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Oxford university

Narrow, cobbled lanes, honey-coloured architecture and tranquil courtyards are to be found in Oxford, one of the world’s most famous university cities.

Oxford is a great place to explore by foot. Centuries of tradition can be discovered in the magnificent colleges of its university. As you stroll through the city centre, you’ll find fascinating historical landmarks around almost every corner. Its rich heritage aside, Oxford is a bustling, metropolitan city with excellent restaurants and countless independent shops to peruse.

Oxford has so many galleries and museums that the only dilemma you’re likely to have is which ones you can fit in. To explore an incredible collection of artefacts, visit the renowned Ashmolean Museum. Alternatively, make a stop at one of Oxford’s most popular attractions, the Pitt Rivers Museum, where you’ll discover towering glass cabinets full of intriguing objects from around the world.

Oxford cityscape

A visit to Oxford would be incomplete without seeing the magnificent colleges of Oxford University. This is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, with 38 colleges and 900 centuries of tradition. Christ Church is one of the most famous of all the colleges, with its Great Hall, which inspired Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Magdalen is equally impressive, with an elegant tower overlooking the High Street. To explore the colleges’ halls, chapels and gardens, book a guided tour through the university. There are plenty of historical attractions to see in Oxford besides its colleges. Don’t miss Carfax Tower, the remains of an ancient castle just off the High Street. For some peace and tranquillity, check out the Botanic Gardens, on the banks of the Cherwell River.

“Narrow, cobbled lanes, honey-coloured architecture and tranquil courtyards are to be found in Oxford, one of the world’s most famous university cities.”

From takeaways to fine dining restaurants, there’s no shortage of places to grab a bite to eat in Oxford. There are also a number of traditional, cosy pubs where you can get a pint of local ale and watch the world go by. For an incredible selection of fresh salads and stews, look no further than Alpha Bar, at Oxford’s bustling Covered Market.

If you’re in the mood for sampling a range of authentic Thai dishes in one Oxford’s most talked about restaurants, head to Oli’s Thai on the trendy Cowley Road. One of Oxford’s most attractive and popular restaurants is Gee’s, where you can order a variety of classic and contemporary dishes. It’s hard to find an older or more atmospheric pub in Oxford than the White Horse, a tiny building with a good selection of traditional ales.

While you’re there

Oxford River Cruise

Take in all the sights and sounds of the city of Oxford in a Thames cruise for a romantic and relaxing afternoon in the sunshine.

The Market

Opening in 1774, The Market is a wonderful sight boasting of local produce, gifts, clothing and much more!

Christ Church

Architecturally stunning and a filming spot for the Harry Potter franchise.

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