Oxford Travel Guide

  • The Bridge of Sighs
    The Bridge of Sighs
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    Fellow's Garden
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    The 'Cottages'
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Oxford Things to Do

  • Oxford University & Colleges

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wadham College is one of the few colleges founded by a woman - Dorothy Wadham -, who used her husband Nicholas's heritage to found the college in 1610, a year after his death, when she was 75 years old! Interestingly, despite being founded by a female, women were not allowed in the college at all, except for the laundress who had to be of "such...

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  • Punting

    The River Cherwell (pronounced Char-well) is a quiet tributary of the Thames, to the east of the city centre. It is a popular place to go punting ...which basically means you hire a flat bottomed boat and push it along using a long pole. It is possible to hire punts at Magdalen Bridge, or further north at Cherwell Boathouse (you'll probably need a...

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  • Christ Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Founded in 1546, Christ Church is nowadays Oxford's biggest and also one of its richest colleges. Its front quad alone provides enough space for a "normal" college... Moreover, the college is home to some of Oxford's weirdest rules and traditions. First of all, it has got a different time zone than the rest of England. Some genius has found out...

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  • Eagle & Child

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Pony Yard at the back of the Eagle and Child has been covered over as a restaurant area. This means that The Rabbit Room where the famous Inklings (JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, et al) used to meet together is not now a back parlour, but a recessed area near the bar. It is easily recognisable with photographs and mementos of The Inklings framed on the...

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  • Trout Inn

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    My colleagues and I went to The Trout for a celebratory meal. We were really looking forward to what we supposed would be an enjoyable outing. However, once through the doors our hopes were soon dashed by surly waiters and very poor service. The pub was not busy, yet it took over two hours for our two courses to be served. Items were forgotten and...

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  • Le Petit Blanc

    5 out of 5 stars

    Formerly known as Le Petit Blanc, the restaurant is now called Brasserie Blanc in Jericho. It is owned by the famous French chef, Raymand Blanc and I would say it is one of the finest restaurant's Oxford has to offer. A 3 course meal doesn't come cheap but it is well worth the money! However, ordering a bottle and a main course would not cost you...

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Oxford Nightlife

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  • Nightclubs

    Park End is probably the best place to go if you want fairly mainstream 'dance' music, AND R&B, AND cheesey-music-since-the-50's! It's got three rooms playing each of these categories of music, plus a balcony overlooking the main room, which is the mainstream-dance room. There's not usually too much aggro here either. It's also got about 5 bars,...

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  • Pubs & Bars

    Yet another favourite pub of mine: Located conveniently in the city centre, "Far from the Madding Crowd" is still, well, far from the madding crowd of tourists. Nonetheless, it's a very nice place for a pint or two, and they have some of the best pub-made pizza in Oxford. The owners are very nice and there are some cosy couches on one side of the...

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  • Theatre

    We saw the Oxford Playhouse across the street when we visited the Ashmolean Museum, and decided it would be a nice and cultural way to spend one of our evenings in Oxford. On the Oxford Playhouse webpage we read that a wide range of live performances are presented there, incuding British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance...

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Oxford Transportation

  • Buses

    Oxford Tube and Oxford Espress are two bus companies that offer frequent connections between Oxford and London-Victoria. It is a very convenient way to travel between the two cities. Oxford Tube runs a little more often (up to every 10 minutes!), but both will make the trip in 90 minutes provided that traffic is running smoothly. Even better: They...

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  • Trains

    There is no direct trian from Heathrow to Oxford, so rather than take a coach to Reading then change onto a train, why not just take the "airline" coach all the way to Oxford - it runs every 30 mins and the journey only takes 90 mins - see www.oxfordbus.co.uk/main.php?page_id=24 .

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  • Traffic

    Whichever means of transport you choose to get around Oxford, it can be a nuisance. Going by car is by far the worst option as there is hardly any affordable parking in the centre (and similarly further out). Moreover, the centre cannot be traversed during the day - the only road that leads through it is reserved for buses and taxis, and even they...

