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Places to visit in Oxfordshire

With skylines pierced with spires and domes, palace estates and idyllic meadows, Oxfordshire has a dreamlike quality. Top things to do in Oxfordshire include a punt on the River Cherwell in Oxford for a student's-eye view of highbrow colleges, walks though rambling deer parks, botanic gardens and lush meadows, and jaunts to Henley-on-Thames to see varsity teams row in posh regattas. Walkers amble between stony Cotswold villages like Witney and Woodstock, and tread ridgeways over the Chiltern Hills as red kites swoop overhead. Meanwhile, shoppers spend happy days lost in Bicester’s designer outlets and old-school covered markets.

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Top things to do on a city break in Oxford

Whether it’s punting on the River Cherwell or learning about the real Alice in Wonderland, there are heaps of things to do in Oxford.

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Walking in the Cotswolds

Join a walking route from Bourton-on-the-Water to the Slaughters.

Location: Oxfordshire

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July events: Henley Royal Regatta

Enjoy the excitement and action of a classic English pastime in the scenic Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Henley, Oxfordshire

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Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Explore the vineyard and sample the wine and beer produced in this truly independent brewery in Oxfordshire.

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

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Romantic punting on the River Cherwell

Ever watched people punting and felt you’d like to have a go? Pick up a few tips at Cherwell Boathouse, grab the pole and off you go.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Enjoy a gentle bike ride along cycle tracks or quiet country roads in the fresh air to discover the delights of Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot.

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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Rainy Day Activities: Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections; escape the rain for a whole day, or pop in for five minutes for a quick browse.

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Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

The fantastic walking tours are the perfect way to explore and learn about the history, famous residents and odd traditions of this unique city.

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Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Home to the 12th Duke Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a super family day out.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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Fairytale Farm: a farm park with a difference

A sensory and learning wonderland, Fairytale Farm will delight the whole family.

Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

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Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Enjoy a trip to Didcot Railway Centre, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

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Explore the Midsomer Murders locations

Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby as you explore Causton, Midsomer Newton and more on the trail of the Midsomer Murders locations.

Location: Wallingford, Oxfordshire

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Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Pack your picnic and plan a day out at Oxford’s Botanic Garden where there is always something interesting to see in the gardens.

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Go on a tour of Oxford University

A host of famous alumni and one... Harry Potter?

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Plan a romantic escape to Malmaison Oxford

Enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries in a converted prison on a romantic break in Oxford.

Oxford Castle and Prison

Explore the 1,000-year history of Oxford Castle and Prison

Step back in time with costumed guided tours and see fascinating stories come to life.

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Enjoy lavish shopping at Bicester Village

From Prada to the White Company, vintage to catwalk fashions, Bicester Village is the destination for shopaholics everywhere to head to.

Location: Bicester, Oxfordshire

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Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Pop in for a drink by the fire or a locally-sourced meal, and then stay over at this charming inn in the idyllic Cotswold village of Kingham.

Location: Chipping Norton, Cotswolds

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Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Sample local Oxfordshire food at this famously good pub on the banks of the River Thames.

Location: Wolvercote, Oxford

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Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, housed inside one of the city's most beautiful neo-Gothic buildings.

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Why we love Oxford

Just an hour by train from London and you’re in the city of dreaming spires. And Oxford is crammed with them. A seat of scholars for 800 years, it houses Britain’s oldest university, botanical gardens, and pubs. It has more quadrangles, Gothic spires and listed buildings than you can shake a gown at. Add cobbled lanes, canals and the odd punt along its rivers and it becomes a real heart-breaker. 

Although bursting with museums, libraries and galleries, there’s more to this gem than its beauty and towering intellect. Harry Potter fans can spot film locations, shoppers will love its nearby bargains, foodies will drool over its lip-smacking choice. And if that isn’t enough, it sits on the doorstep to the Chilterns, the Cotswolds and the baroque country pile of Blenheim Palace.

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Every book ever written at Bodleian Library 

Take a guided tour of the country’s second largest library , which holds a copy of every single book ever published in England since 1662.

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Vintage chic

An Aladdin’s cave of treasures, Unicorn is a centre of Oxford’s quirky vintage scene. It’s rammed to the rafters with vintage clothes, accessories and shoes from 1950s tea dresses to sequinned waistcoats.

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Blenheim Palace

Britain’s greatest palace is in the Cotswolds – the magnificent Blenheim Palace and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. One of the most popular attractions in the Cotswolds, you can take an upstairs or downstairs tour and wander around its famous maze.

Gloucester Green Market

Crowds of people shopping at Gloucester Green Market in Oxford

In the heart of Oxford, this eclectic open-air market takes place every day from Wednesday to Saturday – combining locally-made produce with street food from all over the world. Look out for clothes, crafts, second-hand curios, and cuisine from authentic Indian curries, Ethiopian stews, traditional British pies and much more.

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Oxford River Cruises

No trip to Oxford is complete without a cruise on the River Thames , which passes through the city on its journey to London and beyond. Take your pick from sightseeing trips, sunset cocktail voyages, and gourmet sailings galore – featuring afternoon tea, decadent lunches and picnic hampers. With its electric-powered boats, Oxford River Cruises is a sustainable choice too.

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University of Oxford

Soak up the atmosphere as you walk around the Dreaming Spires of historic Oxford University, one of the world’s top universities.


An old hall with grand ornate walls in the Divinity School, part of Oxford's Bodleian Library

Oxford Castle

Walk through 1000 years of history in Oxford Castle and Prison, climbing the Tower, one of Oxford’s oldest buildings and descending into the crypt deep below.

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Sunset at Oxford Castle and Prison

Pitt Rivers Museum

One of Britain’s best museums is the quirky Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford with artefacts from all over the world.

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An overhead view of the exhibits and displays at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford

Bicester Village

Want designer clothes at a discount? Head to Oxfordshire’s Bicester Village, one of Britain’s favourite shopping destinations for bargains.

Bicester Village

Britain’s greatest palace is in the Cotswolds – the magnificent Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill.

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Ashmolean Museum

Dating back to 1683, the Ashmolean is packed to the rafters with art, natural history and photography.

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Oxford Alumni Harry Potter Tour

Discover the Oxford landmarks that starred in the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘Goblet of Fire’ films.

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Inspector Morse Tour of Oxford

Explore key Oxford filming locations from the TV series of Morse, Endeavour and Lewis.

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Bodleian Library

Take a fascinating guided tour of the Divinity School, Old Quadrangle and Duke Humphrey’s Library.

Radcliffe Camera

This library has inspired novelists, artists and film-makers alike, and features around 600,000 books.

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Go Ape Wendover

Swing and leap your way through thrilling high-ropes bridges, treetop walkways and soar down zip lines.

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Oxford Kayak Tours

Dip your paddle into the River Cherwell, to discover pristine countryside and wildlife-rich waters.

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Junkyard Golf Club

Come for the golf, stay for the party - a riotous mash-up of crazy golf, drinks and music.

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Oxford Ghost Tours

From headless bishops to haunted pubs, these tours have just the right balance of history and hilarity.

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The Ultimate Picture Palace

Welcome to one of the UK’s oldest cinemas, which specialises in arthouse and independent films.

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An outside shot of the Ultimate Picture Palace in Oxford

Modern Art Oxford

Immerse yourself in stellar contemporary art from all over the world at this vibrant gallery.

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The Oxford Artisan Distillery Tour

Learn the secrets of heritage grain spirits on these behind-the-scenes tours.

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Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery

Discover a world of fine English wines, small-batch ales and exceptional hospitality.

Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery

An outside shot of Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery

Take your pick from authentic Indian curries, Ethiopian stews, traditional British pies and much more…

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Harry Potter Tour - Experience Oxfordshire

So spectacular are these landmarks and locations, that even non-Potter fans will be spellbound.

An inside shot of a hall in Christ Church college, Oxford, a filming location for the Harry Potter film series

The Jolly Farmers

Real ales, cosy interiors and a resident bassett hound – what more could you wish for?

An outside shot of the Jolly Farmers in Oxford

Oxford Pride

For over 20 years, this loud-and-proud festival has celebrated the city’s LGBTQIA+ community.

Crowds of people in front of a rainbow coloured bus as part of Oxford Pride

Oxford Music Festival

Classical concerts, virtuoso recitals and dance shows – with cash prizes for the stand-out performers.

A group of people preparing to play guitars on stage as part of Oxford Music Festival

Oxford Literary Festival

Catch lively debates, workshops and seminars involving hundreds of different speakers from around the globe.

Crowds of people watching a talk on stage at Oxford Literary Festival

C S Lewis Nature Reserve

The ponds are busy with dragonflies, while the towering treetops bristle with birds and squirrels.

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A lake in the CS Lewis Nature Reserve in Oxford

Take your pick from sightseeing trips, sunset voyages, and gourmet sailings on the River Thames.

A group of people on a river boat in Oxford

Car Chase Heroes

Always wanted to get behind the wheel of a Porsche 911? Well, now’s your chance…

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Porsche 911 Hot Rod by Magnus Walker at Bicester Heritage Car Show, Oxfordshire

Enjoy Happy Hour cocktails from 11pm, and a banging playlist of pop and dance music.

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Westgate Oxford

Browse some of Britain’s best-loved fashion, beauty and food brands, such as John Lewis and Primark.

The Westgate shopping centre in central Oxford

Discover antiques emporiums, craft shops, art galleries and fashion stores – plus delis and cafés galore.

The main street in Burford village on a sunny day


Looking for your next favourite author? The staff are all book lovers, so ask for their recommendations.

A girl reading a book in a bookshop, Blackwells. Oxford

Oxford Walking Tours

Take your pick from a vast range of themed experiences, with both private and small-group options.

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Chiltern Hills Cycling

Whether you love smooth road cycling or gnarly downhill trails, set your sights on the Chiltern Hills.

Two young cyclists riding in the Chiltern Hills during the winter.

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A view of Magdalen College, part of the world famous Oxford University

One of the city’s most beautiful spots

Located just opposite Magdalen College, you can dart in here and escape the bustle of the High Street and hide among the newly sprouting trees and blooms.


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Take a punt

Hop onto a relaxing punt down the River Cherwell. Discover the inspiration behind Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland, and enjoy a picnic aboard this hand-crafted beauty.


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Head into history

For those who dare - check out tours of the castle and 900-year crypt. Learn about the ghost of Matilda, Henry I’s daughter, or a headless King Charles I.

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An evening at a museum

The Ashmolean dusts off the old image of artefacts and adds a new twist, and find out just how a camel sculpture escaped the Nazis.

Places to stay in Oxford

City centre.

Be among the oldest university in the English speaking world, checkout the architecture, the bookshops and cool bars, and The Malmaison - a former Victorian prison that you can stay in.

An affluent part of Oxford with red-brick Victorian houses and tree-lined streets. It’s peaceful nature, and you’re budget will go further here. Explore the canal network here.

Is diverse, full of life and has lots of diverse restaurants and bars, and is the home of Oxford’s street art. It’s close to Magdalen College and the Oxford Botanic Gardens are here too. It also has a summertime carnival. 

For literary types and lovers of small pastel painted houses and independent cafes, this is your place. Situated in the north, you’ll find some cracking restaurants and cocktail bars. Both the Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of Natural History are here.

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An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture and green spaces.

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Picadilly Circus underground station

Lush rolling pastures, pretty stone villages and rambling rivers - the Cotswolds has it all.


