If we’re being honest, an Oxford trip is almost always centered around the university. Oxford University represents the beating heart of the city. So, you’ll definitely want to start there and then branch out into the city. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, stores, and coffee shops catering to the world’s future leaders. And, you will definitely want to make use of them during your Oxford daytrip. But, you’ll also discover a wealth of cultural sites, like the esteemed Ashmolean Museum, The Covered Market, and Oxford Castle. Within Oxford University, you also want to visit Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, and the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin with its tall tower accessible to the public. Climbing to the top and enjoying the amazing views of the city is one of the most popular things to do in Oxford!
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Without question, the best time to visit Oxford is in the summer. The weather is at its best, the city is far less crowded, and the locals are happy to have your business in the absence of students. However, if you are looking for any kind of nightlife, you might want to avoid summer and Christmas break. The shoulder seasons present an interesting option in that the students are all in town, the weather is only a little wet, and you can save a little money on flights. Plus, you might be able to attend some of the major university events on campus, which range from speaking engagements to festivals. And, unless you like the rain, winter should probably be avoided because the precipitation can dampen your Oxford tour.
Once you arrive in Oxford, you’ll want to find a way to get around. Here are the methods most visitors use:
For the most part, Oxford stands as a safe travel destination for travellers. Yet, it still suffers from issues common to all college towns. Here are a few safety tips:
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