Local Information and Attractions

All Souls College

The College of All Souls of the Faithful Departed, of Oxford, was founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele (fellow of New College and Archbishop of Canterbury), on 20 May...

Ashmolean Museum

This is the oldest museum in Britain; in fact when it was first opened in 1683 the term ‘museum’ was hardly in common usage. The institution is owned by...

Balliol College

John de Balliol founded the college in 1283 under the guidance of the Bishop of Durham. The institution has a long history of extremely political active students and has...

Bate Musical Collection Museum

The Bate Collection celebrates the history of the western musical tradition from medieval times to the modern day. The museum houses a large collection of instruments from around the...

Blackfriars College

Blackfriars College is unique within the University of Oxford as it is the only specialist Theological and Philosophical school. Friars began a Dominican academic community in 1221 on the...

Blackwell's Book Shop

This famous bookstore on Broad Street was founded by Benjamin Blackwell in 1879. From the outside the shop looks fairly small, but behind the facade is the huge Norrington Room...

Blenheim Palace

Set in 2,100 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns and formal gardens. The State Rooms are graced with priceless portraits, exquisite porcelain...

Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is not one library but many, housed in buildings spread all over Oxford. The historic core is around Radcliffe Square, with the oldest parts being the magnificent...

Brasenose College

Brasenose College is in the heart of Oxford next to the Radcliffe Camera. Its name is said to be the oddest of all the colleges and is thought to...

Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford is almost as famous a landmark as its Italian counterpart. The bridge was built in 1913 and is named after the famous Venice...

Carfax Tower

The Carfax Tower is the remains of the church of St Martin which was demolished in 1896 in order to widen the road and improve traffic flow. The tower...

Christ Church Cathedral

People have been visiting this medieval church for over 800 years, ever since local pilgrims came here to pray at the shrine of St. Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford....

Christ Church College

Christ Church College has an interesting history. It was initially founded by Cardinal Wolsey in the 16th Century and was re-founded later in the century by Henry VIII....

Christ Church Meadow

This open area of meadowland follows the river Cherwell along the back of Christ Church College. Intersected by paths the meadows have for centuries been a magnet for the...

Christ Church Picture Gallery

Christ Church Picture Gallery is one of the many fine galleries that is located in the heart of Oxford, one of the most visited tourist towns in the country....

Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christi College is one of the smaller colleges of Oxford University and has the advantage of overlooking meadows but being in the city centre. The college’s buildings mainly...

Eagle and Child

Without a doubt this pub is top of the list for a great deal of literary pilgrims to Oxford. Famed as the meeting place of the ‘Inklings’, a group...

Examination Schools

Oxford University’s impressive Examination Schools building was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson and constructed between 1876 and 1882. Jackson had been inspired by the Jacobean architecture of Kirby Hall in...

Exeter College

Still situated in its original location, Exeter College was founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapeldon of Devon, the Bishop of Exeter. The college was originally intended for the...

Green College

Green College is one of the graduate constituent colleges at the University of Oxford. At the centre of the college is the Radcliffe Observatory, a late eighteenth Century Grade...

Harris Manchester College

Originally run by Presbyterians, the college began life as Manchester Academy in 1786. The college was one of the few remaining dissenting academies that provided religious nonconformists with education....

Headington Shark

The Headington Shark is one of Oxford’s more bizarre tourist attractions. Created by the sculptor John Buckley, the fibreglass shark is 25 feet long and weighs four hundred weight....

Hertford College

Originally founded as Hart Hall by Elias de Hertford in 1282. Many of the great minds of the English Renaissance studied at what would eventually become Hertford College including...

Jesus College

Jesus College was founded in 1571 by eight commissioners, of whom Hugh Price is often credited as the main force, and received its Royal Charter from Elizabeth I. A...

Keble College

The Victorians founded Keble College, most notably Edward Pusey, in 1870. The college is named after Pusey’s friend and colleague John Keble who was a fellow member of the...