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Lovers of The Crown can wrap themselves in royalty as this town is about as regal as it gets.

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Cool creative Bristol is a must-see for art, culture and action-packed adventure.

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Getting to Oxford

Oxford is located in South East England, in the county of Oxfordshire. Heathrow is the closest international airport to Oxford and is 45 miles (72 kilometres) away, a journey which takes just over an hour by car. The train from Heathrow to Oxford takes up to two and a half hours via central London. Oxford is approximately 60 miles (97 kilometres) from London. The average train time from Central London to Oxford is 1 one hour.

Travelling by coach from London to Oxford takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. From London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, you can hop on The Airline coach service , which runs 24 hours a day. National Express services from Stansted Airport also serve Oxford, taking just under two hours.

Getting around

Oxford is easily accessible from every corner of Britain, with London to Oxford train services taking around 60 minutes from London Paddington. Experience Oxfordshire has a range of maps and guides to help you plan your visit to Oxford. Enjoy a Bus Tour of Oxford .

Hire punts , pedalos and rowing boats to explore Oxford’s River Cherwell.

Oxford’s main attractions are best explored by foot, a walk from the train station to the city centre is just 15 minutes. Head into nature outside the city with a host of walking routes on offer.

The Oxford Bus Company provides frequent and affordable travel across the city, as well as Stagecoach which also operates routes to the stately home at Blenheim Palace. Five Park and Ride locations exist to keep the city centre car free.

If ever a city was made for cycling, it would be here. Oxford is home to several dockless bike hire operators, where you can access cycles via a free downloadable app by scanning a QR code.  Bainton Bikes  also provides cycle hire and self-guided tours. You can access  a cycle route planner  too.

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  • “I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful.” - W.B. Yeats

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Welcome to Oxford!

Oxford, the cultural capital of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, has been the home of many historic sights since the 9th century.

If you find yourself in Oxford or you’re planning your visit, this city has countless hidden attractions waiting for you to be explored. Whether you fancy gazing out at Oxford’s world-famous 38 colleges or want to follow in the footsteps of its distinguished past, there is plenty for you to enjoy.

Image credit: Radcliffe Camera at night, with All Souls College on the left and Brasenose College on the right, in Radcliffe Square, Oxford. Source: Wikimedia .

A charming blend of rolling hills, honey-coloured towns and villages and breathtaking scenery has earnt it classification as one of the most beautiful regions in England. The Oxfordshire Cotswolds, set in the very heart of rural England, harbours over 6,000 years of history and it’s where you can find splendid manor houses built by wealthy textile merchants.


Beautiful landmarks

From Inspector Morse, Endeavour, Shadowlands, Transformers to Harry Potter, Oxford’s beauty has been captured on some of the greatest screen moments.

Take a virtual tour through this website to see and learn more about one of England’s most gorgeous cities.

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Stunning colleges

If you want to get a sense of real old Oxford step into one of the Oxford University 38 colleges . Tucked away from the tourist crowds, they are architectural sanctuaries where you can delve better into their history oozing through every part.

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The Oxfordshire Cotswolds

Escape to the country and get close to nature with a virtual tour around the Oxfordshire Cotswolds magnificent green spaces.

This English county has so much to see and do, you might not know where to start!

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Offering so much to see and do, all year round, Oxford and Oxfordshire make an excellent destination for all. Explore Oxfordshire's varied landscape, visitor attractions and rural heritage or experience walking trails and cycling routes which show you all the hidden treasures on offer here, which makes it the ideal location for short breaks, holidays and more. If you're looking for a cultural getaway or a romantic city break then  Oxford  is a must. Renowned for its history and heritage, exquisite architecture, and ancient University, Oxford sits at the very heart of this rural county. Take time out to enjoy the county's bustling market towns, discover the film and literary connections or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river. Widen your horizons by visiting (free) world class museums, family appeal attractions or a variety of festivals held throughout the year, catering for all ages and interests. Extend your visit by staying in one of our excellent country manor hotels for a perfect rural treat or enjoy the home-from-home feel in one of our high quality bed and breakfasts.

If you're looking for a rural getaway then South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse is a perfect choice.  Home to River Thames and the Chiltern Hills, charming towns and villages including Henley on Thames - home of the Royal Regatta, the area is a walkers paradise with the Thames Path, and the Ridgeway National Trail.

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Road Directions

The M40 and M4 + A34 provide easy access by car from London, leaving the M40 at Junction 8. The M40 links Birmingham to Oxford from the north, leaving at Junction 9.

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Frequent direct train service operates from London Paddington and Oxford (approx every 30 minutes) and between Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry.

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15 Top-Rated Attractions & Places to Visit in Oxford

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Oxford is one of the oldest and most celebrated university towns in Europe, and for centuries has rivaled Cambridge for academic pre-eminence in England. Its untrammeled spirit of exploration, numerous delightful gardens, courtyards, and university parks - together with the hectic bustle of its pedestrian zone and excellent cultural facilities - all help create a very special atmosphere.

Oxford has plenty of tourist attractions, including Carfax Tower , offering superb views over the city, and the historic Covered Market with its excellent shopping. For a truly unique vacation experience, some university colleges now offer accommodation options, including bed and breakfast.

Harry Potter fans may be interested to learn that various Oxford landmarks appeared in the movies, including Christ Church College, where the dining room was closely copied for the Hogwarts Great Hall. And for something a little quirkier, check out the (in)famous Headington Shark , a shark sculpture stuck headfirst in the roof of a humble terraced house.

To learn more about these and other great places to visit in this lovely part of England, be sure to read through our list of the top attractions and things to do in Oxford.

See also: Where to Stay in Oxford

1. Explore Historic Oxford City Center

2. visit the university church of st. mary the virgin, 3. christ church cathedral, 4. christ church college, 5. magdalen college, 6. radcliffe square & the bodleian library, 7. sheldonian theatre, 8. visit england's oldest museum: the ashmolean museum, 9. history of science museum, 10. martyrs' memorial, 11. shopping in cornmarket street, 12. oxford castle & prison, 13. oxford university museum of natural history, 14. take a trip to blenheim palace, 15. enjoy a drive to abingdon-on-thames, where to stay in oxford for sightseeing, map of attractions & things to do in oxford.

Oxford City Center

Although the center of Oxford is not large, plenty of time should be allowed for a visit since there are so many things to do here. The city's four principal streets meet at the intersection known as Carfax , a good starting point for your exploration. Here, you'll find the 14th-century Carfax Tower , a relic of St. Martin's Church (now destroyed), which has great views over the city.

Also worth visiting are the Town Hall, St. Aldate's Church (1318), and Pembroke College, founded in 1624 but with origins dating back to 1446. The nearby Modern Art Oxford , a visual art gallery focusing on exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, regularly offers talks, music, and movies.

Oxford's splendid High Street is lined with numerous magnificent buildings, including many of the colleges the city is so famous for. In fact, it's so pretty, it was famously described by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne as "the finest street in England."

Address: High Street, Oxford

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin

While sightseeing in the city center, be sure to include the University Church – the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin (or simply St. Mary's) – on your Oxford itinerary. A highlight of your visit should be climbing its finely decorated tower. Built around 1280, this vantage point offers excellent views of the city and the surrounding countryside.

Also of interest is the choir. Rebuilt in 1462, it faces the nave and Lady Chapel, dating from 1490, and the stalls, dating from 1466. Another notable feature is the porch you will have walked through when entering the church. Look carefully, and you'll still see marks made by bullets from the guns of Oliver Cromwell's troops during the English Civil War.

Official site: www.universitychurch.ox.ac.uk

Christ Church Cathedral

Although the present building dates from the 12th century, Christ Church acquired cathedral status in 1546. The most striking feature in the interior is the double arcading of the nave, creating an impression of much greater height.

In the 14th century, the church was extended to the north, and the choir was created in 1500 with fan vaulting overhanging keystones. In the south transept is the Thomas Becket window (1320) and five glass windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris in 1871.

Also of note are the St. Frideswide window (1858) and three 14th-century tombs of Lady Montacute, Prior Sutton, and John de Nowers, as well as the remains of the Frideswide's shrine (1289). The grave of philosopher George Berkeley (1681-1735), who gave his name to the town of Berkeley in California, is also located at the cathedral.

Location: St. Aldates, Oxford

Official site: www.chch.ox.ac.uk/cathedral

Christ Church College

Christ Church, one of the largest of Oxford's colleges, was founded in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey and re-founded after his fall by Henry VIII. Tom Tower , added by Christopher Wren in 1682, contains a huge seven-ton bell known as Great Tom, which peals 101 times every evening at 9:05pm (once for each member of the original college).

The main quadrangle, with its charming fountain, is known as Tom Quad and is the largest courtyard in Oxford. The lower tower, with its fine staircase and fan vaulting, leads up to the hall , an elegant dining room with a magnificent wooden ceiling completed in 1529. Portraits of Henry VIII and distinguished members of the college – including William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania – adorn the walls.

Beyond the Deanery, where Charles I lived from 1642 to 1646, is Kill-Canon , a passage so chilly that it was feared canons would catch their death of cold. Kill-Canon leads to Peckwater Quad, with its library containing drawings and mementos of Cardinal Wolsey.

Art lovers will also want to visit Christ Church Picture Gallery . This fine gallery is home to an important collection of 300 Old Masters and 2,000 drawings.

Location: St. Aldate's, Oxford

Official site: www.chch.ox.ac.uk

Magdalen College

Magdalen College was founded in 1458 on a site outside the town walls. Its lovely Magdalen Tower was built in 1482, while the Muniment Tower is the entrance to the chapel where evensong is sung by the college's renowned choir.

There are state apartments with early-16th-century tapestries in the Founder's Tower, and underneath, a passage leads into the cloisters with grotesque figures known as "hieroglyphs." Magdalen College also offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation when rooms are available.

Beyond the college stretches a deer park called the Grove and a bridge leading over the River Cherwell into the Water Walks. Opposite the entrance to the college is the University of Oxford Botanic Garden , founded in 1621 and one of the oldest in England.

Plants from all over the world can be found here, including the Magdalen Rose Garden . This attractive garden was a gift from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation of New York to commemorate the development of penicillin, in which Oxford played a considerable part. Also worth a visit is the satellite Harcourt Arboretum .

Address: Rose Lane, Oxford

Official site: www.magd.ox.ac.uk

Radcliffe Square

Located in the city center, Radcliffe Square is home to many of the city's most important college buildings. Here, you'll find the Old Schools Quadrangle (1613) and the Radcliffe Camera (1737), a rotunda that originally housed the Radcliffe Library.

The 16-sided room on the ground floor is now a reading room for the Bodleian Library , the university library and the country's first public library, founded in 1598. A copy of every book published in Britain is deposited here, including some two million volumes and 40,000 manuscripts. From the library, you can also explore the magnificent Divinity School .

Address: Broad Street, Oxford

Official site: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Sheldonian Theatre

Constructed in 1664, the Sheldonian Theatre was Sir Christopher Wren's second major building. Of special interest here is the historic venue's spectacular ceiling fresco. Restored in 2008, the fresco – which depicts "Truth" removing "Ignorance" from the University – consists of 32 panels originally painted in the 1600s. Guided tours (as well as self-guided tours) are available.

In addition to being used for concerts and lectures – as well as the occasional theatrical performance – it's still used for the university's annual Commemoration.

