The finest Oxford Attractions

With a backdrop of wide streets and noble building to multiple movies and TV programmes, Oxford is without doubt one of the most recognisable cities in the UK. If you’re visiting for a day-out or on a short-stay break, explore the city of Oxford and the wider county to discover world-class arts and culture, stunning venues and the finest Oxford attractions.

Listed below are various tourist attractions and things to do in and around Oxford.

Oxford attractions listings and top-20 oxford sightseeing


Botanic Garden beautiful flowers

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Oxford Botanic Garden

Rose Lane,
01865 286 690

Founded in 1621, the Oxford Botanic Garden is the UK’s oldest botanic garden and occupies a world-class position in terms of its history and academic location. Its mission is to share the scientific wonder and importance of plants with the world.

Distance to Oxford City Centre | 0 miles
bate collection musical instruments

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Bate Collection

Faculty of Music,
St Aldate's,
01865 276128

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, in the Faculty of Music at Oxford University, houses over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the Renaissance, through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and up to modern times.

Distance to Oxford City Centre | 0.25 miles
Museum of the history of science displays

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Museum of the History of Science

Broad Street,
01865 277293

The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street. Discover objects associated with such diverse figures as George III, Einstein, and Lawrence of Arabia.

Distance to Oxford City Centre | 0 miles
Pitt Rivers Museum collections

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Pitt Rivers Museum

South Parks Road,
01865 613000

The Pitt Rivers Museum holds one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology, with objects revealing humankind’s extraordinary problem-solving and craft skills from every continent and throughout human history.

Distance to Oxford City Centre | 0.25 miles
city sightseeing in oxford

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City Sightseeing Oxford – from the Oxford Bus Company

High Street Travel Shop
44 - 45 High Street
01865 790522

Hop onboard to discover Oxford from an open-topped tour bus. What better way to learn about Oxford’s fascinating history than from your live guide and/or audio commentary in many languages? The tour departs every 10-15 minutes through the summer (20-30 minutes in winter) and takes in Oxford’s many colleges and attractions during its 1-hour circular route.

Distance to Oxford City Centre | 0.1 miles
Harcourt Arboretum pinetum and serpentine ride

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Harcourt Arboretum

Oxford Lodge,
Peacock Gate,
OX44 9PX
01865 610305

Harcourt Arboretum, in the village of Nuneham Courtenay, has the best collection of trees in Oxfordshire set within 130 acres of historic picturesque landscape.

Distance to Oxford City Centre | 5.5 miles
Alice's Shop - The original Alice in Wonderland Shop
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83 St Aldates Oxford OX1 1RA
01865 723793
All Souls College
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All Souls College, Oxford OX1 4AL
01865 279379
The Ashmolean - Museum of Art & Archaeology
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Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH
01865 610406
Balliol College
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Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ
01865 277777
Bodleian Libraries
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Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG
01865 287400
Brasenose College
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Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ
01865 277830
Bridge of Sighs (Hertford Bridge)
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New College Lane, Oxford OX1 3BL
Carfax Tower
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Queen Street, Oxford OX1 1ET
01865 792653
Christ Church College
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Christ Church St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DP
01865 276492
Corpus Christi College
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Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JF
01865 276700