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Broad Street

Broad Street is very much the hub of Oxford and should be top of your list when visiting the city!

Here is a selection of what this buzzing street has to offer:


  • Balliol College and Trinity College lodge can be accessed through Broad Street, giving visitors the option to look around these hidden havens behind the hustle and bustle of the street.

University Buildings

The Sheldonian Theatre

  • This beautiful building designed by Christopher Wren is where students begin and end their degree, hosting both matriculation and graduation ceremonies. It is the official ceremonial hall of the University and is open to tourists for as little as £3.50.

The Museum of the History of Science

  • The museum is home to a vast collection of early scientific instruments and is the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building.

  • Admission is free!


  • The Buttery - a cute little cafe, perfectly situated between the shops. A lovely spot to rejuvenate after exploring all that Broad Street has to offer. In the summer months, there are tables and chairs on the street itself, so you can people-watch and admire the beautiful colleges across the road.

  • Morton's - a tiny cafe with great cakes and sandwiches, popular with students for a quick pick-me-up. This tends to be best for take-away but, in the summer there is a hidden courtyard at the back of the cafe which is an absolute sun-trap.I used to work there sometimes in my first year!


  • Oxford campus/ souvenir stores.

  • The street is full of these selling everything from Oxford hoodies and t-shirts to key rings and college crests.

Top Tips
  • Visit Tourist Information on Broad Street for detailed info on all that Oxford has to offer!

  • I've only touched on some of the highlights of Broad Street but there are many more coffee shops, sights and shops to explore.

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