Official site: www.sheldonian.ox.ac.uk

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum – formerly known as the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology – was founded in 1683. Not only is it the oldest museum in the country, it's also the most important of the four university museums. The Neoclassical building houses a magnificent collection of art and antiquities, including classical sculpture, Far Eastern art, Greek and Roman pottery, and a valuable collection of jewelry.

Other Oxford museums that should be added to travel itineraries include the Pitt Rivers Museum, with its fascinating anthropological and archaeological collection, and the Museum of Oxford , a local history museum that deals with both the city and the university's rich pasts.

For something a little different, visit the fun Story Museum . This attraction is especially popular for its literary-themed events, including the popular Alice Days celebrating the first ever telling of Oxford-educated Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .

Address: Beaumont Street, Oxford

Official site: www.ashmolean.org

History of Science Museum

The History of Science Museum – housed in the Old Ashmolean Building, the world's first purpose-built museum building – is a fascinating facility that specializes in the study of the history of science and the development of western culture and collecting.

The museum includes the blackboard that Albert Einstein used during his Oxford lectures of 1931, and a fascinating display showing the development of clocks.

Other nearby attractions include the Holywell Music Room (1748), reputedly the oldest concert hall in the world, and Kettell Hall (1620), with its beautiful chapel and fine woodcarvings.

Official site: www.hsm.ox.ac.uk

Martyrs' Memorial

A cross in St. Giles Street marks the spot where the reformers Latimer, Ridley, and Cranmer were burned at the stake between 1555-56, an event commemorated by the Martyrs' Memorial (1841). The nearby Rhodes House , headquarters of the Rhodes Trust founded in honor of South African statesman Cecil Rhodes, is also worth checking out.

Also close by is the Oxford University Museum of Natural History . Built in 1855, it contains a number of interesting collections, including geological, mineralogical, and zoological sections, as well as work by Darwin, Burchell, and Hope.

There's also a pleasant walk along the Cherwell past Parson's Pleasure to a path called Mesopotamia, which leads to Magdalen Bridge.

Location: St. Giles, Oxford

Old timber framed house on Cornmarket Street

Pedestrian-friendly Cornmarket Street, commonly known as the "Corn," is Oxford's busiest shopping street. Along with its many big-brand shops and department stores, it's also home to the historic Golden Cross arcade, popular for its craft and jewelry shops, and the Covered Market . Dating from 1774, the market houses an eclectic mix of food retailers.

Also of interest is the former Crew Inn . Here, Shakespeare is said to have stayed on his journey between Stratford and London. It's also where you'll find St. Michael's Church , notable for its early Norman tower.

Address: Cornmarket Street, Oxford

Oxford Castle & Prison

Oxford Castle has been a place of incarceration since 1071, continuing until the closure of Her Majesty's Prison Oxford in 1996. Today, visitors can learn about the real people and events from the site's turbulent past through fascinating displays and re-enactments.

Other highlights include the chance to climb the Saxon St. George's Tower , Oxford's oldest building, and enjoy its stunning 360-degree views. Afterwards, descend deep underground into the 900-year-old crypt.

Other areas to explore include the confines of the 18th-century Debtors' Tower and the 11th-century motte-and-bailey castle. Guided tours and numerous fun themed events are available.

Address: 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford

Official site: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk

Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH)

One of the top free things to do in Oxford, a visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH) is certainly time well spent. Opened in the mid 1800s to showcase the university's growing natural history collection, it's located on Parks Road adjacent to another must-visit attraction: the Pitt Rivers Museum .

In addition to its displays and exhibits focusing on the university's rich science and learning traditions, you'll see samples collected by university alumni that date back hundreds of years. Also on display are samples from the university's mineralogy, medicine, zoology, and anatomy collections.

Two cafés are located on-site, and a special treat if you're traveling in summer is to enjoy your snacks and beverages outdoors on the museum's lovely lawn. Be sure to keep an eye out for the migrating swallows that have been stopping over on the museum roof since nesting boxes were installed in the 1940s.

Address: Parks Road, Oxford

Official site: www.oumnh.ox.ac.uk

Blenheim Palace

Located in Woodstock, just eight miles northwest of Oxford, is Blenheim Palace. Seat of the dukes of Marlborough and the Spencer-Churchill family, it is also famous as the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

This magnificent 200-roomed palace was built between 1701 and 1724 for John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, with the financial support of Queen Anne. It's recorded that the Queen wished to express her thanks to the Duke for his victory in 1704 over the French at the Battle of Blenheim, an event commemorated on the ceiling of the Great Hall.

In addition to visiting the splendid main building with its Neoclassical columned entrance hall and quadrantal annexes with crowned corner-towers and colonnades, be sure to explore the adjoining wings. Here, you'll find a number of large courtyards, as well as the vast main courtyard.

Another highlight is the chance to explore the magnificent gardens, with their French Rococo borders, and the Capability-Brown-designed parklands. Other outdoor attractions include Italian gardens and herb gardens, a butterfly house, and a maze.

Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Official site: www.blenheimpalace.com


An easy drive just six miles south of Oxford, Abingdon is a charming town on the banks of the River Thames. A large number of interesting houses and churches are found here, including the old two-story county hall, built in 1678 and now home to the Abingdon County Hall Museum .

Also of note is the beautiful St. Helen's Church, with its graceful spire, double aisles, and elaborately painted paneling (1390), as well as Christ's Hospital, founded in 1553.

Parts of the once influential Benedictine abbey (AD 675) can still be explored, including later features such as the Checker Hall (13th century), the Long Gallery (about 1500), and the abbey doorway (1450).

Abingdon has several leisure and recreation facilities, including the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Tilley Park, and the Southern Town Park. Each year in October, the town center is closed for the Ock Street Michaelmas Fair , the longest street fair in Europe.

Address: Market Place, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Official site: www.abingdon.gov.uk/partners/abingdon-county-hall-museum

We recommend these popular hotels in Oxford with easy access to the famous colleges and other top attractions:

  • Old Bank Hotel : This luxury boutique hotel is set in a Georgian building in a great central location and features understated elegance and marble bathrooms.
  • Vanbrugh House Hotel : A popular mid-range hotel, Vanbrugh House features individually decorated rooms, private gardens, plus complimentary breakfast and snacks.
  • Remont Oxford Hotel : Affordable rates, a short bus ride to town, colorful room accents, and a hearty free English breakfast are just a few of the reasons why this hotel is highly rated.
  • Premier Inn Oxford Hotel This budget hotel is an easy drive to Oxford city center and features modern decor and family rooms.

Oxford Map - Tourist Attractions

  • (1) Somerville
  • (3) Regents Park
  • (4) St John's
  • (5) Trinity
  • (6) Mansfield
  • (7) Balliol
  • (8) Waldham
  • (9) Manchester
  • (10) St Cross
  • (11) St Catherine's
  • (12) Ruskin
  • (13) Worcester
  • (14) Nuffield
  • (15) St Peter's
  • (17) Lincoln
  • (18) Brasenose
  • (19) Exeter
  • (20) Hertford
  • (21) New College
  • (22) All Souls
  • (23) Queen's
  • (24) University
  • (25) Magdalen
  • (26) Wayneflete
  • (27) Pembroke
  • (28) Corpus Christi
  • (29) Merton
  • (30) St Hilda's
  • (31) Frewin Hall
  • (32) Union Soc Rooms
  • (33) Sheldonian Theater
  • (34) Clarendon Building
  • (35) Bodleian Library
  • (36) Radcliffe Camera
  • (37) Carfax Tower
  • (38) Peckwater Quad
  • University Museum
  • Rhodes House
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • St Michael's Church
  • Christ Church
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Botanic Gardens

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  • 1.1 History
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Oxford is the oldest university city in the United Kingdom , some 50 miles (80 km) to the west of the capital London in its own county of Oxfordshire , on the rivers Thames and Cherwell. Together with Cambridge (the second oldest university city and Oxford's great rival), Oxford has long represented the English academic establishment and elite ("Oxbridge"), a haven of tradition and endeavour. Oxford's famous "Dreaming Spires" refer to the medieval churches and colleges that dominate the bustling modern town in all their Gothic splendour. Picturesque architecture and a vibrant modern life, driven by students, light industry and technology, all set in the rolling countryside of Oxfordshire, make this a great destination.

Understand [ edit ]

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History [ edit ]

Oxford was first occupied in Saxon times, and was known as "Oxanforda". The settlement began with the foundations of St Frideswide's nunnery in the 8th century, and was first mentioned in written records in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year 912. By the 10th century Oxford had become an important military frontier town between the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex and was on several occasions raided by the Danes.

The University of Oxford was founded in the 12th century and therefore constitutes the oldest English-speaking university. Oxford, like Cambridge , differs from many other universities in that there is no 'campus' as such, and no central university building. Instead, the university consists of approximately 40 colleges and associated buildings, such as the Exam Schools (on the High Street: closed to the public), the world-famous Bodleian Library (main buildings in Radcliffe Square, off the High Street: limited access to the public), and several world-class museums. Each college has its own individual character, some date from the 13th century, others are merely a few decades old. Many of the colleges are closed to the public, particularly during term times, but some are open at different times. For example: Christ Church (the college of "Brideshead" fame) is mostly open, and has the added bonus of having a (small) cathedral attached, where excellent music is performed at Evensong everyday; it also has an excellent art gallery . Some of Christ Church's buildings are used in films such as Harry Potter . Other colleges of note are Magdalen (pronounced 'maudlin'), which has a deer park, and those along the High Street, all of which have an impressive list of alumni. Shelley fans should visit University College. Former women-only colleges such as the pretty Somerville (Woodstock Rd) further to the north of the centre are interesting to get a feel for the range of colleges in Oxford.

During World War II, Oxford was spared from the German carpet bombing that levelled many other British cities, making it one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the United Kingdom. The city has a population of 150,000, and the metro area 244,000.

Orientation [ edit ]

One of the best online resources for planning a visit to Oxford is the Virtual Tour of Oxford , hosted by the university's chemistry department.

  • Visitor information fir Oxford from Experience Oxfordshire.

Central Oxford [ edit ]

Central Oxford is bound to the west and south by the River Thames, which in Oxford is known as the Isis , and to the east by the Cherwell , which confluents into the Isis at Boathouse Island, a centre for university rowing. The city centre is built around two intersecting thoroughfares which cross at Carfax:

  • the High Street — running east–west, this is the main road coming in from Headington and Cowley.
  • George Street — runs west from the centre and is known for the New Theatre and its restaurants
  • Running north–south is another road, essentially continuous, but with separate ancient names for its various stretches — St Aldates and St Giles , separated by Cornmarket (now a pedestrianised shopping boulevard).

