Top 10 Things To Do In Oxford
Below we have listed our top ten things to do in Oxford – although we will take absolutely no responsibility if you don’t enjoy or agree with our selections!
Oxford is very much known for it’s Museums and the Ashmolean is one of Oxford’s best. A great range of things to see and do, plus there is a great rooftop restaurant offering amazing views. Still remembered for the elaborate rooftop theft of a rare Cezanne painting, the museum is worth some of your time while in Oxford.
Whether you’re a fan of history or not, the National History museum will definitely interest you. We recommend taking the family along as the selection of dinosaurs to classic insects and weapons will keep all ages thoroughly engaged!
This is a great way to spend a Summer’s afternoon – especially if you take a picnic and maybe a bottle of Pimms to enjoy by the side of the river! Always best to go with someone who has punted before, so you can kick back and enjoy yourself, (and hopefully not end up in the water)! The Boathouse restaurant is rather nice too!
8. Phoenix Picture House
This is a great little independent cinema tucked away in Jericho ( the arty area of Oxford), offering recent releases, cool classics, kids screenings, plus some special events too. There is a bar so you can have a cheeky beer or wine! It has recently had a much needed refurb, but retains its independent arthouse routes.
7. Oxford Covered Market
A trip around Oxfords famous Covered market is like a glance back to how shopping used to be before Supermarkets took over. From chocolate shops and patisseries to coffee grinding shops, greengrocers and some of Oxfords oldest butchers, you can find endless original shops and stalls selling some of the best local and international produce. Well worth a trip if you have a couple of hours to waste and would like something a bit different from the high street.
6. Bodleian Library
Whether you’re a book lover or not, this is an amazing place (inside and out) and well worth a visit. Tours of the library are available, as are talks. Something different from the normal tourist attractions, but worth a visit!
5. Oxford University Parks
A rare green and quiet space to relax within busy city life. Go for a walk, watch various sports being played, and avoid the frantic runners and joggers! Nice any time of the year.
4. MINI Factory
Around 15,000 people visit the Oxford MINI plant every year to see how the famous British car manufacturer makes their cars! Whether you enjoy the classics or the modern automated lines, the MINI Oxford Tours are available from Monday to Friday and last about 2.5 hours and are definitely worth doing for the automotive ethusiast!
3. Book Shopping
With the concentration of education centre’s and University college’s in the city centre, the book industry is much more resilient in Oxford and subsequently the choice for you bookworms out there is vast!
2. Secret Oxford Pubs
Oxford’s heritage and built up city centre mean there are gems to be found in every cramp narrow street and around every stone walled corner! Whether it be National interest, TV appearences or famous selections of alcohol, many Oxford pubs steal the spotlight of the larger clubs. Our top three recommendations for a drink would be – Turf Tavern, The Bear and The Red Lion!
1. The Race Hut Oxford
Of course a visit to Oxford would be incomplete without booking yourself into The Race Hut’s Oxford venue! Whether you’re a professional driver or family of complete novices, there is a package to suit your inner racer!