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Destination: Oxford Tours

World famous historic university city
Region: Central England
Pronounced: ox-f'd
Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day
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Oxford, Central England

Oxford is most famous for having the oldest university in the English speaking world, with teaching occurring as long ago as the 11th century. The many university colleges and riverside setting give the city a great character and charm.

Oxford has many literary links and some stunning film and TV locations. Its many shops are filled with local character and you can be entertained by music and drama ranging from candlelit evensong in college chapels to Shakespeare in the park. 

Finally, Oxford's lively mix of restaurants, pubs, theatres and tourist attractions give this historic city an extremely vibrant and cosmopolitan buzz. The compact nature of the city means that it is very easy to explore this intriguing old city on foot.
Local Activities
Christ Church College
Christ Church College, Oxford
Christ ChurchOxford University has 38 colleges, the most famous and largest being Christ Church College.  As well as 13 British Prime ministers being educated here, it has recently gained fame as a location for the Harry Potter films. Magdalen College with its strangely carved gargoyles is one of Oxford’s most beautiful. 
Ashmolean Museum
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Christ ChurchFounded in 1683, the Ashmolean museum displays art and archaeology spanning civilisations of east and west from the Neolithic era to the present. It houses the largest group of Raphael drawings, and the best collection of modern Chinese art in the Western world.
Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
Christ ChurchTheatre: The Oxford Playhouse has plenty of quality drama productions, whilst The Burton Taylor Studio is the coolest, smallest place to see new work in Oxford. Music: Oxford offers the whole gamut from Classical concerts or Opera to Modern Jazz and Rock and Indie bands. Enjoy punting on the river Cherwell at Oxford's biggest punt station or take a river cruise with lunch on the river Thames.
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
Christ ChurchFamous for it's quaint and relaxing punting, a guided punt up the river is a traditional which cannot be missed. The guides will take you up the river and give you a commentary of the area and some background knowledge on the universities.
Sightseeing Bus Tour
Sightseeing Bus Tour, Oxford
Christ ChurchThe best way to see all of Oxford's sights is to join the Sightseeing bus tour. A day's hop on hop off ticket will provide a running commentary as well as give you all day transport around the city.
Walking Tour
Walking Tour, Oxford
Walking tourMany visitors to Oxford like to enjoy a walking tour of the city. These guided tours are a great way to find out a little more and visit a number of the college buildings with a guide.
What can I see in the area?
Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace, Oxford
Christ ChurchSet in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room - both are included in the Palace tour. In a state-of-the-art visitor experience called 'Blenheim Palace: the Untold Story', dramatic moments from the last 300 years of History at Blenheim are brought to life through animatronic figures and innovative film and projection technology. 

Surrounding the Palace are over 2000 acres of beautiful parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens including the recently restored 'Secret Garden', the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Grand Cascade. A miniature train, a great favourite with all ages, connects the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens where a range of fun activities for children are located including the Marlborough Maze, the Butterfly House, the Lavender Garden, Adventure Playground and Blenheim Bygones exhibition.
(Free entry with Hudson Pass)
Bicester Village
Bicester Village, Oxfordshire
Christ ChurchA huge favourite with many visitors, Bicester Village is an outlet shopping centre for all of Britain's designer labels. With instant tax refunds available on site for overseas shoppers and brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Gucci and Hobbs, the centre is an essential visit for all lovers of designer brands.
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Walking tourBanbury is a small historic town close to Oxford and a great base for visitors to the area. The centre has the famous monument 'Banbury Cross' Banbury has a market, some nice independent shops and a museum.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass

Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Cotswolds
Transport options in this area: Reached easily by train, Oxford is a large city but can be walked around. A sightseeing bus is a good option.
Did you know:
Hitler was intending to use Oxford as his capital if he conquered England which is one of the reasons it was not bombed.
“I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful."

William Butler Yeats
Cheltenham Windsor
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