Surrounding districts [ edit ]

  • Jericho is an affluent area just north of city centre. Jericho is home of the Oxford University Press and its museum. It also has plenty of nightlife, including pubs and cocktail bars.
  • Summertown is an affluent area north of central Oxford. Most of Summertown is directly on the Banbury Road, however there are shops and restaurants on the side roads such as the South Parade.
  • Kidlington is north of Summertown. It is apparently Britain's largest village. It has a small high street with a Tesco's and Co-operative supermarket, several pubs, resaurants and a large Sainsbury's supermarket.
  • Wolvercote is an affluent village to the north-west of Oxford. It has a church, three pubs (The Plough, The White Hart and Jacobs' Inn), a village store and a common for walking on.
  • Headington is to the east, perhaps most notable for one of Oxford Brookes University's main campuses. It has a small high street and Thornhill Park & Ride nearby. There is also a house with a large shark sculpture in the roof, located just off the high street, which may be of interest.
  • Botley and Osney are west of the train station. Much of the area is industrialised and therefore uninteresting to tourists. However the area has the city's Waitrose store and several retail parks such as Botley Retail Park and Seacourt Tower Park, along with Seacourt Park & Ride nearby.
  • Cowley , to the south east of the city, has a plethora of restaurants, pubs and shops, many of which are independent. Confusingly the term Cowley can refer to two distinct areas: the area along the Cowley Road to the east of Magdalen Bridge tends to be more commercial and student focussed (and is the part which appeals more to tourists), while the suburbs to the south east of this are more residential and working class. In this more outlying area is Plant Oxford where cars have been made for over 100 years, the Templars Square Shopping Centre (and nearby Templars Retail Park), and the Oxford Retail Park with a large 24-hour (on weekdays) Tesco supermarket.
  • Blackbird Leys is south of Cowley. It is a social housing (housing projects) area and is generally not recommended to tourists. However the Kassam Stadium, home to Oxford United F.C., and the Ozone Leisure Park nightlife complex opposite may justify a trip.

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By road [ edit ]

Oxford is linked to London by the 50-mile (80-km) south-eastern stretch of the M40 motorway. The journey takes 50–90 min, depending on traffic, which can be heavy. The north-western continuation of the M40 conveniently links Oxford with England's second largest city, Birmingham , and the West Midlands .

Parking and access restrictions are very stringent on the narrow streets of central Oxford, policed by both wardens and cameras, with heavy fines applicable. The one-way traffic systems are circuitous and confusing, making it difficult to get around by car. An alternative is to use one of the five municipal park and ride sites which are located on the outskirts of all sides of Oxford, and are well signposted. Park and ride sites are open 24/7, and you can park there for a maximum of 72 hours. Forget about using the Thornhill Park and Ride on weekdays; it is invariably full. The first hour's parking is free, after which you pay £2 for up to 12 hours, £4 for up to 24 hours, and so on. In addition, the return bus trip to the city centre costs £2.80. (May 2022) .

Since February 2022, a zero-emission zone (ZEZ) closed to non-electric cars has been under trial in the city centre, albeit on streets which are essentially pedestrianised, making it easy to avoid for the time being. However, the council has plans to expand this zone to enclose much of the centre of Oxford.

By train [ edit ]

Cross Country Trains run through Oxford, mostly running to/from Manchester and Southampton . These trains run approximately half-hourly in both directions until about 9PM. All of these trains stop at Reading going south, and Leamington Spa for Warwick and Warwick Castle, and Birmingham going north.

By bus [ edit ]

Oxford tube [ edit ].

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The express coach service between London and Oxford is called the Oxford Tube , and is run by Stagecoach. The "Tube" runs very frequently and the journey time is usually 100 min (longer during rush hours).

There are frequent and comfortable coach services that run from several convenient bus stops to Gloucester Green coach station in Oxford. They normally start at the London Victoria station, running westward and parallel to the London Underground Central line via Marble Arch , Notting Hill , Shepherd's Bush and then Hillingdon . Before arriving in Oxford, there is one last stop at Lewkner. Stops in Oxford include Thornhill Park & Ride, Headington, Oxford Brookes University, St. Clements, High Street (Queens Lane) (which is best for daily visitors, as it is right in the middle of the majority of University Colleges) and finally the Gloucester Green bus station, which is also well situated.

As of Feb 2023, prices for the Oxford Tube are £12/£11/£4 for an adult/concession/under-16 one-way and £18/£16/£7 for an adult/concession/under-16 period return ticket. Some peak-time journeys take slightly different routes in London, so the place that you want to go to/from may influence when you board the coach. If you wish to travel late at night, the Oxford Tube runs 24 hours a day. You can also book London to Oxford coach travel through Megabus.com , but you'll be travelling on an Oxford Tube coach.

The Airline [ edit ]

There are regular bus services between Oxford and London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports with The Airline , run by Oxford Bus Company.

Stagecoach X5 [ edit ]

There is also an X5 [dead link] bus between Oxford and Bedford (via Milton Keynes), taking approximately two hours, along with the S6 service to Swindon. Several coaches in other parts of the country are run by National Express.

Stagecoach S2 [ edit ]

Another useful (but infrequent) service is the S2, which travels using the A40 from Cheltenham to Oxford via Charlton Kings, Andoversford, Northleach, Burford, Witney and Eynsham, which runs from the bus station about every two hours and takes approximately an hour and three quarters.

This is operated by Stagecoach and it is possible to buy a day ticket for it which allows you unlimited travel on it and allows you to make connecting journeys anywhere on Stagecoach's buses in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, or Wiltshire.

Local Stagecoach buses [ edit ]

Local buses to Bicester, Blenheim Palace, and Banbury are run by Stagecoach , and depart from Magdalen Street, near Cornmarket. There are also bus services to Reading, Abingdon, and Didcot run by the Oxford Bus Company from St Aldate's, also in the city centre.

By plane [ edit ]

51.837298 -1.319298 4 Oxford Airport ( OXF  IATA ) at Kidlington is used mainly for private and charter aircraft and has only intermittently had scheduled airline flights; it is useful only if you fly your own plane, or are able to charter a small aircraft.

The nearest commercial airports are those around London , to the south-east, or Birmingham , to the north, with most foreign travellers preferring London.

Heathrow ( LHR  IATA ) is the closest major airport, followed by Gatwick ( LGW  IATA ) in terms of size and popularity. Road access from both Heathrow and Gatwick (fastest) is by M25 (heading north and west respectively) and then the M40 to Oxford's outskirts (follow the signs).

Oxford Bus Company runs several airport bus services called The Airline to Oxford Gloucester Green bus station (running in from Thornhill Park & Ride, then Headington and up the High St with several convenient stops: check web pages below). The Oxford Bus Company recommend allocating a minimum of an hour for between when the coach arrives and flight check-in:

  • between London Heathrow and Oxford . generally every 30 minutes . Travels to Heathrow Terminal 5 and then Heathrow Central bus station. The route takes an average of 1 hour 20 minutes, but this can be increased due to traffic congestion. The Oxford Bus Company recommend stopping at the Heathrow Central bus station for Terminals 2&3. For Terminal 4, there's a free shuttle bus from Terminal 5 that leaves from bus stand 7. £23 single, £30 return . ( updated Nov 2018 )
  • between London Gatwick and Oxford . hourly 7AM-11PM, less frequently thereafter . Travels to Gatwick South Terminal and then Gatwick North Terminal. The route takes an average of 2 hours and 30 minutes, but this can be increased due to traffic congestion. £28 single, £37 return . ( updated Nov 2018 )

National Express bus company runs airport bus services to Luton Airport ( LTN  IATA ) and to Stansted Airport ( STN  IATA ).

Birmingham Airport ( BHX  IATA ) has fewer destinations compared to the London airports (it still has quite a lot), but it is the closest to Oxford in terms of public transport travel time. Birmingham Airport has its own railway station called Birmingham International , which is connected to the airport terminal building via the free AirRail Link cable car shuttle, taking 1–2 min. From the railway station, trains depart to Oxford every hour between 6:14AM and 10:14PM and take about an hour. A non-advance, non-rail card single costs £25.50, a return £28.80 off-peak or £51 any time. You could do a lot cheaper by booking an advance ticket though (but be careful as tickets are valid only on the booked train, so if your flight is late and you miss the train, you will have to buy another ticket).

Get around [ edit ]


On foot [ edit ]

Oxford city centre is very compact and easily walkable. Many areas of the city centre are pedestrianised, and all major tourist sights are well signposted.

That the narrow streets of the city centre are pedestrian-friendly, difficult for cars and full of beautiful buildings that will draw your attention upwards (rather than onto a more horizontal plane) does not mean that the roads of the city are overspill pavements. You will find most cyclists quite forgiving on this point as they are used to it and are often themselves pedestrians tempted to do the same as long as you suppress the urge to pass comment on any near-misses actually arising from your standing in the middle of the road.

By bicycle [ edit ]

The preferred mode of transport for the university student is the bicycle and, like Amsterdam or Copenhagen, there are hundreds of them. Most trains into Oxford allow bicycles to be carried for free. There are cycle lanes on most streets near the centre, however you will sometimes be sharing the road with other motorists. Though the bus traffic can be daunting, the familiarity of cyclists to local drivers makes cycling safer than it seems at first. The best option is to follow the locals as they know what they are doing. It is illegal for cyclists to run red lights (although many do) and you must use lights at night; local police frequently set up checkpoints and impose fines. Bike parking is available everywhere, but make sure you get a strong lock as bike theft is common. Avoid cable locks as they are cut through frequently, and try to avoid leaving your bike locked in the same place in public for an extended period of time (especially overnight), since unlocked wheels or even the saddle may be stolen.

If you expect your time in Oxford to be spent largely in the city centre, getting around on foot is often just as convenient as by bike due to the high density of pedestrians in the centre. Only if you plan to frequently venture to the outskirts of the city, for example to Summertown, Cowley, or Iffley, does a bike really become worth your while.

By scooter [ edit ]

Since at least 2022, a trial of electric scooters for hire has been running in central Oxford. These can be found at designated points across the city and unlocked using a smartphone app, and provide an inexpensive means of travel if you want to venture a little further out of the city centre. However, they must be used on the roads, which, coupled with the volume of road traffic, can make travelling this way fairly daunting.

By car [ edit ]

Avoid driving in central Oxford. Traffic is heavy, the one-way system is very confusing, the streets are often very narrow with restrictions, and parking is very expensive. Use the park and ride system, or forget the car and come in by public transport. If you have a motorcycle or a scooter, things are a little easier.

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Local urban buses are mostly operated by the Oxford Bus Company (largely in the south and east of the city) and by Stagecoach (largely in the north and west). Fares are expensive and are charged by distance (starting at £1.10 single, £2 return (Oct 2018), pay the driver when boarding: cash or contactless; change is available), but if you plan on making more than two trips in one day, buy an all-day pass (£4.20, Oct 2018) to save money. The main hubs for local buses are the rail station and St Aldates.

Oxford Key [ edit ]

If you are in town a while, there is also a rechargeable smart-card known as the Oxford Key that gives discounted bus fares for a week, month, 13 weeks, or a year. It can take several hours for the Key to be ready once recharged.

  • CityZone [dead link] is the standard Key which allows travel only on Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel buses, the radius covers as far north as most of Kidlington to as far south as Cowley, Kennington, and Blackbird Leys.
  • SmartZone allows the same travel as CityZone including Stagecoach buses (which is very convenient, particularly in rush hour).
  • CityZone Extra extends the CityZone radius to include as far north as Woodstock to as far south as Abingdon.

The Oxford Bus Company have two travel shops where you can top-up or ask questions in-person:

  • 51.7539 -1.2622 1 Gloucester Green Travel Shop , 89 Gloucester Green, OX1 2BU . M–F 8AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 9AM-4PM . You can sign up for an Oxford Key, top it up in-store and purchase tickets for the Airline bus. ( updated Jul 2020 )
  • 51.7541 -1.2573 2 High Street Travel Shop , 44 - 45 High Street, OX1 4AP . 9:30AM-5:30PM . Only provides sightseeing information. ( updated Jul 2020 )

Park and ride [ edit ]


Oxford Bus Company operates several park and ride services for people visiting the city by car, because parking is difficult to find and expensive in the centre.

