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Home to Britain’s oldest university and the City of Dreaming Spires, visit Oxford for its history and character.

Oxford

Home to scholars for more than 800 years, Oxford is home to Britain’s oldest university and a wealth of other historic attractions. Explore culture, Egyptian mummies and contemporary art at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, delve into the past at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum, or step back in history among the Norman ruins of Oxford Castle.

Oxford, UK
Home to Britain’s oldest university and the City of Dreaming Spires, visit Oxford for its history and character.

Admire the architecture of the City of Spires, wander beneath the Bridge of Sighs and bask in the wonders of the Bodleian Libraries before discovering its eclectic foodie scene, meandering waterways and lush green spaces.

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Oxford, UK
A visit to Oxford, which dates back to Saxon times, is a trip into the brains of a nation

A visit to Oxford, which dates back to Saxon times, is a trip into the brains of a nation. Tour the hallowed halls of the university and follow in the footsteps of Prime Ministers, poets and the one and only Harry Potter.

Several scenes from the Harry Potter movies were shot here, some in locations you can visit. For instance, you can get a guided tour of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library – which will be familiar to fans as Hogwarts Library.

Take a tour of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology - the first purpose-built museum in England, which opened in 1683. Or wonder at the anthropology collections at the incredible Pitt Rivers Museum.

To the city’s east, you’ll find wooded wonderland, the Chilterns – a popular spot for a country getaway. To the west lies the idyllic Cotswolds and to the north, the spectacular Blenheim Palace.

Fashion lovers (and bargain hunters) flock to nearby Bicester Village, a designer shopping outlet selling big names brands like Ralph Lauren, Nike and UGG at discount prices.

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