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Oxford is one of the most captivating cities in England, with fascinating history, beautiful ancient architecture, a special atmosphere, and a charm of a vivid academic center with lively student life. If you are visiting London and wish to have a trip outside of the city, Oxford is a splendid option and can quickly and easily be reached by train.

The main highlight of the city is the University of Oxford, which is believed to be established in the 11th century. The university is hosting magnificent attractions, such as the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, The Sheldonian Theatre, and much more. However, besides those wonderful attractions, the architecture of the university's colleges and their gardens is nothing but stunning. No wonder the city and the university, are popular locations for a variety of films, including 3 of Harry Potter's films, Doctor Strange and X-Men: First Class.

Visit Oxford with this map-based itinerary, wander at the university, discover the city's hidden jams and use Trip.Expert's planner to personalize your route and get the best out of this enchanting city.
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10:00 - 11:00
A Victorian masterpiece, the museum is famous for its neo-Gothic architecture and extensive natural history collections. The impressive glass-roofed main hall is home to the museum's exhibits, including the Oxford dodo.
  Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW, UK
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11:30 - 12:30
The Ashmolean Museum, established in 1683, is the world's first university museum. Renowned for its diverse collections, it houses art and artifacts spanning centuries and cultures. From Egyptian mummies to Renaissance paintings, the Ashmolean provides a captivating journey through human history, making it a treasure trove for art and history enthusiasts.
  Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH, UK
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12:30 - 13:00
Established in 1774, the Covered Market is a vibrant and historic shopping destination in the heart of Oxford. Boasting a diverse array of independent shops, boutiques, and eateries, it offers a unique shopping experience. From fresh produce to handmade crafts, the market captures the essence of local Oxford life. It's a great place to explore the city's culinary delights and find unique, locally crafted items.
  Covered Market, Oxford OX1, UK
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13:30 - 14:00
Standing at the heart of Oxford, Carfax Tower is a medieval landmark with roots dating back to the 12th century. Once part of St. Martin's Church, it offers panoramic views of the city. Climbing to the top rewards visitors with a spectacular vantage point, showcasing Oxford's spires and historic architecture.
  Queen St, Oxford OX1 1ET, UK
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14:00 - 15:00
Founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525, Christ Church is one of Oxford's largest and most prestigious colleges. Its Great Hall inspired the dining hall in the Harry Potter films.
  St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP, UK
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15:00 - 15:30
Nestled in the heart of Oxford, Alice's Shop is a charming bookstore with literary significance. Once frequented by Lewis Carroll, it inspired the novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The shop retains its Victorian charm and offers a whimsical collection of Alice-themed books, gifts, and memorabilia, making it a must-visit for literature lovers.
  83 St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1RA, UK
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15:30 - 16:00
St. Mary's, a prominent Oxford landmark, has stood since the 13th century. Its tower provides breathtaking views of the city's spires. The church is not only an architectural gem but also significant for its connection to Oxford University. It has witnessed historic events, including the trial of the Oxford Martyrs, making it a must-visit for those interested in both religious and academic history.
  The, High St, Oxford OX1 4BJ, UK
4.6
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16:00 - 16:30
Known for its academic excellence, All Souls College has an impressive architecture. It is unique in that it has no undergraduate students, focusing solely on postgraduate academics.
  Oxford OX1 4AL, UK
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16:30 - 17:00
An iconic circular building, the Radcliffe Camera is part of the Bodleian Library. Its distinctive design and central location make it one of Oxford's most photographed landmarks.
  Radcliffe Sq, Oxford OX1 3BG, UK
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17:00 - 17:30
Connecting two parts of Hertford College, this picturesque bridge is famous for its stunning design. It is often called the "Bridge of Sighs" due to its supposed similarity to the bridge in Venice.
  New College Ln, Oxford OX1 3BL, UK
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17:30 - 18:00
Tucked away down a narrow alley, the Turf Tavern is a historic pub with a charming and secluded atmosphere. Frequented by notable figures, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, it has a rich history dating back to the 13th century. The pub's traditional charm, extensive drinks selection, and picturesque courtyard make it a beloved spot for locals and visitors seeking a quintessentially Oxfordian experience.
  4 Bath Pl, Oxford OX1 3SU, UK
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10:00 - 11:00
Founded in 1458, Magdalen College boasts beautiful grounds, including the famous Magdalen Tower. The college's choir is renowned, especially for its traditional May Morning performance from the top of the tower.
  Oxford OX1 4AU, UK
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11:00 - 12:30
Founded in 1379, New College is known for its stunning architecture and beautiful gardens. The college chapel is a masterpiece, and the cloisters featured in various films, including the Harry Potter series.
  Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3BN, UK
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13:00 - 14:00
Established in 1602, the Bodleian is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Its vast collection includes rare manuscripts and books. The historic Radcliffe Camera, part of the Bodleian, is an iconic round library with captivating architecture.
  Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BG, UK
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14:00 - 14:30
The Divinity School, part of the Bodleian Library, is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture dating back to the 15th century. It is the oldest surviving purpose-built structure for university use in the world. Famous for its intricate fan-vaulted ceiling and stunning design, it has been a backdrop for various films, including scenes from the Harry Potter series. Visiting The Divinity School is a journey into Oxford's academic heritage and architectural splendor.
  The Divinity School, Oxford OX1 3AZ, UK
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15:00 - 16:00
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1669, the Sheldonian Theatre is an architectural masterpiece. Home to university ceremonies and events, its stunning interior features intricate woodwork and the famous ceiling painting by Robert Streater. Visitors can attend concerts, and lectures, or simply appreciate the building's grandeur.
  Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AZ, UK
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16:30 - 17:30
A site with a rich history dating back to the Norman Conquest, Oxford Castle & Prison offers a fascinating glimpse into England's past. The complex includes a medieval castle, a Georgian debtors' tower, and a Victorian prison. Visitors can explore the castle's historic rooms, climb St. George's Tower for panoramic views, and descend into the eerie depths of the underground prison.
  44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, UK
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How to get to Oxford from London by train


It is very easy to reach Oxford anywhere, thanks to the fantastic public transit system in England. However, if you wish to have a day trip from London to Oxford, it is best to use the train. From London Paddington station it takes about an hour to arrive at Oxford and start your magnificent trip to this mesmerizing university town.