Things to do in Oxford if you are new this Autumn

The City of Oxford is known around the world for its famous university, but it doesn’t stop there.

It is also home to an array of venues, museums and parks that make the city unique and welcoming. Planning a visit and looking for things to do in Oxford? Our reception team has come up with some ideas so you know where to begin.



Located right in the centre of the city, Oxford University is made up of numerous colleges that you can visit (depending on opening times). The outstanding architecture, immense halls and beautifully-maintained gardens will not only make you feel very welcome, but will leave you in awe. Don’t miss Christ Church College, which is the largest college and was founded over 470 years ago.


If you want to go even further back in time, join an exciting guided tour of the historic Oxford Castle that is just over 10 minutes’ walk away from the university. The tour takes you to the top St George’s Tower where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city. On the tour, you also get to discover the underground crypt and the cold walls of the castle’s prison.



One of the most photographed buildings in Oxford, Radcliffe Camera stands out with its round architecture and provides an excellent backdrop for photographs. Not merely a tourist hotspot, it is also home to the Radcliffe Science Library that is spread across three floors.


The Ashmolean Museum is Britain’s oldest museum and is Oxford University’s museum of art and archaeology. Its collections cover an impressive time range, taking visitors on a journey from Ancient Egypt all the way through to contemporary artwork. The museum is located right in the centre of the city and admission is free.



The Covered Market offers a concentration of independent shops and restaurants right in the middle of Oxford and dates back to the 18th century. Whether you are looking for a local speciality, a fashion piece, a souvenir or just want to have a wander, the Covered Market is your ideal destination.


Walks and Parks

Oxford and its surroundings offer multiple opportunities for nice walks and wanderings. In the city centre, you can see the famous Hertford Bridge, also known as the Bridge of Sighs, right behind the university. This famous landmark joins two parts of different colleges and strikes a strong resemblance to Venice’s bridges.


A little bit further away stands the University Of Oxford Botanic Garden. The oldest botanic garden in Britain, a visit here guarantees you a calm and relaxing green heaven. You can also walk your way through Harcourt Arboretum which is home to a vast selection of trees and seasonal plants.


Feeling adventurous and want to explore further? Less than 10 miles away, you can visit the Thames Path and follow the route of the river, or call into Blenheim Palace, a beautiful stately home with gardens that provides a great day out just less than 30 minutes away from the city.



Amidst all the sights and hotels Oxford is a fantastic city which has lots to offer. Stay with us at the Oxford Abingdon Hotel and you will be conveniently located so you can enjoy the city fully and make the most of your stay in the capital of Oxfordshire.

Looking amongst the numerous hotels Oxford offers? Book directly with us at the Oxford Abingdon Hotel for the best rates or call us on 01235 553456.