Top reasons to visit:

  • History (1671)
  • Architecture (1439)
  • Culture (984)
  • Sightseeing (972)
  • Museums (923)
  • Shopping (837)
  • Monuments (434)
  • Pubs (314)
  • Food (283)
  • Restaurants (271)

Oxford was highly rated for history by 75 guests from the United States!

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What is it in Oxford that makes history come to life?

Evan, United States of America

24 days ago Report

Some of the pubs in Oxford further away from the city center, such as the Rose & Crown, are relatively untouched by the needs of tourists and still seem much like the would have been over a hundred years ago.

Attending Evensong and the other worship services at the colleges is also a great way to get a glimpse into the real life of the ancient university.

How can you enjoy the sights in Oxford while avoiding the crowds?

shirley, United Kingdom

4 days ago Report

visit the wonderful botanical gardens, peep into the cloisters of the many ancient colleges, enjoy the fabulous museums, eat out in interesting and unusual restaurants

What did you discover about the museums in Oxford that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Evan, United States of America

24 days ago Report

The Pitt Rivers Museum has a unique approach to showing its collections, because, unlikely most history museums, it was originally designed to show artifacts from many different cultures in the same display if they had a common purpose. This can give it a kind of "cabinet of wonders" feel.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Jason, United Kingdom

20 days ago Report

Old parsonage hotel has a nice cosy restaurant that does good cooking, at the more expensive end. (~£20 for 2-3 course set lunch; ~£40 for 3 course seasonal menu)

Turl street kitchen did nice Sunday roast and pork shoulders when I visited. Around £13 each

Gees was average. There were some dishes that looked interesting on the menu but didn't excite. Cooking was good but it fell a bit flat.

Avoid the seafood restaurant. Called fisheries or something. Went because I felt like some fish but left very disappointed. Went late so it could've been that their chef went home early..

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Oxford?

Jason, United Kingdom

20 days ago Report

Meet the students or academics; get them to show you their colleges and libraries

Did the theater performances in Oxford live up to their reputation?

Deborah, United States of America

13 hours ago Report

Went to see "Another Country" at Bath Arts Theatre. It was EXCELLENT!

Why do people say Oxford can be seen best by foot?

Mariusz, United Kingdom

3 days ago Report

Most of the interesting places like colleges museums etc. is in the city centre and all sights are close to each other. No need of driving to see things and besides you can't see most of the colleges' quads and gardens from the road - you really need to get inside and off the road in order to see the best of Oxford

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Oxford.

Virginia, United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

In Oxford there is plenty for everyone to enjoy, the market, a variety of shops, places of interest - museums, churches and university buildings dating back to the 13th century, and parks.
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Was it cheap, fast, or easy to use? What made it so simple to get around in Oxford?

christopher, United Kingdom

18 days ago Report

The bus fares were reasonably priced, they were on time and comfortable. Fellow passengers were friendly and very helpful.

What are the best attractions to see on a tour in Oxford?

philoindiana, United States of America

14 days ago Report

Many things. We found the tour of C. S. Lewis' home, and the freedom to hike his 9 acre nature park, well worth going "out of the way" to get to it; equally, we liked the tour of the Divinity Library at the Bodleian. Very cool. Third, we liked just walking around the various colleges and gardens. Finally, we enjoyed "Addisons' Walk" at Magdalen College--walked it twice and enjoyed the many deer. And then, of course, the Sheldonian, Blackwells, and other colleges.

Why are the monuments in Oxford noteworthy?

Vincent, United Kingdom

19 days ago Report

Every Brick in Oxford has a story to tell. The home of Culture & Learning.

Why do you recommend Oxford for food?

Anonymous, Unknown location

17 days ago Report

There seems to be such a choice of different styles for all budgets. We went to the Turl kitchen before a concert in Exeter College and the staff were obliging and quick and the food was deelish!

What effect did the scenery in Oxford have on you?

Gary, United Kingdom

19 days ago Report

Great (as always) seeing Oxford from ground level, but elevated views from the top of the Saxon tower of the church of St Michael's at the North Gate, and the Sheldonian Theatre, provide wonderful panoramas of the dreaming spires of the city skyscape and the countryside beyond.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Oxford.

Anton, Russia

5 days ago Report

The most relaxing is to walk about Oxford streets, drink and eat in pubs or read books sitting in some good sunny places.

What makes Oxford one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Robert, United Kingdom

4 days ago Report

Beautiful architecture, great shopping, loads of restaurants, theatres, bars, museums. A wonderful romantic weekend away not far from where we live, as we left our two children with our mum and dad

What's the best way to make the most of Oxford by foot?

Anonymous, Unknown location

8 days ago Report

As long as you have Google Maps you should be fine, the city centre is quite compact so easy to walk around and see everything.

Tell us a bit more about an adventure you experienced...

Norman, United Kingdom

7 days ago Report

Found Hertford bridge a bit by accident. Walked through and found our way by a narrow road to Magdalene bridge, the Botanic garden, Rose Lane leading to Christchurch meadow and back round to the Mitre for lunch.

Is there more to shopping in Oxford than just brand-name stores?

Sarah, United Kingdom

11 days ago Report

Lots of quirky shops to browse

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