Must-see & do Attractions in Oxford
Oxford is full of fun things to see and do, but if you don’t have time to do everything on your list, consider this list of must see attractions.
1. Pitt Rivers Museum: The much-loved Pitt Rivers Museum is unlike any other. Founded in 1884, it houses within an atmospheric building more than 500,000 objects, photographs and manuscripts from all over the world, and from all periods of human existence. Within these are exceptional objects of ritual significance, and objects made for tourists or trade.
The Museum has consciously cultivated its characteristic layout: artefacts are arranged by type into a ‘democracy of things’, rather than by time or region. This reveals fascinating distinctions and parallels across cultures, and encourages questions about the ways in which humanity tackles problems, and creates, understands and embraces life across the world.
We have bold aims: to be a pioneering institution challenging and crossing boundaries; to influence the lives of a diverse local, national and international audience; and to be a place of welcome, where difficult conversations can take place alongside enjoyment, awe and surprise. Read our strategic plan for more information.
The Museum is a department of the University of Oxford, and members of staff use our collections in their teaching and research.
2. Oxford Covered Market: Centred in the middle of the City, accessed either from the High Street, Market Street or through the Golden Cross in Cornmarket Street the Covered Market welcomes its visitors with an array of colours and aroma’s.
Visit us soon and enjoy personal bespoke customer service together with first class products. The Covered Market is open to the public from 8 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm on Sundays. Each business has their own opening times and days so please check ‘Traders’ to see individual businesses.
The building dates back to the 1770’s and has a long, varied and interesting heritage. The Market has always been an attraction for visiting tourists, providing a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink. We are proud that the majority of our businesses are independent and with some going back generations.
3. Footprints Tours: Footprints Tours is Oxford’s most highly reviewed tour operator, and the only one run by students! Our famous Free Walking Tour is perhaps the most enjoyable way to acquaint yourself with our beautiful city: we also run tours of the University; pub tours, bike tours and day tours to other sites and cities around the country.
Footprints Tours represents a dramatic new approach to Oxford walking tours. Gone is the fear of falling asleep, or slipping into a coma. Our guides don’t hide behind endless lists of dates, and irrelevant details. We embrace dates and the history of Oxford to bring across the drama, the prestige and the bizarre.
We provide tours of Oxford which don’t put you to sleep. Footprints Tours was created to show you the best of British history, and not to bore you to death with stuffy, dry academic tours. Yes, we want to tell you about the English Reformation!
4. Oxford University Museum Of Natural History: Oxford University Museum of Natural History was founded in 1860, and today it holds an internationally-significant collection of natural history specimens and archives. Housed in a stunning neo-Gothic building inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites, the Museum is home to a lively programme of research, teaching and public events.
The Museum is part of the University of Oxford’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums and is overseen by the Board of Visitors and supported by Honorary Associates. The Pitt Rivers Museum of anthropology and archaeology adjoins the Museum building, so both places can be enjoyed in a single trip.
5. Ashmolean Museum: The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.
The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.
The Ashmolean’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 500,000 BC to the present day. Among many riches we have the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures, and the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world.
6. Oxford New Theatre: AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP – Making Theatre Magic
The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is an extraordinary success story. Founded in 1992, ATG is now the world’s number one live-theatre company with close to 50 venues in Britain, the United States and Australia.
ATG’s portfolio of historic West End theatres includes the Apollo Victoria, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Harold Pinter, Lyceum, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy and Trafalgar Studios, whilst across the UK, ATG has regional theatres in major cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Sunderland.