61 Best Oxford Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Oxford is best known for hosting one of the world’s best universities, but there is more to the city than meets the eye. Between all of the old buildings, there is a distinctly youthful vibe to the place, brought into place by the hoards of students that flock there each year. Outside of the university, there are plenty of other places to glean knowledge too. It is a city dominated by libraries, museums and galleries, but it also offers stunning churches and impressive architecture.


61 Most Popular Attractions in Oxford

1. University of Oxford Botanic Garden

  • Adult £5; Child: Free
  • +44 1865 286690
  • University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • 3

Tickets & Tours

2. Oxford Central Library

  • Free
  • +44 1865 815509
  • Oxford Central Library, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Thu 9am-6pm Fri-Sat 9am-5:30pm
  • 2

3. The Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga

  • Free
  • 01865 315800
  • 25 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HA, UK
  • Daily

4. Bate Collection

  • Free
  • +44 1865 276139
  • Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri 2pm-5pm; Sat 10am-12pm

5. C. S. Lewis House

  • Adult £8-£10; Child £6
  • +44 1865 741865
  • The Kilns (C S Lewis House), Lewis Close, Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Tour times vary
  • 1

6. Oxford University Parks

  • Free
  • +44 1865 282040
  • Oxford University Parks, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Daily
  • 3

7. St Barnabas Church

  • Free
  • 01865 557530
  • St. Barnabas Church, Saint Barnabas Street, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Daily

8. Antiques on High

  • Free
  • +44 1865 251075
  • 85 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, UK
  • Daily 10am-5pm

9. Oxford Wheels Project

  • Free
  • Oxford Wheels Project, Cowley Road, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Daily

10. Clarendon Building

  • Free
  • +44 1865 277000
  • Clarendon Building, Broad Street, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm Sat 10:15am-1:30pm

11. Summertown Library

  • Free
  • +44 1865 558290
  • Summertown Library, United Kingdom
  • Daily

12. Radcliffe Camera

  • Free
  • +44 1865 277000
  • Radcliffe Camera, Radcliffe Square, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Daily

Tickets & Tours

13. Port Meadow

  • Free
  • +44 1865 715830
  • Port Meadow, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Daily

14. Clarendon Centre

  • Free
  • 01865 251493
  • Clarendon Centre, Cornmarket Street, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 8am-7pm Sun 10.30am-5pm

15. Headington Shark

  • Free
  • Headington Shark, New High Street, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Daily

Top Attractions

Founded in 1488, the Bodleian Library has over 7,000,000 books displayed on 118 miles of shelves! Keep an eye out for the lovely Bridge of Sighs directly across the road from ‘The Bod’. Call in to see the oldest museum in Britain, the Ashmolean Museum or climb the ninety-nine steps to the top of the Carfax Tower for a brilliant view of the city. This is the only remaining bell-tower of a 12th Century church.

Kids & Family

Take the kids to the Oxford Castle; they do some fantastic tours with stories of the past- gore and blood, as well as the good times! Also, a number of Ghost tours start or finish at the castle. The kids will also be delighted to see the Headington Shark, a huge shark stuck in a very ordinary house roof!

Shopping & Nightlife

The Grand Cafe is a popular spot in Oxford, with grand high teas and evening cocktails. The first café was set up here in 1652. A really great place to visit is the Oxford Covered Market with a selection of shops and very handy to find. As with many university towns, Oxford has a very active nightlife, with spots that cater for students and others that are targeting a different crowd.

Day Tours

Visit Blenheim Palace, the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s war time prime minister. Take a tour of the State rooms and spend the day in the beautiful gardens, 2000 acres of them, designed by Capability Brown. Visit Iffley and wander down the River Thames and find the lovely Iffley Lock, or hire a canal boat and go for a nice cruise on the Oxford Canal.


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