Known as the ‘City of Spires’, Oxford is a historic city which is home to the internationally recognised University of Oxford. There’s plenty to do in this multicultural city, from museums to scenic gardens, shopping to university college tours, wtgwtd.co.uk has hand-picked five unmissable things to do in Oxford that you must experience while visiting this beautiful city.
Without further ado, here are the top five things to do in Oxford according to wtgwtd.co.uk (in no particular order):
1 – Oxford University Walking Tour
With this 2-hour tour led by the Oxford University students, you’ll be able to see inside the Oxford University, Harry Potter film location site and the famous Bodleian Library.
This tour will give you an insight into the student life at this prestigious university and also offers an in-depth history of many of the famous colleges and sights such the Trinity College, Oriel College, Hertford College, Merton College, Radcliffe Camera, University Church of St Mary and many more.
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2- Pitt Rivers Museum
With over 600,000 objects, photographs and manuscripts, the Pitt Rivers Museum is one of the most popular attractions in Oxford. The museum is located to the east of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The museum celebrates the global culture and human creativity with thousands of objects including costume, jewellery, photographs, and weapons from various parts of the world.
Find more information about the Pitt Rivers Museum here
3- Westgate Shopping Centre
Set in the heart of Oxford city, the Westgate Oxford is home to some of the biggest global brands, restaurants, cafes, and rooftop bars. With a total area of 800,000 square foot, the Westgate Oxford is the ideal place to do shopping, fine-dining, socialising, and entertainment. There’s also a five-screen boutique cinema (spread over two-floors) that shows the latest in Hollywood movies mixed with independent and international films.
For more information about Westgate Oxford, please visit their website
4- Oxford Castle & Prison
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Witness the enchanted history of this 1,000 years old medieval castle located in central Oxford. The castle played an important role in the 12th-century during the conflict of Anarchy and later became a site used primarily as a prison and administration area for the county after most of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War.
Today, visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the castle and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories of this historic building, making Oxford Castle & Prison a must-visit visitor attraction with a past stretching far beyond your imagination.
To find out more visit the Oxford Castle and Prison website here: www.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk
5- University of Oxford Botanic Garden
Oxford Botanic Garden was founded in the year 1621 and is the UK’s oldest botanic garden. With over 5,000 different types of plants, the University of Oxford botanic garden is committed to educating people about the importance of plants, to help conserve plants from around the world, and to support teaching and research within the Oxford University and beyond.
Located right in the heart of the city centre in Oxford, the botanic garden one of the most diverse collections of plants in the world that includes representatives from over 90% of the higher plant families.
To find out more information about the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, please visit www.obga.ox.ac.uk