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Oxford Shopping

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  • Shopping Areas

    Cornmarket Street, High Street, Queen Street and the surrounding area are Oxford's main shopping streets. Apart from the chains such as Gap, Mango, HMV, M&S, Curry's digital, Primark and so on, you can also find some local shops, especially on High Street. The area is very busy especially on Saturdays, but you are likely to find more or less...

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  • Shopping Centres

    Westgate Centre is a roofed shopping area containing a Department store, supermarket (Sainsbury's), and other shops. It runs from Queen Street by the Pblic Library to an exit in St. Ebbes, and an exit in Westgate Car Park. Sports goods, speciality chocolates, two cafes, a Whittards, Video Games, clothing, accessories, Optician & a Cookies & Ice...

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  • Markets

    Although I may have many pictures of the covered market, it doesn't do justice to this beautiful market and it's numerous types of shops at all. This is a great place to get anything that you would like to eat, from fish to bio meats, fruits and veggies, to many diffenrent types of restaurants or eating counters, to lovelly gift shops, jewellers...

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Oxford Local Customs

  • Pronunciation

    Oxford has some intuition-defying pronunciations. If you really want to sound like a native you'll have to say Bay-lee-ill for Balliol (college), Bod-lee-inn for Bodleian (library), Maud-Lynn for Magdalen (College & Street), Wuuster for Worcester (College).

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  • May Day

    May Morning is one of Oxford's most popular celebrations. Very many Oxonians (and tourists) party the whole night through only to gather on Magdalen Bridge at the unchristian time of 5.30am. The bridge is horribly crowded, every second person is drunk or stoned, some esoterics are carrying a huge paper sun labelled "Happy May Day, Oxford!"... And...

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  • Rowing

    Rowing is one of the most popular sports at Oxford, and amongst the colleges the competition is fierce. Whilst the drawbacks of rowing are all too obvious - early starts at 6am, training 7 days a week, early nights, cutting back on study and/or a social life, and counting calories (in some cases), there is something about the sport that continues...

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Oxford Warnings and Dangers

  • Punting is not as easy as it seems

    Punting is a popular tourist sport on the arms of River Cherwell. It may look easy, but the punts can be quite shaky on the water - be careful not to fall into the water! Punters have to stand on the boat's rear side and push the boat forward with a long pole. The punt then moves slowly but steadily into the direction it is pushed to - and doesn't...

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  • You can't do that....!

    I normally think it a cheap shot to label someone as a 'Nazi', but in the case of the parking attendants (i.e failed busy body policeman) it is probably justified.Oxford has a well know hostility towrds the car, hence the impossiblity to drive through it without getting lost...unless you are a 20 tonne heavily polluting bus.The attendants in this...

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  • Beware of scotsmen with musical...

    Being Oxford, the locals get upset over the slighest silly thing. Being Oxfordians they will run polite campaigns, write letters to newspapers and sign petitions. A good case in point is this bloke below called 'Heath'. There is a concerted campaign going on to get rid of this busker from Oxford's streets. In other, more aggressive cities the...

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Oxford Tourist Traps

  • Tour Buses

    Some wouldn't call this a tourist trap, but in my opinion a bus tour through a city centre which is easily walkable within 20 minutes doesn't make sense at all. It's the same as everywhere: You can see the colleges from aboard the bus, but you can't get in. The bus doesn't stop when you have discovered the number one photo stop. The commentary...

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  • Punting

    Punts are very expensive: up to 10 pounds for a single use. Most colleges own their own punts; hence students get them for free or for much reduced rates: so, if you want to go punting make friends with an Oxford Student! It's still good fun. Have a look at my punting travelogue....

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  • Parking in Oxford, UK

    Beware of parking rules in OxfordAs a first time visitor to Oxford I parked my car at the centrally located Worcester Street car park. I had to estimate in advance my expected parking time, print a parking badge and show it behind the windscreen of my car. It was not possible to pay for the actual parking time afterward what is a common practice...

