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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24 - 26 August
The Big Feastival is a unique music, food and family festival hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James. The festival offers an array of live music performances and mouth-watering food prepared by some of the country’s most popular chefs. 

08 September
The Oxford Canal Festival is a free celebration of one of Oxford’s best-kept watery secrets. Enjoy music, stories, fun and activities for all ages – including a Dog Show and Canal Olympics.

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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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