Touring holidays in Oxford

This famous ancient city sits in the heart of England brimming over with history, culture and stunning surrounding countryside. Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires”, a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the inspirational architecture of Oxford’s university buildings. It is the gateway to the Cotswolds but it also embraces the River Thames or ‘Isis’ as it’s known locally. Threading their way through the city, the backwaters and their wildlife add a rural beauty to this corner of England.

Please make sure you spend enough time in Oxford to discover its many famous features as well as its quirks. It boasts historic pubs linked with famous writers, gardens to die for, museums and theatres of all types, ancient college quads and back lanes to explore. Slow down on a punt, dine in a college, sleep in an old prison cell (yes, really!) Our touring itineraries can include all these and more. Accommodation is in our hand-picked selection of hotels and inns, chosen for their quality, character and location. There is typically a choice between classic and the very best luxury hotels.

Our Oxford highlights

The Bodleian Library

The main Oxford University research library, opened in 1602, houses 13 million paper items in an architecturally stunning building. Take a tour!

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Botanic Gardens

This lovely oasis in the heart of Oxford is one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world, founded in 1621. Today it has over 6000 species

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Christchurch College

This Oxford college is the largest and very impressive. Its cathedral, staircases and dining hall with its amazing ceiling inspired the film makers of Harry Potter

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Head to Magdalene bridge and hire a punt - a flat bottomed boat propelled by a metal pole. A true Oxford pastime, splashing about on the Thames backwaters.

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.

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Covered market

Tucked away behind the High street, engage with the locals on the many and varied stalls. From Moo to hats and prints to cheese, find a little souvenir here

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