The Ashmolean Museum
Main entrance to the Ashmolean Museum
This image comes from Oxford University Images

Visiting museums, libraries & places of interest

Ashmolean Museum

Established in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum is the oldest museum in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. It houses the University’s extensive collections of art and antiquities, ranging back over four millennia. The image above shows the main entrance to the Ashmolean.

  • Location: Beaumont Street
  • Tel: 01865 278000
  • Open: Tue-Sun 10.00-17.00. Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-17.00
  • Charge: Admission is free
  • Note: For group bookings tel 01865 278015
  • Website: Ashmolean Museum

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Interior of Natural History Museum at nightInterior of Natural History Museum at night
Credit: OUMNH. This image comes from Oxford University Images

The University Museum of Natural History houses the University's collections of zoological, entomological, palaeontological and mineral specimens. With 4.5 million specimens it is the largest collection of its type outside of the national collections.

Museum of the History of Science

Museum of the History of ScienceMuseum of the History of Science
Credit: OU

The Museum of the History of Science is housed in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. It contains the world’s finest collection of historic scientific instruments.

  • Location: Broad Street
  • Tel: 01865 277280
  • Open: Tue-Fri 12.00-17.00, Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 14.00-17.00. Closed Monday
  • Charge: Admission is free
  • Note: Booking required for groups of 15 or more
  • Website: Museum of the History of Science

Pitt Rivers Museum

Interior of the Pitt Rivers MuseumInterior of the Pitt Rivers Museum
Credit: Rob Judges. This image comes from Oxford University Images

The Pitt Rivers Museum holds one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology, with objects from every continent and from throughout human history.

  • Location: Parks Road (enter via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History)
  • Tel: 01865 270927
  • Open: Tue-Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.00-16.30; Mon 12.00-16.30. Check Museum website for Christmas and Easter opening times
  • Charge: Admission is free
  • Note: Groups must book in advance
  • Website: Pitt Rivers Museum

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Exhibits in the Bate CollectionExhibits in the Bate Collection
Credit: Bate Collection

The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments celebrates the history and development of the musical instruments of the Western Classical tradition, from the medieval period to present day.

  • Location: Faculty of Music, St Aldate's
  • Tel: 01865 276139
  • Open: Mon-Fri 14.00-17.00, Sat (term time only) 10.00-12.00
  • Charge: Admission is free
  • Website: Bate Collection

Bodleian Library

Exterior of the Old Bodleian LibraryExterior of the Old Bodleian Library
Credit: Rob Judges. This image comes from Oxford University Images

The Bodleian Library, the University’s main research library, is the second largest in the UK after the British Library.

  • Location: Broad Street
  • Tel: 01865 287400
  • Email: tours@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
  • Open: Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00, Sat 9.00-16.30, Sun 11.00-17.00
  • Charge: Free access to the Old Schools Quadrangle, Exhibition Room and Shop. For other charges and to book, please see the website. Admission free to members of the University (students and staff), Alumni and Bodleian cardholders and Friends of the Bodleian. Up to four guests will also be admitted free.
  • Notes:  Daily guided tours of the library, including Duke Humfrey’s Library, last 30 or 60 minutes. 90 minute tours available on Wednesdays and at weekends. Audio tours available in English, French and German (charge applies). 
    Groups must book in advance.
  • Website: Bodleian Library

Christ Church Picture Gallery

Merton Street entrance to the Picture GalleryMerton Street entrance to the Picture Gallery
Credit: Rob Judges. This image comes from Oxford University Images

Christ Church Picture Gallery houses an important collection of 300 Old Master paintings and almost 2,000 drawings in a purpose-built gallery of considerable architectural interest.

