Visit Oxford: Your travel guide

Things to do in Oxford

Bodleian Library
With over 11 million printed items, the Bodleian stamps its authority as one of the oldest libraries in Europe and the second largest in Britain. As the main research library of the University of Oxford, its collection includes a copy of every book published in England. It’s free to stroll around the central quad and foyer, and guided tours offer further access.
Pitt Rivers Museum
Featuring half a million artefacts from around the world, this museum will have you doing 360 turns in every room. As you ramble through the organised chaos you’ll see dinosaur skeletons and boats suspended from the neo-gothic roof. With relics in every nook and cranny, you’ll feel like you’re on a personal treasure hunt.
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Possibly the world’s oldest public museum, the Ashmolean boasts a treasured collection of prized artefacts ranging from mummies to Michelangelo. Combining wonders of eastern and western civilisations, you can cram half a million years of art and archaeology into half a day. Exhibitions regularly change so the events calendar is worth checking out before you go.
The Botanic Garden
This Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World ­ there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots.
Rose Lane
Headington Hill Hall
Headington Hill Hall is a stunning 19th century Italianate mansion set amidst 14 acres of grounds which makes the perfect venue for both private and corporate functions throughout the year.
Headington Hill

When to go to Oxford

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 ℃ 3 ℃
7 ℃ 2 ℃
10 ℃ 3 ℃
13 ℃ 5 ℃
16 ℃ 8 ℃
19 ℃ 11 ℃
22 ℃ 13 ℃
21 ℃ 13 ℃
18 ℃ 10 ℃
15 ℃ 9 ℃
11 ℃ 5 ℃
10 ℃ 4 ℃
19 %
15 %
17 %
15 %
14 %
13 %
14 %
15 %
15 %
18 %
19 %
19 %

Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
Enjoy visiting the Colleges; the Ashmolean Museum is outstanding with not just historic collections but some great art galleries notable the Pre-Raphaelites and Impressionists. The Botanical Gardens and other renowned University Buildings are additionalo treasures.
Relaxation_seeker
United Kingdom
14 April 2017
10
Exceptional
Anyone who adores the series Morse, Lewis and Endeavour will not be disappointed with restaurants like The Trout, and the amazing culture to be enjoyed
Jacqueline
United Kingdom
15 April 2017
10
Exceptional
Lovely old town. Very busy but it was Easter. Public transport very good. Lots of things to see.
Suzy
New Zealand
15 April 2017
10
Exceptional
All fantastic, so much to see and do, amazing selection of restaurants. Park and ride makes it easy. Would definitely go again as ran out of time to see everything
Dawn
United Kingdom
16 April 2017
10
Exceptional
A lovely city to walk around and be amazed by all the different grand University Colleges. The hop on/off bus is a must do!
Edwin
United Kingdom
15 April 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Oxford

Balkan Lodge Oxford

8.1 Very good

Score from 377 reviews

£63

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    57 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    51 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    38 related reviews
The Oxford Spires Hotel

8.1 Very good

Score from 1,753 reviews

£94

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    325 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    202 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
    139 related reviews
Vanbrugh House Hotel

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 742 reviews

£115

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    211 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    174 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
    102 related reviews
Jurys Inn Oxford

7.9 Good

Score from 2,417 reviews

£65

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    248 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    203 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
    166 related reviews
Cotswold Lodge Classic Hotel

8.3 Very good

Score from 1,542 reviews

£65

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    338 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    279 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    157 related reviews
Best Western Oxford Linton Lodge

7.9 Good

Score from 1,606 reviews

£75

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    275 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    192 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
    187 related reviews
Old Parsonage Hotel

9 Superb

Score from 466 reviews

£185

Average price per night
  • “beautiful building”
    99 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    69 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    56 related reviews
Macdonald Randolph Hotel

8.1 Very good

Score from 1,892 reviews

£146

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    289 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    215 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    160 related reviews
Holiday Inn Oxford

8.1 Very good

Score from 1,577 reviews

£76

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    338 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    237 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    190 related reviews
Read our FAQ on this destination >

Recommendations for Oxford

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

Brilliant renovation of the New Bodleian Library and exhibition

The survival of the ancient street lay-outs and buildings

THERE IS A BOAT TOUR, RENT YOUR OWN BOAT.

Brannca in the Jericho area of town.

Find accommodation in Oxford

Travel guides for top destinations

Travel guide Cambridge
History · Architecture · Sightseeing
Travel guide Bath
History · Architecture · Sightseeing
Travel guide Abingdon
Countryside · Pubs · History
Travel guide Witney
Countryside · Relaxation · Pubs
Travel guide Woodstock
History · Sightseeing · Countryside
Travel guide London
Shopping · Sightseeing · Museums

Enter your email address and we'll resend your confirmation

Please enter a valid email address

We've resent your requested confirmations to

Please note that email delivery may take up to 10 minutes

Sorry, we were unable to resend your requested confirmations

Manage an existing booking

  • Change dates
  • Edit guest details
  • Contact the property
  • Upgrade room
  • Cancel booking
  • And more...