The Ashmolean Museum was founded in 1683 and is considered the most important museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Britain. It consists of various themed galleries exploring the connections between objects and activities that are common to different cultures representing the human image. Among its treasures are the greatest Anglo-Saxon collections beyond the British Museum, an important collection of pre-Dynastic Egyptian material in Europe, the world's largest group of Raphael drawings, and collections of modern Chinese art in the Western world.
The Oxford University Press Museum was founded in 1958 is considered the second-oldest and the largest university press in the world. It keeps traces of the historical publishing documentation of Oxford University from the fifteenth century to the present day. The museum notable displays are the books of Clarendon's 'History of the Great Rebellion', the first edition of 'Alice in Wonderland', and the evolution of the 'Oxford English Dictionary'.
Science Oxford was founded in 1985, as The Oxford Trust by Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, it is a charitable organisation based in Oxford, England. It created the Oxfordshire Science Festival in the early 1990´s. Today, Science Oxford provides a central Oxford home for its public engagement work. These includes the annual Festival of Science and the discovery zone where schools and families can interact with various science activities.
Tooley's Boatyard has been around since 1790´s and is a historic boatyard on the Oxford Canal in the centre of the town of Banbury, Oxfordshire. It is the oldest working dry dock in the Inland Waterways. It was established to build and repair the wooden horse-drawn narrow boats used for travelling up and down the newly constructed Oxford Canal network. The boatyard launched Tom Rolt's 'Cressy' onto the canals in 1939 and his book "Narrowboat" speaks about the formation of the Inland Waterways Association which ultimately led to the preservation of the canal network. Today, the boatyard includes two scheduled ancient monuments - an historic dry dock and a smithy.
Didcot Railway Centre was formerly known as the Great Western Railway. It has been the stabling point of engine-shed and locomotive in Didcot. Today, the place is a comprehensive railway museum and preservation engineering site. It is a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway and a home to unique collections of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, building, wagons, and small relics; and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway. Didcot Railway Centre is open during Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year and daily during peak season and school holiday.
City Sightseeing in Oxford is a way for every visitor to take sight of the fantastic views within Oxford. Tours also include gazing at the Hertford Bridge, Pitt Rivers Museum, William Morris’ Original Workshop and the Bodleian Library while it teaches more about the city. For souvenirs and bargains, one may hop off at Gloucester Green Bus Station at the Covered Market or Westgate Shopping Centre. There are also joint tickets available for combined Bus and Oxford Castle Unlocked.
Hobbs of Henley Ltd offers an extensive fleet of self-drive both electric and diesel powered boats for hire, as well as rowing boats and chauffeur-driven craft. It also offers some of the finest luxury passenger vessels on the Thames for both private charter and public trips. For the public river cruises you can choose between different themes such as "Traditional jazz cruises"," A two-hour sightseeing trip" or why not try the "The Best of British comedy cruise" with a buffet dinner?
Bill Spectre's Ghost Trail is an entertainment walking tour of old Oxford which is conducted by a costumed professional actor. The touring activity is illustrated with props and illusions as it horrifyingly entertains the visitors through the streets of the historic city Oxford. The tour takes place every Friday and Saturday at 6:30pm and additional tours at the usual times on Sundays during July and August.
The famous two-hour free walking tour around Oxford, covering sights such as Bodleian Library, University sights, in-depth history of the town and more is hosted by Footprints Tours. But they also provide other tours like bike tours, private family Oxford tours, Harry Potter Tour and much more. Moreover, the tours are guaranteed that no visitor or tourist will fall asleep.
Known as "The House", Christ Church is one of the colleges of Oxford University and was founded in 1525 by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. It is also the cathedral church of the diocese of Oxford, namely Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. The dining hall at the Christ Church, known as the Great Hall, will look familiar to any fan of the Harry Potter films as it inspired the set of Hogwarts. The cathedral and college complex was also used as the backdrop for numerous scenes in the popular movie series. Moreover, a portrait of Charles Dodgson can be seen upon entering the Hall. Charles Dodgson's pen name is Lewis Carroll who is a famed author of Alice in Wonderland.
