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London To Oxford Day Trips

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London To Oxford Day Trips Guide

Located just around 60 miles away from the bustling streets of London, a trip to Oxford University is a perfect way to explore the outskirts of London. Oxford, also known as the City of Dreaming Spires, is home to England’s oldest university, the University of Oxford. A short and sweet day trip to this historical city is an excellent way to unwind, relax, and learn about Oxford’s rich and diverse culture. 
Read on to find out more about things to do in Oxford, what to expect, other day trips from London, deals, offers and more.

All Your London to Oxford Day Trip Options

You can choose from a range of London to Oxford day trip options and enjoy the beautiful Oxfordshire heritage and culture. Tucked just a couple of hours away from the UK's capital city, explore the charming Oxford University, Cambridge University, the Warwick Castle, and other nearby attractions with these affordable and curated day trips from London. 

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  • Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford from London
    One of the best out-of-town attractions if you are looking to spend time outside London, this day tour offers everything you could ask for. Discover the beauty of Windsor Castle, visit the mysterious Stonehenge, and explore the historical Oxford University on this one of a kind day-trip experience. Enjoy guided tours, transfers, and more with this day trip from London. 
  • Oxford and Cambridge Universities
    A visit to two of the most prestigious and oldest universities in the world, the Oxford and Cambridge University day trip is one of the best ways to learn more about these educational institutions. Marvel at the beautiful spires of Oxford, architectural influence of different eras of British history, and the medieval Gothic architecture on your visit to the Senate House, King’s College, and Chronophage. Get access to walking tours, guided tours, luxurious coaches and much more with your tickets.

London to Oxford Day Trips Offers & Discounts

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Headout offers discounted tickets for children (3-16 years), seniors (60+ years), and students with a valid student ID.

Plan Your London to Oxford Day Trip

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How long is the journey from London to Oxford?
On a good day, when traffic is minimal, the journey between London and Oxford takes just over an hour
How long do I need to tour Oxford?
If you wish to explore the main attractions of this educational city only, a day gives you enough time. However, if you want to explore the nearby colleges and museums, we recommend keeping 2 days aside. 
What is the duration of the London to Oxford day trip?
It roughly takes around 10 hours to complete a London to Oxford day trip. On this trip, you will explore the stunning beauty of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and if opted for other nearby attractions. 
What is the best time to go for a London to Oxford day trip?
The best time to go for a London to Oxford day trip is during the summer months between April and August when nature is in full-bloom. We recommend setting out during the early hours of the morning as it gives you adequate time to leisurely explore the town.  
Where is Oxford located?
Oxford is in the Oxfordshire county that is in South East England and around 60 miles west to London. 
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How do I get from London to Oxford?
You can get to Oxford from London by coach, train, and car. 
  • By Coach: From Victoria Station, you can take the London to Oxford coach every 10-15 minutes, with multiple stops and drops available. The journey averages around 1 hour 40 minutes.  If you opt for a guided tour, a private coach is provided to you with WiFi enabled access.
  • By Train: From Paddington Station, you can take a train to Oxford. These run frequently, nearly every 30 minutes. The journey averages around 1 hour. 
  • By Car: From London you can also drive down to Oxford. Take the M25 and the M40 and then the A40 to reach the town. Keep in mind, parking in Oxford can be costly. The journey should average around an hour and a half. 
Can I take the train from London to Oxford?
Yes, you can take the train from London to Oxford. It is considered to be the cheapest mode of transport to get to Oxford from London. There are over 115 trains per day that travel from London to Oxford. From Paddington Station, you can take a train to Oxford. These run frequently, nearly every 30 minutes. The journey averages around 1 hour. 
Are there buses from London to Oxford?
Yes, there are many buses or coaches that will take you to Oxford from London. From Victoria Station, you can take the London to Oxford coach every 10-15 minutes, with multiple stops and drops available. The journey averages around 1 hour 40 minutes.  If you opt for a guided tour, a private coach is provided to you with WiFi enabled access.
Can I go from London to Oxford by car?
Yes, you can drive from London to Oxford if you own or rent a car. However, we recommend taking the bus or a train if you want to avoid the traffic. Should you choose to drive, take the M25 and the M40 and then the A40 to reach the town. Keep in mind, parking in Oxford can be costly. The journey should average around an hour and a half. 
Are there options to go from London to Oxford by coach?
Yes, there are plenty of options to go from London to Oxford by coach. Headout offers a private coach with free WiFi access with your London to Oxford day trip. 
Is the town of Oxford wheelchair accessible?
Yes, almost all areas of Oxford have a decent level of wheelchair accessibility. 
Are meals included on a London to Oxford tour?
Unfortunately, meals are not included on a London to Oxford tour. 
Is photography permitted during the London to Oxford tour?
Photography for personal and non-commercial purposes is permitted during the London to Oxford tour. 
Are return transfers included on a London to Oxford day trip?
Return transfers till the pick-up spot is included on a London to Oxford day trip. 
Are guided tours part of London to Oxford day trips?
Yes, guided tours are part of London to Oxford day trips. 
Where can I eat in Oxford?
There are plenty of restaurants in Oxford where you can enjoy a nice and scrumptious meal. Some of the best restaurants include Ajax Diner, Bottletree Bakery, and McEwen’s among others. 

