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Visiting Oxford – A City Guide
Oxford is two places in one, blended seamlessly together. On one side is the ‘city of dreaming spires’: medieval university colleges with tranquil courtyards, populated by students riding bicycles and punting on the river. On the other is a vibrant modern metropolis that’s a major regional shopping and business hub.

Oxford: city layout
Central Oxford, the focus of both student and town life, is packed with colleges and shops. Many colleges are clustered around picturesque Broad Street, while the High Street and the pedestrianised Cornmarket are the highlights for shoppers. You’ll find more colleges north and south from here. The trendy northwestern district of Jericho is filled with arty bars and boutique shops. Further north again, the wealthy suburb of Summertown is home to more upmarket restaurants and bars. Down-to-earth East Oxford is a good place for multicultural shopping and dining. The city centre is embraced by two rivers – the River Thames to the west and south, and the smaller River Cherwell to the east. Beside the Cherwell you’ll find Christ Church Meadow, the Oxford University Parks and the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

What to see and do in Oxford
Start an architectural tour of the university on Broad Street, home to Trinity and Balliol colleges, and the impressive Sheldonian Theatre, designed by Christopher Wren. Don’t miss the Bridge of Sighs that links two halves of Hertford College across New College Lane, or the circular Radcliffe Camera library. To the south, Tom Tower stands guard at the entrance to Christ Church college. For a different perspective, rent a punt and propel yourself along the River Cherwell with a pole. Or let someone else do the work and join a relaxing boat cruise on the Thames.

The concierge recommends…

  • Touring the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, where the diverse collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.
  • Marvelling at rare manuscripts in the Weston Library, where you’ll find Tolkien’s watercolour illustration for the cover of “The Hobbit”, and the original hand-written manuscript of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”.
  • Climbing the 99 steps of the Carfax Tower – the remains of a 13th-century church – for a panoramic view of the city.
  • Taking a peaceful stroll through lush Christ Church Meadow, between the Thames and the Cherwell south of the city centre.

Hotels in Oxford
You’ll find hotel accommodation to suit every taste and budget in Oxford, from luxurious city-centre retreats to modern business-friendly establishments. If you’re looking for something more modest, you’ll also have a wide choice of small suburban bed-and-breakfast guest houses.

The highest concentration of hotels and guest houses are found in the city centre, where you’ll find the main tourist sights and most shops and restaurants. You’ll find more places to stay, including smaller guest houses, in the leafy northern suburbs, especially along Woodstock Road and Banbury Road. There are lots of places to eat here too, and you’ll have frequent and fast bus connections into the centre. Staying on the outskirts of the city to the north puts you near several business parks and provides easy access to the picturesque Cotswolds countryside. Hotels to the southeast put you within easy reach of the M40 motorway to London.

Eating Out in Oxford
Oxford’s cosmopolitan nature means you’ll find restaurants in every price category. You can choose anything from trendy cafés to exclusive bistros, and many pubs serve fine food. Indian, Chinese and Italian restaurants are also very popular.

The city centre is a good place to look for well-known chain eateries and bars serving ‘pub grub’, as well as more exclusive high-end British and international restaurants. To the northwest of the centre, trendy Jericho is where you’ll find hip, modern restaurants aimed at a younger crowd. Head further north into the prosperous suburb of Summertown and the restaurants become more upmarket. If you’re looking for good-value cuisine of every description, from Nepalese to Lebanese, head southeast from central Oxford along Cowley Road.

The chef recommends...

  • Fish and chips: White fish, traditionally cod or haddock, deep-fried in crispy batter, served with chunky chips and ‘mushy peas’.
  • The Sunday Roast: A joint of roasted beef, lamb or pork, carved into slices. Served with roast potatoes, vegetables and ‘trimmings’ (mint sauce with lamb; apple sauce with pork; English mustard, horseradish and Yorkshire pudding with beef).
  • Oxford sausages: Also known as ‘Oxford Skates’, and notable for containing veal or lamb in addition to pork. You can pick some up in the Covered Market.
  • Banbury cakes: Squares of puff pastry filled with sweet mincemeat containing citrus peel, currants, cinnamon and allspice, flavoured with rosewater.

Shopping in Oxford
Oxford’s shops range from modern chain stores to quirky boutiques, via historic markets. Befitting its status as a seat of learning, bookshops are common and you can find pretty much any title you’re looking for. You’ll also see Alice in Wonderland souvenirs, reflecting the city’s connection to the author, Lewis Carroll.

Shopping in central Oxford is focussed around High Street and the pedestrianised Cornmarket. At the heart of this area, don’t miss the Covered Market, which has been selling fruit, vegetables and other fresh produce since 1774, and now has crafts, gifts and fashion too. Head north into Jericho to browse a host of independent stores selling everything from bespoke fashion and handmade jewellery to mouth-watering Mediterranean food.

In East Oxford you’ll find the Templars Square shopping centre, home to more than 60 high-street retail outlets and several cafés.