The purple buses operate from 6AM to 11:30PM on weekdays and Saturdays. Return fares start at £2.80 per adult, and children travel free when accompanied. Parking charges apply at Pear Tree, Redbridge, and Seacourt.

Oxford has 5 park & ride bus stations:

By taxi [ edit ]

Oxford has Black Cabs (Hackney Carriage) which can be flagged down from the street or taken from taxi stands located around the city, and 'minicabs' which must be ordered by phone or app, 001 & Royal Cars are the most popular services. Black Cabs are quite pricey but are convenient for short hops if travelling in a big group. Minicabs are much cheaper for long-distance journeys; the fare should be agreed over the phone when booking or should be bargained with the driver for long distance, however within city the fare is set by meter within every taxi–never get in a minicab without agreeing the price.

Uber is not yet available in Oxford.

See [ edit ]

Visitors to Oxford should definitely visit at least one museum, visit at least one college and – if possible – hear one of the world-class college chapel choirs. A walking tour (see 'Do' below) is a good way of achieving this.

Landmarks [ edit ]

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Colleges [ edit ]

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Many Oxford colleges allow tourists to visit their grounds during certain hours and certain seasons, although some are closed to tourists at all times. During certain times of the year, those that do open their doors generally offer reduced public opening hours or are closed completely to tourists, especially during University terms (approximately October/November, January/February and May/June). This is particularly true in May/June, which is when examinations are taken. It is advisable to visit the college's website before visiting, or to enquire at Oxford's local tourist information office to be certain you are not disappointed.

Each college has a unique history and something interesting to offer in terms of striking architecture or historical notoriety.

Balliol , University , and Merton Colleges each claim to be the 'oldest' in the university, with founding dates in the 13th century, although the exact year may be unclear or contested. They are fine examples of the collegiate Gothic architecture for which Oxford is renowned.

Exeter College on Turl Street is an example of one of Oxford's smaller colleges. Built in 1314, it is also one of the oldest and in its front quad exemplifies collegiate architecture in Oxford. The Victorian neo- Gothic chapel is modelled on the Sainte Chapelle in Paris , and houses 'The Adoration of the Magi', the famous pre-Raphaelite tapestry by William Morris. The Fellows' Garden neighbours the Divinity School and the Bodleian Library and offers one of the best views in Oxford, over Radcliffe Square.

New College on Holywell Street is interesting for being the only college to be built straddling the ancient city wall, which cuts through the center of the grounds.

The Queen's College along High Street, founded in 1341, is renowned for its grand 18th-century Classical style architecture for which is unique among the ancient (medieval) colleges, which have otherwise each been rebuilt or expanded over the years in a largely Gothic or neo-Gothic style. Tourists are not admitted to this college.

All Souls , also along High Street, is famous not only for its striking towers, but also in that it does not accept undergraduate members, but rather elects only two graduate fellows each year based upon their performance in what has been described as the 'hardest exam in the world'.

Finally, two colleges (some of the largest and most famous in Oxford) that have somewhat established themselves as tourist destinations are Magdalen and Christ Church . You're as likely to see a tourist inside as a student, but they do offer regular visiting hours, tourist facilities, meticulously manicured and beautiful grounds, and ticket booths for charging admission fees.

Museums and galleries [ edit ]

Parks, gardens and open spaces [ edit ].

Many of Oxford University's colleges have parks and gardens to walk through that are open to the public.

Do [ edit ]

Walking tours, starting from St Aldates in the city centre, are an excellent way of visiting some of the more famous colleges, such as Christ Church and Merton. Independent general and ghost tours also start nearby in Broad Street. In general, a walking tour lasts about two hours and can cost around £20 plus college admission fees.

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The only Oxford-based Harry Potter walking tour is offered by the Oxford Tourist Information Centre . Like all the non-Oxford-based Potter tours, Duke Humfrey’s Library is not included (only Bodleian Library staff can lead visitors into this hallowed space). Harry Potter Places Book Two—OWLs: Oxford Wizarding Locations guides Potterites through the decision-making process required to enjoy all Oxford Harry Potter sites, including Duke Humfrey’s Library.

Sport and recreation [ edit ]

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  • University Boat Races (usually W-Sa of Week 7 of Hilary Term and W-Sa of Week 5 of Trinity term - check www.ox.ac.uk for term dates) Twice a year, the river is taken over by the inter-college boat races. The races are a great way to experience the Oxford obsession with rowing first-hand. The river is full of people and there is a great atmosphere of college spirit. Races take place south of the city centre on the Isis, between Donnington Bridge and Christ Church Meadows. The best places to watch are either the towpath along the side of the river, or at the bottom of the meadows - both accessible by foot from the centre (about 10-15 minutes). Word of warning however for those watching along the towpath, the towpath is likely to be swarming with marshals and bike riders while the crews are racing. The towpath does however offer the best vantage points, particularly for the bumps races where crews will often 'bump out' halfway along the course. Most college boathouses will also be serving food and drink throughout the week of racing. Races take place 11AM-6PM, with the better boats racing later in the day.
  • 51.751414 -1.246342 2 Oxford Punting , Magdalen Bridge Boathouse, High St, OX1 4AU , ☏ +44 1865 202643 , [email protected] .  
  • 51.746084 -1.256175 3 Salter's , Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4LA , ☏ +44 1865 243421 .  
  • 51.768116 -1.257267 4 Cherwell Boathouse , Bardwell Rd, OX2 6ST , ☏ +44 1865 552746 .  
  • In the summer, check out the nesting swifts (birds) at the Oxford Museum of Natural History [dead link] . These elegant little birds have been nesting in ventilation flues in the tower of the University Museum for many years, providing a wonderful opportunity for scientists. Visitors to the museum between May and August can watch live pictures from three of the nests in the tower on a television monitor.

Stage and screen [ edit ]

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Oxford has four city-centre cinemas, screening mainstream (Odeon) and art films (Ultimate Picture Palace, Phoenix Picturehouse). The latter sometimes has showings at 11:30PM for night owls.

  • 51.7537 -1.261398 5 Odeon (Gloucester Green) , George St, OX1 2BL , ☏ +44 333 0067777 . Largest cinema in the Oxford city centre.  
  • 51.760275 -1.266421 6 Phoenix Picturehouse , 57-58 Walton St, Jericho, OX2 6AE , ☏ +44 871 9025736 . Vibrant independent cinema with an assortment of viewings available.  
  • 51.717473 -1.211804 8 Vue , Ozone Leisure Park, Grenoble Rd, OX4 4XP , ☏ +44 871 2240240 . Large mainstream cinema located just opposite the Kassam Stadium.  

Oxford also hosts a number of London productions on tour, as well as playing host to a large number of student productions each year. Oxford has a lively student-drama scene. The following theatres put on amateur student productions during term-time, which are often very good value for money:

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  • 51.754515 -1.261223 9 Burton Taylor Theatre , 11 Beaumont St, OX1 2LW , ☏ +44 1865 305350 . M-Sa 8AM-1:30PM . Tickets sold at the Box Office of the Oxford Playhouse (see above)  
  • 51.753493 -1.262213 10 Old Fire Station Theatre (OFS) , 40 George St, OX1 2AQ , ☏ +44 1865 263980 . Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM . Charity-run culture hub showcasing contemporary UK and local art, drama and music. Also has a café.  
  • Oxford Show Details . Aggregation website that highlights shows worth seeing in Oxford.  

Concerts [ edit ]

Learn [ edit ].

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Most lectures are only open to members of the University of Oxford; however, a variety of public talks and lectures are organised throughout the year.

It is also possible for members of the public to attend residential summer schools within the university, such as with Oxford Royale Academy or Lite Regal Education . The university's Department of Continuing Education also runs a series of short courses on various subjects.

As well as the obvious world-famous university, those wishing to study in Oxford may wish to enter at Oxford Brookes , an entirely separate institution.

Buy [ edit ]

A large number of shops in the city centre specialise in selling the ubiquitous Oxford University range of souvenirs. One is official, the others less so, but all do a roaring trade in T-shirts, sweaters, calendars and paraphernalia:

  • 51.752345 -1.256559 4 University of Oxford Shop , Oriel College, 106 High St, OX1 4BW , ☏ +44 1865 247414 , fax : +44 1865 724379 . M-Sa 9AM-5:30PM . The official outlet for university souvenirs and gifts. (Bank Holidays and Sundays in June 11AM–4PM, Sundays in July and August 11AM–5PM.)  

Larger stores selling apparel, electronics and furniture can be found in Oxford's retail parks at the Botley/Seacourt area:

  • 51.752068 -1.286602 5 Botley Retail Park , Botley Rd, OX2 0HA . Has a Currys/PC World, Argos, Pets at Home, Hobbycraft and other large stores. ( updated Sep 2018 )
  • 51.754054 -1.294992 6 Seacourt Tower Retail Park , OX2 0FB . Has a Sports Direct, Homebase, Dreams and Decathlon. ( updated Sep 2018 )

Books [ edit ]

Unsurprisingly for a university city, Oxford is noted for antiquarian, specialist and new books.

  • 51.754582 -1.25768 7 Blackwell's Books , 48–51 Broad Street ( opposite the Sheldonian Theatre ), ☏ +44 1865 792792 , [email protected] . Founded in 1879, Blackwell's main Oxford shop is a veritable tourist attraction in itself, the vast 10,000-square-foot Norrington Room excavated beneath Trinity College Gardens laying claim to being the largest space dedicated to book sales in Europe. Another 9 speciality branches of this Oxford institution dot the city.  
  • 51.753057 -1.26283 8 Oxford University Press Bookshop , 116 High Street , ☏ +44 1865 242913 , fax : +44 1865 241701 , [email protected] . Stocks a wide variety of books published by Oxford University Press.  
  • 51.75409 -1.260772 9 Waterstones , William Baker House, Broad St , ☏ +44 1865 790212 , [email protected] . Situated in the grade II listed William Baker House is one of the largest branches of Britain's dominant bookshops. The bookshop houses many different works both academic and leisurely catering to many tastes and preferences. There is also a café making it perfect for meeting friends or taking a break.  

