Fun things to do in Oxford

This great university city is bulging at the seams with history, having been home to some of the greatest minds – and many of the most powerful people – in the world.

Why go there?

Stunning architecture, history and culture combine in the so-called ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, an inspirational seat of learning where there is always plenty to keep the best and brightest minds occupied.

Where do I start?

Make your way to the Ashmolean Museum, home to the university’s excellent collection of art and archaeology. Established in 1683, it has the distinction of being the first public museum in the UK.

Where should I kip?

With university life such an important aspect of the city, why not try staying at student residences? University rooms offer an inexpensive alternative to hotels and hostels. You could stay in Christ Church and take breakfast in the Great Hall. What is more, your patronage will help contribute to the upkeep of these historic buildings. For more, visit

What’s hip?

Ever fancied eating top quality burgers while surrounded by tons of cool film and television memorabilia? Yes, well, now’s your chance. Head over to Atomic Burger and chomp down on a Big Kahuna burger (topped with pineapple!) in the presence of Han Solo encased in carbonite. Glorious.

If I do one thing?

Oxford is full of venerable traditions and the most fun among them has to be messing about in boats on the River Cherwell. At Magdalen Bridge Boathouse you can hire punts, rowing boats and pedalos or spoil yourself by hiring a chauffeured craft.

Ashmolean Museum
Christ Church College
Atomic Burger
Magdalen Bridge Boat House