An expert guide to a weekend in Oxford

When to go

TThere is no best time to visit Oxford as each season has its charms. In early spring, the trees of North Oxford are brimming with blossoms, although Oxford is perhaps at its loveliest in May. The trees are in full bloom, the students are in a party mood and the famous Bumps (boat races) take place along the river.

In the summer, the student crowds fade away, leaving the city to residents and tourists, and you can trek and picnic on the Thames (or Isis, as it’s known locally) and Cherwell. The city has an air of lazy romance, although it’s also the time when throngs of boisterous foreign students clog the shopping streets. Autumn, when the students return and the trees are burnished bronze, is sadly beautiful, and Christmas, when the streets are eerily quiet and the medieval buildings are covered in snow, can be magical.

Know before you go

Important information

Oxford Tourist Office

Address: 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AS
Contact: 01865 686430

Quick tip

If you’re planning to explore places further afield than the historic city center within walking distance, it’s worth investing in a SmartZone bus pass, which offers unlimited travel on Oxford’s three main bus companies. Day and week passes are available either online or in person at the Oxford Bus Company Travel Shop (Gloucester Green Bus Station). An expert guide to a weekend in Oxford

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