Known for its prestigious university and medieval centre which has led it to be dubbed “The City of Dreaming Spires’, the city of Oxford is however not just a cap and gown town, but a tourist hub filled to the brim with exciting attractions and activities. Walk in the footsteps of the many famous people that frequented this city in times gone by and even discover the City in which Lewis Carroll first dreamt up the story of what would become the known and loved tale, Alice in Wonderland! Without further ado, here are our Top 10 Things To Do in Oxford…
SOLVE THE CITY – CLUE THE LOOKING GLASS
Think part escape room, part outdoor treasure hunt and you end up with Solve the City’s Clue The Looking Glass. Based on the famous novel Through the Looking Glass (now known as Alice in Wonderland!) by Lewis Carroll. Assemble your team of Tweedledees and your Tweedledums (2-5 players), meet at the secret start location (provided to you upon booking) and switch on the magical phone app. Adventure around the cobbled passageways of Oxford, find the clues, solve the puzzles and interact with mysterious objects – all in the name of finding Alice once and for all. You may even encounter some of Wonderland’s other inhabitants! An outdoor adventure suitable for families, friends and team-building events that will leave you thrilled one moment and scratching your head at the next. Book your experience here at solvethecity.co.uk
PITT RIVERS MUSEUM
Visit one of the world’s leading archaeology museums at Pitt Rivers Museum! Founded in 1884, and named after General Pitt Rivers, one of the most influential figures in evolutionary anthropology. It is housed within an atmospheric building with more than 500,000 objects, photographs and manuscripts from all over the world, and from all periods of human existence. Within these are exceptional objects of ritual significance, and objects made for tourists or trade. A real treat for those that love exploring different cultures and historical findings!
OXFORD CASTLE & PRISON
Step into over 900 years of history with Oxford’s famous Castle & Prison. Built in 1066 after William The Conquerer invaded England this is the site of many historical happenings, some enchanting and some horrible! Climb the 101 steps up to St George’s Tower and see the 360 degree panoramic view of Oxford and take a trip down below to the old, candle-lit crypt where it is believed Geoffrey of Monmouth penned ‘The Legends of King Arthur’!
DISCOVER THE FILMING LOCATIONS OF HARRY POTTER MOVIES
Fancy yourself a bit of a Potter-head? Well did you know many sites in Oxford were used as indoor parts of Hogwarts? Explore the atmospheric New College Cloisters, and take a peak at where ‘The Boy Who Lived’ once roamed or take a look at The Bodleian Library which served as ‘The Divinity School’ in the films! Wingardium Leviosa!
TAKE A PUNT UP THE CHERWELL RIVER
Come on gang, this one is definitely worth the taking a ‘punt’ on! Punting is a truly timeless, slightly eccentric, quintessentially Oxford, idyllic pleasure. Take a leisurely punt upstream, about half an hour from us is The Victoria Arms. Past the pub you can punt through beautiful rural countryside, ideal for a full day out. Downstream takes you through the lovely University Parks, a great spot for picnics and games with the kids. Great to see Oxford from a ducks-view perspective!
If getting a little bit spooked is your cup of tea, then why not try one of Oxford’s walking Ghost Tours? These are usually held on evenings, so great for a unique night out. Take an unsettling tour through Oxford’s shadowy backstreets and shady cloisters, find out how Dead Man’s Walk got its name and learn spine chilling stories of ghostly sightings of Oxfords past!
THE STORY MUSEUM
Fantastic for a family friendly day out, The Story Museum is dedicated to celebrating stories and their enduring power to teach and delight. Expect immersive exhibitions based around Oxford’s colourful literary history, take a trip into the Enchanted Library and the Whispering Wood and get hands on with what goes into creating stories. If you love literature like Narnia and Alice in Wonderland then this is a must do attraction! Relive your favourite stories The Story Museum.
OXFORD BOTANIC GARDEN & ARBORETUM
If gardens are what make your world go around then why not visit the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain? Founded in 1621, Oxford Botanic Garden was once used as a physic garden to grow plants for medicinal use but today, it is home to over 5000 diverse plants, and is truly something not to be missed in Oxford.
Escape Rooms really are all the rage at the moment, so why not try Oxford’s offering of puzzle solving fun at Escape Hunt? Immerse yourself in any of the five different escape room adventures on offer, including discovering Blackbeards Treasure, doing battle with a Cyberman in Doctor Who themed room World’s Collide or step into ancient Japan and become one with your inner warrior in ‘The Fourth Samurai’. Great for groups of friends, families and corporate team building events alike.
MODERN ART OXFORD
Fed up of all the historical sites in Oxford and want to explore something more this century? Explore Modern Art Oxford, an art gallery dedicated to contemporary pieces from across the globe. You might not find ancient artefacts here, but you will find cutting edge visual artwork and also an eclectic and upbeat café to enjoy a coffee in when you’ve had a look around. Modern art superstars such as Tracey Emin and Stella Vine have displayed works here in the past and there is always new and diverse pieces to feast your eyes on! Visit: Modern Art Oxford.
That rounds up our Top 10 Things To Do in Oxford list, we know you won’t regret trying any of these fabulous attractions. Treat yourself!