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Stay at a hotel in Oxford to slip into prestigious university colleges and cosy pubs or punt past meadows and parkland.

Historic Oxford

Hop between the city’s colleges from your Oxford hotel. The vast quadrangle of 16th-century Christ Church stands in for Hogwart’s in the Harry Potter movies. Cut through the deer park on Magdalen’s tree-lined Addison’s Walk. The dusty reading rooms at the Bodleian Library have received every UK book published since 1610.

Art and museums in Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum hoards Michelangelo’s scribbles and neolithic skulls behind its portico entrance, while the Pitt Rivers Museum displays mummies and totem poles found by intrepid explorers. Become an inmate in a prison C-wing to view Oxford’s art scene at O3 Gallery.

Quirky things to do in Oxford

Actor Bill Spectre dons his top hat and packs his props on his ghoulish Oxford Ghost Trail. Enjoy ale on an Inspector Morse Trail, which refuels at the moody detective’s watering hole, the Eagle and Child. Jaws would quiver at the 25m, fibreglass Headington Shark embedded in a New High Street terrace roof.

Events in Oxford

The enchanting madrigals sung from Magdalen College’s Great Tower at 6am and a breakfast of Bloody Marys and bangers cure hangovers after Oxford’s all-night May Day party. Bring your ceilidh skills to a hotel in Oxford in April for grass-roots jigs during Oxford Folk Festival.

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Attractions in Oxford:

Blenheim Palace South Front, Oxfordshire. Courtesy of Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Opening times:
Daily 10.30am-5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm); park daily 9am-4.45pm; 2 Nov-16 Dec Wed-Sun only Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

Basildon Park. Courtesy of the National Trust
Basildon Park

Opening times:
Mar-Oct: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Dec 11am-4pm Feb - Dec 2013; not Tue (annual)

Enjoying a walk in Beale Park. Photo courtesy of Beale Park
Beale Park

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm (until 6pm in high season) Feb - Nov 2013 (annual)

Reading FC 2011/12

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle © The Dean & Canons of Windsor
Changing of the Guard

Opening times:
Apr-July Mon-Sat 11am; Aug-Mar 11am alternate days and excluding Sundays; please visit the castle's website for full details Jan - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in Oxford:

Oxford University's library, the Radcliffe Camera with Brasnose College below, Oxford, England. Courtesy of Britain on View
Oxford Literary Festival

Dates Open:
24/03/2015 to 01/04/2015

Oxford Jazz Festival

Dates Open:
01/04/2015 to 07/04/2015

Dancin' Oxford

Dates Open:
18/02/2015 to 29/03/2015

World Pooh Sticks Championships

Dates Open:
25/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

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