Things To Do
There are so many amazing things to do in Oxford, so why not make a weekend of it and explore this historic town and its surroundings!
Oxford University is the oldest University in the English-speaking world, and to date one of the best and most prestigious in the world. Countless famous figures and great minds have studied here, and any visitors are – no doubt – walking in the footsteps of many of them, seeing the same views that they had. The University is made up of 38 independent colleges, and their quads and buildings can be found all over the city. In the colleges, visitors can usually explore the college quad and gardens, as well as the chapel. Some colleges also open their dining hall to visitors, such as Wadham College and Christ Church, whose grand hall was the setting for Hogwarts’ Great Hall in the Harry Potter films.
Come face-to-face with over 900 animals of more than 150 species, including some of the most endangered on our planet, at Twycross Zoo! Set in more than 80 acres, immerse yourself in some of the Zoo’s fascinating exhibits including: the Borneo Longhouse, where a pathway winds through a sequence of exotic bird and animal exhibits surrounded by landscaped aquatic gardens
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens is home to more than 260 species of animals and 120 acres of beautiful parkland. Watch Rhinos graze on the lawns in front of the Gothic Manor House. Walk up the Giraffe walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures or explore the Old Walled Garden’s Tropical House with free-roaming sloths, birds and bats. Watch the Penguin’s being fed (daily at 11 am & 3 pm) and walk with Lemurs in their free-roaming Madagascar Exhibit.
Traditional Punt Hire at Cherwell Boathouse
Enjoy punting on the river Cherwell at Oxford’s biggest punt station! Sail along the river Cherwell on this idyllic form of transport and discover Oxford in a totally unique way. Whether you choose to float downstream to University Parks – one of the most popular picnic spots in Oxford, sail to ‘The Victoria Arms’ for a pit stop, or simply admire the stunning architecture and landscape of Oxford from the water, hiring a punt will guarantee your trip to this historic city will be an unforgettable one.
Oxford Castle and Prison
The castle in Oxford has been brought to life at Oxford Castle & Prison. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour and meet past inhabitants of Oxford Castle & Prison and discover their true stories as you climb the Saxon St George’s Tower, descend deep underground into the dark atmosphere of the 900-year-old Crypt, explore the austere confines of the 18th-century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-Wing and scale the mound of the 11th-century motte-and-bailey castle.
Bicester Village is just 46 minutes by train from London Marylebone. This luxury destination is home to more than 160 boutiques of world-famous brands, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Belstaff, Gina, Marni, Rupert Sanderson, Temperley London, with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price all year round. Together with a selection of restaurants and cafés, the Village offers luxury services that include Valet Parking, Hands-free Shopping, the award-winning Bicester Visitor Centre, and onsite tax refund and money change service.
Cogges Manor Farm
Discover the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds and enjoy a morning or afternoon visiting the historic grounds at Cogges. Cogges is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with over 1000 years of history, with Grade II* Listed 13th century manor house and 17th century farm buildings. Discover the fascinating story of past owners ranging from Norman knights, English Kings, Oxford University college founders to tenant farmers and wool merchants, with links to Witney’s historic wool and blanket trade. Explore over 15 acres of the manor house and grounds, walled garden, picnic orchard, moated islands and river Windrush walk. Stop for a lunch or cream tea in the Cafe at Cogges, or buy farm eggs and local produce, gifts or rural crafts from the shop.
The famous Ashmolean Museum is the most important museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Britain, founded in 1683. It is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology showcasing an extraordinary collection ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art. The museum is conveniently located in the heart of Oxford and captivates its visitors with a variety of services including exhibitions, high standard research material, event venues as well as exquisite dining amenities.
The Oxford Covered Market
The Market was officially opened in 1774 and has a unique and wonderful atmosphere. It provides its visitors with the wonderful aromas of fresh fruit, coffee, and fresh baking and to a feast of sights and sounds. In 1772 the original Market committee accepted an estimate for nine hundred and sixteen pounds and ten shillings for the building of twenty butchers’ shops. John Gwynn, the architect for Magdalen Bridge drew up the plans and designed the High Street frontage. Twenty more shops soon followed and from this, the market grew into the delight it is now. The Covered Market is home to numerous traders selling a captivating variety of goods. Fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and cakes, meats, cheeses, fine foods, flowers, leather goods, shoes, watches and jewellery, clothing, gifts, hats and so much more are on offer – the mix is electrifying.
Oxford Art Gallery
Modern Art Oxford is a leading UK contemporary art space with an international reputation for inspirational and innovative programmes. Founded in 1966, Modern Art Oxford aims to make contemporary art accessible and engaging to the widest audience through presentation and participation. The programme celebrates the relevance of contemporary visual culture to society today. Their agenda is shaped by a belief in a dialogue between contemporary art and ideas and seek to create new relationships between artists and audiences at the beginning of the 21st century.
Wychwood Brewery is situated within the heart of Witney. You will be able to enjoy the freshest selection of beers including Legendary Hobgoblin, Brakspear Oxford Gold, as well as a wide range of Wychwood beers. You can purchase bottles and a wide range of merchandise from the brewery shop as well as gift packs and mixed selection cases. The newly opened tap room features modern seating areas whilst remaining traditional to the brewery roots which is celebrated throughout. The tour experience lasts approximately 1.45 hours and takes you through the brewing process of Wychwood & Brakspear Beers, from seeing the raw ingredients to the finished product, taking in the Copper, Mash Tun and Brakspear’s famous Double Drop system. After the tour, you are invited to sample the flagship Legendary Hobgoblin and a range of Wychwood and Brakspear bottled beers.
Broughton Castle is an ironstone manor house located in Banbury, North Oxfordshire. Historic Broughton Castle is a family home lived in by Lord and Lady Saye and Sele, and their family. The original medieval manor house, of which much remains today, was built in about 1300 by Sir John de Broughton. It stands on an island surrounded by a three-acre moat. The castle was greatly enlarged between 1550 and 1600, at which time it was embellished with magnificent plaster ceilings, splendid panelling and fine fireplaces. Visitors may also see the gatehouse, gardens and park together with the nearby 14th century parish church of St Mary, in which there are many family tombs, memorials and hatchments.
For further information on the above sites or to see what else Oxford can offer, please visit https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/