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
Oxford is not a campus university, so it is not all located on one site. It is made up of many different buildings, including academic departments, colleges and halls, located around the centre of Oxford. Many University buildings, such as gardens, libraries and museums, as well as many of the colleges, are open to visitors during the day, although please note that they may have varying opening hours, fees and rules for groups.
You can find more information, including opening times and fees, at the links below:
- Visiting the Colleges
- Visiting Museums, Libraries and Places of Interest
- What's on at the University
- Shopping at the 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.
Tours of Oxford University
Oxford University does not organise tours.
However, the Oxford University and City Walking Tour, which includes visits to college and University sites, is offered by the Visitor Information Centre. These tours last about two hours and can be booked at the Visitor Information Centre at 15-16 Broad Street, or online at the Experience Oxfordshire website. Specialist tours are also available on a wide range of topics, including architecture, science, literature and art, as well as special interest Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Inspector Morse tours.
A number of independent operators also offer guided tours of Oxford. A range of general and themed tours are available, as are tours by cycle, rickshaw and bus. For a list of tour companies, please visit the Daily Information website.
Please note that all operators are independent of Oxford University. Details are provided here for information only.
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.
Information for prospective students
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. However, you are welcome to visit Oxford at any time, and most colleges are open to prospective applicants all year round, although we would recommend that you check opening times before your visit. You can find more information about visiting Oxford as a prospective student on the website of our Undergraduate Admissions office.
Additional information for visitors to the city of Oxford
The Oxford Visitor Information Centre offers advice on walking tours, accommodation, things to do in Oxford, and more.