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Holiday Letting Price Information in Oxford
This graph displays the average prices for the next twelve months in Oxford. The most expensive dates to travel to Oxford are in October (26/10 - 02/11). Prices decrease in February to an average of £110 per night (08/02 - 15/02).
Holiday Home Availability Information in Oxford
This graph shows the holiday letting availability rate for the next twelve months. The week with the least available rentals is in February (08/02 - 15/02), with only 64% of the rentals available. In contrast, only 14% of the holiday homes are booked during a week in October (26/10 - 02/11).
The Weather in Oxford
Here is our climate diagram for Oxford. In July, maximum temperatures climb above 23°. However, temperatures can go lower than 1° in Oxford in January. The rainiest month is July, while the driest month is March.
Experience the beautiful City of Dreaming Spires with an Oxford holiday letting
There's been a university in the city of Oxford since the 12th century, and visitors to the city for almost as long. Oxford offers the perfect combination of beautiful buildings, history at every corner, a riverside setting and great restaurants and bars. Booking an Oxford holiday letting will give you the opportunity to live as a local and experience the serene atmosphere of the City of the Dreaming Spires.
How to get to Oxford
Oxford is centrally located in the south of England, around an hour from Heathrow airport and slightly further from Birmingham. By train, travel from London takes just under an hour, and the motorway network is just a few miles from the city centre.
Getting around the city centre is easy on foot, or take inspiration from the students and hire a bicycle - the city has an extensive network of cycle paths. There is an efficient local bus network too, so hop on a bus from your Oxford holiday letting and you will be in the city centre in no time.
Oxford and its top sights
You can't visit Oxford without taking in the University and the river! As the city is relatively small, you can easily explore at your own pace.
Many of the individual colleges which make up the university are open to the public at certain times of the year, and advertise opening hours on their websites. Magdalen and Christ Church colleges are two of the most interesting and beautiful, and Christ Church's location on the edge of large meadows leading down to the Thames is truly stunning. Its dining hall was also famously used to film the Great Hall scenes in Harry Potter!
If you are pressed for time, there are hop on/hop off buses running regular tours around the city. These will show you the top sights and give you time to explore the more interesting locations at your leisure before heading back to relax in a cosy holiday cottage.
Art and culture in Oxford
Oxford's Ashmolean museum has an impressive collection of artefacts from all over the world, featuring everything from Egyptian mummies to the best in modern art. The Pitt Rivers museum and the Natural History Museum are also worth visiting, especially for dinosaur fans.
The Bodleian Library, one of the oldest in Europe and the second largest in England, is open to the public for individual visits or guided tours. The Oxford Modern Art museum on Pembroke Street offers an ever changing selection of exhibitions from artists around the world.
Holidays with children in Oxford
Kids love the frequent open-top bus tours around the city, and there is also a growing number of walking tours which are more interactive and will be suitable for all but the very youngest children. Harry Potter fans will enjoy tours of Christ Church college, as the Great Hall of Hogwarts was filmed here.
Take older children down to the river, hire a punt for an hour and see the city's spires from the water before heading back to your Oxford holiday letting for an evening in.
The Story Museum on Pembroke Street is dedicated to all forms of storytelling, and there are regular visits from visiting authors as well as workshops and events during the school holiday periods.
Things to do around Oxford
Just to the west of Oxford lies the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, so leave your Oxford holiday letting behind to explore the villages of Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold or Bibury. All have quirky antiques shops for browsing and cafés where you can experience the quintessentially English afternoon tea.
Families will love the Cotswold Wildlife Park, or a trip to Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, where you can explore the grounds and house where Winston Churchill was born.
Regular events in Oxford
St Giles' Fair takes place early in September and features traditional British fairground attractions such as dodgems and candy floss. This is a busy, fun-filled event which attracts locals, students and tourists alike.
A more modern addition to the calendar is the Cowley Road Carnival in early July, which is noisy and fun, with lots of dancing and street food from around the world. With the usual floats and dancers, the event is fun for all of the family, and the fun goes on into the evening.
Oxford's top attractions
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
The Ashmolean's diverse collection from Ancient Greece, the Islamic world and the Renaissance is a joy for art lovers and novices alike. Note that entry is free.
Pitt Rivers Museum
Displaying the archaeological and anthropological collections owned by the university, this museum was recently the recipient of the Guardian's best family-friendly award. Regular children's events include body painting and object handling workshops.
University of Oxford
This iconic university is not only famous for its world-class education, but also its breathtaking architecture. Walking the grounds of the numerous colleges on a sunny day is a joy.
University Museum of Natural History
The remains of an extinct dodo housed here are a primary draw for visitors, although many more fascinating exhibits feature. Admission to the museum is free.
This stunning library is home to over 12 million books - one of the largest collections in the world.
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