Things To Do In & Around Oxford | Royal Oxford Hotel

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. Oxford's 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.

Look what has Re-Opened

At the Royal Oxford Hotel we like to keep our guests and visitors to Oxford updated on what is available to sightsee during your stay. Following the lockdown a lot of Oxfords prime locations had to close their doors but as we come out the other side we are delighted to report the following attraction have re-opened post Covid-19 Lockdown.

The Botanic Garden and Arboretum have reopened both sites to the public. You can book 30 minutes slot by going to their website

Bicester Village is open to shoppers -

Blenheim Palace is open to visitors

Oxford Castle and Prison can be visited by making a booking on

Pubs & Restaurants

Pubs & Restaurants

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


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 in Oxford

Sights to See

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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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.

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Oxford theatres have something for everyone and for all ages.

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The Collages

The Colleges

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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Oxford Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Oxford Official Walking Tours now available with small socially distanced groups! Explore Oxford with a skilled and knowledgeable guide. See the filming locations used in Harry Potter, Inspector Morse, and the University’s most famous buildings: the Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Sheldonian Theatre, and the Bodleian Library.

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