Remember to buy yourself an Oxford tee shirt while you're there. One in every 125,000 people who see you in it will think maybe you attended one of the colleges. (Have a college picked out to name in case they ask.) Regardless, wearing said tee shirt will make you feel .10 percent smarter.
This is not really cultural but it's suprisingly hard to find a place to have a proper English Afternoon Tea (scones, jam, clotted cream & plenty of the hot brown stuff WITH MILK) in Oxford . And the places keep on changing; I noticed recently that even Rosie Lee which has been on the High Street for, like, ever is now a trendy bar. Oddly, I can recommend the Mitre on the High Street; it's a real mediaeval inn that's been depressingly taken over by the Beefeater chain, but their upstairs tea room gets it pretty much right and is not normally packed. If, and only if(!), someone else is paying, go to the Randolph Hotel on Beaumont Street for a real splurge. If you're not much interested in scones there are coffee shops in all the large bookshops (overcrowded) & the Covered Market (overcrowded); my tip is to head off to the Museum of Modern Art on Pembroke Street; its basement cafe is a great place to chill, eat cake and read the papers.
Don't eat at Kebab vans. These people cook and possibly live in vans. Would you eat something cooked by a man who just urinated and made your food? I saw some harsh things happen around those vans. No comment.
Oxfor during the Summer is filled with tourists and therefore the traffic situation is appaling, and temepers can flare.
In the Summer the City is full of Students and this is when Oxford takes on its real identity, you will find all pubs and shops full of students. In the evening most pubs/clubs/restaraunts are staffed by students trying to make ends meet, so tip generously, after all they may be your next boss :-)
While there are 31 colleges within Oxford University, only 25 remain open to the public and the hours change at various intervals during the year. There is a tourist office near CARFAX TOWER (which offers the best view of the city) that will have a list of visitation times as well as a tour pamphlet that makes a cost-effective souvenir. Rest assured for those whose budgets allow, there is no shortage of great tour/picture books onsale in the city-centre.
This note is more about all travels rather than dealing solely with Oxford. I wish to describe the 'shopping' experience. As all my fellow men can attest, when travelling with a woman, one is almost guaranteed to have to 'pop in' to a Marks and Spencer or other store just for something quick. And inevitably, this means browing through the sock department (as an example). Please, ladies, let us sit in the nearby pub while you try to decide between the lavender and purple socks. We'll all be much happier.
Oxford's main shopping area, Cornmarket street, is full of performers, artists, classical musicians, etc. These are particularly common at weekends and in summer, when crowds are at their greatest.
Oxford has some great museums, and those run by the University are free to the public. My favorite is the Natural History museum, though the Ashmolean, pictured left, is the most popular.
Single £150.00 Standard double/twin £165.00 Deluxe double/twin £205.00 Superior deluxe...more
During an one week course, we stayed in this place which was nice, but not very close to the center.more
a fantastic new modern Hotel (not actually a hotel as it does not serve alcohol or evening meals)....more