7 Best Things to Do on a Day Out in Oxford
11/04/2022 11:13AM

A Great Day Out in Oxford

Oxford is one of the most famous cities in the world. From its academic powerhouse to historical buildings and Hollywood movie locations, there are plenty of reasons why Oxford attracts over 7 million visitors every year.

With our prime location (only a two-minute walk from the train station and five minutes to the bus station), many of the best things to do in Oxford are within an easy walk from the Royal Oxford Hotel’s front door. 

To get you started on your big day out, here are 7 of the best things to do in Oxford.

Visit the University of Oxford

Perhaps the most famous university in the world, the University of Oxford’s buildings are dotted around the city, many of them within walking distance of the Royal Oxford Hotel. Explore the university’s colleges, halls, quads, gardens, libraries, and museums, many of which are open to visitors. There are also plenty of university walking tours and behind-the-scenes tours of some of the more famous colleges and buildings. 

Stop by the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

The oldest public museum in the country houses treasures from around the world, from Egyptian mummies to modern art. There’s also a rooftop bar and restaurant offering top-notch service and one of the best views of the city of Oxford.

Discover Oxford Botanic Gardens and Arboretum

The UK’s oldest botanic gardens (over 400 years old) are home to some of the world’s rarest species, as well as 130 acres of picturesque woodland. With over 6,000 species, from carnivorous plants to dramatic tropical flowers, it’s a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Tour the Oxford Castle and Prison 

A thousand years of history are locked away in this Norman castle with a prison at its heart. With free admission and a guided tour, it’s a great way to explore the 1,000 years of Oxford’s history. Don’t forget to climb St. George’s Tower for stunning views of the city.

Pop into the Bodleian Library

Discover one of the largest and oldest libraries in the country located in the heart of Oxford. With some of its buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, this library is full of fascinating history.

Take a Stroll in Port Meadow

Fancy a picnic? Then a visit to Port Meadow is a must. One of the largest open spaces in Oxford, beautiful Port Meadow is bordered by the Thames and is ideal for walking, picnicking, birdwatching, and relaxing.

Give Punting a Go

Punting in Oxford is an age-old tradition. While away a sunny afternoon by hiring a punt on the Thames or the Cherwell. Give punting a go or hire a trained, knowledgeable guide to take you around Oxford’s beautiful rivers. 

A Great Night’s Stay in Oxford

If you’re looking for a place to base your day out or weekend stay in Oxford, then you’re in the perfect place. We’re perfectly located in the very heart of Oxford. Plus, all our rooms have air conditioning, an ensuite bathroom, and Netflix. 

The friendly staff at the Royal Oxford Hotel are local experts and can offer recommendations and booking information for tours and attractions in the city. To book a night’s stay for your visit to Oxford, give us a call today or reserve online. 

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