Things To Do

Tucked away in the historic heart of Oxford City Centre, guests staying at Greyfriars Hideaway luxury self catering cottages benefit not only from a private and secure location but close proximity to all Oxford’s shops, tourist attractions, theatres, museums, universities and Botanical Gardens; not to mention all the restaurants and bars. This is truly the perfect location to immerse yourself in heritage, arts and culture. Don’t forget to take some time out to stroll the cobbled streets of Oxford or why not take to the river for a tour or even try your hand at punting. A city of dreams and a city of science. A city where the world comes together to create the future, surrounded by the past.  A city that for centuries has attracted those in search of excellence and answers, now guarding a millennium’s worth of stories! Escape the everyday in Oxford, watch the video here

Walking Distance
Westgate Shopping Centre

Westgate Oxford [less than a minute walk]

Relaxing and buzzing, intellectual and hedonistic, stylish and comforting, Westgate Oxford will deliver a game-changing experience set to reinvent the city of Oxford as the ultimate retail and lifestyle destination.
With 800 000 sq. ft. of prestigious global brands, inventive and eclectic restaurants and cafes, a five-screen boutique cinema and sophisticated rooftop bars and dining, Westgate Oxford will excite and delight.
Expect bold and daring architecture meets innovative design and technology. Arresting rooftop views of the Oxford city skyline create an exceptional, inspirational destination like no other.

Oxford Castle [less than a minute walk]

When William the Conqueror invaded England and won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Oxford Castle was marked by the Normans as the ideal place for a motte-and-bailey castle. Awe in the views from the top of the Saxon St. George’s Tower, descend underground into the 900-year-old crypt and climb the 11th century mound, home of old gallows.

Oxford Castle
The Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum [20 min walk]

The Pitt Rivers Museum is also known as The University of Oxford’s museum of anthropology and world archaeology. The museum was founded in 1884 following a gift to the university from general Pitt Rivers, it retains its unique atmosphere with dense displays of artefacts, many in the original wooden display cabinets.
A special feature of the Pitt Rivers Museum is the arrangement of the collection according to the following typologies: musical instruments, weapons, masks, textiles, jewellery, and tools. This famous arrangement allows visitors to see how different challenges were solved in different eras.

Oxford's Famous Theatres

Find West End Shows, Musicals, Plays and Concerts; central Oxford is renowned for being a cultural hub with a lively atmosphere that pervades every nook and alley.

Oxford's Famous Theatres
Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History [20 min walk]

Oxford University Museum of Natural History was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages.
Highlights in the collections include the world’s first scientifically described dinosaur – Megalosaurus bucklandii – and the world-famous Oxford Dodo, the only soft tissue remains of the extinct dodo.

Ashmolean Museum [10 min walk]

World famous, the Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. As Britain’s first public museum, we’re home to half a million years of human history and creativity, from ancient Egyptian Mummies to modern art, and much more.
The Ashmolean’s collection is incredibly rich, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among its treasures are the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures, and the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world.

Ashmolean Museum
Oxford River Cruises

Oxford River Cruises [10 min walk]

Oxford river cruises offers sightseeing tours, picnic and dining river trips and private boat hire in the heart of historic Oxford. Their cruises are designed to suit all tastes, from lazy lunchtime gettogethers and elegant dinner cruises, to corporate events and birthday parties afloat.

Punting [10 min walk]

Just over half a mile away, situated underneath Magdalen College Tower, at the lower end of Oxford’s world famous high street you will find Magdalen Bridge Boathouse. Here you can hire traditionally crafted punts, rowing boats and pedalos or spoil yourself by hiring a Chauffeured boat and for that extra little touch you can also opt for a pre-ordered picnic hamper with your chauffeured punt if requested.

Punting in Oxford
Bodleian Libraries

Bodleian Libraries [10 min walk]

The world-famous Bodleian Libraries is a must-see cultural destination in the heart of Oxford.
The Bodleian Library was founded by Sir Thomas Bodley and officially opened in 1602. Since then the Bodleian Libraries has grown to be the largest academic library system in the UK. In its reading rooms generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages, amongst them monarchs, Nobel Prize winners, British Prime Ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
At the site, you can explore historic spaces that you might recognise from popular films and TV series such as Harry Potter and A Discovery of Witches. There are inspiring exhibitions featuring the libraries’ rich collections, two unique gift shops and a lovely café. There are also a wide variety of events and courses, explore their programme here.

Oxford Botanical Garden & Arboretum [15 min walk]

Oxford Botanic Garden is the UK’s oldest botanic garden and occupies a world-class position in terms of its history and academic location. 
Founded in 1621 the Garden is committed to educating people about the importance of plants, to help conserve plants from around the world, and to support teaching and research within the University and beyond.

Oxford Botanical Garden & Arboretum
Things to do in Oxford and central Oxford

The Covered Market [5 min walk]

Discover over 50 independent shops, cafes, bars and experiences all under one historic roof. Dating back to the 1770's Oxford Covered Market is a must visit and it’s only a short walk away. This historic market showcases the very best in local crafts, butchers, bakers, coffee-roasters, pie-makers and much more. 

Oxford Walking Tours [10 min walk]

An absolute must when staying in Oxford! With over 40 years of experience Oxford Walking Tours knowledge and passion is unrivalled. Select from a city and university tour, ghost tour, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien tour, Harry Potter tour, Morse, Lewis and Endeavour tour, student life tour or why not arrange for your own bespoke private tour?

Oxford Botanical Garden & Arboretum
Things to do in Oxford and central Oxford

Concierge Services [0 min walk]

Don't forget to check out our exclusive array of concierge services offered through our select list of external service partners! All come highly recommended from our guests. Whether you're staying for business or pleasure don't pass up the opportunity to treat yourself to a private yoga or PT lesson, a few beauty treatments or, for the more adventurous, why not embark on your own flying lesson or vintage boat charter!

Just A Short Drive

Blenheim Palace [20 min drive]

Home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history, 2000 acres of Parkland and Formal Gardens, events, tours and exhibitions.

Blenheim Palace
Bicester Village Shopping

Bicester Village Shopping [25 min drive]

Delight in a day out, a memory made and a beautiful thing bought at Bicester Village. Here, pop-ups and fresh foodie delights join more than 160 boutiques from your favourite designers – all offering exceptional savings all year round. To make getting there that much easier Bicester Village even has its own dedicated train station with trains departing from central Oxford throughout the day and travel time of only 15 minutes. If you are seeking the true VVIP shopping experience please see our Concierge Services page for chauffeur and hands-free shopping. 

Silverstone - Home of The British Grand Prix [40 min drive]

An absolute must for any Grand Prix or MotoGP fan! Dive into Silverstone's rich history and experience events like no other. High-octane days, epic nights. From heart-thumping races to mind-blowing live music, they’re all about non-stop action – on and off the track.

To make your visit all the more special contact us to discuss helicopter or Rolls Royce transfers. 

Silverstone experiences