Top 10 Things To Do In Oxford
The Race Hut’s Top 10 Things to Do in Oxford
We love to think that the Race Hut is the number 1 thing to do in the beautiful City of Oxford. But what if racing around some of the World’s most infamous tracks in the fastest cars known to man isn’t for you. The Race Hut team got together to decide once and for all, what our 10 favourite things to do in Oxford are.
After a bit of debating, we came up with our definitive list of attractions, tours, museums and other things to do in Oxford.
Our final list of what to do in Oxford, is finally here, in reverse order.
10. Ashmolean Museum
The museum of art and archaeology, does exactly what it sounds like it does. Housed in a stunning building in central Oxford, it is filled with different exhibitions and displays. If you love stones and bones, this is the place for you
What could be more quintessentially Oxford than a day punting along the rivers of the city. You can hire them from a few spots on the river, the best two are in the centre at the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and near Park town at the Cherwell boathouse .
It costs about £22 for an hour with up to 5 people in a punt. We strongly suggest taking a little picnic hamper with some drinks, cakes and some small sandwiches with no crusts.
If you pick the right time at the Cherwell boat house, they put on a very surreal opera performance to the crowds sitting along the river from inside a punt.
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
An amazing group of buildings in the Oxford University quadrant, the library is one of the worlds largest working libraries. It’s truly a site to behold and if you can make it past the queues of tourists to a quiet corner, it’s a very relaxing place to read away the hours.
5. Oxford University Parks
Oxford has some of the most beautiful parks in the World (in our opinion). From the University park opposite the water meadows near Summer Town, with its weeping willows dipping themselves into the river as it winds through the park. The gentle noise of a cricket match in the centre of the park as you wonder along the river bank is as Oxford as you can get. The gardens near Christchurch meadows are beautiful and very picturesque, the meadows themselves are filled with Geese, swans, punters and rowers and are a lot more touristy.
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 enthusiast!
You can experience the production and design of this classic car as you tour around the Oxford Mini factory. It’s a fascinating insight into what it takes to create one of the World’s most iconic cars.
They also offer a mini racing package at the Race Hut, so you can enjoy the both our top 2 Oxford attractions in one go. Race your friends in modern or classic minis on a huge selection of tracks.
3.The New Westgate Shopping Centre
Like a giant shining spaceship has landed in the city centre, it’s hard to imagine Oxford without the Westgate shopping centre now it’s here. It’s packed full of great shops and has a whole top floor full of amazing restaurants with views across the city. It’s what Oxford has been crying out for, created stylishly and in setting with the architectural feeling of the city. The new restaurants Dirty Bones and Sticks N Sushi are well worth a look and you can’t go shopping in Oxford without popping in.
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
We couldn’t resist it, but we do genuinely believe that we (especially if you love racing) are the number 1 thing to do in Oxford. Come down and enjoy our purpose build race simulation venue. We’ve got 16 racing pods, all connected up, you can race your friends in the worlds fastest cars or just pop down by yourself and have a quick spin. We have a fully stocked bar and can cater for kids parties and birthday parties. Don’t take our word for it, pop down and say hi and our team will be happy to show you around and get your started on your first race.