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Destination guide

Oxford – England's studious old master

Rows of Gothic churches and the beige-coloured Headington stone of Oxford's world-class colleges are what bookend the two sides of this enchanting city. Between the lot is a town that bears the hallmarks of somewhere ancient – unplanned streets wiggle this way and that, alleys shoot away under filigreed medieval gates. You'll want your thinking cap at the ready because the Bodleian Library and the famous Ashmolean Museum both beckon. You'll also do well to channel your inner student – the English pubs are packed with them. From townhouses to country cottages, Oxford holiday rentals await…

Things to do

Swotting up in Oxford

If you're the sort that likes pre-history, dinosaur bones and world-famous art mixed in with your English cream teas and punting sessions, Oxford holiday rentals can oblige. First comes the iconic Ashmolean Museum. There's a real Indiana Jones vibe as you flit between the priceless oriental vases and the death portraits of Egyptian mummies. Next is the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, packed with roaring T. rex skeletons and extinct dodo samples. And then there's the Pitt Rivers Museum, where mysterious and far-flung cultures come to life.

Activities

Learn and admire in Oxford

There's really no better way to see this handsome city than from a traditional English punt. The Magdalen Bridge Boathouse on the idyllic Water Meadow is the place to find them, before drifting off along the Cherwell River, past world-famous university buildings, and leafy meadows where picnics are a summertime must. Those who prefer dry land can rent a bike. You'll soon get used to the occasional cobbled alley as you zoom between the teahouses and bookshops that abound.

Weather

Wait for the blooms in Oxford

It sure is possible to enjoy Oxford's reams of culture and class in the wintertime – the museums stay open between December and March and so do the pubs and tearooms. That said, there's nothing that can beat this green and leafy town in spring and summer. Months like April and May start the blooms in the meadows and have the famous boat races between universities, while June to August has the hottest days for punting and wandering the cobbled lanes.

Natural features

Oxford is bucolic England

Oxford itself is an uber-green city. Parks are everywhere, fringing the River Cherwell and lining the university buildings with pretty rose gardens and blooming wildflowers. If you head out of town, then it's quintessential English countryside that takes over. There's the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just to the west, where rolling hills and farms and dales have owls and falcons. There's the Chiltern Hills AONB in the other direction, with its undulating landscapes of peaks and troughs.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Oxford

Fly into Oxford (OXF), the closest airport, located 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into London (LTN-Luton), which is 38.7 mi (62.2 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Oxford Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Oxford?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 427 holiday lettings around Oxford. From 175 flats & apartments to 64 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Oxford?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Oxford. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Headington Shark: 708 holiday lettings
  • Said Business School: 770 holiday lettings
  • University of Oxford: 772 holiday lettings
  • Oxford Brookes University: 729 holiday lettings
  • All Souls College: 736 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Oxford listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Oxford?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 175 Flats in Oxford. Our other popular types of Oxford holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 64 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 150 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 64 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Oxford?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 10 holiday homes with pool available in Oxford. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.