Botanic Garden and Magdalen Tower
Botanic Garden and Magdalen Tower
Credit: Greg Smolonski. This image comes from Oxford University Images

Visiting Oxford

Oxford is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You'll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, and plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax. Plus, the city centre is small enough to cover on foot, and only a few minutes walk from the main rail and coach stations.

Things to see and do at Oxford University:

To make the most of your visit, bring along a copy of our leaflet, 'Explore the University of Oxford', which contains a map and information on opening times of colleges, museums and other places of interest. If you are unable to download it, please email your name and postal address to the Information Office to receive a free copy.

University of Oxford: The Official Guide

by Christina Hardyment

Official Guide coverOfficial Guide cover
More detailed information can be found in the University's official 40-page illustrated guide, which is written by local author Christina Hardyment. It is divided into five sections: 
  • a brief history of the University
  • the collegiate structure
  • Oxford traditions
  • famous Oxonians
  • culture and the arts (which includes the libraries, museums and architectural landmarks)

The guide is A5 (148mm × 210mm) in size and contains a fold-out map. It is available at a cost of £4.99 from Oxford bookshops, including the Oxford University Press Bookshop, the University of Oxford Shop, the Bodleian shop, Blackwell, and the Oxford Tourist Information Centre. You can purchase it online.

University departments and colleges can obtain copies via the Public Affairs Directorate

You can also download our Official Guide iPhone app.

Disabled access

The collegiate University is committed to improving access and is currently continuing to develop its Access guide. As more of our historic buildings are modified the Access guide will become more comprehensive. In the meantime, the Access guide is a helpful first point for information on accessible buildings. Where there are gaps in the information we suggest you contact the places you wish to visit directly.

Additional information for visitors to the city of Oxford

The Oxford Tourist Information Centre offers advice on walking tours, accommodation, things to do in Oxford, and more.

Thinking of applying to Oxford?

If you're thinking about applying for an undergraduate degree and want to visit Oxford, our open days are an excellent opportunity to visit the University, get to know the city, and meet tutors and students. If you can't make the open days, we also have audio admissions tours available to download to your mp3 player. You can listen to these tours at any time you like, whenever you are able to visit Oxford, such as at the weekend or in the summer holidays.  There are several routes to choose from: each route covers a different subject area, a selection of undergraduate colleges and takes you to a number of other University locations, like the Bodleian Library. You'll also be able to hear from a student what it's like to live and study at Oxford, and find out more about how to apply and what the interview process is like.

You can also drop in to our Admissions Information Centre