Weekend in Ofxord, England :: Interesting places, tourist attractions

Weekend in Oxford, England

Oxford panorama.

Are you looking for a perfect city for a weekend? Not too big, but with many attractions? Here comes the city of Oxford, the college town with museums and colleges, where many famous politicians, philosophers, authors and scientists passed through and where are hundreds of years of academic and literary history.

Hello there and welcome to my Oxford travel guide with some tips how to spend one weekend in this student city. Maybe Oxford is not a big city, but it has a huge history behind, many great buildings and historical sites and awesome restaurants and pubs. I will write here about the most interesting places I've visited. Enjoy.

Harry potter dining room, Oxford

Christ church, Oxford University

It's a constituent college of the University of Oxford, which has produced Lewis Carroll, Albert Einstein and thirteen British prime ministers. It was built by Thomas Wolsey, Lord Chancellor of England and Cardinal Archbishop of York in 1525 and was refunded in 1532 by Henry VIII. During the next centuries, major additions have been made to the buildings.

This is probably the most famous building in Oxford, mostly because many Harry Potter scenes were filmed here. Not only Harry Potter but also The Golden Compass, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Brideshead Revisited.

Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England

Ashmolean Museum

Fully called the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. It's placed on Beaumont Street and it's the world's first university museum. Ashmolean's building was created in 1683.

Many people say that it's the answer to the British Museum. You can find here many archaeological or art exhibitions from Roman or Greek statues to Canaletto or Turner paintings. You can also find here glass-walled dining room on the rooftop of the Ashmolean Museum, from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Oxford city.

Covered Market in Oxford, England

The Covered Market

This is the historic market with over 50 unique shops, vendors and restaurants in a large covered structure in central part of the city.

You can find it following High Street to the north towards the western end of Cornmarket Street and Turl Street.

Oxford castle, England

Oxford Castle

I love historical places and castles, so I wouldn't be me if I don't describe any castles. Oxford castle is a large (unfortunately also partly ruined) medieval castle placed on the western side of the city. 

The stone structure has been built in the 11th century and from the 14th century, when it lost its defensive purposes, the castle was used mostly for administrative purposes.

Magdalen College, Oxford

A huge part of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War - other buildings became an Oxford's prison. Nowadays the prison has been changed into a hotel (you can sleep there by the way).

Magdalen College

This awesome building is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. It's very worth to visit it, but make sure you check what time they open it for tourists, because it's an open college in the first place, then Oxford's tourist attraction.

Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

Bridge of Sighs

Originally called Hertford Bridge. It's a bridge that joins two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane. It's similar to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The bridge it very beautiful, but it's still just a bridge, that's why I wrote about it at the end of this article.


Oxford is a beautiful small city perfect for the weekend. I can assure you won't regret, as the whole city is one big historical site full of tourists attractions.

This is a college town, so there are many pubs and a great atmosphere with awesome people. Weekend in Oxford can be not only full of fun but also quiet historical trip. Or both, you choose. 

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Hey there! My name is Wojtek and I am very happy that you came to my travel blog. I've been traveling the world for a few good years now and I still want more.

On my website I describe the adventures that have happened to me, you will also find here a collection of valuable tips for tourists and travelers. If you liked this article, be sure to leave a comment and read some more!

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Comments: 10
  •   1st May 2017, 11:52

    I live in London so Ive been to Oxford many times. Its an adventure every time, I love the students atmosphere, the British pubs and all the historical sites and tourist attractions!

    •   28th September 2018, 11:52

      You are totally right Judy - all that atmosphere, tourist attractions, and interesting places are the things I enjoy in Oxford the most!

  •   1st May 2017, 13:14

    Oxford is a nice city, but Ive visited better ones. But its maybe because I just love big cities, so I prefer London, even for just a weekend.

    •   28th September 2018, 11:53

      Everybody has its favorites, I prefer smaller cities like Oxford, as I dont really like crowds :-) Especially the small cities with so many things to do and a lot of great interesting places :-)

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    •   28th September 2018, 11:54

      Thanks Harry Potter ( :-) ). Feel free to check my other travel guides, no only this one about interesting places in Oxford :-)

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  •   18th June 2018, 15:24

    Oxford is actually a lot of interesting tourist attractions and a perfect city for a weekend getaway! In addition, there are plenty of students everywhere, so you can easily get a great party :-D I recommend every traveler and seeker! This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Oxford to rzeczywiście mnóstwo ciekawych atrakcji turystycznych i miasto idealne na weekendowy wypad! Dodatkowo wszędzie jest pełno studentów, tak więc łatwo można załapać się na jakąś super imprezę :-D Polecam każdemu podróżnikowi i poszukiwaczowi wrażeń!

    •   28th September 2018, 11:50

      This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Ja również polecam wszystkim chociaż jeden weekend w Oxfordzie :-) Szczególnie, że ciekawe miejsca znajdziemy tu na każdym kroku.

  •   17th July 2018, 09:46

    I lived in Oxford for a good few years and there are many tourist attractions and interesting places there. Considering that it's a student town, you can come across parties every day almost every day. I recommend Oxford to all travelers in England. This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Mieszkałem w Oxfordzie przez dobre kilka lat i rzeczywiście jest tam wiele atrakcji turystycznych i ciekawych miejsc. Zważywszy, że to miasteczko studenckie, na imprezy w pubach można natknąć się praktycznie codziennie. Polecam Oxford wszystkich podróżującym po Anglii.

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