Things to do in Oxford

Oxford is one of the oldest and most celebrated university towns in Europe. Oxford has numerous major tourist attractions including Carfax Tower, offering superb views over the city, and the historic Covered Market with its many tourist shops. Oxfords' wide streets and noble buildings - even its pubs - have been the backdrop for countless TV programmes and films, from Inspector Morse to Harry Potter. Oxford is perfect day-out or short-stay destination.

Pubs and Restaurants in Oxford | Royal Oxford Hotel

There are a host of gastro pubs, restaurants and traditional country inns serving all manner of dishes with something for every taste and pocket.

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Shopping in Oxford | Royal Oxford Hotel

If you enjoy shopping then look no further as Oxford has a vast variety on offer.

From specialist food shops, boutiques and well loved brands to a family owned department stores.

Oxford boasts a range of souviners and University shops to pick up the latest univeristy and Oxford branded items.

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Sights To See | Royal Oxford Hotel

Oxford revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. The architecture of the 30-plus university colleges around the city’s medieval center led poet Matthew Arnold to nickname it the 'City of Dreaming Spires'. University College and Magdalen College are off the High Street, which runs from Carfax Tower (with city views), past the Covered Market to the riverside Botanic Garden.

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Museums in Oxford | Royal Oxford Hotel

Explore the city walking via the City Museum to Christ Church College. Walk on through the water meadows alongside the Thames and Cherwell, past the spot where, in 1784, James Sadler became the first Briton to fly (in a balloon) to the University Botanic Garden, the oldest in Britain. Then back to the Bodleian Library for the one-hour tour.

The Pitt Rivers Museum is a spectacularly diverse (and free) collection of the objects that make people different. It adjoins the Museum of Natural History, with its dodo and display on Alice In Wonderland. Museum of the History of Science, this is another of the city's prodigious museums - and it's free.

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Oxford University Colleges | Royal Oxford Hotel

Oxford is best known for its 38 colleges, each set around a quadrangle and several inner courtyards, with a gate that can be locked when necessary. They include a chapel, dining-hall, library and rooms for students and tutors, enabling each college to function autonomously.

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