Things to do in Oxford

Oxford University

The oldest university in England, the Oxford University is a must visit when you are in Oxford. In addition, it is also regarded as one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. The foundations of the university can be traced back to the end of the 11th century after scholars and teachers from mainland Europe settled in Oxford. The University of Oxford represents England’s history and architecture in its purest form while providing education to millions from around the globe. 

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

You will find some of the crucial, insightful, and historically rich specimens and pieces of art in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. In 2021, several large showcases were replaced by new and beautiful displays. The museum is home to millions of modern and historical specimens found in the natural world. A must-visit if you are in Oxford. 

Oxford Castle and Prison

The Oxford Castle and Prison beautifully represent Oxford’s 1000-year old history. The Oxford Castle was built to the West of the ancient Saxon town and served as a shield, protecting Oxford from Norman invasions. The castle was abandoned in the fourteenth century and turned into a jail until 1642. Today, the prison and castle are open to the public via booking a guided tour. 

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology 

After being established in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum became the first ever public museum in Britain. Besides, it is also Britain’s first ever university museum. The Museum officially changed its name to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in 1908 following a number of changes to the collection, including the inclusion of archaeological artifacts and research capabilities.

Pitt Rivers Museum

Part of the University of Oxford, the Pitt Rivers Museum offers in-depth knowledge and insights into global archaeology and ethnography. It houses a large collection of manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts from different cultures, origins, and geographies.  

The Oxford Artisan Distillery

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is the first distillery to make alcoholic spirits in this famous city's rich, diverse, and illustrious history. A  range of handcrafted spirits, including gin, absinthe, vodka, and rye whiskey are distilled here. From grain to glass, the entire manufacturing process is transparent, providing insights into how each spirit is made. 

Christ Church

One of Oxford's biggest and most affluent colleges,  the Christ Church is a well-known educational institute in this part of the world Despite its reputation, the college is welcoming and inclusive here. The college boasts its own water meadow and art museum and is located in the heart of Oxford, close to the river.

Radcliffe Camera

Oxford is known for its beautiful architecture, but most people believe that the Radcliffe Camera is Oxford's most mesmerizing structure. This 140-foot-tall building, which was constructed between 1737 and 1749 in the luxurious Palladian style, is crowned with a large dome which is also the third-largest dome in Britain.

Bodleian Library

Rich in culture and located in the heart of Oxford, the Bodleian Library is one of the top sights in Oxfordshire. Explore the historic sites, which you may have seen in blockbusters such as Harry Potter and A Discovery of Witches. You will find gift shops, a wide collection of books, and a quaint little cafe on your visit to the Bodleian Library. 

 Top Day Trips from London

While there’s an abundance of things to do in the city of London, there’s much more to escape to outside of the city too. Retreat into the outskirts of London and wander into adjacent towns and more with a variety of day trips from London. Here are a few day trips to consider while planning your itinerary. 

London to Stonehenge

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Stonehenge and learn about its mysterious architecture and location. The Stonehenge is arguably one of the most sought-after day trips from London as visitors continue to find answers related to its baffling history. We recommend booking your London to Stonhenge tour in advance for the most convenient and hassle-free experience.