  • Location: Oriel Square
  • Tel: 01865 276172
  • Open: Oct-May: Mon, Wed-Sat 10.30-13.00 & 14.00-16.30, Sun 14.00-16.30.
    Jun: Mon, Wed-Sat 10.30-17.00, Sun 14.00-17.00
    Jul-Sep: Mon-Sat 10.30-17.00, Sun 14.00-17.00
    Please note that the Gallery is closed on Tuesdays from October to June
  • Charge: Adults £4, students, children, seniors £2. Visitors who have purchased an entrance ticket for Christ Church are entitled to a 50% reduction on the Gallery entrance charge.
  • Website: Christ Church Picture Gallery

Christ Church Meadow

View of Christ Church and Meadows from pathView of Christ Church and Meadows from path
Credit: Rob Judges. This image comes from Oxford University Images

Christ Church Meadow is a large area of tranquil pasture in the heart of the busy city of Oxford, owned and maintained by Christ Church and bordering the rivers Cherwell and Isis. A herd of beautiful Longhorn cattle are maintained by Christ Church on the Meadow and spend most of the year there. The Meadow is open to the public until dusk each day, and provides opportunities for picnics and river walks. It can be entered through the Memorial Garden entrance on St Aldate's, through a gate between Merton College and Corpus Christi on Merton Lane, or through a gate at the eastern end of the Meadow next to the Botanic Gardens.

Website: Christ Church Meadow

Botanic Garden

View from inside the Botanic GardenView from inside the Botanic Garden
Credit: Greg Smolonski. This image comes from Oxford University Images

The Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain, and forms the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the world.

  • Location: High Street
  • Tel: 01865 286690
  • Open: Nov-Feb 9.00-16.00 (last entry 15.15). Mar-Apr & Sep-Oct 9.00-17.00 (last entry 16.15). May-Aug 9.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15)
  • Charge: Adult day ticket £4.50, concession day ticket £3. Annual season ticket £15.50, (concessions £13). Free to children in full-time education (when accompanied by a paying adult), registered disabled visitors and their carers, University and OUP employees, Oxford and Oxford Brookes students
  • Website: Botanic Garden

University Parks

University Parks in AutumnUniversity Parks in Autumn
Credit: Greg Smolonski. This image comes from Oxford University Images

University Parks consists of around 70 acres (30 hectares) of beautiful parkland, bordering on the River Cherwell, including sports areas, a duck pond and a large collection of plants and trees in landscaped surroundings.

  • Location: Parks Road
  • Tel: 01865 282040
  • Open: 7.45 (closing times vary according to season)
  • Charge: Admission is free 
  • Website: University Parks

Sheldonian Theatre

The Sheldonian TheatreThe Sheldonian Theatre
Credit: Whitaker Studio. This image comes from Oxford University Images

Designed by Christopher Wren, the Sheldonian Theatre is the principal meeting and ceremonial venue of the University. It offers excellent panoramic views over Oxford.

  • Location: Broad Street
  • Tel: 01865 277299
  • Open: Mon-Sat 10.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.30 (15.30 in winter)
  • Charge: Adults £3.50, concessions £2.50. Group rate (15 and over) £2.50 per person
  • Note: Opening hours may vary when the Theatre is in use for ceremonies, meetings or concerts
  • Website: Sheldonian Theatre

University Church of St Mary the Virgin

University Church from Radcliffe SquareUniversity Church from Radcliffe Square
Credit: OU

The University's own church has a long and varied history and offers excellent panoramic views of the city. It also has an excellent coffee shop with a garden serving organic food, which is open daily from 9.30 to 18.00.

  • Location: High Street/Radcliffe Square
  • Tel: 01865 279111
  • Open: Mon-Sat 9.00-17.00 (18.00 Jul-Aug), Sun 12.00-17.00 (18.00 July-Aug)
  • Charge: No charge for entry to the Church. A charge applies for entry to the tower; please enquire at the Church for details.
  • Note: Principal Sunday Service is Eucharist at 10.30 am
  • Website: University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Oxford University Admissions Information Centre

This is an information centre for anyone interested in applying for undergraduate or postgraduate study at Oxford. It is particularly useful for potential applicants, as well as teachers, parents or carers and careers advisers.

  • Location: 55 Little Clarendon Street
  • Tel: undergraduates 01865 288000, postgraduates 01865 270059
  • Open: Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00  
  • WebsiteAdmissions Information Centre