former residence of the pre-Raphaelite painter William Morris.
We had a very enjoyable stay at Vanbrugh. The hotel location is great, just a block from the centre of town, yet our room was very quiet, and had a lovely large private patio. We could easily walk to all the sights we wanted to see.
Oxford, also known as the City of Dreaming Spires is one of the UK’s most popular destinations with over 1000 years of history for you to explore.
This stunning medieval city has something to offer everyone regardless of age or interest.
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