Well-known for its dreaming spires, gliding river punts and gowned academics travelling through the city on bicycles, Oxford is one of the most renowned university cities in the world. But there’s so much more to this honey-coloured city. From captivating museums and architecture, to great nightlife, restaurants and shopping, Oxford is sure to keep you thoroughly entertained.
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Oxford Train Station is located in the heart of the city, just a 10-minute walk from the historic city centre. This means you can start exploring the city as soon as you arrive!
Oxford Train Station is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. The whole station has step-free access throughout, as well as offering assistance reaching platforms, ramp access to trains, and accessible ticket machines.
Onward travel from Oxford is easy and accessible. Local buses are available from the stations, as well as buses that serve Oxford’s smaller surrounding towns and villages. A taxi rank is located right outside, for those who would rather reach their destination directly.
For further information about Oxford Station, check out our station guide.
As might be expected from such a prestigious seat of learning, Oxford provides a wealth of cultural attractions for its visitors. It has some of Britain’s best art and history museums, most inspiring entertainment and most seductive architecture. Listen to music at the Holywell Music Room or have a splendid afternoon tea at the Grand Café.
If the weather permits, you must go punting on the river, or simply take a stroll to admire the Neoclassical and Gothic University buildings. The perfect blend of modern charm and stimulating history, Oxford is sure to enthral.
This endearing city is the perfect place to hunt out unique pieces, although many high street favourites crowd the streets. The real charm in the city lies in its independent, boutique and second-hand shops, where hours browsing are easily spent. Those who are looking for quirky gifts and souvenirs will also enjoy digging around in the historic covered market which first opened its doors in the 1700s and still retains its vintage charm.
If you’re a foodie, the Farmer’s Market sells delicious local produce and can be found in Gloucester Green on the first and third Thursday of the month. If you’re after high-end designer stores, visit the Westgate Centre. The compact nature of Oxford city centre makes shoppin’ till you’re droppin’ an absolute dream.
From lively city centre taverns to idyllic country pubs and traditional inns located in the surrounding countryside, pubs and bars are plentiful throughout Oxford. A long list of classic English pubs provides ample opportunity to try out some of the best ales in the UK, all brewed locally. Many cafés and delis throughout the city pride themselves on their use of locally sourced fresh produce, so you will be treated to great quality and delicate flavours.
If you’re looking for something international head for the Cowley Road where you’ll find Thai, Nepalese, Greek, Moroccan and Indian cuisines on offer. For dinner, Oxford’s restaurants provide top-end meals, many of which take full advantage of the fantastic sights of the city, allowing diners to enjoy views of the winding river with their food.
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