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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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  • Back to School. If you find yourself travelling on a budget, then why not stay in Oxford University’s student housing during your Oxford vacation?It presents an inexpensive option inside one of the most prestigious university’s in the world.And, the rooms are pretty nice!
  • Click in. If you’re a believer of “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”, then you might want to try renting a bike.Students, professors, and locals all ride their bikes around town.It’s a nice way to get some exercise, some fresh air, and a new perspective on the city.
  • Get as High as You Can. Oxford’s relatively small population doesn’t support one of those fancy observation decks.So, if you want the best views in the city, you’ll have to climb the Tower at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.You can see everything for a few quid.

GOOD TO KNOW

Best Time To Visit

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.

Getting Around

Once you arrive in Oxford, you’ll want to find a way to get around. Here are the methods most visitors use:

 

  • As mentioned above, bicycles present an excellent option because they’re inexpensive and allow you to be exposed to the city rather than closed up in a car.  Plus, the city is very flat, so you don’t have to worry about getting worn out.
  • The bus service in Oxford is excellent.  But, remember that you must raise your hand to hail the bus driver from one of the marked spots.  And, when you pay the driver, don’t forget to mention whether you are riding one-way or round-trip.
  • Although you could rent a car in Oxford, a simpler and more economical way to get around is by using the Zipcar app.  You just use the app to find the nearest available zipcar, use your membership card to unlock the car, and drive off.  Easy!
Stay Safe

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:

 

  • Like most universities, laptops and other electronics are stolen with some regularity.Make sure you never leave your expensive items unattended, even if you feel you’ve found a safe location.
  • Violence is at a minimum in Oxford.But, that doesn’t mean you should feel free to walk around the parks and other dimly lit places at night.Choose a route that runs along the main thoroughfares and you’ll be fine.
  • Keep in mind that this is a college town and college students can be rather unscrupulous.So, if you plan on hitting the bars, just keep an eye on your drink and avoid becoming overly intoxicated.

 

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