1. Climb the 124 steps to the 13th century tower of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin for the best view of the famous Oxford spires. Entrances on the High Street and Radcliffe Square. Cost £3.
2. Visit Christ Church College, one of Oxford’s largest and most stunning colleges. Don’t miss Tom Quad, the largest in Oxford, and the famous Tom Tower, the Great Hall (used in the Harry Potter films), or the Cathedral. Located in St Aldates. Cost £6.
3. Visit the world-class Ashmolean Museum which contains a superb collection of paintings and antiquities in a gorgeous building. There is a free tour of the museum highlights every Saturday from 11am-12pm. Free tokens available at the Information Desk from 10am. Located opposite the Randolph Hotel in Beaumont Street. Free.
4. Visit Radcliffe Square, the most beautiful spot in Oxford, containing the Radcliffe Camera in the centre, with the stunning facades of the Bodleian Library, Brasenose College, All Souls College and the University Church on the four sides around it. Best on a moonlit night! Free.
5. Visit the elegant and historic Covered Market, which runs between the top of the High Street and Market Street. There are shops selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats and speciality foods, to clothes, jewellery, accessories and crafts and also several excellent cafes. Free.
6. Visit Exeter College in Turl Street to see one of Oxford’s oldest and smallest colleges, where ‘Lord of the Rings’ author J.R. Tolkien studied. Highlights are the small, ivy-clad quadrangles, the Victorian-Gothic Chapel, the Hall, and the Fellows’ Garden with one of the best views in Oxford. Free.
7. Visit the Botanic Gardens at the end of the High Street, on the banks of the River Cherwell. These are the oldest in Britain, dating back to 1621, with a beautiful walled garden, orchard, pond and glasshouses. Cost £3.50.
8. Take one of the Blackwells Walking Tours of Oxford run by Blackwells Bookshop in Broad Street, one of the city’s great institutions. The tours are approximately one and a half hours and you can choose a historic tour or a literary tour. Cost £7.
9. Walk down New College Lane and lose yourself in medieval Oxford. Start at the Broad Street end, opposite the Bodleian Library. Your walk will take you under Hertford College’s famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’, past the back gates of New College, the back of Queen’s College and St Edmund Hall, bringing you out on to the High Street. Free.
10. Walk through beautiful Christ Church Meadows down to the River Thames, known as ‘the Isis’ in Oxford, and continue left along the river bank to the college boathouses – you may see the rowing teams training on the river. Gates to the Meadows are in St Aldates. Free.