Historic old university town whose buildings have been used in some of the Harry Potter films for Hogwarts setting.
You can walk through the streets of the campus and see the fine old architecture and feel the history of high academia. Walk outside of the campus, however, and it feels like a modern university town with overpriced low-end restaurants, rather rough areas, and (literally) crazy people ("undiagnosed geniuses" perhaps...) shouting at random strangers. If you want a real experience and don't have a lot of background knowledge yourself, you would probably need to book a guided tour to fully appreciate the place.
The city is beautiful because of the history and architecture. However, I thought cleanliness standards had deteriorated since my last visit and there seemed to be a lot of beggars on the street.
Lots of history here. Take a walking tour. There are many different ones, the official ones are expensive.
There is one given by alumni which is "free" in that you tip at the end what you think it was worth. Don't miss the Ashmolean museum.
I didn't get much of an opportunity to visit many places in Oxford, but the Ashmolean Museum is a must for first time visitors to Oxford.
Entrance is free and photography is allowed. The suburban environment and low traffic volume make Oxford a great place for relaxing walks and leisure.
Very traditional with lots of walking and go into the buildings as the outsides do not do full justice
Turf Tavern is a must go places for lunch / dinner, where many famous people visited before. The atmostphere and the food is great.
It is worth to spend some times to visit the colleges of oxford. However, as entry fee is needed for most of the colleges, hence selection of colleges to visit is needed.
There is also some bars to visit.
We went punting which is great fun. The city is very touristic and lots of students which is part of the atmosphere of Oxford.