Attractions in and around Oxford

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire with over 300 years of history. It is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and currently home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.

Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse is an independent theatre designed by Sir Edward Maufe, which brings live drama, comedy and dance to the stage.

Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and derives its name from its founder Sir Thomas Bodley. With over 13 million printed items, it is the second-largest library in Britain.

Sheldonian Theatre

Sheldonian Theatre known for its striking octagonal cupola and distinctive green roof, was built from 1664 to 1669 after a design by Christopher Wren for the University of Oxford. The building is named after Gilbert Sheldon, chancellor of the University at the time.

Oxford Botanic Gardens

Oxford Botanic Gardens is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. The garden was founded in 1621 as a physic garden growing plants for medicinal research. Today it contains over 5,000 different plant species.

Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford is an art gallery established in 1965 which is now a leading UK contemporary art space with an international reputation for inspirational and innovative.

Oxford Castle and Prison

Oxford Castle and Prison is a large, partly ruined Norman medieval castle. Most of the original moated, wooden motte and bailey castle was replaced with stone in the early 13th century and the castle played an important role in the conflict of the Anarchy. Over time, the site transformed from a castle into a prison, while today being a tourist attraction.

New Theatre

New Theatre is the main commercial theatre in Oxford, putting on a wide variety of performances including musical theatre, stand-up comedy and concerts.