Introduction to Oxford

When you arrive in Oxford, stop first at the Oxford Visitor Information Centre, located in Broad Street.

Staff at the centre are happy to answer your queries and offer the following services:

  • Information on attractions, theatres, concerts and other events and entertainment
  • Bed and Breakfast reservations in Oxford and elsewhere (for personal callers)
  • A comprehensive range of maps, printed guides, postcards and souvenirs
  • Bureau de Change facilities
  • Information on bus tours and excursions

Opening times:

  • During the summer months, 9.30am–5pm (Monday to Saturday)
  • 10am–1pm and 1.30pm–3.30pm (Sundays & Public Holidays)
  • Closed 25th December–1st January (inclusive).

Telephone 01865 252200

Views of the town

To get an overview before you begin walking, try climbing up Carfax Tower in the city centre.

Other views over the city are available from the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in the High Street, and St. Michael Northgate, in Cornmarket. All of these vantage points have small admission charges.

The University

Oxford is home to a world famous university, and most of the colleges and university buildings are located in the centre of Oxford, within easy walking distance of each other.

Don’t miss the Bodleian Library, which has its own shop, and the nearby Radcliffe Camera, which is not open to the public, but is well worth a view from the outside.

Nearby, in Broad Street, is the Sheldonian Theatre, a venue for official university functions as well as a variety of concerts (tickets available from The Oxford Playhouse in Beaumont Street).

The University also owns the Ashmolean Museum on Beaumont Street (opposite The Playhouse), Britain’s oldest public museum.