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 Oxford

Destinations > UK > South > Oxford guide

Although almost certainly renowned for its universities, Oxford can boast many beauties. The architecture is simply a pleasure, with every turn you take there is another marvel for the eye to explore. In a city that is alive with history and culture there is also a cosmopolitan feel to Oxford with its many lively café bars and pubs.

Weather you are young or old exploring Oxford is not only charming but also memorable. There are plenty of guided tours on offer to help you see all the sight you wish to. You can explore the 800 years of history that surround the town or take a tour of the famous collages. Visit the oldest Botanic Gardens in England for a leisurely afternoon in peaceful surroundings. For the ultimate in relaxation take a cruise or punt down the river. Why not explore and discover the locations connected with Lewis Carrol the author of 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Oxford is with out a doubt a remarkable place with its own unique charm. With so many attractions to enjoy and so many places to visit you may wonder if there is any time to relax, yet Oxford is also a place which allows you to take it easy. After a packed day of sight seeing there are many places to refresh and refill. There are plenty of places to eat, with cuisine's from all over the world, with of coures many pubs and bars to relax in. There is something for everyone in Oxford.

 
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 Arts

Ashmolean Museum
This impressive museum is the largest in the country and houses the University's international collection of fine art and artefacts, from Europe the Orient, Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Location: Beaumont Street
Telephone: 01865 278 000

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
An amazing collection of instruments throughout history, plus a complete bow-makers workshop.
Location: Faculty of Music, St Aldate's
Telephone: 01865 276 139

Christ Church Picture Gallery
An excellent collection of paintings and drawings dating back from the 14th to the 18th century, with many of the masters being housed there, the most famous being 'The Butchers Shop' by Annibale Carracci's.
Location: Christ Church, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 276 172

Sheldonian Theatre
Location: Broad Street, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 277 299

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 Attractions

Carfax Tower
A visit here is a must for the ultimate views over Oxford spires and the High Street.
Location: Carfax, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 792 653

Christ Church
This magnificent collage dates bake to 1524. A visit here includes the exploration of the Cathedral, Chapter House, the Quad and the Great Hall, there is also a 15 minute video to tell the history of the college.
Location: St Aldate's, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 276 492

Museum Of The History Of Science
A great museum for all the family, with displays including the earliest scientific instruments, astrolabes, clocks, medical apparatus, the original penicillin apparatus and Einstein's blackboard.
Location: Broad Street, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 277 280

The Oxford Story Exhibition
Step aboard to discover 800 years of Oxford's fascinating university history in one hour.
Location: 6 Broad Street, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 790 055

Curioxity
Exciting hands-on science exhibitions were all the exhibits are designed to be touched and explored.
Location: The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 247 004

University of Oxford Botanic Garden
Began in 1621 the Botanic Garden now houses over 8000 species of plants, including tropical plants in the Glasshouses.
Location: Rose Lane, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 276 920

Pitt Rivers Museum
Explore this exciting collection of toys, textiles, Totem pole, and much more from all over the world.
Location: Parks Road, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 270 927

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Location: Parks Road, Oxford
Telephone: 01865 272 965

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 Clubs

5th Avenue
Location: 35 Westgate Center
Telephone: 01865 245 136

Arena
Location: 109 Oxford Road
Telephone: 01865 776 786

Park End
Location: 37-39 Park End Street
Telephone: 01865 250 181

Po-na-Na Souk Bar
Location: 13-15 Magdalen Street
Telephone: 01865 249 171

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 Leisure

Oxford Ice Rink
Location: Oxpens Road
Telephone: 01865 467 000Hinksey Heights Golf Course & Nature Trail
18 hole golf course that welcomes non-members on pay and play basis. Also available is a practice and tuition area, clubhouse and fully licensed bar, plus freshly cooked food. The course offers some excellent views of the Thames Valley and the spires of Oxford.
Location: South Hinksey, Oxford (At South Hinksey Turn off A34 between the Hinksey Hill and Botley Interchange.)
Telephone: 01865 327 775

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 Pubs

As a student town Oxford has a wide choice of drinking venues to choice from offering everything from quiet family run pubs to live music bars. Listed below is a few of the pubs, bars and clubs on offer.

Woodstock Arms
Location: 272 Woodstock Road
Telephone: 01865 552 454

Rats Wine Bar
Location: 182 Cowley Road
Telephone: 01865 245 999

White Horse
Location: 1 London Road, Headington
Telephone: 01865 762 447

The Half Moon
Location: 17 St Clements
Telephone: 01865 247 808

Seven Stars
Location: 30 Lake Street
Telephone: 01865 243 533

Wig & Pen
Location: 9-13 George Street
Telephone: 01865 246 906

The Royal Oak
Location: 42 Woodstock Road
Telephone: 01865 310 947

The Bear
Location: Alfred Street
Telephone: 01865 721 785

Rosie O'Grady's
Location: 1 Park End Street
Telephone: 01865 204 060

New Inn
Location: 119 Cowley Road
Telephone: 01865 247 519

The Roebuck
Location: 8 Market Street
Telephone: 01865 248 388

Rose & Crown
Location: North Parade Avenue
Telephone: 01865 510 551

O.X. One
Location: 12 New Road
Telephone: 01865 250 099

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 Restaurants

There are many places to eat in Oxford with cuisines and tastes from all over the world, below is a sample selection of what is availab

Chinese

Bangkok House
Location: 42a Hythe Bridge Street
Telephone: 01865 200 705

The Pink Giraffe
Location: Clements Street
Telephone: 01865 202 787

Chopsticks
Location: 244 Cowley Road
Telephone: 01865 725 688


French

Café Noir
Location: 3 Osler Road, Headington
Telephone: 01865 741 300

Le Petit Blanc
Location: 71-72 Walton Street
Telephone: 01865 510 999

Pierre Victoire
Location: 9 Little Clarendon Street
Telephone: 01865 316 616


Greek

Greek Taverna
Location: 272 Banbury Road, Summertown
Telephone: 01865 511 472


Indian

Raj
Location: 86 St Clements Street
Telephone: 01865 247 093

Indian Garden
Location: 129 High Street
Telephone: 01865 251 150

Star of Asia
Location: 237 Cowley Road
Telephone: 01865 248 200


Italian

Bella Pasta
Location: 6-16 George Street
Telephone: 001865 791 032

La Capannina
Location: 247 Cowley Road
Telephone: 01865 248 200

Gino's Spagheiti House
Location: 94 Gloucester Green
Telephone: 01865 794 446


Thai

Thai Orchid
Location: 58a St Clements Street East
Telephone: 01865 798 044

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 Shopping

Oxford is Excellent for shopping there is everything from unique crafts to candles. There are many shops great for gifts and souvenirs. However there is also everything from high street names to unique boutiques for those of us who love are fashion clothing.

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 Transport


Air

Oxford nearest airport is London Luton.


Car

Oxford is easy to reach by car. The M40, A43 and A40 all give good access, so there is little problem accessing Oxford by car. Once in Oxford there are a number of car parks around the town, so there is little stress of finding places to park. However there is four Park and Ride facilities in Oxford, which offer a fast and frequent service into the center. All the Park and Ride facilities are at different areas outside the town for extra convenience whatever direction you have traveled to Oxford from.


Coach

National Express Coach services have a wide U.K. service. For pick up points and destinations, and run regularly from London Victoria to Oxford. Oxford Bus Station is also in the center of the town on George Street.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Rail

Oxford Rail Station is situated in the center of the town at the top of Hythe Bridge Street. There are main line services to Oxford from all over the U.K. with good connections if there is no direct train.
National Rail Enquiery Telephone: 0345 48 49 50

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