Oxford City has a special place in the history of the world. Every year millions of visitors come to Oxford for visiting the world famous The Oxford University. The Oxford University is made of 38 colleges and 6 halls. There are more than approx. 58 departments in Oxford University which offering 100’s of courses. Every year more than 22 thousand students join the ancient Oxford University.
Oxford City center has more than 1000 historic buildings in less than one square mile. Browse our list of Top 10 Things to do in Oxford in One Day. We have selected the most beautiful, historic and picturesque sites on our list. Oxford has many things to offer for all the age groups.
1) Visit historic Oxford University –
The visit to Oxford University can be very difficult task. The walls are high and the big gates are usually closed. Please remember this ancient University is a working University where students live and ride bicycles for going to departments. Oxford University is spread all over the Oxford City and also outside.
For visiting historic building of Oxford University join a Free Oxford Walking Tours with Scholars Walk Tour. All guides are University educated and local history experts. With Scholars Walk Tours visitors can go inside many historic buildings like Old Colleges, ancient lecture halls like School of Divinity, beautiful Chapels, the Bodleian Library old school quads and the heart of Oxford University for Free! On this free walking tour also visit Harry Potter filming sights, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and Lord of the Rings locations. For more information please click on this link.
2) Visit Ashmolean Museum –
Ashmolean Museum is part of Oxford University and it has many exhibitions of ancient civilizations to many paintings of famous artist like Raphael and Michelangelo and Egyptian mummies. And the entry to Ashmolean Museum is Free. Ashmolean Museum is located on St.Giles street and it is open after 9 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
3) Join a Free Premium Oxford Walking Tour –
Oxford is a historic city. There are more than 1000 years of history of Oxford and more than 1000 historic buildings in the Oxford city center. Joining a Free Tour means that as a visitor your time will be well spent, you will go behind the closed doors of the historic colleges for free and learn about Oxford’s famous student anecdotes. Discover the history of Oxford University and Oxford City. Understand how Oxford University selects students? How many students pay? What goes inside the colleges? Student life in Oxford?
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4) Walk on the High Street –
The High Street of Oxford is the most picturesque and beautiful street in Oxford. Many historic buildings of Oxford University are on the High Street. Few of the most beautiful building on the Oxford High Street are University Church of St.Mary’s, University College where Mr.Bill Clinton was a student, Queens College, Exam Schools and Magdalene College where Oscar Wilde was a student.
5) Visit The Covered Market –
The Covered Market in Oxford City is a hidden gem. Visitors can go inside Oxford’s covered market from the High Street or Market Street in the city center. The Covered Market was established on 1st November 1774 because people wanted an organized market place which has clean and tidy stalls in central Oxford. Presently, there are many shops in the Covered Market which serve food, sandwiches, coffee and gift shops for visitors.
6) Magdalen Bridge Oxford –
Magdalen Bridge is next Magdalen College gate and it is one of the most picturesque places in Oxford City. As a tourist, you can take many beautiful pictures from the bridge. River Cherwell streams quietly under the bridge with punts waiting for visitors to glide away into the tranquil Oxford. On the 1st May every year thousands of students and locals visit Magdalen Bridge Oxford for May Day Celebrations and as an Oxford tradition many of them jump into the river after drinking early at 6 am in the morning.
7) 1000 years Old Saxson Tower
Saxson Tower is the oldest building (1040 AD) standing in Oxford. Saxson Tower is centrally located in Oxford City center on Corn Market street. Saxson Tower was the North Gate of Oxford City. Visiting Saxson Tower is mesmerizing experience because there are very few places in the world where you can see a tower which is 1000 years old. This tower was also a prison for Oxford Martyrs and you can enter to Saxson Tower is from the St. Michael’s Church.
8) Visit Blackwell Book Shop’s Norrington Room
Blackwell book shop must be on every tourist’s list of things to do in Oxford. Blackwell is located on Broad Street. The Blackwell’s bookshop was founded in 1879 by Benjamin Henry Blackwell and it is known to be the biggest single bookshop in the UK. The Mammoth book shop has the basement which is known as the Norrington Room and this room goes under ground Trinity College Oxford’s garden.
9) Visit Museum of History of Science –
The Museum of History of Science is must visit when visiting Oxford. As the name suggests, there are many historic and early scientific instruments on display in this Museum of History of Science. One thing that we will recommend to all the visitors is go in the basement of The Museum of History of Science for seeing the backboard of Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein visited Oxford University and he used two blackboards. One blackboard mysteriously went missing many years ago and one blackboard can be still seen in the basement of the museum for free.
10) Visit Oxford Castle –
Oxford has history human suffering in pain, burning of famous people on streets, revenge, murders mysteries, riots between locals and students which are now known as Town vs Gown riots. After all these events Oxford needed a place to prison people and Oxford Castle was turned into a prison. Now there is also a Luxury Hotel in one part of the Castle and you can see the high walls and prison cells in Oxford Castle for free from a courtyard.