Itinerary for an Most Popular Attractions


If you only have a short time to spend in Oxford why not base your trip on the most popular attractions as selected by other visitors to our web site? This tour includes the items in order of popularity but not necessarily the order in which you would want to see them. This is probably the safest way to ensure you see all the attractions that everyone else is going to be talking about when you get home but may mean you have to fight the crowds!



History of Science

History of Science

The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world s oldest surviving purpose built museum building the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street Oxford

Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 5

Opening Times
Tuesday - Friday 12.00 - 17.00, Saturday 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday 14.00 - 17.00. Closed on Mondays.

Contact Details
(+44) [0]1865 277280

Address
Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

Website
History of Science


The Ashmoleum Museum

The Ashmoleum Museum

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a museum of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1683 it is one of the oldest public museums in the world and an example of the fine architecture one can see in this University city. Exhibitions change from season to season but you can be sure of learning something new with each visit.

You can currently enjoy the following exhibitions:

Treasures of the Ashmolean - an exhibition of over 200 of the museums finest objects displayed together in one room.

Chinese prints 1950-2006 - an exhibition reflecting the momentous changes in the Peoples republic of China over the last 50 years.

Plus family activities, lunch time talks and special events organised throughout the year.

Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 4

Opening Times
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12pm to 5pm Bank holidays: 10am to 5pm Closed: Monday Easter Opening: 6, 7, April 10am to 5pm 8 April 12pm to 5pm 9 April 10am to 5pm Closes for the St Giles Fair: 2 to 4 September 2007 Admission free.

Contact Details
Tel: (01865) 278000 Fax: (01865) 278018

Address
Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH

Cost
Free

Website
The Ashmoleum Museum


The Museum of Oxford

The Museum of Oxford

The story of Oxford is brought to life through original artefacts college treasures and period room settings from pre-historic times up to the 20th Century. This museum caters very well for children and has a number of events and organised programs for families.

Interesting Facts
The Museum of Oxford run a series of events for visitors and their families. More information can be found on the whats on section of their website at www.museumofoxford.org.uk/display.php?sectionid=4

Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 3

Opening Times
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00 Saturday - Sunday 12:00 - 17:00 Monday Closed

Contact Details
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 252761 Email: museum@oxford.gov.uk

Address
Museum of Oxford St Aldates Oxford OX1 1DZ

Website
The Museum of Oxford


Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum (often spelt Pit Rivers Museum) was founded in 1884 when Lt General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to Oxford University. His two conditions were that a museum was built to house it and that someone should be appointed to lecture in anthropology.


Oxford University agreed to his request and the Pit Rivers Museum of natural history was founded. The Generals founding gift contained more than 18,000 objects but there are now over half a million. The Pitt Rivers Museum features displays of archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world. Many were donated by early anthropologists and explorers. Today the Museum is an active teaching department of the University of Oxford.


The Pitt Rivers is the only natural history museum in Oxford so if you would like a souvenir dont forget to visit the museum gift shop!




Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 2

Opening Times
The Pitt Rivers Museum is closed until early 2009. Normaly it is open every Day 12.00 - 16.30 From the 1st May 2007 the opening hours will be extended to: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 - 16.30, Monday 12.00 - 16.30, Bank Holidays 10.00 - 16.30.

Contact Details
+44 (1865) 270927

Address
South Parks Rd, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PP

Cost
Free

Website
Pitt Rivers Museum


Christ Church

Christ Church

One of the more attractive Oxford colleges, boasting some truly stunning works of architecture. The college was also the location for the Harry Potter films, a must see for all Harry Potter fans, and home to author Lewis Caroll in his student days. Christ Church, founded in 1546, appears to be one of the more aristocratic colleges, producing thirteen British Prime Ministers, more than any other college in Oxford or Cambridge college. Christ Church is also the only college in England that is also a cathedral, which also boasts the world famous Christ Church choir.

Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 1

Opening Times
Every day except Christmas Day, Mon to Sat 9am to 5.30pm, Sun 1pm to 5.30pm Last admittance 4.30 Christ Church Cathedral closes at 5pm, for special services see church website. Large parties may be split. Advanced booking is not required, except for special behind the scenes tours, for which an additional fee is payable.

Address
St Aldates, OX1 1DP

Cost
4.50 adult, 3.50 seniors, student, children

Website
Christ Church


Bangkok House

Bangkok House

Try the Bangkok house if you want something close to the city centre and enjoy gazing at beautifully hand carved wooden furniture. This is one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Oxford. You may also wish to look at Chang Mai Kitchens, Oxford Thai or the Thai Orchid which are the alternatives. The best seats in the house are reputed to be those in the window but they tend to get booked up quickly.

Interesting Facts
All the furniture in the Bangkok house has been hand carved and was imported from Thailand. The building is the site of an old mill. Typical costs are Set lunch £9.50, one plate lunches £4.50 to £5.50.

Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 7

Opening Times
12:30pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11pm Mon to Sat closed Sun

Contact Details
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 200705

Address
42a Hythe Bridge Street Oxford OX1 2EP


Exeter College

Exeter College

Still situated in its original location on Turl Street, Exeter College was founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapeldon of Devon, Bishop of Exeter and later treasurer to Edward III, who intended it as a school to educate clergy. During its first century, it was known as Stapeldon Hall and was significantly smaller, with just twelve to fourteen students. The college grew significantly from the 15th century onward, and began offering rooms to its students. It was at this time that the Chapel ? a small-scale replica of the Sainte Chappelle in Paris ? was built. The present Hall was built in the year 1618 with the rest of the college completed by 1710.

Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 8

Opening Times
Daily 2pm-5pm. Maximum 20 people in a group

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 279600

Address
Turl Street, OX1 3DP

Cost
None

Website
Exeter College


Balliol College

Balliol College

Balliol College has a strong academic reputation and has a legitimate claim to being the oldest college at Oxford University, founded in 1263. Balliol is a college in high demand, receiving the most applications by undergraduate and graduate students alike, as well as a higher than average mix of international students. Traditionally, the undergraduates are the most politically active of all the colleges. Perhaps the most endearing aspect of the Balliol was its devotion to the college tortoise, called Rosa, after the German Marxist Rosa Luxembourg. Sadly Rosa has not been seen for about 2 years, and it looks like her long life may have come to a peaceful end.

Interesting Facts
The lawn in the front quadrangle is a perfect elipse.

Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 9

Opening Times
Open all year except for Mondays and between Christmas and New Year. Daily 2pm-5pm. Maximum 12 people in a group.

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 277777

Address
Balliol College, Oxford, OX1 3BJ

Cost
£1

Website
Balliol College


Oxford Castle

Oxford Castle

Oxford Castle has been completely re-developed to host a mini commercial centre. The Castle in Oxford has been transformed to accomodate the Oxford Castle Hotel (Malmaison) and a number of other shops including Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pizza Express to name but a few to become Oxford Oldest New Quarter. Oxford Castle served time as a Royal Castle, from which the City and upper reaches of the Thames valley were administered, as a centre of justice and for several hundred years a Gaol!

Tour Facts
Popularity Rank Number 10

Opening Times
Open from 9 - 5 monday to friday

Contact Details
+44 (1865) 201657

Address
Oxford Castle 43 Oxford Castle Oxford OX1 1AY

Website
Oxford Castle


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