1. The Bridge of Sighs
Named after the one in Venice, Oxford’s Bridge of Sighs is arguably more beautiful, and happily lacking in the wretched connotations of that in Venice.
2. The Natural History Museum
Oxford’s answer to London’s Natural History Museum, you’ll find this fun and interactive museum stuffed full of dinosaur bones, fossils and much more. But its real hidden gem is the Pitt Rivers Museum, the entrance to which can be found at the back of the Natural History Museum. From shrunken heads to totem poles, this is the most bizarre collection of artifacts you’re likely to find.
3. The Botantic Gardens
A tranquil haven, the Botanic Gardens are home to an eclectic collection of plants from all round the world, some of which are housed in impressive old-fashioned glass-houses. There’s also a lovely view of Magdalen College Tower, and you can enjoy a stroll beside the river.
4. The Radcliffe Camera
Part of the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera is off-limits to tourists but an impressive photo opportunity nonetheless.
5. Punting on the River Cherwell
The perfect way to spend a summer’s afternoon in Oxford, punting is a relaxing activity if you have someone who knows what they’re doing at the helm. Don’t forget some Pimms and a picnic!
6. University Church
Ascend the spire of the University Church for stunning 360 degree views of the city, including a bird’s eye view of the Radcliffe Camera.
7. Christ Church
Counting numerous British Prime Ministers and Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll among its prestigious alumni, Christ Church is known for being one of the filming locations of the enormously successful Harry Potter films. It’s also home to the city’s cathedral, and immensely popular with tourists.
8. South Park
One of the best places in Oxford for photos of the dreaming spires, and also a great place to relax on a sunny day or sledge on a snowy day.