Day trip to Oxford from London

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 Famous because of its university which is the oldest in the english-speaking world, Oxford city is perfect for a day trip as it’s located so close to London. On this post you’ll learn everything you need to know when planning a day trip to Oxford from London

Day trip to Oxford from London

How to get to Oxford from London on your own

 If you don’t like organized tours, getting to Oxford from London on your own is really easy. These are the options:

  • Car: if you rent a car you can get to Oxford in around 2 hours.
  • Bus: the cheapest option to get to Oxford from London is by bus. The trip duration is 2 hours and some of the companies that make this journey are: National Express y Oxford Tube. I took the Oxford Tube and definitely recommend it. The price for a one-way trip is around £5.00.
  • Train: the easiest and fastest way to get to Oxford from London is by train. The trip lasts only 1 hour and there are two companies that make this route: Great Western Railway and Chiltern Railways. The price of the train tickets goes from £7.00 to £30.00, depending on when you book it and the time of your train ride. You can buy the tickets directly at the station or book them online on National Rail. The trains to Oxford depart from London Paddington station.

Day trip to Oxford from London by tour

 The great benefit of taking a tour to Oxford from London is that you don’t need to worry about the transport or anything. There are several tours that take you to Oxford:

  • Oxford full-day tour: this tour includes transportation and local guide.
  • Oxford + Windsor + Stonehenge: this tour combines Oxford with Windsor Castle and Stonehenge. It’s a good option if you want to make the most of your time.
  • Harry Potter tour: the perfect tour for Harry fans! Includes the Warner Bros Studio Tour, a walking tour in Oxford and the transportation.

 Oxford University is a city university, this means there is no main campus, all the buildings are scattered throughout the city instead. A great option is to take a walking tour of Oxford so you don’t miss any attraction. 



What to see in Oxford in one day

I must admit my main reason for visiting Oxford University was to see the Dining Hall that inspired JK Rowling as The Great Hall in Hogwarts Castle. It is located in Christ Church, which is a college of the university. Can you believe they actually eat in here?

Oxford day trip from London

  The Harry Potter vibes are great, but Oxford is much much more than The Great Hall. The city is full of history in each corner. Walking Oxford Streets is just like walking the streets of an ancient medieval city in old England. It’s original street pattern still survives and it has amazingly preserved buildings from the 12th century and the classical period.

The University of Oxford started around 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university is made up of 39 constituent colleges which have their own government. 

  • Christ Church is the biggest college in Oxford. This is where the Great Hall is located. To enter Christ Church you need to pay an entry ticket of £10 (adults) and £9 (students, child and senior). You can check the updated prices at Christ Church website.
  • Oxford Canals. Don’t miss walking by the Oxford Canal, it’s beautiful! You can even take a cruise along the Thames River.

  • Radcliffe Camera is one of Oxford’s main buildings. It was formerly used as a library and is nowadays used only as a reading room.
  • Historic pubs. Aside from the colleges, it’s very interesting to visit Oxford historic pubs, where personalities like Stephen Hawking, C.S.Lewis, Tolkien or Margaret Thatcher used to have a drink.
  • Brdige of Sighs. Another famous spot in Oxford known by this name because its similarities with the Bridge of Sighs in Venice.

I hope this article has been useful for planning your day trip to Oxford from London. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

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Tracy May 13, 2016 - 9:22 pm

The dining hall looks magnificent! but yeap, I also can’t imagine to eat there. I have never been to London, neither to any other parts in Europe. Hope can be there someday. 🙂

Stephanie May 13, 2016 - 6:59 am

I’m from England but I’ve never travelled to Oxford! I worked out that for the price I would pay in trainfare, I could buy a flight to Poland so I went there instead. I will have to make the journey in the future because it looks like an absolutely beautiful city. I also need to visit the great hall!

Evelina May 13, 2016 - 6:53 am

Thanks for sharing. I’ll be visiting a friend in London next month and I really hope I can manage to go to Oxford too.

Sarah Harvey May 13, 2016 - 5:39 am

I live pretty close to Oxford but have never found the time to go and visit, but it looks so charming as you say!! I love that little canal it must be lovely in the spring.

Marteen May 13, 2016 - 2:59 am

Oh it looks so quaint! I didn’t know JK Rowling was inspired by their dining hall to use it in Harry Potter 😊 I’m in awe of the architecture!

Danielle Des May 12, 2016 - 9:15 pm

This reminds me so much of Princeton University in New Jersey USA. I wonder if their architecture design was heavily influenced by Oxford. Did you get to eat at the dinning hall?

Kristina Manente May 12, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Ahhh I love your photos so much. I lived in London for three years and NEVER made it to Oxford. So thanks for this cute look at it!

Jacqui Travels May 12, 2016 - 7:31 pm

How awesome is Oxford! I also visited for Hogwarts’ Great Hall 🙂
We also visited Blenheim Palace nearby, and it was awesome. Did you get to it?

Sarah May 12, 2016 - 7:12 pm

Oxford is certainly beautiful. If you think eating in that hall is unbelievable, you want to actually be there. It’s one of the only places where everyone still had to ‘dress for dinner’ and the food is exquisite. Nothing like the slop served in most university canteens! Definitely a moment of history that has never ended.

carla May 12, 2016 - 9:23 am

Thanks for sharing this post and the interesting things about Oxford. I am usually in LHR Terminal 5 on a layover. Next time I will plan to visit Oxford.


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