Things To Do In Oxford
With a huge selection of things to do in Oxford, there is something for everyone, from physical tests to tasty treats.
Dating back to the Saxon period, Oxford has been the sight of many major events in British history... and great nights out!
Stephen Hawking, Oscar Wilde, JRR Tolkein, Albert Einstein, Aung San Suu Kyi, Benazir Bhutto all attended Oxford Uni.
Oxford keeps it simple, the main transport across the city is bus (no trams or subway). However, it's not a big city and so it's easy to traverse the centre on foot.
Just 30 minutes from London Paddington, you can leave the cars at home and save money on parking fees. Book tickets in advance to get the best deals.
Oxford revolutionary Pony public bike scheme isn't just great for the waistband and environment, it's also good for the locals who can buy in and make money.
The greatest party city in the south, there is just so much to do in Oxford at night. Top clubs, superb restaurants, great bars, whether you want close up magic, gin cocktails, Cuban flavours, it's all waiting for you. But it's hard work trying to squeeze large groups into restaurants or clubs so don't leave it until the last minute. Or better yet, AdventureClick can do the hard work and planning for you.
To Do List
As well as all the amazing Oxford activities, there are great sights, sounds and tastes to sample around the learned city.
- Punting - The city's most famous pastime, take a slow, leisurely trip along the Thames, maybe even add cocktails? LINK
- See the Shark - Crazy or genius? One house in an ordinary suburban street has a giant shark sticking up out of the roof that has become a tourist attraction.
- Eat Cake - While some head to Oxford to study and change the world, others eat cake. And we salute them! LINK
- Get Off Road - Oxford activities include some awesome off-road racing, so game faces on, it's 'Go!' time. LINK
- See History - Oxford has some incredible museums including the Ashmolean and the world's oldest public museum.
- Bodleian Library - Famous the world-over, this stunning building and vital resource is a fabulous site well worth a visit.
- Oxford Castle - If you're feeling historical head to the castle of what was briefly England's capital city.
- Modern Art Oxford - Fascinating contemporary works and visiting exhibitions, something a bit different for avid culture vultures.
- Bridge of Sighs - Grab a selfie at this fantastic sight, based on the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, it's the Oxford photo op.
- The city wasn't bombed during WWII as Hitler wanted it as his capital city. It's why so many historic buildings remain untouched.
- The creators of Narnia (CS Lewis), Middle Earth (JRR Tolkein) and Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) all studied at Oxford.
- Every college that makes up the university has a tortoise, every May the colleges come together to race their tortoises. Like the boat race, but a lot slower.
City Centre - The best bars and restaurants can mostly be found in and around the cobbled streets of the city centre.Jericho- Just 10 minutes from the centre, this is hipster country with a great smattering of pubs, bars and live music venues.
Cowley Road - With a boho air and feel, there are cool shops, cafés, street art and also one of the UK's coolest cinemas.
The Thames - Escape the tourist crowds and take a long, relaxing stroll along the river bank.