Things to do in Oxford

  • Private | Oxford University and City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni

    Private | Oxford University and City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni

    Our University of Oxford graduate guide will take you on an enthralling journey through time as we recount to you the fascinating story of Oxford and its illustrious university.Enjoy famous student anecdotes and authentic insights into student life from real Oxford University Alumni and current students.You are welcomed to ask questions at each stop on…

  • 2-Hour Cycle Tour of Oxford

    2-Hour Cycle Tour of Oxford

    Oxford is a beautiful city packed full of fascinating and historic architecture, spacious countryside, relaxing rivers and canals and has been (and continues to be) where many inspirational people have called home.You will be offered a unique guided cycle tour of Oxford, where you can see and experience so much more of Oxford and what…

  • Sundowner Cruise with Three Course Riverside Dining

    Sundowner Cruise with Three Course Riverside Dining

    Partake in a pre-dinner cruise and then dine at The Folly restaurant in Oxford with this superb package. Embarking from Folly Bridge in Oxford city centre, you will glide along the Thames through the heart of Oxford, taking in the sights and working up an appetite for your subsequent meal.

  • Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only

    Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only

    This tour re opens from July 2022 as the college currently is not open to guides. Minimum 4 persons to book. Please note that alternatively we run an afternoon start tour which can be booked from minimum 2 persons or you can book this morning tour as a private group tour option also listed on…

  • Oxford to Heathrow Airport private transfers

    Oxford to Heathrow Airport private transfers

    12 years ago , Airport Pickups London was founded with the goal of providing safe, reliable, and affordable journeys for its guests. Airport Pickups London remains firmly committed to this goal and will do everything within its power to make this happen.Airport Pickups London is the leading provider of Heathrow Airport transfers and shuttle services.…

  • Magic Christmas Tour in Oxford

    Magic Christmas Tour in Oxford

    The exclusive tour only in the Christmas period! This special time brings magic Oxford. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit a Oxford Christmas Market. A magical experience awaits you. Choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts and the aroma of mulled wine drifting in the air. Try traditional…

  • Oxford Private Arrival Transfer – Oxford Airport to Oxford Hotel / Accommodation

    Oxford Private Arrival Transfer – Oxford Airport to Oxford Hotel / Accommodation

    Get your time in Oxford off to a stress-free start with this private, one-way transfer service from Oxford Airport. Simply book before your trip, meet your driver at Oxford Airport when you land, and then sit back as you travel to your central Oxford hotel in the air-conditioned comfort of a private vehicle. This private…

  • 90 Minute Private Guided Walking Tour in Oxford

    90 Minute Private Guided Walking Tour in Oxford

    Oxford zealously guards and protects its architectural heritage which boasts one of the finest collections of historical buildings in the United Kingdom and possibly across the Western World. Our Classic Oxford tour takes visitors on a 60 to 90 minute meander through 1000 years of architectural and social history. Not only do we see some…

  • Bespoke Oxford Walking Tour with a Private Guide

    Bespoke Oxford Walking Tour with a Private Guide

    A two-hour private walking tour with a qualified green badge guide around the most historic and well-known parts of Oxford, including many of the colleges (from the outside), the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Library, the Bridge of Sighs, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin and a few surprises along the way. Our Walking…

  • Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Oxford

    Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Oxford

    Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here!We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides Oxford, we operate in…

  • Small and Exclusive Oxford Highlights Tour

    Small and Exclusive Oxford Highlights Tour

    *SMALL AND EXCLUSIVE GROUP TOUR – NUMBER RESTRICTED – *QUALIFIED GUIDES*The tour capacity is approx half the size of other group tours in Oxford and guides are fully qualified – members of The Institute of Tourist Guiding and The Oxford Guild of Tour guides. We are delighted to offer this ‘Oxford Highlights’ tour to experience…

  • Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare’s Birthplace

    Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare’s Birthplace

    Tour Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford in one day, on this leisurely paced excursion with an expert guide. After departing Oxford by comfortable minivan, visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon and enjoy a photo stop outside Anne Hathaway’s Cottage: the former home of William Shakespeare’s wife. Then, visit several picturesque villages in…

  • The Airline – Oxford to Gatwick

    The Airline – Oxford to Gatwick

    The airline is your 24/7/365 day and night airport coach service, taking you to Heathrow and Gatwick airports from Oxford. With more legroom, free WiFi and power sockets, the airline is the perfect way to start and finish your travel in comfort.

  • Cotswold Winter Adventurer

    Cotswold Winter Adventurer

    The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has inspired artists, writers and philosophers for many centuries.  Come and discover idyllic English villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small stone thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops.  Let us take you on…

  • The Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour from Oxford

    The Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour from Oxford

    A unique opportunity to combine a tour of the Cotswolds with a visit to Shakespeare’s home, Stratford-upon-Avon, with its famous theatres and quaint medieval timber-framed houses. Come and discover idyllic stone villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops. Let…

  • Blenheim Palace Hidden Gems (Self-guided Tour & Treasure Hunt)

    Blenheim Palace Hidden Gems (Self-guided Tour & Treasure Hunt)

    Self-guided Tour & Treasure Hunt Travel App Experience- 1 ticket allows up to 6 People- Over 100 destinations & challenges to explore- Nationwide Travel League to Win Prizes- Kid friendly & great for avoiding crowds- Start anytime you choose- 100% Free cancellation up to 24hrs beforeThe smartphone travel tool to help you discover the great…

  • Oxford City to London Heathrow Airport Private Transfer Service

    Oxford City to London Heathrow Airport Private Transfer Service

    Private transfers provide a terrific way to get to the airport from your Hotel or Private residence, Depart from Oxford to Heathrow Airport, the easy way with a pre-booked private transfer service, at a time that suits you. A professional driver will pick you up directly from your Hotel or Private residence, AirBnB. Relax and enjoy the ride…

