Oxford is a historic city in the South East region of England, well known for the ‘dreaming spires’ of it’s world-class university, scientific research and literary giants.

Resting on the banks of the River Thames is this world famous city that has captured the imagination of poets, dreamers, genius thinkers and trailblazing academics. Relatively small for a city of it’s reputation, Oxford punches above it’s weight in terms of historic detail and the well-known names of successful students that have passed through the university. The old and the new interact in interesting ways with business, leisure, education, tourism, food & drink and music all sharing the same buzzing streets.

Things to do in Oxford:

Oxford’s attractions are mainly based around the historic heart of the city, yet there are many fun and leisurely things for the whole family to do;

  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Westgate Shopping Centre
  • University, Cutteslowe & South Parks
  • River Punting
  • River Cruises
  • O2 Academy
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Christchurch Cathedral & University
  • The Story Museum
  • University Museum of Natural History
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Historic Pubs & Cellars
  • Guided Tours
  • The Oxford Artisan Distillery

How To Get There:

By Car:
From Banbury Cross, follow the A4260 (South Bar), which will take you through Kidlington and all the way to Summertown. Continue through Summertown to St. Giles and the city centre. Be aware that there’s limited parking in Oxford which is trying to go car-free. The Westgate shopping centre has spaces but we advise using one of the Park & Ride bus schemes. Peartree Park & Ride is the closest from Banbury.

Travel time is around 45 minutes depending on traffic which can be slow at peak times.

You can also use the M40 motorway south from junction 11 at Banbury, taking you to the A34 and from there into the city via the Botley Road or the Seacourt Park & Ride.

By Train:
Banbury Station to Oxford takes between 18 and 30 minutes depending on the service. There are usually 2 to 3 trains every hour from platform 3.
Standard class prices range from around £12.50 peak time to £6.50 off-peak time, but do check on availability first.

By Bus:
Catch the S4 Stagecoach to Oxford from Banbury Bus Station.
The price is around £6.50 per person to the city centre, but cheaper if you purchase a Stagecoach travel card in advance.

Guided Tour:
Check the local tour guides that offer inclusive trips to specific tourist destinations.