Things to do in Oxford

Dragon Egg Quest at Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford Castle

The original Oxford Castle was built in 1071 by Norman Lord Robert D’Oily and in 1142 it was said to be the home to Queen Maud during her struggle with King Stephen and the scene of a siege. The guards lowered her over the walls in a white dress which camoflauged her against the snow, and she then crept through enemy lines and across the Castle Mill to freedom. In later times it became the infamous Oxford Prison and parts of these historic buildings remain. Today, along side the evidence of its history, it is also the home of a number of bars and restaurants not forgetting the O3 Gallery with a varied programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year such as a Food and Wine Festival, Flower and Gardening Festival, regular Farmers Market and a fantastic programme of festivities over Christmas and New Year. The Malmaison Boutique Hotel in the heart of the development must also get a mention.

 

 

Theatres

There has been a theatre on the corner of George Street for nearly 170 years. The New Theatre offers a varied programme of leading opera and ballet companies, from Welsh National Opera to the English National Ballet, contemporary dance, hit musicals like Chicago and Guys and Dolls, and pop concerts. Please call the Box Office on: 0844 871 3020

In contrast the Pegasus Theatre specialises in offering a range of performing arts for young people including theatre productions, international music and dance and family shows. Ticket prices range from free to £10 Sales and information team. Tel: 01865 722851 or email: boxoffice@pegasustheatre.org.uk  for more information.

 

The Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is a working library forming part of the University. It is housed in an outstanding group of buildings and you are free to explore the quadrangles of these remarkable structures. It has its own shop and different ticket options allow access to the interior of some of the buildings. It is close to the Radcliffe Camera which sadly is not open to the public but is well worth a view from the outside. For further information including ticket prices please call the Historic Venues Team on 01865 277 224

 

Bleinham Palace

Blenheim Palace (6)

This wonderful property is thought to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country is just a short drive from Oxford. A gift from Queen Anne and the nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Guided tours of state rooms show splendid tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture. Sir Winston Churchill was born in the palace in 1874 and there is a permanent exhibition about him there. He is buried in the nearby Bladon church. The palace and grounds annually host a series of events including the International Horse Trials, jousting, Craft Fairs and the Blenheim Triathlon. 2000acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland surround the palace including the Great Lake, fountains and a varierty of formal gardens. There is a miniature train, a butterfly house, Lavender Garden and Adventure Playground.