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Plan out your Oxford University visit with our helpful visiting guide and tips!

Oxford – The University City

The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university located in the city of Oxford, England. It’s one of the oldest and best-known universities in the UK and the world. There is evidence of teaching at Oxford University as early as 1096, which makes this institution the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

The University of Oxford has retained the top spot for a sixth consecutive year in THE World University Rankings 2024, according to Times Higher Education (THE). Over 25.000 students are attending this highly selective institution. The university has an acceptance rate of around 17%, and nearly half of the students attending the University of Oxford are from outside the United Kingdom.

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Why You Should Visit The Oxford University?

Oxford has impressive architecture, history, and culture. There are many ancient and modern university colleges, museums and galleries, parks, gardens, and green spaces to enjoy.

Oxford colleges are open to the public, and you can learn many interesting things about the city’s history. The best way to see all of the main university buildings is by going on a guided walking tour.

Visit the Oxford University!

Oxford University comprises of 39 independent colleges, quads, and buildings that can be found all over the city. Many Oxford colleges open their doors to visitors for at least a few hours daily. Many are free to visit, and some charge a small fee.

If you want to visit some of the most famous attractions of Oxford University, like the Bodleian Library, Oxford Botanic Garden, and University Museums, we highly recommend going on a guided walking tour. Your tour guide, also an Alumni of Oxford University, will tell you all about student life and the history of the famous institution.

After that, you will continue your tour to Broad Street and the rest of the Oxford City center.

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What to Visit at Oxford University?

Oxford University has so much to offer to its visitors. You can visit many colleges making up the institution, like the New College, University College, Lincoln College, Merton College, Worcester College, the prettiest Oxford college – Magdalen College, the second prettiest college – Balliol Collage, and the most famous Oxford college – the Christ Church College.

Along with university colleges, many beautiful gardens, museums, and libraries are most certainly worth your visit.

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FAQ – Visiting Oxford 2024

Can visitors go to Oxford University?

Many Oxford University buildings, such as libraries, gardens, museums, and colleges, are open to visitors during the day. However, they may have varying opening hours, fees, and rules for groups. The easiest way to visit the university grounds is by going on a guided tour.

Which is the best Oxford college to visit?

Trinity College is the top college to visit in Oxford. It’s stunningly beautiful and has extensive grounds for being based directly in the middle of the city. Other Oxford colleges worth your visits are the famous Christ Church College and two of the prettiest colleges – the Magdalen College and the Balliol College.

Can you tour Oxford University by yourself?

You can explore Oxford University on your own, but certain sights will require you to pay an entrance fee. You will get the most out of your visit if you explore the famous university on a guided tour. That way, you will have a guide who will show you all the must-see attractions, and you’ll also save so much time by not wandering around the university buildings.

Is Oxford University open for tours?

Yes, the university of Oxford is open for tours and tourists. You can book your Oxford University tour with a professional Alumni guide online.

Best Way to Visit the University of Oxford

By far, the best way to visit Oxford University is to book a tour or go on a day trip if you are outside of the city. We would also highly recommend booking your tour online and in advance.

By going on a guided tour of the university, you’ll be able to truly see all of the must-see locations and hear interesting stories about how the famous writers were inspired by Oxford and wrote some of the world’s most famous books like Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.

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Book this Oxford Walking tour and visit one of the UK's most famous universities. Your Alumni guide will provide insight into Oxford's prestigious university and the city itself. You'll also visit the Harry Potter film locations on this guided Oxford tour.

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