Best bookshops in Oxford

  • Don’t miss sprawling Blackwell’s, which has been at its Broad Street location since 1879 and includes a section for antiquarian and rare books.
  • The Oxford University Press Bookshop has been selling academic texts and study guides at its High Street location since 1872.
  • Fans of secondhand and bargain-price remaindered books can browse to their heart’s content at The Last Bookshop on Jericho’s Walton Street.
  • Central Arcadia Booksellers on St. Michael’s Street is another good place to find those elusive, rare and secondhand items.

Culture & Nightlife in Oxford
Reflecting its student population, Oxford is brimming with cultural attractions, from museums and art galleries to theatres and cinemas. At night you’ll be able to choose from traditional centuries-old pubs and modern wine bars, and there are several nightclubs if you want to dance into the early hours.

Central Oxford is where you’ll find the bulk of the city’s museums and galleries. If you get thirsty you’ll also be near several classic old-style pubs, cocktail bars and wine bars. Head northwest into Jericho and you’ll enter an area of fashionable bars with a young and arty vibe. There are lively nightclubs throughout the city, but to find the highest concentration try the area between the railway station and the centre, particularly along Park End Street and Hythe Bridge Street.

Best theatres in Oxford

  • The Glee Club Oxford hosts stand-up performances by up-and-coming acts and established big-name comedians.
  • New Theatre Oxford is the city’s premier commercial venue, with shows that range from plays and rock concerts, via opera and dance, to stand-up comedy.
  • Oxford Playhouse shows experimental drama as well as well-known plays by touring theatre companies. You may also get to see a concert by a touring rock band.
  • Arts at the Old Fire Station is a charity-run cultural centre focussing on small-scale drama productions. It also provides a stepping stone for emerging local musicians.

Visiting Oxford with a Family
Oxford is a family-friendly city with plenty of attractions to keep children of all ages entertained. You’ll find wide open green spaces where they can let off steam, museums designed specifically to stimulate young minds and several different ways in which you can all take to the water.

There’s an advanced network of safe cycling paths, so you and the kids can don your helmets, rent bikes and pedal your way around the city. If walking is more your thing and you fancy a breath of fresh air to escape the city bustle, head to the expansive University Parks, where children can enjoy running around surrounded by flowers and lush greenery. Or you may prefer to head onto the river with a boat trip, where you can explore the city’s waterways or join a longer cruise into the countryside as far as Abingdon.

Best family attractions in Oxford

  • At The Story Museum kids can explore a variety of themed spaces, from ‘Draw me a story’ where they’ll learn how picture books are made, to ‘Time for bed’, where they can put on dressing gowns and hear bedtime tales in a giant bed.
  • If you want to combine fresh air and exercise, rent a punt and use a pole to propel yourself ‘Oxford-style’ along the River Cherwell, or perhaps even its big brother, the Thames.
  • Older kids can shiver at creepy tales from throughout the city’s history by joining a spooky Ghost Trail walking tour.

 

Latest Oxford Hotel Reviews


Friendly staff and clean comfortable rooms
By gillsexile
I stay regularly at this hotel - the staff are always really friendly and attentive, and the rooms clean bright and tidy. [Less]
excellent stay for family
By Sanj
Our stay in the hotel was very nice and comfortable. location is excellent for the station and the shoppig mall. we will be looking to stay when we come back in Swindon. [Less]
Breakfast
By Gordon1306
Plates could do with warming up as breakfast was cold when we reached the table but the choice was excellent plenty to choose from and the staff were very polite and helpful l would recommend this [More] hotel and would have no problem visiting it again [Less]
great bed, very clean
By nats
lovel place to stay cloe to bars, resaurants, bowling cinemas. very good value for money. Rooms were spotless [Less]
Good hotel
By Annie
Stayed for one night to visit family in the area. Hotel is in a good location with plenty of parking spaces. Room was clean, spacious and quiet. Staff very friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was good [More] too. Will stay here again next time we are in the area. [Less]
Great location
By Cr41gAd4m
I chose this hotel for its location. It was a comfortable stay, with good amenities. The shower had great pressure and everything with nice and clean. I would certainly recommend the hotel. [Less]
First Class Experience
By Commander840
This hotel is ideally situated on the edge of town next to the Park and Ride. Close to a roundabout giving access to major arteries. The staff are extremely kind and attentive, better than average [More] for this chain. Our room was comfortable, spacious and spotlessly clean. One of our best Holiday Inn experiences every. [Less]
Amazing breakfast
By Mattwag
The best breakfast I've ever had in a hotel. Would definitely recommend to anyone staying in oxford or wishing to commute to London. [Less]
Lovely Hotel
By Ray J
Very comfortable lovely room great service and easy parking. Very close to a lot of places to visit and right near the main road for easy access. Pool and gym look very nice but didn't use them this [More] time. Would stay there again if visiting Oxford. Food was very nice and staff were on hand and very welcoming. [Less]

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