Oxford is home to one of the world’s oldest universities and boasts a medieval skyline, cobbled streets, and stately gardens—all just an hour’s train ride from London. Here are a few ways to enjoy your time in the “city of dreaming spires.”
Day trips to Oxford from London take in top attractions such as the Bodleian Library and the famous Christ Church College, but that’s just the start of the adventure. Stroll among the honey-colored university buildings and explore centuries of rich English history, then visit nearby destinations such as Stratford-upon-Avon, UNESCO–listed Stonehenge, Warwick Castle, or Windsor Castle—all on the same tour.
For travelers keen to experience the best of Oxford and its surroundings, a two-day tour could be just the ticket. Explore the Georgian city of Bath, marvel at the ancient stone circles of Avebury, spin through traditional English villages in the idyllic Cotswolds, and visit the medieval university city of Oxford. With overnight accommodations, breakfast, and round-trip travel from London typically included, you’re free to relax and enjoy your time away from the busy capital.
Things to Know
Oxford is 59 miles (94 kilometers) west of London, about two hours away by road.
Day trips to Oxford from London typically last about 10 hours.
Tours from London usually include entrance fees, plus round-trip transportation.
Oxford tours can involve quite a lot of walking, so sturdy shoes are recommended.