London to Windsor

Visit Windsor to explore the beauty of numerous historic castles and buildings away from the busy streets of London. An ideal day trip for all the history enthusiasts, a trip to Windsor from London offers a memorable experience as you explore the charming little town. During your time here, you must visit Windsor Castle, which attracts millions of tourists from across the world each year. There’s much to do with your Windsor Castle tickets.

London to Bath

A London to Bath day trip is another must-have on your list. You will quickly notice the Georgian and Roman influence during your visit to Bath. We recommend taking a walking tour of Bath where you will learn about Bath’s Georgian history and also discover the main landmarks of the town. 

London to Cotswolds

Visit the scenic viewpoints, rolling hills, country houses, castles, and a typical English landscape at Cotswolds, a short day trip away from London. It has become one of the most popular tourist locations around London because of its lush green and picturesque countryside. The best way to get here is by coach which takes around a couple of hours. Experience comfort, entertainment, guided tours and more during your London to Cotswold Day trip

London to Warwick

Warwickshire, the famous county where William Shakespeare was born has abundant ancient buildings and castles, against the backdrop of a lush and gorgeous English countryside. You must explore some fascinating historical sites in Warwick, including the beautiful Warwick Castle and the medieval Collegiate Church of St. Mary. If you’re looking for a more holistic day trip that covers more ground, you should opt for Warwick, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds tours. If you’re looking to simply enjoy the attraction in Warwick, then Warwick Castle tickets are the way to go. 

London to Oxford Day Trips FAQs

Is a London to Oxford day trip worth it?

Yes, the London to Oxford day trip is absolutely worth it as it is one of the best ways to explore the English countryside close to London. The stunning historical sites, the rich English history, vibrant food scene, and a plethora of beautiful sites make a day trip to Oxford absolutely worth it. 

What are the things to do in Oxford?

Some of the best things to do in Oxford include, walking tours, a visit to the different educational sites, cultural tours, mountain bike tours, historical tours, a trip to the parks, and more. Additionally, you get to explore the streets and spots where prestigious authors such as CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien frequented amongst other attractions such as the University, Museum of Natural History, Oxford Castle and Prison, The Oxford Artisan Distillery, Christ Church, Radcliffe Camera and more. 

Is Oxford walkable?

Yes, the main areas of Oxford are walkable, allowing you to easily experience the true essence of the city. 

How do I get to Oxford from London?

You can get to Oxford from London by coach, car, and by train. 
By Coach: From Victoria Station, you can take the London to Oxford coach every 10-15 minutes, with multiple stops and drops available. The journey averages around 1 hour 40 minutes. If you opt for a guided tour, a private coach is provided to you with WiFi enabled access. 
By Train: From Paddington Station, you can take a train to Oxford. These run frequently, nearly every 30 minutes. The journey averages around 1 hour. 
By Car: From London you can also drive down to Oxford. Take the M25 and the M40 and then the A40 to reach the town. Keep in mind, parking in Oxford can be costly. The journey should average around an hour and a half. 

Can I take the train from London to Oxford?

Yes, you can take the train from London to Oxford. From Paddington Station, you can take a train to Oxford. These run frequently, nearly every 30 minutes. The journey averages around 1 hour. 

Can I go from London to Oxford by car?

Yes, you can go from London to Oxford by car. Take the M25 and the M40 and then the A40 to reach the town. Keep in mind, parking in Oxford can be costly. The journey should average around an hour and a half. 

Can I book London to Oxford day trip tickets online?

Yes, you can book London to Oxford day trip tickets online. It is recommended to do so for a hassle-free, well-planned experience as well as to avail the best offers.  

How long does it take to get to Oxford from London?

Ideally, if there is minimal traffic, it will take you a little over an hour to get to Oxford from London. 

Are discounts available on London to Oxford day trips?

Yes, discounts are available on London to Oxford day trips for seniors, students with valid ID, and children.

How far is Oxford from London?

Oxford is approximately 56 miles away from London. 

What is the best time to visit Oxford?

The best time to visit Oxford is during the summer months between April and June when nature is in full blossom.

Is Oxford wheelchair accessible?

Yes, all the main areas of Oxford are wheelchair accessible. 
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