Culture in Oxford - our favourites
Top 5 cultural venues and events in the area
|Oxford Castle & Prison
A tour of the historic Oxford Castle is made all the more enjoyable when there's a delicious meal to follow it. A variety of restaurants offer everything from tapas to Italian. Throughout the summer a series of plays are performed in the grounds by the Creation Theatre Company. In the winter there is a small ice rink.
Formerly known as the Apollo, New Theatre, is the main commercial centre for musicals, stand-up shows and concerts in the city centre. This old-fashion theatre has you covered from an intimate piano bar setting downstairs, a VIP section and spacious seating arrangements that hold up to 1,800 individuals.
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Recognised as the world's first university museum, the Ashmoleon was founded in 1908. Filled with both historical and contemporary pieces, this venue has seasonal exhibitions celebrating art from all over the world, at various time periods. Most enjoyably, it has a rooftop restaurant that hosts wonderful events throughouot the year.
Hosting a rich programme of classic and contemporary drama, dance, opera and children's theatre. It is a key date on the touring circuit, allowing you the opportunity to see many plays before they open in London, and is increasingly producing and commissioning new work.
Despite supremely uncomfortable seating, the University-owned Sheldonian Theatre, Holywell Music Room and Jacqueline du Pré Music Building are musts for classical music lovers. They present all types of concert from a solo recital to the massed ranks of the Oxford Bach Choir, playing everything from Mozart to Gerald Barry. As of spring 2018, a dining option has also set foot into this historical building.