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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)

The house at Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames. Courtesy of French Jones
Stonor Park

Opening times:
4 Apr-19 Sep: Sun 1pm-4.30pm; Jul & Aug Wed 1pm-4.30pm; Bank Holiday Mon 1pm-4.30pm Apr - Sep 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)

The old tower at Greys Court. Courtesy of French Jones
Greys Court

Opening times:
House Wed-Sun 2pm-5pm; Garden Wed-Sun 11am-5pm Apr - Sep 2013; not Mon or Tue (annual)

The front face of Mapledurham house. Courtesy of
Mapledurham House and Watermill

Opening times:
Sat, Sun and bank holidays 2pm-5.30pm Apr - Sep 2013; Weekends only (annual)

What's on in Oxford:

Oxford University's Holywell Music Room
Oxford Lieder Festival

Dates Open:
10/10/2014 to 25/10/2014

Oxford Chamber Music Festival

Dates Open:
28/09/2014 to 01/10/2014

Henley Literary Festival

Dates Open:
28/09/2014 to 02/10/2014

The Royal County of Berkshire Show

Dates Open:
17/09/2014 to 17/09/2014

Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at Newbury Races

Dates Open:
21/09/2014 to 23/09/2014

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