Lady Margaret Hall

Lady Margaret Hall, the first women’s college in Oxford, was founded in 1878 by Elizabeth Wordsworth, a great-niece of the poet William Wordsworth. It was named for Lady Margaret Beaufort,...

Len Launchbury Museum

This museum covers the history of the Boy Scout movement in Oxfordshire. The movement has a long and illustrious story to be told across the nation, and was led...

Lincoln College

Lincoln College is one of the oldest academic institutions in the world and is situated in the heart of Oxford’s historic centre. It has a medieval hall, a 17th...

Magdalen Bridge Boathouse

A trip to Oxford would not be complete without trying out the traditional activity of punting down the River Cherwell. The Magdalen Bridge Boathouse is conveniently situated at the...

Magdalen College

Magdalen College was founded in 1448 by William of Waynflete and was one of the first colleges to teach science. The impressive buildings of the college are situated next...

Mansfield College

The college was originally founded (under the name of Spring Hill College) in Birmingham, as a college for Nonconformist students, who could not at that time be admitted to Oxford...

Martyrs' Memorial

Martyrs’ Memorial was built to commemorate three churchmen - Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer - who were burnt at the stake because of their Protestant beliefs during the...

Merton College

Unlike many of the colleges of Oxford University, Merton College is free to visitors. As one of the three colleges that were founded in the 13th Century, Merton College...

Merton College Chapel

Merton College Chapel was built in the 13th Century and still possesses windows that contain the original glass from the period. Other windows contain stained glass from the 15th...

Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art is the new name for the Oxford Museum of Modern Art, a gallery that has been open since 1965 and in that time has gained a reputation for...

Museum of Natural History

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University’s scientific collections of zoological, entomological, geological, palaeontological and mineralogical specimens, accumulated in the course of the last three centuries....

Museum of Oxford

The Museum of Oxford is owned by the city council and acts as an excellent starting point to get to know the colourful and fascinating history of Oxford and it’s...

Museum of the History of Science

The Museum of the History of Science is housed in the oldest surviving purpose-built museum building in the world and has a wonderful collection of scientific objects from the past...

New College

New College is one of the University of Oxford’s largest colleges and was the first college to be designed around a quadrangle. The college has an interesting history as...

Old County Hall

The Old County Hall building in the centre of Oxford is apparently often mistaken by tourists as a castle but was actually built in the 19th Century in a Norman...

Old Fire Station Theatre

The Old Fire Station Theatre is a studio theatre situated on George Street in the centre of Oxford. Officially the studio theatre to New Theatre Oxford, it runs as its...

Oriel College

Oriel College is in the centre of Oxford and is the fifth oldest college in the university. While none of the original buildings remain, the college’s architecture is of...

Oxford Castle

Oxford Castle was founded after the Norman invasion and first became a prison in the 13th Century although the main buildings date from the 1770s. The prison closed in 1996...

Oxford Covered Market

The indoor market in Oxford high street has a long and interesting history. Designed by architect John Gwynn, creator of Magdalen Bridge, the market opened its doors for the...

Oxford Oratory

The Oratory in Oxford wasn’t actually established until 1993 but the Jesuits have served the church and surrounding buildings since the 1870’s and more recently under the see of the...

Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse has a reputation as one of Britain’s leading theatres and has done since its foundation in 1920. The theatre has strong links with the University and has...

Oxford Union

The Oxford Union is the most famous debating society in he world. Housed in an architectural masterpiece at the very heart of the city the union hosts debates and...

Oxfordshire Health Archives

The Health Archives for the county of Oxfordshire were originally established simply as an administrative tool for the local NHS to be able to check on what they were doing...

Oxfordshire Record Office

The Oxfordshire Record Office is home to a vast amount of administrative, political and social records that are associated with hundreds of years of history in the country. The...

Oxfordshire Studies Centre

The Oxfordshire Studies Centre was established in order to bring together a wealth of information and documents that have been collated from hundreds of years of history in this county....