The Bodleian Library is one of the greatest libraries in the world and one of the oldest libraries in Europe. It is a working library and the main research library of the University of Oxford. In Britain, it is the second in size only to the British Library with over 11 million items. The library is believed to hold millions of printed items as well as manuscripts.
The Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock. It was once a home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. It stands in a romantic park created by the famous landscape gardener 'Capability' Brown. The palace was built between 1705 and 1722 and distinguished by an eclectic style and a return to national roots which are perfect examples of an 18th-century princely dwelling.
Shotover Country Park is a 117 hectares of vast land with spectacular views from the top across south Oxfordshire. The place is a home to diverse habitats and a haven for wildlife. The park is a popular venue for a range of different events such as guided walks, cross country races, orienteering competitions, sponsored walks and treasure hunts.
The Kassam Stadium is considered as one of the largest meetings and event spaces in Oxfordshire. It is where Oxford United Football Club and London Welsh Rugby Football Club dwells. It is named after the ground's owner, and former chairman of the football club, Firoz Kassam.
Sulgrave Manor houses a wonderful collection of furniture and fabrics from the 16th century. It is a Tudor and Georgian manor house that once was the home of George Washington’s direct ancestors. Lawrence Washington, who bought the house in 1539 was a successful Northampton Wool Merchant. There is also a lovely garden, designed in the 1920s by Sir Reginald Blomfield and it still remains as a fine example of the formal English Style. Guided tours are provided of the house.
Broughton Castle is a medieval manor house of the 14th century and home of Fiennes family, Lords Saye and Sele. The ownership of the castle has remained in the same family since 1447 and is situated in the village of Broughton which is about two miles south-west of Banbury. Simon Jenkins selected the place as one of only twenty to be awarded five stars in his book "England’s Thousand Best Houses".
North Wall Arts Centre is an award-winning multi-disciplinary arts centre containing a 200-seat theatre, an art gallery, and two studio spaces. It has been created for the advantage of emerging artists across a range of disciplines. It opened its doors in 2007 and was created from a former Victorian swimming pool. The centre has won several national awards for its innovative design.
The Theatre Chipping Norton was opened in 1975 by Tom Baker. It began with a light programme including films and lunchtime Jazz concerts. The place welcomes almost 50,000 visitors every year. To date, The Theatre Chipping Norton is a theatre, an art-house cinema, a gallery and a concert hall.
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden started as the Physic Gardens for the study of medicinal plants in 1621. It is located on the peaceful banks of the Cherwell River and is considered the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain. It is a home to inspiring herbaceous borders and glasshouses where the most compact and diverse collection of plants in the world are found. It is also open throughout the year for you to visit and enjoy.
Yeti Nepalese Restaurant is a restaurant situated on Cowley Road that serves both Indian and Nepalese cuisines. The restaurant is a family business dedicated to excellent customer service and providing authentic Nepalese herbs and spices. In 2013, Yeti Nepalese Restaurant was awarded of the Oxfordshire Restaurant Award.
Brookes Restaurant serves contemporary types of dishes on Gipsy Lane. Their service is attentive and both the staff and ambience is friendly. Brookes Restaurant is recognised as one of the leading restaurants within Oxfordshire. It is a part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management.
Everest Nepalese Restaurant and Bar serves great Asian and Fusion cuisines. They serve the finest Nepalese dishes in Howard Street paired with their brilliant service. This restaurant offers freshly prepared food with beautiful flavours from their extensive menu.
Le Kesh is a cosy and inviting restaurant that serves delicious Lebanese and Moroccan dishes on Cowley Road. This restaurant is an Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2013 Gastronomy nominee. At Le Kesh, you will be guaranteed of super quick and friendly service. There is also a pianist to play live music for the guests.
