The City of Oxford was home to C.S Lewis, JRR Tolkien and the birthplace of Stephen Hawking. Twenty-six British Prime Ministers were educated at Oxford University, along with many famous individuals such as Tim Berners Lee, computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web. Oxford is home to the oldest university in England.

Enjoy wondering the streets of Oxford, visiting some of the most iconic landmarks of the city and inspiration for literature and films, such as Harry Potter.

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Visit Oxford

Nearest Airport:

  • London Heathrow

Car journey time from London:

  • 1 hr 30 mins - 59 miles / 95 km

Recommended accommodation:

  • Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
  • Old Bank Hotel
  • The Old Parsonage

Other nearby destinations:

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The 3 Days of History and Culture Experience

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An Ideal Day with a Private Tour of Oxford

Upon arrival in Oxford, you will be met by your private guide who will take you on a tour of some of the most iconic landmarks of the historic city. Starting at Magdalen College to discover where students would sit and listen to CS Lewis as a tutor of English, and end at the University's botanical gardens to find the bench from Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights or picture yourself wondering through Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Following a delicious lunch at a beautifully located waterside restaurant, you will journey through time as you explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History before stopping in at a traditional pub for a pint.

Board your private luxury river charter and experience wonderful views of Oxford's famous skyline from the perspective of the river. Sit back and relax as your skipper guides you along the waterways whilst you enjoy a traditional champagne afternoon tea.

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Oxford Treasure Hunt

You might call this the "Take it or Retrieve" it Treasure Hunt.

If a guided tour doesn’t appeal, compete to explore the treasures of Oxford by following the clues of your treasure hunt.

The "Take it or Retrieve" it Treasure Hunt lets you discover Oxford for yourself. The clues take you to see, explore and find, interesting and intriguing features and aspects that make the history of Oxford, craftily guided with you in the lead.

You cannot get lost. You can potter or romp, you can compete, or simply gaze and experience. The clues are all there to find, as are the solutions and the items to solve the final hunt. Or you can simply enjoy a unique meander among the splendours that make Oxford, if hunting is less appealing....though few find they can resist!

Be sure, you will not be bored, and there is tea, cakes, myriad antiquities and various watering holes along the way. The treasure hunt starts and finishes in the centre of Oxford and takes around two hours.

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Oxford Botanic Gardens

Since its foundation in 1621 the Botanic Garden has been a jewel in the crown of the University of Oxford and a focal point for any visit to Oxford.

The Garden is the place to visit if you seek knowledge about the plant kingdom and its central role in our culture, if you seek horticultural inspiration or if you simply want to find a refuge from the bustle of the city.

We will be happy to arrange a private tour at the time of your choosing.

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Luxury River Cruising

We recommend this as a perfect end to your day. It may still be the Thames, although this stretch is called the Isis.

You take in a fascinating stretch of River as you cruise down the university regatta course towards quaint Iffley village. You’ll pass ancient Folly Bridge, Christchurch College and Meadows and the university rowing houses. Rowing eights, punts, university boats and large pleasure cruisers come together in a lively display of all that the river has to offer.

As you sit back, relax and take in the most-inspiring sights of Oxford town and the surrounding countryside, treat yourself to a delicious picnic with homemade sandwiches, quiches and traditional English scones with cream and jam.

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Natural History Museum

Oxford University Museum of Natural History holds an internationally-significant collection of natural history specimens and archives in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture. The museum is home to a programme of research, teaching and events focused on the sciences of the natural environment. Imagine exploring this amazing museum with one of our favourite historians who will bring the exhibits to life.

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