Eat [ edit ]

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Budget [ edit ]

  • 51.7529 -1.2567 1 Alpha Bar , 89 Covered Market, Avenue 3 , ☏ +44 1865 250499 . 9AM–5PM(ish) . One of the healthier options inside the Covered Market, Alpha Bar serves up organic, fair-trade food. Sandwiches are reasonably priced, at around £3.50, and you can choose from their many interesting fillings, including baked tofu, seaweed and roasted vegetables. Their salads are priced by the pound and you can fill your recyclable container with good-for-you grains. A favourite among students for lunch, but make sure you get there early — they tend to run out of the more popular ingredients by around 3:30PM. ( updated Jan 2021 )
  • 51.755068 -1.251836 2 The Alternative Tuck Shop , 24 Holywell Street, OX1 3SB , ☏ +44 1865 792054 . M-F 8:15AM-6PM . One of the best sandwich shops in Oxford. Cheap, lightning-fast service, high-quality food. Offers a great selection of sandwiches (warm and cold), panini, pasties and cakes. Friendly and efficient staff. Queues during term time are longest in the lunch rush 12-2pm, but don't be put off by this. Minimum £5 spend when paying by card.  
  • 51.752432 -1.256404 3 Ben's Cookies , 108-109 Covered Market, OX1 3DZ , ☏ +44 1865 247407 . M-Sa 9:15AM-5:30PM; Su 10AM-4PM . Great little shop right in the centre of Oxford, and much better quality than some of the other, over-priced coffee shops. Also notable for being the first store in what would later become an international chain. Popular with Oxford University students!  
  • 51.752853 -1.256749 4 Brothers and Georgina’s , Covered Market, OX1 3DY , ☏ +44 1865 249527 . M–F 8:30AM–5PM . Georgina’s is tucked away on the upper floor of the Covered Market, and this small café has a fairly groovy, hippy-ish décor and atmosphere. You’ll pay more for your sandwiches and wraps here than you would at other places, but portions are huge and, for the most part, healthy. An exception to the latter is their loaded potato skins, which are slightly spiced and come with a heaping of sour cream. Delicious! £ .  
  • 51.752465 -1.26814 5 Dosa Park , 25 Park End St, OX1 1HU ( next to the train station ), ☏ +44 1865 791197 . M-Sa 11AM-10:30PM, Su noon-10PM . Tiny South Indian restaurant/café/takeaway next to City Centre bus stands and train station, whose appearance belies its quality — some of the most mouth-watering authentic South Indian food out there, and dirt cheap too! Well worth a stop if travelling through Oxford Station and needing a snack or meal. £ .  

Mid-range [ edit ]

Café [ edit ].

  • 51.750544 -1.257007 7 G&D’s (George and Danver) , 94 St. Aldates, OX1 1BT , ☏ +44 1865 245952 . 8AM–midnight . £ . ( updated May 2023 )
  • 51.748374 -1.239233 8 G&D’s (George and Delila) , 104 Cowley Road, OX4 1JE , ☏ +44 1865 727111 . 8AM–midnight . £ . ( updated May 2023 )
  • 51.752382 -1.250416 9 The Grand Cafe , 84 High Street, OX1 4BG , ☏ +44 1865 204463 . 9AM – 8PM . Lunch options include Waldorf salads, oak smoked salmon and varied sandwiches, but the real draw here is the afternoon tea. For £16.50 you get a couple of sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, handmade chocolate truffles, tea or coffee and a glass of champagne. True extravagance! ££ .  

American [ edit ]

  • 51.753555 -1.260584 10 [dead link] Byron's , 33 -35 George Street, OX1 2AY , ☏ +44 1865 792155 . Part of a chain. An upmarket diner experience offering burgers, fries and milkshakes. Recommended to try are the "hard shakes" which add a shot of liquor (such as rum or Bailey's) to any milkshake. ( updated Nov 2017 )

Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indochinese [ edit ]

  • 51.753742 -1.26121 11 Angrid Thai , Threeways House, 36 George St, OX1 2BJ ( Opposite the Odeon cinema in Gloucester Green. ), ☏ +44 1865 791898 . 11:30AM-11PM . An inexpensive Thai fast-food establishment right in the centre of Oxford that offers great value dishes and a casual atmosphere. Recommended to try are the panang curries and the prawn crackers with a helping of sweet chilli sauce. A 15% student discount is available.  
  • 51.780463 -1.266469 12 New Dancing Dragon , 283 Banbury Rd, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JF , ☏ +44 1865 554475 . Contemporary restaurant specialising in primarily Cantonese cuisine, but has other Asian dishes too. Located on the site of former cheap buffet restaurant Dancing Dragon. ( updated Sep 2016 )
  • 51.748392 -1.239495 13 Taberu , 100 Cowley Rd, OX4 1JE ( west end of the Cowley Road opposite Big Society and the church ), ☏ +44 1865 434100 . M-Th noon-3PM, 5:30PM-10:30PM; F-Su noon-10:30PM . Authentic Japanese restaurant with a superb atmosphere and menu to boot. Start your meal with some delicious takoyaki, a snack dish originating from Osaka that involves frying octopus in dough and garnishing with sauces. Enjoy traditionally made sushi or go for katsu curry or a bento dish instead. While alongside having a sake beer or instead a Ramune which is a Japanese-made soft drink.  
  • 51.753707 -1.260857 14 Thaikun , 36 George St, OX1 2BJ , ☏ +44 1865 591960 . noon-10:30PM . An extensively decorated Thai restaurant in the centre of town. ( updated Nov 2017 )

Indian, Nepalese, Bangladeshi [ edit ]

  • 51.746129 -1.231861 15 Kadai & Naan , 209 Cowley Rd, OX4 1XF , ☏ +44 1865 241493 . Restaurant specialising in primarily Nepalese cuisine but also offers Indian dishes too. The Nepalese food here is strong and bursting with flavour particularly the rum-rum chicken. Also recommended are the momo dumplings, served with a delicious spicy tomato chutney they both compliment the meal or serve as an excellent appetiser.  
  • 51.748364 -1.239036 16 Majliss , 110 Cowley Rd, OX4 1JE , ☏ +44 1865 726728 . Su-Th noon-2:30PM, 5:30-11:30PM; F Sa noon-2:30PM, 5:30PM-midnight . Contemporary designed authentic restaurant specialising primarily in Indian cuisine but also caters to other Asian delicacies. Food is delicious regardless of the diner's spice preference and the service is excellent. ££ .  
  • 51.775908 -1.264538 17 Spice Lounge , 193 Banbury Rd, OX2 7AR , ☏ +44 1865 510071 . Oxford Spice Lounge has a delicious Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine with a very friendly staff. They offer a lunchtime buffet on Sundays from noon to 3PM. At the Spice Lounge the emphasis is on organic and creative dishes. Ethnic recipes are used to provide a diverse, unusual menu, while focusing on healthy eating.  

Italian [ edit ]

  • 51.748351 -1.238314 18 Pizzeria Trattoria Mario , 103 Cowley Rd, OX4 1HU , ☏ +44 1865 722955 . M-Sa 6-11PM, Su 6-10:30PM . Rustic Italian restaurant with typical cuisine. Offers a selection of pizzas, pastas and a specials menu. Has plenty of vegetarian dishes and some vegan dishes as well.  
  • 51.748949 -1.262302 19 Pilgrims Pizza , Westgate Centre Roof Terrace RU12, OX1 1PG , ☏ +44 1865 808030 . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM, Su noon-9:30PM . Very good pizza with in a relaxed atmosphere. The place has several arcade games set up to keep busy while the pizza is being prepared. £8.50-12 . ( updated Mar 2019 )

Mexican [ edit ]

  • 51.754155 -1.262118 20 El Mexicana , 92 Gloucester Green, OX1 2BU , ☏ +44 1865 251253 . 11AM-9PM . ( updated Nov 2017 )
  • 51.753523 -1.259131 21 The Mission (St Michael’s Street) , 8 St Michael’s Street, OX1 2DU ( off Cornmarket ), ☏ +44 1865 202016 , [email protected] . Su-W 11AM-10PM, Th-Sa 11AM-11PM .  
  • 51.752091 -1.254743 22 The Mission (King Edward St) , 2 King Edward Street, OX1 4HS ( off High St. ), ☏ +44 1865 722020 , [email protected] . The King Edward St. location of the Mission chain. Delicious burritos at a low price.  

Other [ edit ]

  • 51.758545 -1.261907 23 Wilding , 11-12 Little Clarendon St, OX1 2HP , ☏ +44 1865 985630 . Open daily 10AM-11PM . Opened in 2021, is a wine shop-cum-restaurant on Little Clarendon St. ( updated Feb 2022 )

Splurge [ edit ]

  • 51.760889 -1.267534 24 Brasserie Blanc , 71-72 Walton Street, OX2 6AG , ☏ +44 1865 510999 . 11AM – 11PM . Raymond Blanc’s French brasserie is intimate and full of charm. Considering the quality of the food, prices are extremely reasonable – a rack of lamb, potatoes and cabbage will set you back £17.50, and for vegetarians the grilled Crottin goats’ cheese and beetroot tart is an exquisite choice. A great place for a date or to bring your mother.  
  • 51.764322 -1.261003 25 Gees Restaurant ( Gees ), 61 Banbury Rd, OX2 6PE , ☏ +44 1865 553540 . Gee's is an Oxford restaurant serving traditional British food with an emphasis on seasonal food, simple, good cooking and value for money  
  • 51.7525 -1.2531 26 Quod Brasserie , 92–94 High Street , ☏ +44 1865 202505 . Quod Brasserie & Bar on the famous High Street in Oxford, with its terrace and bar forms the hub of the Old Bank Hotel ( updated Jan 2021 )
  • 51.755 -1.2594 27 The Randolph Hotel , ☏ +44 1865 791678 . Afternoon tea at the Randolph is world-renowned, but a sit-down dinner in the beautiful dining room is an experience. Mains include roast loin of Highland venison, served with chestnuts and sprouts at £26.50, and fillet of wild seabass, fennel puree and langoustine sauce at £25.50. Their cheese trolley is an indulgent way to end the meal. £££ . ( updated Jan 2021 )

Drink [ edit ]

Coffee shops and cafés [ edit ].

  • 51.764694 -1.261263 1 Brew Coffee Shop , 75B Banbury Rd, OX2 6PE . M-F 7:30AM-6PM; Sa Su 8:30AM-5:30PM . Serving up some of Oxford's best coffee in all its forms from espresso, to pourover. Brew also stocks coffee to buy from all over the world as well as everything you need to make the perfect cup at home. Run by friendly coffee experts and frequented by locals and students who enjoy its intimate atmosphere, delicious treats and excellent caffeinated beverages!  
  • 51.753195 -1.25625 2 The Missing Bean , 14 Turl Street, OX1 3DQ ( only 1 minute's walk from the main quadrangle of the Bodleian ). 8AM–6:30PM . Hidden halfway down Turl Street is this little gem of a coffee shop; it only opened in October but already has a reputation for the best coffee in Oxford. Laid-back atmosphere & friendly staff. Ask for the famous flat white!  
  • 51.74884 -1.240726 3 Quarter Horse , 76 Cowley Road, OX4 1JB ( over the Magdalen Bridge, through the roundabout and a short walk up Cowley Road ), ☏ +44 1865 248808 . Venture over the Magdalen Bridge to the delights of East Oxford and take a break at Quarter Horse, another of Oxford's serious coffee ventures. They offer delicious, expertly crafted cups of coffee, some cold drinks and delicious baked goods and sandwiches. The Banana Bread is a must if you have a sweet tooth!  
  • 51.753265 -1.260421 4 The Handle Bar Cafe and Kitchen ( Zappi's Bike Cafe ), 26-32 St Michaels Street, OX1 2EB ( inside above Bike Zone ), ☏ +44 7964 241212 . M-Sa 8AM-11PM; Su 10:30AM-6PM . Need to recharge after some hectic sightseeing in Oxford? Then Zappi's is the place to go for a fantastic cup of coffee or a simple lunch or snack. Located in the middle of town just off Cornmarket Street.  
  • 51.758148 -1.26306 5 The Natural Bread Company , 29 Little Clarendon Street, Jericho, OX1 2HU ( a short walk from the centre of town, in 'Jericho' ), ☏ +44 1865 302996 , [email protected] . M-Sa 7:30AM-5PM; Su 9AM-4PM . Just north of the city centre on Little Clarendon Street, the Natural Bread Company offers a fantastic coffee as well as its famous cakes and sourdough bread. Perfect for a quiet break away from the standard tourist trail. ( updated Feb 2017 )
  • 51.751721 -1.259411 6 Costa Coffee , 29 Queen St, OX1 1ER . Costa Coffee has been named best chain coffee shop in UK, friendly staff & wide range of hot & cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes. ( updated Feb 2017 ) ,

Pubs and bars [ edit ]

Oxford has many old pubs, as well as newer nightclubs.

