• Things to do in Oxford

    With a rich heritage, hundreds of world-class historical buildings and some fantastic family attractions, Oxford is a great place to spend a day, a week, or even longer.

With a rich heritage, hundreds of world-class historical buildings and some fantastic family attractions, Oxford is a great place to spend a day, a week, or even longer.

Remember our city services travel the breadth and width of the city, making all attractions easy to get to.

All information is correct at the time of publishing, please check before you travel.

For more things to do in Oxfordshire, visit our sister company Thames Travel here.

For lots of ideas for affordable fun days out this summer, please see our 'Destination: Summer!' info page here.

Things to do

  • Open Top Bus Tour and Walking Tour of Oxford

    City Sightseeing Oxford run a superb bus tour that covers all of Oxford's major attractions throughout the year. A 30 minute walking tour of the areas you cannot see from the bus is included in the price of the bus tour ticket.

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  • Oxford Official Walking Tours

    The walking tours organised by Experience Oxfordshire are the perfect way to explore and learn about the history, famous residents and odd traditions of Oxford.

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  • Carfax Tower

    The Carfax Tower is all that remains of the 13th century St. Martin’s Church. The Church was the official city church of Oxford from 1122. Upon climbing the 99 steps to the top, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Oxford's skyline.

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  • Westgate

    Westgate is home to prestigious global brands, eclectic restaurants and cafes, leisure and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining. With over 100 stores, it is the perfect place to shop 'til you drop!

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  • Blenheim Palace

    Set in stunning grounds, Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Take a tour and learn about the 300-year history of this National Treasure.

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  • Oxford Castle Unlocked

    A fun family destination located close to the city centre. Your kids will have a great time on a guided tour of the castle. There are a number of restaurants located in the Oxford Castle Quarter, perfect for lunch or dinner. [Opens 21st May]

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  • Ashmolean Museum

    Ashmolean Museum is the world's first university museum. Since its first building was completed in 1683, it has grown considerably and now boasts some of the finest art and archaeological collections in the world.

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  • The Radcliffe Camera

    This beautiful circular library is situated in the picturesque Radcliffe Square. Enjoy the view and then head to Brasenose College or the Bodleian Library.

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  • The Covered Market

    With around 55 independent retailers, Oxford's historic Covered Market has something for everyone. Located just a minute's walk from our High St coach stop, it's easy to get to as well.

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  • Turrill Sculpture Garden

    Turrill Sculpture Garden holds six exhibitions each year that are designed to be varied: those that encourage children to be creative, group exhibitions of local sculptors and national level sculptors in solo exhibitions.

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  • City Mazes Oxford

    Take part in this unique game requiring you to solve puzzles and overcome challenges in order to escape and complete the mission. [Opens 31st May]

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  • History of Science Museum

    The History of Science Museum houses a fantastic collection of early scientific instruments from Europe and the Islamic World, including sundials and astrolabes of extraordinary beauty.

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  • Swimming Pools

    Save time and money! Buy your swim ticket from your bus driver for 4 swimming pools in Oxford!

    Swimming Pools in Oxford
  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens.

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  • Pitt Rivers Museum

    The Pitt Rivers Museum is also known as The University of Oxford’s museum of anthropology and world archaeology. The museum was founded in 1884 following a gift to the university from general Pitt Rivers.

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  • Theatres in Oxford

    Oxford theatres offer a great range of live performances. Whether you’re seeking drama, musicals, comedy, lectures or poetry, Oxford has much to offer you. There’s something for everyone.

    Theatres in Oxford
  • Cinemas in Oxford

    Whether you're looking for the latest blockbuster, or an indie, classic or foreign film, with a choice of six cinemas, Oxford has something for you!

    Cinemas in Oxford
  • The Story Museum

    Founded in 2003, The Story Museum celebrates story in all forms and explores their enduring power to teach and delight. [Opens 20th May]

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  • The Oxford Pass

    Entry to a host of Oxford attractions plus free bus travel!

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