The Old Bookbinders Ale House is a Pub managed by a Father and Son team which offers English and French types of cuisines. This restaurant offers great and affordable food. The people and staff are also very pleasant. They have a good selection of beer, ale and they have a lot of French crepes on the menu. They even welcome dogs around.
The Standard is a famous restaurant on Walton Street that serves authentic Bengali and South Asian cuisines since 1972. This is the place where you can taste a high quality kind of curry. At The Standard, you will find that good value for food paired with pleasant customer service.
Since 1996, Pierre Victoire has offered excellent French and Mediterranean cuisine. This place has been considered Oxford's busiest and best-loved truly independent restaurant. They are loved for their Fixe lunches and dinners. They provide very good prices, attentive staff, and great food for both adults and children.
Mamma Mia Pizzeria is considered as Oxford's best Italian, Pizza and Pasta restaurant. The setting is also an authentic Italian ambience as they are very child-friendly. At Mamma Mia Pizzeria, the staff is wonderful, happy, friendly and would definitely cater to your every need. It is a must and a regular haunt in the city.
SoJo is a known Chinese restaurant in Hythe Bridge Street. The food they offer comes mainly from three regions of China namely Szechuan, Shanghainese and Cantonese. They offer a wide array of Chinese dishes to choose from such as steamed dim sum, noodles soup and many tasty meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes.
Oxfords Grill is a stylish brasserie restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes on Cowley Road. They offer a wide range of dishes from a lunch set, a Turkish cuisine, and special menus from their chef. At Oxfords Grill, you will experience a warm and cosy atmosphere paired with great-tasting food.
Hassan's Kebab Van is known for its best kebab in Oxford. Hassan is an outstanding landmark establishment in the area. Aside from its best tasting kebab, Hassan's service is friendly and the food served is of great value and tastiness. You will find the food truck / van on Broad Street.
Tickle your taste buds with contemporary and classic, mainly British food, which is served with a smile throughout the day. The skilful chefs prepare the well-presented food with locally sourced ingredients, all to the get that perfect taste. The place is suitable for all occasion dining and even a banquet for 80 during special gatherings.
The Turf Tavern is a 13th century Ale House where real mix of people stay and enjoy their time. This place is quite hard to find but most people say that is well worth the effort once you find it. They serve well priced good beer and tasty food such as burgers and small plates of snacks or starters.
This well-established restaurant has been running ever since 1983 and still going strong. Posh Fish is one of the best places to head for when craving for fish and chips. On the menu, there are a variety of fish and chip meals as well as breakfasts, kebabs, steaks and chicken meals.
Quarter Horse Coffee is an independent coffee shop on Cowley Road that serves speciality coffee and loose leaf tea. They have been around for 10 years offering baked goods, sandwiches and soup including handcrafted drinks, retail coffee and tea items. Free WiFi access are provided here.
The Vaults & Garden Coffee Shop is situated in an old Congregation house of Oxford University. They carefully chose organic and ethically produced goods and ingredients for every food they prepare. The café offers are children-friendly and also offers outdoor seating for its guests.
The Missing Bean is an independently owned espresso bar on Turl Street. The coffee shop is set up to bring the artisan Antipodean coffee style. They always believed in making sure they serve the best coffee from the right beans. In early 2012, they began roasting their own beans.
Combibos Coffee is a breakfast and brunch café that serves great coffee and offers excellent service. The ambience is quite busy at times but they have good music. They also offer outside seating and their table service is guaranteed a real bonus. Don´t miss out their pancakes with blueberry or chocolate.
George and Delila opened its doors in the summer of 1992 as an independent ice cream café on Cowley Road. They serve great ice creams, desserts, baked goods, bagels and drinks. They offer reasonably priced quality food, friendly and convenient service and a bright atmosphere.