  • Cotswold Taster Tour from Oxford

    Cotswold Taster Tour from Oxford

    The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has inspired artists, writers and philosophers for many centuries.  Come and discover idyllic English villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small stone thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops. Let your knowledgeable guides show…

  • 3-Hour Private Luxury Car Tour from Oxford to Blenheim Palace

    3-Hour Private Luxury Car Tour from Oxford to Blenheim Palace

    Collected from Oxford in your chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce or Bentley, arrive in style at Blenheim Palace, where you’ll spend a morning or afternoon educated and entertained by a former History master. This is a short but fun-filled and informative, luxury tour.Entry fees to Blenheim palace are excluded, but morning coffee or afternoon tea is included at…

  • Oxford City and University Historical Highlights Private Tour

    Oxford City and University Historical Highlights Private Tour

    Explore the hidden corners of Oxford and its world-famous university in a small private group or as an individual with an experienced professional Blue or Green Badge Tourist Guide. We can tailor your tour to your individual requirements and we offer a variety of themes including Harry Potter Film Locations, Alice in Wonderland, C S…

  • Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds

    Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds

    Take a trip back in time to the set of Downton Abbey on our full-day tour to Highclere Castle and the Cotswolds.  Our tour departs from Oxford and takes you first to Highclere Castle,  the splendid home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.  You have a chance to visit the castle and see where…

  • Oxford Walking Tour Pass: 3 Guided & 6 Self Guided Routes

    Oxford Walking Tour Pass: 3 Guided & 6 Self Guided Routes

    With your ticket, discover Oxford with unlimited access to our flexible walking tours. You can join and leave our circuits as you please; escorted by local experts who are on hand to meet you throughout the day. Using our app, simply track your nearest guide and begin to discover countless visitor hotspots, including University of…

  • Medieval Oxford Walking Tour

    Medieval Oxford Walking Tour

    Why is being ‘medieval’ sometimes seen as an insult? Why are we fascinated with the idea of ‘horrible histories’?Modern media has fostered the stereotype that people in the Middle Ages were uniquely backwards, superstitious, violent, dirty, and barbaric. Join us on Uncomfortable Oxford’s newest tour about medieval Oxford which will cover histories of prejudice and…

  • Spencer’s Early Morning Tour of Oxford (Private)

    Spencer’s Early Morning Tour of Oxford (Private)

    Are you an early bird? Do you like to get up and explore new places before the mob have had their breakfast? Well, this is the tour for you. For this private tour, we’ll kick-off at 07:30 and have the city to ourselves. The city of Oxford is commonly considered to be divided into two…

  • The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour – Private Groups Daily

    The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour – Private Groups Daily

    Our tour includes entry into Magdalen college worth £8 per person + Exeter college worth £3 per person. This tour focuses on the Inklings’ Oxford but also introduces the city history + university life. See inspiring sights relating to CS Lewis & JRR Tolkien on a 2 hour+ tour of the sights where they worked…


All about Oxford

When to visit

Summer is the busiest time to visit Oxford, and little wonder: The university’s green lawns and dreaming spires look idyllic on sunny days, and the weather is perfect for punting along the water. However, autumn is a good option for exploring outside of the busy tourist season. Fall is an evocative time to see this most scholarly of cities: The weather should be comfortable enough for wandering among colleges and you can warm up with a pint in a pub.

Getting around

It’s less than an hour by direct train from London to Oxford, and the Oxford Tube (which is, despite its name, a coach service) also links the two cities. Oxford proper is a very walkable city, with pedestrianized stretches, though city bus services do provide a local transit option. Otherwise, private taxi companies offer one more way to get around town.

Traveler tips

Oxford has 39 different colleges, and they all have different visiting policies. For some of the most in-demand colleges like Christ Church—where several Harry Potter scenes were filmed—tickets need to be requested in advance; the popular Magdalen and Balliol offer paid entry, while others are only open to students or by appointment. If there are any in particular you wish to see, it’s worth researching policies in advance; otherwise, join an organized tour for no-hassle exploring.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Oxford famous for?

Oxford is famous for the dreaming spires of Oxford University, which is the the oldest university in the western world with roots dating back almost 1,000 years. Besides the colleges, the city offers the Covered Market, historic pubs, meadows, and rivers. Punts (flat-bottomed boats propelled using long poles) are particularly popular.

How do I spend a day in Oxford?

Rather than one campus, Oxford University is a collection of buildings scattered around the city, mostly in the center. See essentials such as Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library, and Bridge of Sighs, and pick a few colleges. In summer, hire a punt; in winter, pick a pub with an open fire.

Is Harry Potter filmed in Oxford?

Yes, some scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed in Oxford, and other sets take inspiration from the historic architecture. Top Harry Potter filming locations include the New College Cloisters, the Bodley Staircase in Christ Church College, and the Divinity School, which was used for the Hogwarts Hospital in some of the films.

How far is Oxford from London?

Oxford is just 60 miles (97 kilometers) from London, or a little over an hour by train. There are also regular bus and coach services. The city aims to minimize car traffic so self-driving is not recommended. Most travelers park in out-of-town lots and ride the bus into the city.

What are the nicest areas of Oxford?

Oxford city center—which is home to the Covered Market, most colleges, Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, and more—is one of its nicest areas. Jericho is a characterful neighborhood with a lively bar scene, while Godstow and Port Meadow are great for getting out in nature.

Is Oxford worth visiting?

Yes, Oxford is worth a visit. Historic architecture and green spaces make it attractive, even if Harry Potter doesn’t draw you. The university means there’s a diverse theater, music, comedy, and cultural scene. The Ashmolean Museum is world-class. The compact center is easy to explore on foot or by bike.