Principally known for its prestigious and world-renowned university, Oxford is a city immersed in culture and heritage with plenty to see, do, and explore. Admire the 1,500 historic listed buildings across the city, enjoy the unique shops and retail areas, or take a picturesque walk along one of the many surrounding country paths and trails. There’s a lot on offer in and around ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, browse below our top recommendations of Oxford attractions.

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What's on in Oxford

23 November - 01 January
Christmas at Blenheim Palace illuminates England's finest view with a bigger, brighter and more spectacular evening trail than ever before. Visitors can expect over a million pea-lights, lasers and projections. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and dripping with silvery shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles.

10 February
Following a sell-out début at the Church of St John-the-Evangelist in 2017, London Firebird Orchestra – one of London’s finest orchestra’s of the younger generation – returns with a programme of dramatic classics.

Staff Recommends

Best Restaurant: Found on Cowley Road, Oli’s Thai is one of Oxford’s best eateries. Enjoy Thai culinary delights such as tumeric prawns, aubergine curry, and deep fried sea bass with basil and chilli for a very reasonable price.

Best Shopping: A family-run independent store for over 275 years (making it one of the oldest in Britain), Boswells is a true Oxford shopping gem. A great place for buying gifts, Boswells sells huge ranges of toys, luggage and houseware.

Best Kept Secret: Climb the 99 steps of the 14th Century Carfax Tower for breath-taking views of Oxford town and its dreaming spires.

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