Things to do in Oxford

Culture and heritage

Oxford’s historic landmarks are known around the world. The world-famous University of Oxford boasts magnificent architecture, making the city a popular destination for visitors from around the globe.


Don’t miss some of the finest collections of archaeology and anthropology at Pitt Rivers Museum or the University Museum of Natural History. View the Oxford Botanic Garden or take the Oxford Castle Unlocked guided tour.

Food and drink

There are plenty of great places to eat in Oxford, suiting almost all tastes and budgets. For an experience with historical links, head to The Grand Café on the site of England’s first coffee house established in 1651.

Sports and outdoors

Oxford may be known around the world for its university boat race team, but the city has far more to offer in terms of sporting activities. Oxford United is the biggest local football team, but if you’d rather be active yourself, why not hire a bike or a rowing boat and see the city in a different way?

Music and nightlife

Love live music or fancy a night on the town? Oxford’s a great place to do it. You can catch big name bands and artists at venues like the O2 Academy, or head to the Jericho Tavern where you can enjoy a beer while seeing the next big thing perform.


Created in 1772, Oxford Covered Market offers a lively mix of small shops selling everything from handmade hats and gifts to Oxford sausages. For even more choice, visit Westgate Shopping Centre, where you’ll find a mix of global brands, eclectic restaurants and rooftop bars and dining.

Where do GWR trains to Oxford arrive and depart?

GWR trains arrive and depart from Oxford train station; just a short walk from the city’s main attractions.

Which train services run direct to Oxford?

Direct trains from London Paddington, Reading, Worcester and Banbury all run to Oxford train station.

When is the best time to travel to Oxford by train?

Off-peak train services offer quieter journeys both to and from Oxford station. 

By travelling at the weekend or outside of busy commuter times, you’ll be able to take advantage of cheaper rail fares too.

What are the facilities at Oxford Station?

Oxford train station has public Wi-Fi, multiple retail outlets and two waiting rooms.

Train tickets to Oxford

Make a saving on your Oxford train tickets by booking in a group or travelling off-peak. Click on the options below to see how you can take advantage of cheaper train tickets.