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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“The Ashmolean Museum was named after its founder Elias Ashmole (1617–1692) and opened in 1683. It is widely recognised as being the first modern museum. Elias Ashmole was a royalist, lawyer, antiquarian, scholar, and collector who gave his collections to the University of Oxford in 1677. The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology on Beaumont Street, Oxford, England, is the world's first university museum. Its first building was erected in 1678–83 to house the cabinet of curiosities that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677. The present building was erected 1841–45. The museum reopened in 2009 after a major redevelopment. In November 2011, new galleries focusing on Egypt and Nubia were unveiled. In May 2016, the museum opened new galleries of 19th-century art.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Right in city centre. Has roof terrace with views of town. Around 8 restaurants to every taste. Cocktail bar, cinema and of course shops. Convenient underground car park. Although not cheap. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Café
“I like this little museum, it has a nice cafe and if you find tricky to understand modern art look at their website what's on page and join one off their talks or tours. I find they really interesting”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“RAOUL'S HAS BEEN A COCKTAIL INSTITUTION SINCE 1979 BUT BY 1999 WAS LOOKING VERY TIRED INDEED. AFTER A MAJOR REFURB RAOUL'S WAS REBORN INTO A GREAT LITTLE COCKTAIL BAR AND SINCE THEN HAS WON A MULTITUDE OF AWARDS, EVEN BEING PLACED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 BARS IN THE WORLD BY THE SUNDAY TIMES”
  • 21 locals recommend
Theatre
“The theatre provides west end shows at most times. There is also Oxford Playhouse which numerous ongoing performances. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Castle
“Oxford Castle is a large, partly ruined Norman medieval castle on the western side of central Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. Most of the original moated, wooden motte and bailey castle was replaced in stone in the late 12th or early 13th century and the castle played an important role in the conflict of the Anarchy. In the 14th century the military value of the castle diminished and the site became used primarily for county administration and as a prison. The surviving rectangular St George's Tower is now believed to pre-date the remainder of the castle and be a watch tower associated with the original Saxon west gate of the city. Most of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War and by the 18th century the remaining buildings had become Oxford's local prison. A new prison complex was built on the site from 1785 onwards and expanded in 1876; this became HM Prison Oxford. The prison closed in 1996 and was redeveloped as a hotel and visitor attraction. The medieval remains of the castle, including the motte and St George's Tower and crypt, are Grade I listed buildings and a Scheduled Monument.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Theatre
“Oxford Playhouse and New Theatre Oxford (19 miles from Greyhounds) www.oxfordplayhouse.com www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford/ Spoilt for choice, there are theatres in Oxford (Playhouse and New Theatre), Cheltenham (Everyman) and Chipping Norton with entertainment for all tastes and age groups all year round.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Watch the narrowboats go by, cool your feet in the river and sample some well kept beer. Also has an excellent menu and warm staff. Fish and chips are superb here.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Restaurant, bar and gallery, the Jam Factory has become a safe haven for the food lovers and art enthusiasts of Oxford. Located just a stone's throw from Oxford train station, bus station, city centre shops, The Saïd Business School and Oxford's dreaming spires, the Jam Factory champions an unrivalled commitment to freshness and quality, served with a laid-back and welcoming ethos.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Sweet and savoury french crepes in a traditional and cosy British tavern. It is perfect for a relaxed lunch in Oxford, and you can walk along the scenic canal to get there.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“The Duke of Cambridge has been mixing great drinks in Oxford since 1981. Located in the bohemian district of Jericho, the bar is always bursting with atmosphere at the weekends with a more chilled vibe during the week. Fresh ingredients, cool interiors and friendly staff give The Duke genuine character and style.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Gloucester Green often has a market on Wednesday and Thursday (sometimes other days). It varies from street food, to fruit and veg, to bric-a-brac and antiques and other stalls.”
  • 3 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Great pre-theatre menu, cosy atmosphere and good service (not to mention modest prices)”
  • 14 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Is a large supermarket so has a bit of everything you need plus a really comfortable large cafe with a decent selection of food served from 8am onwards”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cinema
“where cinema becomes a memorable experience for a broad range of people.....atmosphere, comfort, location and, for those who like a drink, the bar.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“The Eagle and Child, nicknamed The Bird and Baby, is a pub in St Giles' Street, Oxford, England, owned by St. John's College, Oxford and operated by Mitchells & Butlers as a Nicholson's pub. The pub had been part of an endowment belonging to University College since the 17th century. It has associations with the Inklings writers' group which included J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. In 2005, 25 other pubs had the same name. The Eagle and Child from directly in front of the building, in St Giles Street. A small, narrow building, the pub reputedly served as the lodgings of the Chancellor of the Exchequer during the English Civil War (1642–49), when Oxford was the Royalist capital. The landmark served as a pay house for the Royalist army, and pony auctions were held in the rear courtyard. These claims are inconsistent with the earliest date usually given for construction of the pub, 1650, and the fact that the pub lies outside the city walls may also give some cause for doubt. The first record of the pub's name is from 1684, and is said to derive from the crest of the Earl of Derby. The image is said to refer to a story of a noble-born baby having been found in an eagle's nest. An alternative explanation for the name of the pub is from the star constellation 'Aquila and Antinous'. The constellation was named by the Roman emperor Hadrian after his boy lover Antinous drowned the Nile in 130. The constellation's first known depiction was in 1536 on a celestial globe by the German mathematician and cartographer Caspar Vopel (1511–61); it was shown again in 1551 on a globe by Gerardus Mercator. Tycho Brahe listed it as a separate constellation in his star catalogue of 1602 and it remained widely accepted into the 19th century, when it was eventually remerged with Aquila. The pub's long-standing nickname is the Bird and Baby, although other variants such as the "Fowl and Foetus" have been used. The pub had been part of an endowment belonging to University College since the 17th century. The college placed it on the market for £1.2 million in December 2003, saying that it needed to rebalance its property portfolio. It was bought by the nearby St John's College, which also owns the Lamb and Flag pub opposite.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Restaurant, bar and gallery, the Jam Factory has become a safe haven for the food lovers and art enthusiasts of Oxford. Located just a stone's throw from Oxford train station, bus station, city centre shops, The Saïd Business School and Oxford's dreaming spires, the Jam Factory champions an unrivalled commitment to freshness and quality, served with a laid-back and welcoming ethos.”
  • 15 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Great pre-theatre menu, cosy atmosphere and good service (not to mention modest prices)”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“All-day British chain brasserie and bar with lobster nights and afternoon tea in grand cafe setting.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“Delicious Szechuan, Shanghainese and Cantonese restaurant located on Park End Street (10 min walk)”
  • 11 locals recommend
Diner
“Great for afternoon tea. Short hours 3 to 4.30 but it is a beautiful space and you can just stick with a piece of cake if you don’t want the whole shebang. Either way it works out a lot cheaper than a lot of the afternoon tea options and you have plenty of elbow room. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“They claim to have the best pizzas in Oxford, and in my opinion they do. There are some other closes runners, Pizza Pilgrims (Westgate Centre) and Marios (Cowley Road). Word of warning with the White Rabbit, expect sticky floor and loud 00's music! Great atmosphere and very relaxed! Great after a day walking round oxford and want to re-fuel! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“this place does crazy cocktails up on the terrace of oxfords new shopping centre. there are a few others bars there too but this one is the craziest. They serve food in the daytime too.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I just love it! this place has character and buzz all rolled into one! it's just different! :-) ”
  • 5 locals recommend

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