Pembroke College

Founded in 1624, Pembroke College is concentrated in its traditional site in the centre of Oxford but it has a fine new building on the Thames, as well as its...

Pitt Rivers Museum

This is one of many museums owned by the University of Oxford based in the centre of the city. The permanent displays in the museum centre around ethnographic and...

Queen’s College

The Queen’s College is one of Oxford University’s oldest colleges and was founded in 1341. The college was named in honour of Edward III’s wife, Philippa. In the...

Radcliffe Camera

Today, the Radcliffe Camera is part of the Bodleian Library and is one of Oxford’s most recognisable buildings. The iconic circular structure was built by James Gibbs with a...

Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art

Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art was founded by John Ruskin in 1871 whose aim was to develop a course that would lead to a degree in...

Saint Michael at North Gate

Saint Michael tower is the oldest building in the historic city of Oxford. We know the tower previously formed part of the city walls around 1000 years ago as it...

Saxon Tower

The Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate is nearly 1000 years old and is Oxford’s oldest building. Visitors who pay to go inside the tower can...

Sheldonian Theatre

The Sheldonian Theatre was designed by Christopher Wren and was built between 1664 and 1668. Its main purpose is to provide the University of Oxford with a place for...

Somerville College

Somerville is a college for women and men. It was founded (as Somerville Hall) in 1879 to provide an opportunity for women, who at that date were excluded from membership...

St Antony’s College

St Antony’s College was founded using money donated by a French merchant Antonin Besse of Aden in 1952. It is one of the Universities seven graduate only colleges and...

St Cross Church

The rather quaint Church of St Cross is situated next to Holywell Manor to the northeast of the city centre. Historians believe there was a church on this site as...

St Edmund Hall

St Edmund Hall was one of Oxford’s ancient Aularian houses which were the first halls before the establishment of the University’s colleges and is the only Medieval hall left in...

St John’s College

St John’s College was founded in 1555 as a counter reformation platform. Thomas White, an English Catholic helped found the college and notable Catholic martyr Edmund Campion attended the...

St. Aldates Church

The ecclesiastical community at St Aldates dates back to the twelfth Century when the first parts of this central Oxford church were constructed. The original tower was built in...

St. Anne’s College

In 1878 the Association for the Education of Women in Oxford was founded, and it is at this time that the college finds its earliest roots. The college itself...

St. Peter’s College

One of the newer colleges of Oxford, St. Peter’s wasn’t founded until 1929, the vision of Francis James Chavasse, Bishop of Liverpool. His plan was to create a college...

Trinity College

Sir Thomas Pope established Trinity College in 1555 on the site of the earlier Durham College, which had been founded by Benedictine monks in the 13th century. Trinity College boasts...

University Church

St. Mary the Virgin, on High Street, holds a special place in the history of Oxford University. It is one of the oldest University buildings in the world and it...

University College

As the oldest college of Oxford University, University College is steeped in history and tradition. The college is famous for having expelled the rebellious poet Shelley in 1811 and...

University Parks

The University Parks were first opened to the public in 1854. The vast expanse of 70 acres of land on the west side of the river Cherwell was developed...

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is nearly 400 years old and is the oldest in Britain. The garden has over 7,000 different types of plant, the majority of...

Wadham College

Founded by wealthy Somerset landowners Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham, this college became active in 1610. Although Wadham is one of the youngest of Oxford’s ‘historic colleges’ the institution contains...

Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

The Wesley family have a history in the street this church is built on that dates back to before John Wesley was born. John Wesley helped found Methodism on...

Westgate Shopping Centre

Oxford’s Westgate Shopping Centre is in the centre of the city and offers shoppers the option of escaping the traffic and tourists of the main streets by providing a whole...

Wycliffe Hall

Although Wycliffe Hall has enjoyed a close relationship with the University of Oxford since its foundation in 1877, the institution only became an official Permanent Private Hall of the university...