Itinerary for a Tour In A Day


Want to see Oxford in a day, but dont want to miss any of the major attractions. Then this is the tour for you!



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!

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


The Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford. It is also a copyright deposit library and its collections are used by scholars from around the world. But what is perhaps most spectacular is the stunning architecture that hides the vast underground caverns of literature it has to be seen to be believed. The library is a truly unique example of Oxford architecture.

Opening Times
Please see the website for details

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 277180 Fax: 01865 277105 Email: admissions@bodley.ox.ac.uk.

Address
Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

Website
The Bodleian Library


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.

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 Eagle and Child

The Eagle and Child

This long, narrow pub is where Tolkien, C.S Lewis and other Inklings used to drink for 30 years or so. Sunday lunches are excellent.

Opening Times
Opening times: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri and Sat 11am-11.30pm, Sun 12-10.30pm. Food served:12-9pm daily

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 302925

Address
49, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3LU


The Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and is the only botanical gardens in oxford. Throughout its three hundred and eighty year history the botanic gardens has continually evolved and developed to the point that today it is recognised as a classic yet contemporary botanic garden at the heart of the University and City of Oxford. For fans of literary fantasy, the gardens also offer insight into the books by Lewis Carol and JRR Tolkien, authors of Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings. Both authors are said to have gained inspiration from the Botanic Gardens.

Interesting Facts
The Oxford Botanic Gardens contain over 7 thousand types of plant, making it the most diverse yet compact collection of plants in the world.

Opening Times
The Oxford botanic gardens are open from 9am to between 4 and 6pm, depending on the time of year. Please check using contact details for the botanical gardens above.

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 286 690

Address
Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ

Website
The Botanic Gardens


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.

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


Christ Church Meadow

Christ Church Meadow

A lovely expanse of countryside within the confines of Oxford city, with walks down by the riverside where one can watch the rowing clubs training. Matthew Pinsent, the British Rowing Olympic Gold Medalist, would have graced this stretch of river with his skills.

Website
Christ Church Meadow


Head of the River

Head of the River

This is a popular outdoor summer venue (right on the river, heatlamps available), much frequented by students. It may get busy around times of rowing events!! The Head of the River has 12 hotel rooms if you dont feel up to staggering home.

Opening Times
Opening Time: 11.30am - 11pm; Sun 12 noon - 10.30pm Food served:daily: 12 noon - 9pm; Sun: 12 noon - 10.30pm

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 721600 Fax: 01865 726158 E-mail: headoftheriver@fullers.co.uk

Address
Folly Bridge,St Aldates, Oxford,OX1 4LB


Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower is located at the north west corner of Carfax. The Tower is all that remains of the 13th century St. Martin's Church and is now owned by the Oxford City Council. It is 23 m (74 ft) tall and still contains a ring of six bells, recast from the original five by Richard Keene of Woodstock in 1676. These chime the quarter hours and are rung on special occasions by the Oxford Society of Change Ringers.

Interesting Facts
It is possible to climb to the top of the tower for a good view of the Oxford skyline.

Opening Times
The tower is open 10am to 5.30pm (Easter to October) 10am to 3.30pm (October to Easter).

Address
Carfax, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1DZ


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!




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


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The Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport
(Mon 28th Aug, 2017)

This year all the vehicle shows will be held across the August Bank Holiday weekend creating the ultimate 'Festival of Transport'


St Giles Fair at St Giles
(Sat 02nd Sep, 2017)

The fair comes to St Giles for two days, lots of stalls and fair ground rides.


Oxford Open Doors
(Sun 10th Sep, 2017)

Oxford opens its doors for free! Over 150 venues and events for visitors including colleges and museums.