OxfordUnited Kingdom

From boat trips along the River Thames to an acclaimed university and a lively nightlife scene, Oxford is an action-packed English city.

Oxford is a city of fascinating architecture, history and nightlife. Admire a cityscape of grand towers and spires. Visit the college buildings that count Aldous Huxley and Stephen Hawking as alumni. Sample the atmosphere of centuries-old pubs. Explore pristine parks lining the River Thames and River Cherwell, the two rivers that cut through the city.

A major highlight of Oxford is Oxford University, with some of England’s most architecturally impressive buildings. These include Christ Church College, Christ Church Cathedral, the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera. Step inside the Sheldonian Theatre, the location of the Oxford Literary Festival. Walk around the Botanic Garden near Magdalen College.

Enjoy the university’s free museums. Spot archaeological and anthropological objects at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Find collections of scientific instruments at the Museum of the History of Science. See artifacts from the Neolithic period to the present at the Ashmolean Museum.

Oxford’s city center presents a mix of retail and entertainment. Find over 50 independent stalls at the Covered Market. Browse for literature at Blackwell’s Bookshop, one of Europe’s largest bookstores. Learn about the legends of Oxford Castle at Oxford Castle Unlocked. Climb to the top of Carfax Tower for unrivaled city views.

Experience the buzz of Oxford’s nightlife, centered on pedestrianized George and Magdalen streets. Watch concerts at Cowley Road’s live music venues. Visit historic pubs such as the Old Parsonage Hotel and the Eagle and Child, the haunts of Oscar Wilde and J.R.R. Tolkien, respectively.

In the summer, punting is a favorite activity. Rent a punt, a flat-bottomed boat, and travel through the city along the gently flowing rivers. Relax with a picnic on the riverbanks or in University Park or Christ Church Meadow.

Getting to Oxford is easy via frequent public train and bus services from London. Be sure to visit attractions outside of the city center, all accessible by rental car. Enjoy daytrips to elegant Blenheim Palace and villages set amid the picturesque Cotswolds countryside.

Where to stay in Oxford

Oxford Town Hall featuring street scenes and heritage elements

Oxford City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(131 area reviews)

Museums, historical sites and theatres are some highlights of Oxford City Centre. Make a stop by New Theatre Oxford or Bodleian Library while you're exploring.

Oxford City Centre

Top hotels in Oxford

Malmaison Oxford
Malmaison Oxford
4 out of 5
3 Oxford Castle, Oxford, England
The price is Rs10,619 per night from 22 Nov to 23 Nov

Located in Oxford City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps away from Oxford Castle and University of Oxford. Christ Church College and New Theatre Oxford are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (953 reviews)

"The hotel is stunning. We absolutely loved the quirkiness of our room. We had a Superior Double cell, which was in three original cells. The roll top bath was amazing. Didn’t use the shower (I couldn’t get the temperature right), but that also looked fab. Personally I think the roo was lacing a few ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

Malmaison Oxford
The Randolph Hotel
The Randolph Hotel
5 out of 5
Beaumont Street, Oxford, England

Located in Oxford City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Oxford Playhouse, University of Oxford and Ashmolean Museum. New Theatre Oxford and Bridge ...

4.1/5Very Good! (942 reviews)

"Very central. Staff very efficient. Rooms clean and spacious. Good breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

The Randolph Hotel
Vanbrugh House Hotel
Vanbrugh House Hotel
4 out of 5
20-24 St Michaels Street, Oxford, England
The price is Rs8,815 per night from 10 Nov to 11 Nov

Located in Oxford City Centre, this hotel is steps away from New Theatre Oxford and University of Oxford. Ashmolean Museum and Oxford Castle are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (401 reviews)

"Excellent property in a great location. A relatively quite street in the centre of Oxford. The staff were so welcoming and helpful. We drove and parked at the Worcester Street car park (use the machine and not RingGo app) although park and ride would have also been convenient. We will certainly stay ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Vanbrugh House Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Oxford

Temple Twenty5 - A Newly Refurbished, Modern Style Large 3 Bedroom House
Temple Twenty5 - A Newly Refurbished, Modern Style Large 3 Bedroom House
4 out of 5
25 Temple Street, Oxford, England

Located in the heart of Oxford, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of University of Oxford and O2 Academy (Oxford). Bridge of Sighs and Bodleian Library ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7 reviews)
Great for family or friends.

"Great location, walk into town. 10mins to Botanic Gardens (fab) and 25mins to the Castle (very good). Great Restaurants nearby and a really good vibe to the area. Happily stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

Temple Twenty5 - A Newly Refurbished, Modern Style Large 3 Bedroom House
Oxford Serviced Apartments - Castle
Oxford Serviced Apartments - Castle
4 out of 5
56 Lion Brewery, St. Thomas Street, Oxford, England
The price is Rs22,012 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Located in Oxford City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Oxford Castle and University of Oxford. Christ Church College and New Theatre Oxford ...

4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)

"Spacious, very well located, excellent distribution. Excellent communication"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018

Oxford Serviced Apartments - Castle
The Oxford Studios
The Oxford Studios
3.5 out of 5
153 Kennington Rd, Oxford, England
The price is Rs6,728 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Situated in Oxford, this eco-friendly apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Greyfriars Oxford, University of Oxford and Christ Church College. O2 Academy ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (28 reviews)

"Great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

The Oxford Studios
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Oxford

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5/5 - Excellent

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24 Feb 2020

Used the excellent park & ride service. Easy to walk around the City centre for shops and/or sight seeing. Good choice of shops & plenty of food outlets.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

Always very busy with lots of tourists. Nice place to visit.

3/5 - Okay

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3 Feb 2020

Nightmare traffic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

Oxford is a compact, cultural and scenic city with plenty to see and do. Would highly recommend it for a short city break or long weekend :-)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Jan 2020

what a brilliant city, well worth a visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

A great place for culture and shopping. Would happily return in the future.

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