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Allow plenty of time too, for Oxford’s unique range of attractions, the majority of which are within easy walking distance.
Sites include the magnificent Oxford university colleges such as Jesus, Exeter, Merton, Trinity, Magdalene and Christ Church, offering a wealth of academia and architectural interest.
Carfax Tower - the famous 16th Century church tower and viewpoint - provides a stunning aspect of the whole city, as does the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.
Walking tours and tour buses are an excellent way to see these sites.
To view Oxford from the river, try a self-drive or chauffeured punt, available by the hour, as well as electric boats, a steam boat or river cruises of up to two hours.
Specialised tours cover a diversity of subjects such as Inspector Morse, C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll of Alice in Wonderland fame.
Museums and art galleries include the UK’s oldest, the Ashmolean, situated on Beaumont Street.
This houses the British and European Art collections of Oxford University.
On Broad Street, the Bodleian Library offers access to the Divinity School and the library exhibition rooms in the Old Schools Quadrangle.
For music lovers, a fascinating collection of historical woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, including ‘Handel’s Harpsichord’ can be found in the Faculty of Music’s Bate Collection of Musical Instruments at St Aldate’s.
Younger visitors will appreciate Curiosity - the Old Fire Station at 40 George Street - for hands-on science, and the Museum of the History of Science, the Oxford Museum of Natural History and the Oxford Story at 6 Broad Street.
The Museum of Modern Art in Pembroke Street and Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oriel Square will definitely appeal to art lovers.
Most of the well-known names in high street shopping are represented in Oxford’s principal shopping streets - Queen Street, Cornmarket Street and Magdalen Street - and in two indoor malls, also on Queen Street and Cornmarket Street.
The majority of these shops are open seven days a week.
Browse in Broad Street, Turl Street and High Street for books old and new, quality gifts and souvenirs, antiques, jewellery and rare maps and prints.
Gloucester Green hosts an open-air market on Wednesdays and an antique market Thursdays, while the colourful stalls and small shops of Oxford’s Victorian Covered Market are open from Monday to Saturday.
Entrances to the Covered Market are in High Street and Golden Cross, the medieval courtyard of the former Cross Inn, which opens off Cornmarket Street.
Within the city itself, family restaurants, traditional and themed pubs and a wealth of restaurants featuring all international cuisine can be found.
There is even a purpose built cruising restaurant offering first class dining and excellent views of Oxford from the river.
Whether traditional or avant garde, Oxford stages entertainment that everyone will enjoy.
Contemporary culture is very much part of this historic city all the year round.
Choose from drama, dance, ballet opera, musicals and music performed by well-known national or international companies and lively student productions.
The Apollo in George Street is Oxford’s largest theatre and Oxford Playhouse in Beaumont Street is a newly refurbished 600 seat theatre in a beautiful Georgian building.
The Burton Taylor Theatre in Gloucester Street and Pegasus Theatre in Magdalen Road offer smaller scale drama and comedy.
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