Fancy a break from exploring the Capital? Travel on the Oxford Tube to the “City of Dreaming Spires”, one of the world's most famous University cities, steeped in history and a firm favourite of film makers.
Where to catch the coach to Oxford:
The Oxford Tube runs up to every 15 minutes from a number of central London stops. These include Buckingham Palace Road (stop 10), Grosvenor Gardens (stop 10) and Marble Arch (stop 14, subway exit 4). You can view a map of all London stops here.
Your tour of Oxford...
Arrive in Oxford at 9.30am – wander around the covered market and discover the wonderful variety of independent shops that can be found in here – grab yourself some delicious Oxford Blue cheese, or enjoy breakfast at one of the hearty greasy spoon cafes!
Take yourself on a University and City walking tour at 10.45am, and enjoy an introduction to Oxford, with a knowledgeable guide who will lead you through the streets of Oxford and into a University College.
For a food experience that you won’t forget, enjoy lunch at Quod; The Old Bank’s spectacular restaurant and bar. Indulge yourself in the specially created set lunch menu, or treat yourself to a more special fine dining experience with the a la carte, all with the added option of soaking up a Mediterranean atmosphere in the restaurants heated Italian garden terrace! Alternatively, if you’d like something lighter, enjoy afternoon tea at Mad Hatter-themed Café Loco, opposite Christ Church College and its beautiful grounds - which you can wander around afterwards.
Cross over the road from Quod and explore the Radcliffe Square; lined with stunning architecture and steeped in history, the views from the square will take your breath away, and here you are just a stone’s throw from the famous Bridge of Sighs. For spectacular views of Oxford, climb to the top of the Church of St Mary the Virgin and view the dreaming spires from above the busy streets. Wander around the corner and visit the Museum of the History of Science, where you can find one of Einstein’s blackboards; used in a lecture he gave at Rhodes House in 1931!
Take a quick pit-stop, at a famously known pub; The Eagle and Child dates back to the 17th century, and is most renowned as the old haunt of the group of authors known as The Inklings. If you are a particular fan of any of The Inklings work, perhaps you would even enjoy one of the CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien tours, that visits this pub, and many other famous spots associated with the authors.
If you are looking for something different, explore Oxford in a unique way and hire a punt to cruise down the Thames on; a “typical Oxford” activity that will be sure to make your trip an unforgettable one! If you don’t think punting would be for you, but you’d still like to soak up the city whilst on water, book a luxurious Oxford River Cruise and let someone else do the work for you.
Round off your evening with dinner at The Randolph Hotel’s restaurant – Acanthus; whilst you’re there, be sure to explore the hotel’s Morse Bar – famously known as one of the filming locations in both Morse, and later Lewis, where the detectives can be seen deliberating over cases!
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How much does it cost?
Return tickets (return anytime within 3 months):
Student/young person (16-26)/over 60: £13
Child (5-15): £7.50
Travelling with children? Kids travel free* any day of the week!
Tickets can be purchased online, on our Mobile Tickets App, from the driver in cash or by contactless (up to £30) or from Victoria Coach Station and Green Line Travel ticket office. There's no need to pre-book!
*Free travel is based on up to 2 children aged between 5 - 15 travelling with one fare-paying adult. The free travel offer is available on journeys between London and Oxford and is not available between Oxford and Lewknor or Hillingdon to London.
Where to catch the coach back to London:
From Oxford City centre you'll find coach stops at Gloucester Green bus station, Speedwell Street and on the High Street. Rest your weary legs and travel back to the capital in comfort. View the location of all Oxford Tube coach stops in Oxford here.