Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is also where Rhodes Scholars, who join just over 20,000 students from more than 140 countries currently studying at the University, are enriched by the stimulating and rigorous education and the vibrant cultural and community life.
The city, with its mix of historic buildings and modern developments, is constantly evolving and there is lots to see and do.
- To access 'Oxford University: The official app' which is available through itunes, click here.
- To see what is new in Oxford, and to plan places to visit, click here.
- There is a travel guide to the city produced by The Guardian here.
- For information on how to get to Oxford, please visit the Oxford City Guide by clicking here.
- For a map showing the location of Rhodes House, please click here.
Some recommended activities below, for others please consult the programme:
Founded in 1683, Britain’s first public museum has recently undergone a major £61 million redevelopment. The collections span the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of mankind from the Neolithic era to the present day.
Location: Beaumont Street, currently has
Times: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 17:00
Contact: +44 (0)1865 278002
Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth. This exhibition looks at some of the foremost modern exponents of children’s fantasy literature, members of the group of writers informally known as the ‘Oxford School’. The Library display includes a selection of Tolkien’s original artwork for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis’s map of Narnia, and manuscripts of novels and poems by Alan Garner, Philip Pullman and Susan Cooper.
Location: Broad Street
Times: Mon – Fri 09:00 – 17:00; Sat 09:00 – 16:00;
Sun 11:00 – 17:00
Contact: +44 (0)1865 287400
Visit inspiring herbaceous borders, walk through glasshouses that take you around the world or simply relax in the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain. Audio guides are available or borrow a family friendly ‘Big Botanic Backpack’ filled with activitiesb to encourage exploration.
Location: High Street
Prices: Adult £3 with 110th Rhodes Anniversary badge; Child Free
Times: Daily 09:00 – 17:00
Contact: +44 (0)1865 286690
Christ Church Picture Gallery
Temptations to Devotion: Creating the Italian altarpiece in the Renaissance and Baroque. The 16th and 17th centuries in Italy were a time of flourishing imagery, full of new ideas and designs. This exhibition displays 33 drawings showing varied stages in such creations – from individual figure studies to finished composition.
Location: Entrance via Oriel Square
Prices: Adult £3; Concession £2
Times: Mon – Sat 10:30 – 17:00;
Sun 14:00 – 17:00
Contact: +44 (0)1865 276172
The Covered Market
The market has been running for over two centuries and is home to quality local butchers, greengrocers, a cheesemonger and Italian delicatessen. The market also has several clothes and shoe shops and great places to stop for a coffee.
Location: Market St, Oxford
Times: Mon – Sat 09:30 – 17:30;
Sun 10:00 – 16:00
Modern Art Oxford
Exhibition: Friedrich Kunath Raymond Moody’s Blues, Modern Art Oxford 21 September – 17 November 2013
Preview: 20 September, 6.30-8.30pm
Join Modern Art Oxford for the preview on 20 September, 6.30pm of new and recent work by LA-based artist Friedrich Kunath which draws upon imagery from Renaissance woodcuts, slapstick cartoons, and pop culture of the 1960s and 1970s to create curious works that plot a playful route between humour and pathos.
Pitt Rivers Museum
The Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world. It holds over half a million objects many of which were donated by early anthropologists and explorers.
Location: Entrance via Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Times: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 16:30;
Mon 12:00 – 16:30
Contact: +44 (0)1865 270927
Punting from the Cherwell Boathouse
Punting is a timeless and quintessentially Oxford pleasure. The Cherwell boathouse rents out 80 traditional hand crafted punts, as well as rowing boats and canoes.
Location: Bardwell Road
Prices: £14 – £17 per hour
Times: 10:00 till dusk
Contact: +44 (0)1865 515978
Rhodes House Exhibition
A special exhibition from the Rhodes House archive, including the original Will of Cecil Rhodes and photos of the house when it was first opened.
Location: Rosebery Room, Rhodes House
Times: Wed 10:15 – 12:15; Thu 14:30 – 16:30;
Fri 10:30 – 12:30