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Oxford What to Pack

  • Look up! There's a gargoyle!

    In order to take great pictures of Oxford's numerous gargoyles you need some equipment. A tripod is necessary because most of the gargoyles are quite high, just below the roof. You will also be able to take bigger pictures if your camera has got a good zoom. My pics were taken with a 420mm telephoto lens. Moreover, it is sometimes quite hard to...

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  • Students coming to Oxford (or visitors!)

    If you're a student, you'll want to be prepared for all seasons, especially the cold and wet. Waterproof shoes are a must, especially when tramping through the rain! A good, warm coat is also essential. If you plan on cycling, bring shoes with good traction. Also, formal wear! Especially if you're an undergraduate, you'll likely be attending...

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  • Weather Forecast

    The weather in Oxford varies by season. From Aprl - September it is usually mild, with occasional hot & sunny days in summer. The winter is quite chilly but the temperature rarely drops below zero. It can rain any time time of year so be prepared. No need Be sure to bring a camera - there is lots to photograph.

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Oxford Off The Beaten Path

  • Iffley

    When you have seen the university buildings and are a bit tired of the touristy and noisy city, come to Iffley to enjoy its peace and quiet. Situated on the Thames, it can be reached by boat from the pier by Folly Bridge or just by bus. See the interesting Iffley Lock but don't stop at that. This little village boasts a wonderful little church...

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  • Christchurch Meadow

    I chanced upon this memorial plaque whilst walking along the main path in Christchurch meadow. It is affixed to the wall of the garden of the very picturesque cottages there (see other picture) and commemorates, as you can see, an early balloonists exploits. Personally, I'd never heard of him until I saw this. The website given shows a print of...

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  • Cowley Road

    If Oxford is a genteel, civilised place, Cowley Road is its uncouthed, yet strangely alluring neighbour. Just 5 minutes walk from the town centre, but a million miles away in terms of atmosphere, Cowley Road is a true Bohemian/ethnic enclave and is where most students live, drink, shop and did I mention drink? Cowley Road used to be quite run-down,...

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Oxford Sports & Outdoors

  • University Sports

    Oxford was the scene of one of the most famous sports events of the 20th Century - the first four minute mile. Nowadays, it's common for professional athletes to break this barrier, but back in 1954 it was seen as almost the Holy Grail of Athletics. The great run took place at Iffley Road, Oxford University's main sports ground, and the man in...

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  • Oxford United

    Oxford United play football in the English third division at the Kassam Stadium. It is a nice compact stadium built on only 3 sides, the 4th side is a car park. It can be a nightmare to get out of if you are parked near to the stadium as there seems to be only one road out of the area, so most people use the park and ride buses to get there. ...

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  • Croquet on the College Lawn

    When I think about university sports I usually think about basketball, hockey or football, but in Oxford one still plays croquet, so I learned to my surprise.Croquet was very fasionable in England in the second half of the 19th century, and it also got its fans in other part of the British Empire.The obvious association that comes to mind when you...

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  • Oxford University & Colleges

    So which is better ? Oxford or Cambridge. When it comes to academic rating, Cambridge battles it out on the world stage with Harvard, but Oxford struggles to make the top ten. So a clear win there. But what of other measures ? Oxford can claim to have produced 25 British prime minsters, against 13 from Cambridge. In sport, Oxford has an...

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  • Memories

    This was my lasy photo in Oxford... Passing this flowery building, could be a restaurant or pub. So, I was in Oxford for about 2 hours & managed to accomplised a lot ! Judging from all the photos that you could see on this My Oxford Page ! No drink & no eating in Oxford...Well, maybe the previous night a KFC dinner with Pat ! I wish I could stay...

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  • Impressions

    Being in Oxford for three days gives you enough time to discover several colleges, the beautiful parks of Oxford and also some of the vicinity. You might want to go out to the Cotswolds for one day or to Blenheim Palace for half a day. Alternatively, you could spend some time in the city's museums. Your first day in Oxford Take the itinerary...

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