Traditional pubs & inns [ edit ]

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Oxford has a lot of traditional pubs and inns. While some are modern, many are hundreds of years old and are notable enough to have their own Wikipedia page.

  • 51.750279 -1.242596 7 Angel and Greyhound , 30 St Clement's St, OX4 1AB . Popular with Friday evening after-work crowd, letting their hair down. In quieter moments good for board games. Food is average.  
  • 51.744406 -1.240044 10 The Fir Tree , 163 Iffley Rd, OX4 1EJ ( on the corner of Bullingdon Road and Iffley Road ), ☏ +44 1865 245290 . Good beer, open till 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays, friendly atmosphere.  
  • 51.762696 -1.266618 11 The Gardener's Arms , 39 Plantation Road, OX2 6JE , ☏ +44 1865 559814 , [email protected] . Very pretty with a beer garden, and an excellent all-vegetarian menu with vegan dishes offered as well.  
  • 51.75033 -1.243562 12 Half Moon , 17-18 St Clement's St, OX4 1AB . Ignore the plastic faux-Irish outlets in the city centre and head out along the High St and over Magdalen Bridge and enjoy the relaxed vibe in this small, friendly pub.  
  • 51.746799 -1.256226 13 Head of the River , St Aldate's, 40 Pembroke Square, OX1 4LB ( follow St Aldate's down past Christ Church college until you reach the river (the pub's on the far bank) ), ☏ +44 1865 721600 . M-Sa 11AM-11PM; Su noon-10:30PM . Perfectly located, right on the Thames. This place buzzes on summer evenings, when the large garden gets extremely busy. Food is mediocre.  
  • 51.749998 -1.242761 16 The Old Black Horse , 102 St Clement's St, OX4 1AB ( opposite the Angel and Greyhound ), ☏ +44 1865 244691 . Quaint little pub used formerly as a coaching inn from the 17th century, still offers lodgings to those who need them to this day. Serves sub-zero Carling and often shows live football on an adequately sized TV. Sometimes there is the odd round of chess played among patrons too.  
  • 51.758447 -1.269754 17 The Old Bookbinders' Arms , 17-18 Victor St, OX2 6BT ( go down Great Clarendon Street, turn right into Canal Street ), ☏ +44 1865 553549 , [email protected] . Hidden in the back streets of Jericho. Has eccentric decorations, but friendly and with lots of beers. Bookings to made by telephone only.  
  • 51.750739 -1.261555 18 Royal Blenheim , 13 St Ebbes St, OX1 1PT , ☏ +44 1865 242355 . Quirky, friendly place with good beer and food. Check out the Chuck Norris quotes in the gents.  
  • 51.760687 -1.261736 19 The Royal Oak , 42-44 Woodstock Road, OX2 6HT ( opposite the Radcliffe Infirmary ), ☏ +44 1865 310187 . Graduate and North Oxford local pub, offering Schneider Weiße from Germany. Popular with scientists and doctors working in the area.  
  • 51.755 -1.254444 20 St. Aldates Tavern , 108 St Aldates, OX1 1BU ( located on the former Hobgoblin site ), ☏ +44 1865 242369 . Su-Th 11AM-11PM; F Sa 11AM-midnight . Small and traditional Victorian tavern but with adequate seating, with drinks varying in price depending on how early you get there.  

Cocktail bars [ edit ]

Oxford has a few cocktail bars. Most are in the Jericho area or on the Cowley Road.

  • 51.747184 -1.236037 22 The Cowley Retreat , 172 Cowley Road, OX4 1UE ( located on the former Hobgoblin site ), ☏ +44 1865 247878 . Lively student pub with a decent cocktail selection. Staff are friendly until 11PM, at which point you'll be rudely kicked out.  
  • 51.758693 -1.261556 23 The Duke of Cambridge , 4 Little Clarendon St, Jericho, Oxford, OX1 2HP , ☏ +44 1865 558173 , [email protected] . Fashionable for young students wanting great cocktails with some cheeky bar staff. Swisher than you might expect.  
  • 51.757966 -1.263676 25 LJ's (Love Jericho) , 30 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford, OX2 6AA ( on the old site of Sweet Browns and adjacent to Raoul's ), ☏ +44 1865 424631 . M-Sa 4:30PM-1AM . Cocktail bar with a great atmosphere and vibrant menu. There is a variety of flavours to be chosen from, ranging from sweet to spicy. Patrons consider the place to be trendy and also has a happy hour.  
  • 51.758051 -1.263741 26 Raoul's , 32 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford, OX2 6AA ( adjacent to LJ's (Love Jericho) ), ☏ +44 1865 553732 , [email protected] . Su-Tu 4PM-midnight; M-Sa 4PM-1AM . A trendy and upmarket cocktail bar with a strange and rather futuristic interior design. Often very busy at weekends.  

Gastropubs [ edit ]

Oxford has a few gastropubs, often with clean modernist decor and a large emphasis on food.

  • 51.748584 -1.239412 27 Big Society , 95 Cowley Rd, OX4 1HR , ☏ +44 1865 792755 . Noon-midnight . A modern bar with minimalistic decor and an emphasis on murals. Serves a US-inspired diner menu complete with burgers, fries and milkshakes (along with excellent Southern-fried chicken). Has free Wi-Fi with a password that rotates on a daily basis and plenty of entertainment activities including pool, table tennis and an upright arcade machine with a plethora of classic titles.  
  • 51.764185 -1.210724 28 The Black Boy , 91 Old High St, Headington, OX3 9HT , ☏ +44 1865 741137 . Headington gastropub named after a racehorse, hence its unusual name. Apparently has a nine year award winning streak. ( updated Nov 2017 )
  • 51.777636 -1.264524 29 The Dew Drop Inn , 258 Banbury Rd, Summertown, OX2 7DX , ☏ +44 1865 559372 . Summertown's own pub is now a gastropub. The menu is a bit expensive, though recommended is the Bloody Mary station that allows customers to add their own amounts of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce. ( updated Nov 2017 )
  • 51.783604 -1.293515 30 Jacobs' Inn , 130 Godstow Rd, Wolvercote, OX2 8PG , ☏ +44 1865 514333 . Tucked away in the affluent village of Wolvercote lies the Jacobs' Inn. ( updated Dec 2017 )
  • 51.747357 -1.235928 32 The Bullingdon , 162 Cowley Rd, OX4 1UE , ☏ +44 1865 434998 . Lively and unpretentious with a mixed clientele. Live music and club nights in the back room. Jazz club on Tuesday nights. Blues on Monday nights.  

Nightclubs [ edit ]

Certain weeknights are student-only at some clubs, so you should probably check before going.

  • 51.75327 -1.266006 33 The Bridge , 6-9 Hythe Bridge St, OX1 2EW , ☏ +44 1865 242526 . Nightclub frequented by students. Two floors — R&B on one, dance on the other. Plenty of acceptable seating, long bars and quite importantly clean bathroom facilities! Drinks can be a bit pricey: bottled beer £3 (no draught), double vodka coke £2.70, entry £4–£5. VIP room.  
  • 51.752684 -1.265611 34 [dead link] Atik ( previously 'LavaIgnite' ), Cantay House, Park End St, OX1 1JD , ☏ +44 1865 250181 . M–W 9PM–2AM; Th–Sa 9:30PM–3AM . Nightclub frequented by students and locals. Come here to drink heavily and dance to uninspired pop tunes. £1-5 cover, £3 pints, £3 mixed drinks (some nightly drink specials). Monday is Brookes student night, Wednesday is OUSU student night (many bottled drinks £1.50). Student ID required for both.  
  • 51.752324 -1.257008 35 The Varsity Club , 9 High St, OX1 4DB , ☏ +44 1865 248777 . Su-Th noon-midnight; F Sa noon-3AM . ( updated Dec 2016 )
  • 51.753021 -1.25921 36 Plush , Frewin Court, OX1 3HZ , ☏ +44 1865 247966 . 6PM-3:30AM . Colourful LGBT bar and nightclub located in one of the old Oxford University coal cellars. ( updated Nov 2022 )
  • 51.746955 -1.234578 37 O2 Academy Oxford ( previously Carling Academy and The Zodiac' ), 190 Cowley Rd, OX4 1UE , ☏ +44 1865 813500 . Live music venue and stop-off for many a band's UK tour, turned nightclub after hours.  
  • 51.752844 -1.26534 38 Thirst , 7-8 Park End St, OX1 1HH , ☏ +44 1865 242044 , [email protected] . M–W 6:30PM–2AM; Su 6:30PM–1:30AM . A small nightclub with a cocktail bar - drinks from £1.75. Also has an extensive outdoor smoking area with a bar and shisha.  

Sleep [ edit ]

Oxford has a large number of B&Bs and guesthouses, located both centrally and in the suburbs. Check the website of the Oxford Association of Hotels and Guesthouses [dead link] to get some ideas of available options.

Most hotels in the city centre are pretty expensive, and you pay almost London prices. Book in advance if you are travelling in summer: accommodation can be scarce during high season. The tourist information office in the city centre can help find available accommodation for a small fee.

For visitors of Oxford University, low cost residency may be available in St Edmund Hall .

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Travelodge and Premier Inn have budget hotels on the outskirts of Oxford, although one will need to take a 20-minute (or more) bus ride to get to the centre.

