First-Timer’s Guide To Oxford

If you’ve never been to Oxford before, then you’re in for a real treat.

You may just know Oxford as being the location of one of the greatest universities in the world, and whilst this is true, there is so much more to this beautiful city.

Whether you love culture and history, or you are more into shopping and eating, Oxford will have something for you.

Take a look below at our top tips and the must visit locations in this gorgeous city.


1. Ashmolean Museum

If you like art and archaeology, then you would be in heaven in this incredible museum.

This extensive museum is home to floor after floor of incredible artifacts and artwork, spanning from the Egyptian ages to the present day.

Take a look at some drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci, or marvel at the Abingdon Sword, a piece dating from the Anglo-Saxon era.

It is absolutely fascinating, and what’s more, it is free to enter.

Be sure to stop for a break at the rooftop restaurant or in the cafe.

2. Pitt Rivers Museum

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A visit to the educational hub of Oxford wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a museum or two.

Pitt Rivers Museum also focuses on archaeology but with a more anthropological approach.

Expect to see animal skeletons, musical instruments, clothing, weapons, and everyday objects.

The objects are arranged in such a way to demonstrate how the world has evolved and learnt over the years to deal with problems.

It is interesting to compare how different societies across the world have learnt to adapt to life’s difficulties in varying ways.

There are currently just over half a million objects on display.

3. Visit Some of the Colleges

There are so many different colleges around the city which are all part of the University of Oxford.

You should definitely go and visit at least one.

You can visit Christ Church for example (above) for £7-9 depending on the time of year.

Stroll around the Quad, Cloisters and the gorgeous Cathedral.

Imagine all the incredible minds you are walking in the footsteps of.

4. Bodleian Library

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This stunning building is home to the Bodleian Library, which is home to over 11 million books and is the second largest library in Britain.

It is a working library, so you can only use it for its purpose of borrowing books if you are a member.

However, you can go on walking tours of the building which are well worth it to see all the fabulous architecture.

It is extensive and there is so much more to it than just a library – it is an educational epicentre.

Be sure to stop at the cafe too.

5. Shopping

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There is so much to keep every keen shopper happy.

Choose from all the top high-street names in the centre of the city, in the locations called Queen Street and Cornmarket.

These areas are also home to numerous designer brands.

If you would prefer something a little different, then take a stroll through the Covered Market, which is home to many boutiques and independent shops and cafes.

Also walk down the High Street for even more choice, and go down Broad Street and find Blackwell’s – an incredible book shop.

6. University of Oxford Botanic Garden

This incredible garden is the oldest botanic garden in the UK, having opened in 1621.

It was created to further scientific research into plants and their medicinal benefits.

There are over 8000 different plant species in this incredible space, and it’s the perfect location to visit on a sunny day.

Make sure you take some sunglasses with you.

The Karl Lagerfeld KL869S are a great choice – we love the angular design and bold black frames.

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Karl Lagerfeld KL869S

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