Café Loco is a European style café that started its establishment in 2011. Since then, this beautiful café has served delicious food throughout the day with views of Christ Church and its meadow. This place is convenient for Christ Church College and has been considered the perfect place for the best food and drink. From the widespread menu, you will find breakfast, pastries, cakes, baguettes, bagels, paninis, salads and hot and cold beverages.
Yellow Submarine is a coffee shop on Park End Street that is a part of a charity. They aim to help people with learning disabilities through various activities. While you stay and enjoy a meal or a good coffee in this establishment, you will know that you are also supporting a good cause.
Queen's Lane Coffee House is situated on the corner of Queen’s Lane and the High Street in Oxford. This café is said to be the oldest coffee house in Europe dating back in 1654. Close by this place are both The Queen's College to the west and St Edmund Hall to the north. It is a very busy café with great tasting coffee and food.
Café Coco is known for its great food, great cocktails and great atmosphere. It is one of the best cafés on Cowley Road. It is a European-style late night café affair that suits perfect for treats and lively chats. They also offer excellent tasting Greek and Italian stuff including lots of pizza but also breakfast.
Quod Brasserie & Bar is one of the best places on High Street for private and business dining. This place was formerly a banking hall transformed to become Oxfords largest and most successful restaurant. A spectacular heated terrace lets diners enjoy a morning coffee, a superb value 2 course lunch or a cocktail.
The Cellar is a bar where only the best live electronic music is played. It is one of the finest independent venues in Oxford. You will be amazed of how welcoming and friendly they are with their quality of service. When you need underground music, The Cellar bar is the right place for you.
The Jericho Tavern is a proper local pub on Walton Street. It is famous for its beautiful venue and fine pub food and real ales. This place is also situated nearby the Phoenix cinema where movie fans dine and unwind. The place is open until midnight throughout the week and live music from local and touring bands are presented here.
With five rooms of clubbing, the latest sound and lighting technology and a high level of customer service, you just can't go wrong at this nightclub. From the bar you can get fresh new cocktails, extraordinary spirits and exceptional champagnes. Atik, is the place to dance the night away.
The Westgate Shopping Centre is located in central Oxford. Its building was designed by the the City Architect Douglas Murray and built by Taylor Woodrow. Attached to the shopping centre is a car park, including a multi-storey section, with access from Oxpens Road. They have over 35 shops and some more specialised stores. This place works with Oxford City Council and local charity Aspire to offer work experience and opportunities to the homeless, to those with past drug addictions cases or those who have been in trouble with the courts. Closed for renovation. Re-opens October 2017!
Clarendon Centre is another shopping centre located in central Oxford linking Cornmarket Street and Queen Street. This centre was built in 1983 and was designed by Gordon Benny and Partners. Big shop names in Clarendon includes Zara, French Connection, Gap, Swarovski, and so much more.
Templars Square Shopping Centre is located adjacent to the Templars Retail Park and is the largest enclosed shopping centre in the city of Oxford. The centre has a wide variety of retailers and has six-storey car park. Stores you will find here are for example recognizable high street names such as WHSmith, Boots, New Look, to small independent retailers, like Wheeler’s Butchers, Boutique Hair & Beauty, and Ideal Eyes.
Bury Street Shopping Centre is located on the Abingdon area and is a great family shopping destination, offering a wide spread of shops and cafés. This place also features seasonal entertainment in the mall. When shopping here, you will come across shops like New Look, Boots, WH Smith, Pandora, Clarks and Dorothy Perkins.
Alice's Shop is a famous and original shop from Alice in Wonderland items. It is one of the most famous little shops in the city that can be found in Oxford across the road from Christ Church College. To date, this is a gift shop selling gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia all based on Alice.
Oxford University Shop is the first and only shop that is owned and run by the University of Oxford. They offer a wide range of official Oxford merchandise, specialising in Oxford clothing and Oxford gifts. The profits from every purchase you make from here supports the University's work in education and research.
