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Oxford

Home to the world's most famous university, dreaming spires and a million bicycles.

TravelCurious Tip

If the sun’s out, head down to the river for lunch – there is ample grassy space for a picnic, and you can watch people drifting lazily by on their punts.

Widely considered to be one of Britain’s most beautiful cities, Oxford is an easy journey from central London and offers a more relaxed and leafy chance to explore an ancient English settlement. Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the city oozes culture, and makes for a perfect day trip away from the capital.


Witchcraft and Wizardry

There is evidence of teaching at Oxford University as far back as 1096, and it has continued to be ranked among the world’s top universities ever since. It is particularly famous for its network of student colleges, and these have become some of the city’s most popular attractions. Take a stroll through the idyllic grounds of Magdalen, which include a deer park, or wonder at the breathtaking architecture of Christ Church, which has its own cathedral and has more recently found fame as a major set in the Harry Potter films.


Stepping Back in Time

Across the road from Balliol and St. John’s Colleges sits the Ashmolean, the oldest public museum in Britain. It reopened after extensive renovations in 2009, and now houses a wide variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, including an excellently-curated gallery of Ancient Egyptian artefacts. If the Ashmolean hasn’t fully quenched your museum thirst, head over to the University Museum of Natural History. Here you can find dinosaur skeletons, live insects, and a superb “hands-on” display area where friendly staff encourage you to handle the exhibits. Near the back you will find the Pitt Rivers Museum, which showcases thousands of intriguing archaeological and anthropological finds in the university’s collection.


Nearby Attractions

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Christchurch College
One the oldest and most famous university colleges has over 800 years of history.
Harry Potter Great Hall
This magnificent interior featured in the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts' Great Hall.
Oxford Pubs
Hidden gem pubs, overflowing with academics. The above pub claims to have the highest IQ per square metre.
Radcliffe Camera
Known as the 'beating heart' of Oxford, this library has stood since the early 18th century.
Bodleian Library
One of the oldest libraries in Europe and mostly underground, it has served the university for over 400 years.
Covered Market
A treasure trove of market stalls, souvenir stalls and kooky eateries - perfect for a quick bite.

Related Tours

Gown and Town: Oxford the City of Dreaming Spires (including travel from London)
  • Meet your guide at iconic Paddington Station, and journey together to Oxford - the city of dreaming spires! 
  • Experience the enchanting myriad of Oxford’s spellbinding streets and uncover the city’s fascinating history.
  • Visit one of the world’s best-known universities and explore the array of colleges, courtyards and the famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’.
  • Soak up the quintessential English atmosphere of Oxford.
From authentically magical locations used in the Harry Potter films, to one of the most-famous universities in the world, Oxford awaits – just a short train ride away from London. Deserving of a full day trip and not just a flying visit, Oxford is full of historical corners waiting to be discovered, as well as picturesque streets perfect for meandering and escaping the hustle and bustle of London. 

One of the best-known universities in the world and also one of the most beautiful, Oxford is a charming place to spend a tranquil day. Our guide will accompany you on the hour long train journey through the English countryside and take you on a fully guided stroll through the city streets through the most beautiful colleges, hidden courtyards and quadrangles, libraries, and Oxford’s ‘Bridge of Sighs’ – a distinctive landmark and highly-coveted photo opp. 
Oxford Tour: With a Former Oxford Union President
  • Take the very unique opportunity to enter The Oxford Union - the historic epicentre of debate at the University
  • Ronald Reagan, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill to Mother Teresa have all spoken here. 
  • Explore the debating chamber, the bar, the library and grounds - usually limited to members only. 
  • Venture through the enchanting, cobbled streets of Oxford visiting its most historic sites 
  • See the iconic Bridge of Sighs, Covered Market, The Bodleian Library and an array of colleges. 
  • Hear of strange traditions, its medieval beginnings and contributions to academia and humanity.
  • Take centre stage with your guide. No other groups or noise to drown out the experience.

Begin your day at London Paddington Station. Escape smoky London and zip across the rolling English countryside to sleepy Oxford. Steeped in history, outstandingly beautiful and famed for its ancient University (founded in 1096).  An institution which has produced some of the greatest minds throughout time. From Oscar Wilde, Edwin Hubble, to Stephen Hawking. 

Meet your friendly guide - a former President of The Oxford Union, a prestigious student position held by numerous former British Prime Ministers. Accompany your guide through the beautiful cobbled streets and squares of the City Centre. Explore the local market, churches,  hidden gardens, quaint shops and ancient pubs. And gain unparalleled knowledge and access to the University and its array of beautiful colleges. Hear of the University's ancient beginnings, strange traditions and invaluable contributions to academia and humanity. This is a very unique opportunity to see Oxford from a less travelled perspective. And a sure highlight to your trip!
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