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How to Spend 2 Days in Oxford

How to Spend 2 Days in Oxford

Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is the ultimate college town. With its charming pedestrian- and bike-friendly town center, pretty waterways, and convenient transport links to nearby Blenheim Palace, it’s easy to explore this world-famous university town. Here’s how to spend two memorable days in Oxford.

Day 1: Discover Oxford’s Splendors

**Morning:**It’s easy to get lost among the mazelike streets of Oxford, so avoid wasting time with a guided highlights tour. A hop-on hop-off bus tour ferries you between top attractions, from Bodleian Library to Christ Church College, while walking or bike tours offer additional insight.

**Afternoon:**No trip to Oxford would be complete without a river cruise. Have a chauffeur steer you down the River Cherwell in a punt or take a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames. Some cruises include picnic lunches or afternoon tea.

**Night:**Follow in the footsteps of famous Oxford alumni at storied centuries-old pubs. A guided pub tour takes you to charming haunts with open fires, wooden beams, and cozy snugs. Many pubs serve hearty British fare—including pies, burgers, and fish and chips—alongside ales and ciders.

Day 2: Venture into the Countryside

**Morning:**Leave the city behind for a trip out to the 18th-century Blenheim Palace, the grand country estate where Britain’s wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, was born. It’s just a 20-minute taxi journey, or a 40-minute bus ride, from town.

**Afternoon:**Embark on a half-day tour to the Cotswolds, a rural area of Britain known for its pretty pastoral landscapes and picturesque honey-stone hamlets. Travel between quaint villages such as Asthall and Bourton-on-the-Water before returning to Oxford for the evening.

**Night:**Experience a different side of Oxford’s nightlife on Cowley Road. This area is packed with ethnic eating options, from Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants to tapas spots and pizza joints. Grab dinner here, then catch some live music at the O2 Academy or the Bullingdon. 

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Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Walk the halls of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities on this walking tour of Oxford University. Get a glimpse of student life as you peek inside the famous Bodleian Library and see landmarks like the University Church of St. Mary, Radcliffe Camera, and Trinity College. Learn about the prestigious university’s famous alumni, hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about its history, and see on-campus locations used in the Harry Potter films.
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  • 2 hours
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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience one of the world’s greatest university cities on this hop-on hop-off Oxford bus tour. With a 24- or 48-hour pass, design a personalized itinerary with several possible stops including the University of Oxford buildings (some featured in the 'Harry Potter' films), Oxford Castle, and Bodleian Library, one of the world’s oldest public libraries. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-top viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this elegant city.
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  • 40 minutes
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2-Hour Cycle Tour of Oxford

2-Hour Cycle Tour of Oxford

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See more of Oxford in less time, and get up close and personal with its world-famous scenery, on this small-group biking tour of the city and its major landmarks. Meet your guide in the center of Oxford, and climb on your cycle. Begin by discovering the Bridge of Sighs and other historical landmarks in the city center before heading to the Port Meadow and cycling along the Thames River. Finally, see the former residences of famous Oxford denizens like J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Oxford PRIVATE Pub and City Evening Walking Tour

Oxford PRIVATE Pub and City Evening Walking Tour

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Enjoy Oxford’s pubs and illuminated historical sights on this small-group evening walking tour. With a knowledgeable local guide, delve into the twilit streets and visit two or three pubs as you hear urban legends, stories about student antics, and tales of this university town’s past. Discover pubs favored by famous alumni, relax into the sociable atmosphere, and admire the exteriors of well-known colleges on route, all after the daytime sightseers have left.
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Cotswold Taster Tour from Oxford

Cotswold Taster Tour from Oxford

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If you're short on time but want to experience the Cotswolds, book this half-day tour from Oxford. The region is known as an English countryside idyll with its gentle hills and thatched-roof villages, and you'll discover its highlights with the help of a guide. The experience includes sights of all the must-see villages including Bourton-on-the-Water, Asthall, Stow-on-the-Weld, and Woodstock where Sir Winston Churchill was born.
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  • 5 hours
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Along The University Regatta Course

Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Along The University Regatta Course

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Explore Oxford University’s famous regatta course on this 50-minute Thames River sightseeing cruise in Oxford. Hop aboard your sightseeing vessel in the heart of Oxford and cruise out onto the famous waterway. Listen as your guide sheds light on the city’s rich history, and discover local landmarks such as Folly Bridge, Christchurch College, the Oxford University boathouses and the Meadows. Share the waters with rowing eights, punts, university boats and cruisers, and watch the banks for sightings of native river wildlife.
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Including a Picnic

Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Including a Picnic

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Explore one of England’s most ancient cities on this 2.5-hour sightseeing river cruise in Oxford. Cruise onto the tranquil Thames River as your skipper points out places of interest such as Christchurch College, the Meadows, the Oxford University boathouses, Osney Island, Port Meadow and Folly Bridge. See a side of Oxford's rich heritage that many visitors miss, and discover sites made famous by authors including Lewis Carroll and C S Lewis. Stop off along the way for a delicious picnic of delicacies such as potted salmon and Mediterranean vegetable loaf.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford

Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford

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Set sail for a romantic cruise through the heart of Oxford on this 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, including afternoon tea served on-board. Tuck into traditional English teatime treats like finger sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream, as you glide downstream. Following a scenic route along the University Regatta Course, you’ll discover Oxford’s surprising greenery and enjoy marvelous views of the University Boat Houses, Christ Church Meadows and Iffley lock.
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