United Kingdom Oxford

20 spots Public

Jeremy Flint

Situated in central southern England and 57 miles north-west of London, Oxford is one of England’s greatest cities and the county town of Oxfordshire. It is the 52nd largest city in England with an estimated population in 2016 of 170,350 and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse. Oxford is one of the world’s most famous university cities and revolves around the well renowned University of Oxford. Established in the 12th century, the prestigious university and its beautiful 38 colleges have helped Oxford become known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold. Although steeped in history and studded with beautiful buildings, Oxford maintains the feel of a young city, thanks to its large student population.

This guide focuses on the city of Oxford and its photogenic sights including the beautiful buildings and university colleges. Architecture and street photography are the main subjects to photograph with some nature and landscapes including Blenheim Palace (and the grounds) and Brill windmill, located outside the city. The countryside beyond and the Cotswolds are excluded from this guide.



The places highlighted can be photographed at any time throughout the year. Please note some of the colleges have specific opening times, you will find further details within the guide. Tripods can be used everywhere except the tower of the University Church of St Mary’s the Virgin.


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