  • 51.79451 -1.282815 2 Travelodge (Pear Tree) , Moto Service Area, Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Road, OX2 8JZ , ☏ +44 8719 846206 . Premier Inn and next to the Pear Tree Park & Ride making it a great place to stay on a budget. From £49 per night .  
  • 51.731278 -1.248997 3 Travelodge (Abingdon Road) , Abingdon Road, OX1 4XG , ☏ +44 8715 591877 . On the bottom of the Abingdon Road - 1.6 miles (2.6 km) away from Oxford city centre. It's next to Redbridge Park & Ride, making getting into the city centre convenient. From £57 per night .  
  • 51.741938 -1.115605 4 Travelodge (Wheatley) , Harvester A40, London Road, Wheatley, OX33 1JH , ☏ +44 8719 846207 . ( updated Nov 2016 )
  • 51.731049 -1.202971 5 Premier Inn (Oxford) , Oxford Business Park, Garsington Road, OX4 2JT , ☏ +44 8715 595454 . Another budget hotel. From £49 per night . ( updated Feb 2017 )
  • 51.71552 -1.206374 6 Holiday Inn Express , Kassam Stadium Grenoble Rd, Oxford, OX4 4XP , ☏ +44 1865 780888 , [email protected] . Check-in: 3PM , check-out: noon . A modern hotel next to Kassam Stadium with free parking, free WiFi, inclusive breakfast and easy access to Oxford city centre, hotel is less than 5 miles (8 km) from central Oxford's bus and railway stations. £56 per night . ( updated Feb 2017 )

Alternatives in the centre include:

  • 51.752685 -1.271601 7 YHA Oxford , 2a Botley Road, OX2 0AB , ☏ 0870 770 5970 (high cost number), +44 1865 727275 (outside UK) , fax : +44 1865 251182 , [email protected] . Housed in newish, purpose-built building next to the railway station and minutes from the city centre, prices from £20.50 adult, £15.50 under 18s. Prices are a bit steep, and unfortunately no longer include breakfast. Location is convenient although avoid getting a room facing the train station as the sound of passing trains and station PA announcements can become annoying after a while.  
  • 51.752855 -1.265745 8 Central Backpackers Hostel , 13 Park End Street, OX1 1HH , ☏ +44 1865 242288 . Close to the city centre. Clean and airy. Make sure to grab a pair of the free earplugs they hand out at the reception, though, as the bar crowd on the street can get noisy at night. From £14 . ( updated Sep 2019 )
  • 51.753227 -1.266159 9 Oxford Backpackers , 9a Hythe Bridge Street, OX1 2EW , ☏ +44 1865 721761 , fax : +44 1865 203293 , [email protected] . Cheap and a little dingy. 2-min walk the rail and bus stations. Dorm beds from £13.  
  • 51.753643 -1.260366 10 Victoria House Hotel , 29 George St, OX1 2AY , ☏ +44 1865 727400 . Popular 3-star hotel in the heart of Oxford on George Street. From £71 a night .  
  • 51.758821 -1.216242 11 Dial House Guest House , 25 London Rd, Headington, OX3 7RE , ☏ +44 1865 425100 . Bed and breakfast from £91 .  
  • 51.7876 -1.2836 12 Leonardo Hotel ( formerly Jury's Inn ), Godstow Rd OX2 8AL , ☏ +44 1865 489988 . Located near the Wolvercote Roundabout with plenty of amenities nearby and easy access to the number 6 bus to the city centre. This 4-star hotel offers decent accommodation along with pool & spa facilities. From £125 per night .  
  • 51.784627 -1.269079 13 Remont Boutique B&B Oxford Hotel , 367 Banbury Road, OX2 7PL , ☏ +44 1865 311020 , [email protected] .  
  • Tower House , 15 Ship St OX1 3DA ( one block west of Bodleian ), ☏ +44 7402 008003 . Comfy little B&B, only one shared bathroom and rooms are small, but great value for this location. B&B double £120 .  
  • Oxford University Rooms . Some of the colleges rent out rooms out of term time, providing a B&B-like experience. ( updated Dec 2016 )
  • 51.775211 -1.263813 14 [dead link] The Galaxie Hotel 4-Star B&B Summertown , 180 Banbury Road, OX2 7BT , ☏ +44 1865 515688 .  
  • 51.782519 -1.267083 15 Burlington House Hotel , 374 Banbury Road, OX2 7PP . £157 .  
  • 51.744688 -1.258857 16 Ethos Hotel , 59 Western Road, Grandpont, OX1 4LF , ☏ +44 1865 245800 . £130 .  
  • 51.752932 -1.267165 17 Royal Oxford Hotel , Park End Street, OX1 1HR ( near the Saïd Business School ), ☏ +44 1865 248432 . Three-star hotel on the west-side of town. It has its own restaurant Jam Factory , and the city's first Korean restaurant called Bamboo .  
  • 51.770276 -1.259569 18 Linton Lodge , 11-13 Linton Rd, OX2 6UJ , ☏ +44 1865 553461 , [email protected] . Mid-sized hotel in a quiet side street of Banbury Road, 5 min from a bus stop and ca. 15 min from the University Engineering Faculty. Full Continental breakfast, garden, lounge, and well equipped rooms with bath tub and comfortable beds. No air conditioning. Express checkout available. Wifi is free, submit random name and room number on the landing page and click "Connect". £94 . ( updated Mar 2019 )
  • 51.835 -1.27 19 The Bell at Hampton Poyle , 11 Oxford Rd, Hampton Poyle, Kidlington OX5 2QD , ☏ +44 1865 376242 . Country pub of character with nine rooms and great cooking. B&B double £130 . ( updated Jul 2020 )
  • 51.751549 -1.262517 21 Malmaison Oxford Prison Hotel , Oxford Castle, 3 New Rd, OX1 1AY , ☏ +44 1865 689944 . Set in the old prison, this modern quirky 4-star hotel also allows pets!  
  • 51.75948 -1.260317 23 The Old Parsonage Hotel , 1 Banbury Rd, OX2 6NN , ☏ +44 1865 310210 . Small, modern luxury hotel in Oxford 5 minutes from the city centre.  
  • 51.740494 -1.25168 25 Oxford Spires Hotel , Abingdon Road , ☏ +44 1865 324324 , fax : +44 1865 324325 , [email protected] . Check-in: 3PM , check-out: 11AM . Close to the city centre but set in a large garden area. There's an indoor pool and spa treatments are available. £79-£229 .  
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Stay safe [ edit ]

Although Oxford is an affluent university city and is generally very safe, as with any city care should be taken with personal belongings and surroundings.

Street crime in the centre of the city, with the exception of bicycle theft, is low, though proper precautions as would be followed in any other city should be taken. Avoid getting caught up in drunken revelry or street fights, and, remember, traffic is on the left (so look both ways). Oxford has a lot of student cyclists, especially during term time (January, February, April, May, October, and November), making hearing alone insufficient for checking whether a road is clear.

Though having seen improvement following local government investment, the suburb of Blackbird Leys on the southern outskirts of the city ranks amongst the 10% most deprived areas in the country, and has a higher rate of crime than one might expect in Oxford. Visitors are, however, unlikely to visit this area of the city other than on football matchdays.

Oxford has a relatively high rate of not only street performers but also beggars (though still a low number of the latter by international standards). Police advise not handing over money to those who expressly ask for it unless threatened.

Police stations [ edit ]

For emergencies , dial 999 or 112 . For non-emergency situations use 101 . 101 is a charged call.

  • 51.748166 -1.256285 3 Police Station (St Aldates) , St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1SZ , ☏ +44 1865 841148 . 8AM-10PM . Parking is for disabled badge holders only and fines are hefty.  
  • 51.734451 -1.213764 4 Police Station (Cowley) , Oxford Rd, OX4 2LE .  
  • 51.813245 -1.278598 5 Police Station (Kidlington) , Oxford Rd, Kidlington, OX5 2NX . M-F 8AM-5PM . Free parking available, closed on bank holidays.  

LGBT scene [ edit ]

Oxford has a small gay scene and a gay area, which is accepting and friendly. The city's LGBT population is not as high as in places like Manchester, Brighton, London, Blackpool; but it is a safe and comfortable feeling for gay visitors. The Plush Lounge , Frewin Court, is the most popular gay nightclub in the city, busy on Friday & Saturday nights, though visitors should be aware that it is largely the haunt of undergrads during the Autumn months.

Stay healthy [ edit ]

In a life-threatening medical emergency, dial 999 or 112 . For urgent, but not life-threatening emergency issues it is recommended to call 111 and ask for assistance.

Hospitals and clinics [ edit ]

Although there are many hospitals in clinics in Oxford, the following are most likely to be of use to the sickly traveller.

  • 51.764268 -1.219434 6 John Radcliffe Hospital ( JR Hospital ), Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU , ☏ +44 300 3047777 . The largest hospital in Oxford, used for most illnesses. Has an Accident & Emergency department for severe injuries.  
  • 51.750135 -1.213861 7 Churchill Hospital , Old Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LE , ☏ +44 300 3047777 .  

Connect [ edit ]

Oxford itself has a reasonably good mobile signal available on all carriers including Vodafone, O2, EE and Three.

Oxford's own public library has free internet available. It has moved to the Oxford Castle temporarily due to the construction of the new Westgate Shopping Centre.

The hostels near the train station all provide the Internet to residents.

There are also internet cafes in the city. One to try is located above the baguette (sandwich) shop on the far south end of New Inn Hall Street (the little lane running perpendicular to George Street, right across from Gloucester Green bus station and immediately parallel to Cornmarket Street). They also offer international telephone calls, international fax, and printing.

  • 51.7521 -1.2599 15 La Baguette , New Inn Hall St, OX1 2DW . Sandwich shop with a whole internet cafe setup upstairs. Computers run Windows. ( updated Nov 2017 )

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  • 51.8986 -1.1508 2 Bicester . 10 mi (16 km) north of Oxford, a nice little town famous for its outlet shopping centre Bicester Village.  
  • 51.75187 -1.09053 1 Waterperry Garden . Near Thame , A lovely wander through manicured gardens.  

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You will be leading on the delivery of some key aspects of the NDA group sustainability strategy (e.g. the NDA group approach to climate resilience).


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Lead the Sustainability Next Generation across the NDA group, with a keen eye on impact and prioritisation of activities that drives a culture of sustainability leadership

  • Lead and coordinate the approach to climate resilience for the NDA and NDA group in line with growing requirements from government, regulators as well as society
  • Provide timely support to the Chief Sustainability Officer and Sustainability Manager
  • Ensure the smooth organisation of internal and external meetings and events
  • Develop, plan and support the delivery of annual sustainability targets in an often-complex environment
  • Thought leadership in specialist areas
  • Undertaking general administration tasks within the Sustainability team
  • Using technical knowledge to influence behaviour change and support our people

Internal and external engagement; Communications

  • Empower colleagues and senior leaders at events, workshops and other meetings to live and breathe the Sustainability vision, strategy and NDA mission, values and behaviours
  • Use and further develop communication tools to engage with colleagues, noting different locations and virtual considerations
  • Support internal awareness raising of the sustainability agenda
  • Developing, running, and analysing the success of internal campaigns that support the growth of the sustainability agenda
  • Being an ambassador for the NDA and the wider industry, at external events; including conferences, university lectures, and other industry meetings
  • Engaging with external organisations to strengthen the organisation’s position
  • Own and lead a vibrant and enriching debate of Sustainability within the NDA group
  • Works with cross departmental representatives with NDA to embed sustainability within their functions (e.g. sanction, HR, supply chain, communications, strategy, finance etc.)
  • Supports engagement externally (e.g. YGN, NIA, DESNZ).

Research and Development

  • Support production of reports looking at national and local trends and industry specific innovations and developments
  • Drive ambitious plans working with colleagues across the business with insights and recommendations to transform the organisation
  • Lead the programme work with the Next Generation representatives from the NDA group, being responsible for the budget allocation and expenditure
  • Support effective delivery of the technology programmes including reviewing and input towards investments (e.g. PhDs, horizon scanning)
  • Supports budgets for NDA sustainability and wider group requirements

Supports engagement with regulators and exploring the emerging world of regulation in sustainability

Other knowledge, skills and experience which are advantageous:

Experience or qualification in the field of climate resilience, with knowledge on emerging trends and requirements

  • Ability to implement impact strategies and collaborative team-working skills
  • Shares and demonstrates the NDA values of, respect, openness, collaboration, performance and creativity
  • Degree or equivalent, with experience in managing and coordinating work across numerous functions/ disciplines
  • Excellent communication skills; written, verbal and listening
  • Excellent planning, coordination, organisational and follow-up skills
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement skills
  • Experience in Project Management
  • Strong attention to detail, without losing sight of the big picture
  • Passion for sustainability and the UNs’ sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • Ability to efficiently research and produce reports and presentations
  • Experience in complying with operating practices and procedures, or well defined policies

To apply: Please complete and send the Equal Opportunity Form accompanied by your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

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