Bicester Village Outlet Shopping is one of the collections of Chic Outlet Shopping Villages managed by Value Retail. This place offers the best luxury clothing brands and designs such as Alexander McQueen, BOSS, DKNY, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Diesel, Marc Jacobs, Lacoste and much more.
Castle Quay is a premier shopping centre that has more than 85 fantastic stores for everyone's need. It also has a wide variety of cafés and restaurants on site. There is even an on-site car service that will tend to your car's need while you shop. This place is easily accessible from the town centre, by bus, train, car or barge. Shops you will find here are; Accessorize, H&M, Debenhams, Claire's, GAP, River Island and much more.
The Oxford Covered Market is a marked historic market occupied by permanent stalls and shops in central Oxford. This place is located at the northern part of the High Streets linking Cornmarket and Turl Street. The market has over 40 shops all under one setting and provides the very best in local crafts, gifts, shoes, fashion, food and drink.
When it comes to buying antiques, there is Antiques on High Street for you. This shop offers variety of antiques such as silver and jewellery, books and music, linens, vintage fashion and accessories, ceramics and glass, pictures, prints and maps, and a lot more collectibles. It even includes work by the members of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and of the Oxford Art Society. This is Oxford's favourite shop for antiques.
Marriotts Walk Shopping Centre is a modern shopping destination in Oxfordshire. This shopping centre has a good mix of fashion and leisure shops, food outlets and as well as children’s play area. There are about 500 free parking spaces available. Marriotts Walk’s leading fashion shops are Debenhams and M&S. There are also shops such as Phase Eight, East, Crew Clothing, New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Monsoon, Accessorize and Tog 24. For gift shopping, there are Whittards and Fresh Cards & Gifts. The shopping centre also prides in its new 5 screen cinema Cineworld. Individual store opening times may vary.
Mallams is one of the country’s leading expert provincial auctioneers and estate agents. Mallams holds a full programme of specialist sales and further entries that are invited for future auctions of antique furniture, garden furniture, paintings and prints, carpets and rugs, clocks, silver, ceramics, jewellery, fine wines and sculpture.
London Heathrow Airport is the nearest airport to Oxford, England. It is located approximately 45 miles from the city centre, and it offers both international and domestic flights. Travelling to and from here may requires you to take either a bus or a taxi. The airport is linked to Oxford by "The Airline" coach company, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and approximately leaves every 20 minutes. The journey takes about 80 minutes. You can book your tickets on "The Airline" online booking system or via their app. Single and Return tickets can also be bought from the driver. (airline.oxfordbus.co.uk/) Another way to travel to Oxford from the airport is by renting a car. You will find car hire desks in arrivals at Heathrow. Companies such as Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget and Sixt are operating here.
The Oxford Bus Company is a network of buses and coach services that will take passengers to and from the airport and around the city centre. All of their buses are built with easy access low floor models to enable pushchair, pram and wheelchair users to ride aboard. The main bus stop is on Magdalen Street and the buses run fairly often, so you never need to wait for a long time. Single and Return tickets can be bought from the driver but make sure to have the correct change on board. Tickets can also be bought from their app. (www.oxfordbus.co.uk/app/)
There are many taxi companies working in Oxford and they are clearly marked, and are very distinctive looking. You can either call when you need a taxi or just hail one. Another way is to walk over to the Gloucester Green bus station or the Train station where you will find taxi stands. 001 Taxis +44 1865 24 00 00 www.001taxis.com Oxford City Cars:
Various pharmacies are established in Oxford. Some may be open 24 hours while others are open until midnight, but still are able to cater to the needs of the customers. Rowlands Pharmacy 17 Ivy Close, Cowley, Oxford +44 1865 777 089 Monday - Friday: 9am - 7pm, Saturday: 9am - 1pm, Sunday: Closed www.rowlandspharmacy.co.uk Ahmeys Midnight Pharmacy 150 Oxford Road, Cowley, Oxford +44 1865 770 121 www.ahmeyspharmacy.com