What's Re-Opening In Oxford
29/04/2021 14:47PM

Royal Oxford Hotel is reopening its doors from 17th May 2021 (hooray!) and with that in mind, we have put together a list of attractions in Oxford that will be re-opening now the COVID restrictions are starting to lift in May 2021:

Oxford Official University and City Walking Tour

Tours will run from April 3rd in line with Government Guidelines and be led by a specialist official Guide who will be wearing a visor and be ensuring social distancing so that you can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable visit.

See all of the University’s most famous buildings from the outside: the Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Sheldonian Theatre and the Bodleian Library.

All colleges are currently closed, due to the Covid-19 crisis, however there is still plenty to see and enjoy as Oxford is quieter and more beautiful than ever.

Explore Oxford as the setting for famous fictional characters such as Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Inspector Morse and enjoy stories about real-life characters who’ve lived here.

Duration - 2 hours

Learn more: https://www.experienceoxfordshire.org/oxford-official-walking-tours/

  • £20.00 Adults Ages 18+
  • £17 Seniors Ages 65+
  • £17 Students Must present valid ID
  • £12 Youth Ages 6-17
  • Free Children Ages 0-5
  • £160 Private Tour

Oxford Castle & Prison

44-46 Oxford Castle, New Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1AY

01865 260666

When William the Conqueror invaded England and won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Oxford Castle was marked by the Normans as the ideal place for a motte-and-bailey castle. Norman baron Robert O’Doyly took it upon himself to build this castle. Over time, our site transformed from a castle into a prison. Today, after one millennia, Oxford Castle & Prison is a visitor attraction with a story to tell.

Guided Tours of Oxford Castle

Led by one of our costumed guides, the fascinating history of Oxford and its castle will be revealed as you...

  • CLIMB the Saxon St George’s Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, and enjoy 360° panoramic views of the dreaming spires.
  • DESCEND underground into the 900-year-old crypt, the only surviving remains of St. George’s Chapel. Where it is said, began the education for which Oxford is famed, and where Geoffrey of Monmouth penned the Legends of King Arthur.
  • EXPLORE the austere confines of the 18th century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-Wing.
  • MARVEL the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle.

Open from the 21st May 2021.

General Admission £9.45 per person. Online Booking available: https://bookings.oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/book

Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH

01865 278000

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Britain’s first public museum, we’re home to half a million years of human history and creativity, from ancient Egyptian Mummies to modern art, and much more. Reopening in May, book your free general entrance: https://www.ashmolean.org/

Pitt Rivers Museum

Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW

01865 270927

The Pitt Rivers Museum is also known as The University of Oxford's Museum of anthropology and world archaeology. The museum was founded in 1884 following a gift to the university from general Pitt Rivers, it retains its unique atmosphere with dense displays of artefacts, many in the original wooden display cabinets.

A special feature of the Pitt Rivers Museum is the arrangement of the collection according to the following typologies: musical instruments, weapons, masks, textiles, jewelry, and tools. This famous arrangement allows visitors to see how different challenges were solved in different eras.

Pitt Rivers Museum

COVID UPDATE: The Pitt Rivers Museum will be closed until further notice. Please check the website and social media for further updates.

Learn more: https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/


The Oxford Artisan Distillery, Old Depot, South Park, Cheney Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX3 7QJ

01865 767918

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday for tours at set times:

  • Tuesday to Friday: 11.00 and 13.00 (Standard Tours)
  • Saturdays: 11.00, 13.00 (Standard Tours) and 15.00 (Founders Tour)
  • Sunday: 14.00 and 16.00 (Standard Tours)

Standard Tour (£20 / 45 minutes): You will be shown how we make vodka, gin, absinthe and rye whiskey and how we go the extra mile to make ourselves a true craft distillery. You will finish with the chance to taste our wonderful spirits. From Friday 21st May (subject to any further government guidance) we will be reopening our tours.

Learn more: https://www.theoxfordartisandistillery.com/

Bicester Village

50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 6WD

01869 366266

Village Hours

  • Monday
08:00 – 20:00

  • Tuesday
08:00 – 20:00

  • Wednesday
08:00 – 20:00

  • Thursday
08:00 – 20:00

  • Friday
08:00 – 20:00

  • Saturday
08:00 – 20:00

  • Sunday*
09:00 – 19:00

Bicester Village offers luxury services and is home to more than 160 boutiques that include Valet Parking, Hands-free Shopping, the award-winning Bicester Visitor Centre, and onsite tax refund and money change service. Face coverings must be always worn throughout the Village, including inside the boutiques. Bicester Village Shopping Outlet will be open from 12th April onwards. Train tickets from Oxford to Bicester Village start from just £3.20 one-way and when you buy directly with Chiltern Railways, you won't need to pay a booking fee.

Learn more: https://www.tbvsc.com/bicester-village/en

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

01993 810530

Opening Times

Open all year daily (except Christmas Day)
Park: 09.00 – 18.00 or dusk if earlier
Formal Gardens: 10.00 – 18.00
Palace: 10.30 – 17.30 (last admission 16.45)
Please note that some events are entirely separate to the Palace, Park and Gardens and additional admission fees might therefore apply.

Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, landscaped Parkland and stunning Formal Gardens, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors.

Buy tickets for the Palace, Park and Gardens. Explore 2000 acres of Parkland and 300 years of history.

  • OPEN-Formal Gardens,Walled Garden & Park
  • Palace, Park & Gardens Park & Gardens
  • Adult £29.50 £18.50
  • Concessions (Over-65s) £28.00 £17.50
  • Young Persons (Age 17-25 or Students with ID) £25.00 £17.50
  • Child (Age 5-16. Free for under 5s) £16.50 £9.00

*NHS, Blue Light Card and Defence Discount

Learn more: https://www.blenheimpalace.com/visitus/

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