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Top Things To Do And See On Your Visit To Oxford This Autumn

Matt Crisp September 18, 2023

Autumn is an ideal time of year to visit Oxford, which has a well-earned reputation for being one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. Visitors are encouraged to use one of the five park and ride schemes that are located around the ring road in order to reduce traffic congestion. Therefore if you are travelling in a group, it may be worth arranging coach hire.

The historic city of Oxford is always full of interest, but at this time of year it comes alive with the extra hustle and bustle of the student population. Here are just a few of the ways to make the most of your visit this autumn. 

Go on a ghost tour 

Halloween is just around the corner, so why not get yourself in the ghoulish spirit with a ghost tour. Oxford is said to be one of the most haunted places in the UK, so see for yourself and book a place on one of the many ghost tours on offer! The Oxford Official Ghost Tour takes place after dark for extra levels of spookiness.

It’s led by an expert who has even published a book on the subject, so you will be in very good hands. Discover the dark side of the dreaming spires and be suitably chilled by spine tingling tales. It’s sure to be an entertaining evening, no matter what your views on the supernatural may be.

Visit the Castle and Prison

Oxford Castle and Prison is located in the heart of the city and dates back to the 11th century so as you can imagine it’s packed with fascinating history. Climb the 101 steps of St. George’s Tower and take in panoramic views of the city. You can learn about the famous prisoners including King Charles I. 

The prison also boasts an amazing underground crypt that is said to be a hive of supernatural activity, so that’s another good way to get into the halloween spirit…

Visit the covered market

If you love the chance to shop, then the historic Oxford Covered Market is the perfect place for you. It’s evolved over the past 200 years and sells everything from vintage clothing to local farm produce. At this time of year, you will find it suitably decorated with colourful pumpkins and other traditional harvest festival fare. 

Visit the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum

The Oxford Botanic Garden is in the heart of the city and it looks wonderful at this time of year, when the rich reds, golds, and ambers of the season are in their prime. Simply enjoy the peace and beauty of the gardens, or take in an immersive visitor experience at the newly installed glasshouses. 

These impressive structures contain rainforests and rare plants that are designed to delight and educate visitors. There are various public events held throughout the year, so check the calendar to find out what’s going on when you visit.