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Oxford Attractions - Things to do and places of interest in and around Oxford

Oxford is one of the most popular tourist destinations in England. Oxford city remains relatively small, and the attractions of the University and other historic buildings are clustered within easy walking distance around the medieval core of the city.

Consider taking an inexpensive walking tour or open-top bus tour for a quick tour of the sights.


Oxford Museums

Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a museum of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1683, it is one of the oldest public museums in the world. It opened its doors on 24th May 1683

Ashmolean Museum web site


Oxford Parks and Gardens

Oxford Botanic Gardens

Oxford Botanic Gardens

Welcome to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. We are often asked how a botanic garden differs from other types of gardens. Botanic gardens are collections of plants that are grown for purposes other than purely aesthetic reasons ­ but in Oxford Botanic Garden we do try to arrange the plants in attractive, sympathetic and exciting ways. Many gardeners come here to seek inspiration. In the beds and borders you may find new plants that would be perfect in your garden at home and partly for this reason we strive to label clearly every plant in the Garden.

Plants are grown in this Garden to support our teaching programmes, for research scientists in this University and elsewhere and as part of plant conservation projects.

Furthermore this Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World ­ there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots.

The Garden consists of three sections. The Glasshouses contain plants that need protection from the extremes of the British weather. The area outside the Walled Garden contains classic garden features such as a Water Garden and Rock Garden as well as the innovative Black Border and Autumn Borders. Within the Walled Garden plants are grouped in a number of different ways such as by country of origin, botanic family or economic use.

Source : Oxford Botanic Gardens web site

Oxford Botanic Gardens web site

Theme Attractions
The Oxford Story

The Oxford Story, 6 Broad Street, Oxford

The Oxford Story presents 900 years of history of the University and the city compressed into 60 minutes of entertainment. The attraction, which incorporates a 25 minute long, indoor dark ride, was set up in conjunction with the University officials.