First Time Tourists Guide in Oxford

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Oxford is a city located at the center of southern England, around 80 kilometers from London

This city is famous for its most prestigious universities, University of Oxford

Some tourist attractions in Oxford include Oxford City Center, Sheldonian Theatre, Carfax Tower, Christ Church Cathedral, and many more

For culinary destination, afternoon tea and Britain are inseparable so make sure to try it at least once

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SIGHTSEEING

The best way to explore Oxford is by visiting places around the complex of Oxford University. Sheldonian Theatre, built in 1664, is used for the university’s annual Commemoration. In this building, you can see the collections of the long history of science and the western culture. You can also find the blackboard used by Albert Einstein when he attended Oxford University in 1931.

Sheldonian Theatre

A landmark, Wren-designed building hosting university classical concerts, lectures and ceremonies

Address : Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AZ, United Kingdom

DOWNTOWN

If you want to look at the scenery of the whole city of Oxford from the top, you should come to Carfax Tower. Located at the center of the city, this beautiful and historical church is a good place to start your exploration in Oxford city.

Carfax Tower

Landmark 23m-high belltower, once part of a 12th-century church, offering city views from the top

Address : Queen St, Oxford OX1 1ET, United Kingdom

SHOPPING

If you are looking for an extraordinary place to have a window-shopping, Cornmarket Street is the best answer. Along this pedestrian-friendly and busiest shopping street in Oxford, you can find many stalls that sell famous big brands of clothes, jewelry, and even electronic items.

Cornmarket Street

Pedestrian-friendly and busiest shopping street in Oxford

Address : 11-12 Cornmarket St, Oxford OX1 3EX, United Kingdom

FOOD & DRINK

You will absolutely be spoiled with a good variety of choice that mix up the diverse Oxford’s food scene. It won’t be much of a trouble for you to find elegant restaurant or cozy local bar and distro that is worth your visit. Kazbar Restaurant, for example, will allow you to get a bite of Spanish/Moroccan taste in the land of Britain.

Kazbar Restaurant

Spanish/Moroccan tapas dishes served in decor of North African lanterns, kilims and mosaic tables

Address : 25-27 Cowley Rd, Cowley, Oxford OX4 1HP, United Kingdom

CULTURE

The official language used in Oxford is English. But some local people also speak Polish and Chinese language.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

There is no really such thing as best time to visit Oxford because every season in Oxford offers its own attraction. But if you want to experience walking through the road of Oxford when the trees are blossoming during the spring season, you can visit the city on May.

HOTEL

Old Parsonage Hotel is only five minutes walk from Oxford city center. This old but trendy hotel was built around 1660. This hotel has restaurant and bar open for guests and public. You can also book a room at Artist Residence Oxfordshire. This hotel has a simple interior. Artist Residence Oxfordshire could be the best hotel to take a rest after a long flight.

Old Parsonage Hotel

Adjacent to the University of Oxford campus, this stylish hotel in a 17th-century parsonage is a 7-minute walk from Ashmolean Museum and an 11-minute walk from Sheldonian Theatre

Address : 1-3 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN, United Kingdom

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

A mile from the A40 road, this upscale pub with rooms in a thatched-roof, 16th-century farmhouse is 3 miles from the Witney and District Museum and 4 miles from Devil’s Quoits, a Neolithic stone circle

Address : Station Rd, South Leigh, Witney OX29 6XN, United Kingdom

RESTAURANT

For a cozy and stylish restaurant in Oxford, The Oxford Kitchen is the place you should visit. This all-day restaurant serves amazing cocktails and a wide variety of up-to-date dishes. If you are looking for a unique taste of Caribbean culinary, Spiced Roots Restaurant is the answer. The ambiance is chill and cozy for you to have a nice rest in the middle of the city.

The Oxford Kitchen

Stylish, contemporary all-day restaurant offering cocktails and imaginative, up-to-date dishes

Address : 215 Banbury Rd, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HQ, United Kingdom

Spiced Roots Restaurant

An array of classic Caribbean dishes in a modern, lively setting with a full rum & cocktail menu

Address : 64 Cowley Rd, Cowley, Oxford OX4 1JB, United Kingdom

CAFE

The Handle Bar Cafe and Kitchen is a lovely cafe in the downtown area of Oxford. This cafe offers amazing taste of food and coffee accompanied by the calming atmosphere. Enjoy your food while looking at the busy St. Michael’s Street across your view. Located in the Old Fire Station, Cafe from Crisis also serves high-quality menu selections of sandwiches, baked potatoes, fresh salads, and other famous breakfast menu.

The Handle Bar Cafe and Kitchen

Casual cafe with whitewashed bricks and cycling artefacts, for artisan coffee, breakfast and snacks

Address : 28-32, St Michael's St, Oxford OX1 2EB, United Kingdom

Cafe from Crisis

A cafe serving high-quality menu selections of sandwiches, baked potatoes, fresh salads, and other famous breakfast menu

Address : 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ, United Kingdom

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

To experience the best nightlife in Oxford, it's recommended for you to visit Raoul's Bar and Liquor Store. A variety of cocktails menu is available here. The live music, usually funk or disco, is ready to accompany your late-night buzz. Angels Cocktail Bar Oxford is a modern high-end place for you to take a sip of delicious cocktail in Oxford. The vibe of the bar is laid-back and friendly so you will have a good time here.

Raoul's Bar and Liquor Store

Dimly-lit, intimate lounge bar on 2 floors, known for its huge cocktail menu and late-night buzz

Address : 32 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AA, United Kingdom

Angels Cocktail Bar Oxford

Modern cocktail bar with classic and modern options, plus an extensive range of spirits

Address : 55 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HS, United Kingdom

INTERESTING PLACE

As the place for many oldest universities, most tourists come to this city to look for many museums that have long history of western colonization. Pitt Rivers Museum is an interesting museum which covers up more than half a million collections of artifacts from all around the world. There are so much traces of the world’s history of culture hanged on the walls. You can also enter this museum for free. But if you want to have a relaxing trip, Oxford Botanic Garden is a very recommended place to spend your day. Built in 1621, this place is known as the oldest botanic garden in the land of Britain. Many amazing plants from all over the world are here to be seen.

Pitt Rivers Museum

A cornucopia of ethnographic treasures from shrines to shrunken heads, packed in according to type

Address : S Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PP, United Kingdom

Oxford Botanic Garden

Britain's oldest botanical garden, with plants from around the world, both indoors and outdoors.

They have a good explanation of the history of the plant species and all are beautifully preserved.

Many of the information points with plants describing their use, growing area and full name.

Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a quiet place to explore.

Address : Rose Ln, Oxford OX1 4AZ, United Kingdom

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Make sure to visit Blenheim Palace to get the best pictures for your Instagram feed. Located just eight miles from the northwest Oxford, this Palace complex has amazing Neoclassical architecture that includes the main building with spacious courtyards and beautiful gardens. Christ Church Cathedral is the next must-visit place when you are in Oxford. With the Medieval Gothic and Romanesque architecture from the 12th century, you can take as much aesthetic pictures as you want when you visit this place.

Blenheim Palace

Lavish 17th-century stately home filled with art and standing in Capability Brown-designed gardens.

Address : Woodstock OX20 1PP, UK

Christ Church Cathedral

Medieval Gothic and Romanesque cathedral serving Christ Church college and the local parish

Address : St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP, United Kingdom