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Taking you back in time the city displays stunning architecture, idyllic scenery, beautiful parks and gardens teamed with a fascinating historic backdrop for you to explore. Strolling through the city's cobbled streets there are plenty of fascinating galleries, museums and craft shops to discover. Oxford is famous for its educational accomplishments and is associated with many famous names who have established their achievements here.

The combination of primeval and modern features makes Oxford stand out in character. Alongside the historic backdrop of the city, it has a modern touch with great nightlife, bars, restaurants and shopping. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day to explore and discover new artefacts or a family day out, Oxford has something for everyone.

There are plenty of direct trains to Oxford available daily from all over the UK. Cheap train tickets to Oxford are available if you book in advance. Oxford has two main train stations;

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Cheap train tickets to Oxford

If you know that you are travelling to Oxford ahead of time you have a great chance of securing a cheap train ticket because you can plan and book in advance. This type of ticket is called an Advance ticket. You can book cheap train tickets up to 12 weeks in advance of departure.

We understand however, that you don't always know exactly which train you want so now you can also buy our great value range of Advance tickets and reserve your seat up to 15 minutes before you board a CrossCountry service, via our website or our Train Ticket app, subject to availability.

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Things to do in Oxford

A strikingly scenic city with plenty to keep you intrigued, it's no surprise that trains to Oxford have increased in popularity. With a modern atmosphere and historic backdrop, Oxford has the best of both worlds. Here are a few places that we think are definitely worth a visit;

Recreate the magic of Harry Potter

Several of the Harry Potter films included scenes filmed in Oxford, why not visit Christ Church and see the famous staircase and landing, used in two of the films. Or head over to New College and Bodleian Library, to recreate the magic for yourself.

Alice in Wonderland River Cruise

Explore Oxford by river by hopping on the Alice in Wonderland cruise. Follow the route taken by Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell almost 150 years ago, where the book Alice in Wonderland was created. Advance booking of the cruise is recommended

Oxford Castle

Unlock the secrets of Oxford's English heritage and discover what life was like in prison in the 18th century. Located in the heart of the city, Oxford Castle was restored as a Royal Castle long before the time of the Normans. Visitors can climb the castle and enjoy the panoramic views from the castle top. Oxford Castle hosts a number of different events throughout the year and has great facilities such as its own accommodation for visitors who are passing through for a short break and is equipped with shops and restaurants. For a great day out soldier on to see this amazing piece of Oxford's ancestry. Oxford Castle is a five minute walk from Oxford train station.

Botanic Garden

Away from the usual bustling daily life, the Botanic Garden consists of 70,000 species of plant life which delicately makes up the enchanting landscape. The gardens are beautifully arranged with an explicit range of plants, bright flowers and blissful surroundings. There is also an on-site garden shop where you can find everything you need to start your own cultivation. The Botanic Garden is a short bus ride from Oxford train station.

University of Oxford

Known as one of the oldest universities in the English speaking world, Oxford University dates as far back as 1096. The University has a great reputation for high achievement and is known as one of the most established and recognised Universities in the academic sector. As the institution is split widely amongst different colleges across Oxford, it might be an idea to slip on your comfy shoes for a stroll through the centre of the city. The beautiful architecture of both the ancient and modern colleges is definitely worth seeing. Oxford University is a ten minute walk from Oxford train station.

Pitt Rivers Museum

Founded in 1884, the Pitt Rivers Museum displays artefacts from across the world. The museum often hosts a range of different events and exhibitions throughout the year which include live bands, paintings and displays of foreign artefacts. The museum is a great knowledge hub for everyone and a great place for all the family to discover the ancient treasures from around the globe.

You can reach the museum by taking a 15 minute bus ride from Oxford train station.

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