Oxford Travel Guide

The city of Oxford is steeped in history and boasts a large number of magnificent colleges, churches and other buildings that date back several centuries. These buildings tend to be set along narrow cobbled lanes, which makes exploring Oxford on foot an enchanting experience that should not be missed.

Being a university city, Oxford boasts a vibrant and eclectic nightlife scene that insides live music of all styles, regular festivals and cultural performances. Oxford is also surrounded by the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside and a large number of enchanting day trips are just waiting to be enjoyed by nature lovers.

Things to see and do in Oxford

Oxford University – Oxford, England

Many of Oxford’s historic and world famous colleges are open to the public at certain times of the day and guided tours are also provided. July and August are ideal months to visit as students are away for the summer break and many colleges host special events to attract visitors.

Culture vultures will want to catch a performance at the Sheldonian Theatre, which was designed by prominent architect Christopher Wren, and boasts impressive Roman-style architecture. Special concerts and dramatic performances of all styles are hosted here throughout the year.

The large and lovely green zone of the University of Oxford Botanical Gardens can be found on Rose Lane and is a great place to unwind for a while. The gardens offer plenty of scenic shady spots where visitors can relax while soaking up the picturesque scenery.

River Cherwell – Oxford, England

River Cherwell on a sunny day near university of Oxford Botanic Gardens and Magdalen Bridge.

Hiring a boat and going punting along the river is a popular activity in the summer months among both residents of Oxford and visitors to the city. Boats can be rented from Magdalen Bridge, Folly Bridge and the Cherwell Boathouse and people use a special long pole to propel themselves along the river.

People who want to learn more about the fascinating history and culture of Oxford should make sure that they pay a visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum. Housed inside a striking Victorian house is a weird and wonderful collection of artefacts that includes shrunken heads, children’s toys, animal skulls and much more, while the guided tours that are available help to shed light on the treasures that are presented here.

Climate conditions

The best time to stroll around Oxford is during the summer months of June, July and August when temperatures tend to be at their highest and the area is generally dry. People who choose to visit Oxford at this time of year will also be able to see the swifts making their nests at Oxford Museum of Natural History.