From Secret Tiki Bars To The Great Outdoors, Check Out These Fun Things To Do In Oxford

Published . By Lauren Cole.

Ever wanted to become a spy? Or find a hidden cocktail bar? As it happens, you're in luck... A far cry from the stuffy city of scholars many presume it to be, this historic spot boasts plenty of opportunities to have good time. There are outdoor activities to enjoy, restaurants fronting drool-worthy grub and a whole host of boozy shenanigans to boot. Plus, would you look at how gorgeous this place is?  So, whether you're a local who thinks they've done it all, or a first-time visitor, read on to uncover fun things to do in Oxford

Explore Must-See Attractions

If you're looking for adventurous things to do in Oxford, becoming an intrepid explorer and scouting out the city is just the ticket. Solve clues and riddles, crack codes and defeat puzzles to complete your map. As for your prize? 20% off the bill at a local pub. Better yet, The Great Game Outdoor Treasure Hunt is a unique way to see all the famous landmarks and hidden backstreets. 

The Great Game Outdoor Treasure Hunt Oxford Activity | DesignMyNight

'X' marks the spot.

Uncover A Hidden Tiki Bar

You might have spied a Smeg fridge perched next to the coffee bar at The Breakfast Club; well, it's hiding more secrets than the takeaway leftovers chilling in yours at home... Head behind and you'll find tropical cocktail bar Backseat Becky's fronting boozy bottomless brunches every Saturday and heady concoctions, including an apple pie number laced with Advocaat, Zubrowka and lemon.

Backseat Becky's Bottomless Brunch Oxford | DesignMyNight

Chow down on your choice of brunch classic, washed down with fizz or draught ale.

Have Days Out On The Water

Okay, so this isn't exactly something new. But punting still one of the most unusual things to do in Oxford. A pastime that began all the way back in 1860, it's an eccentric little tradition that inspires summer picnics, stag dos and graduation day trips. Make your way to Magdalen Bridge Boathouse at the end of the High Street to hire a punt and cast off. Supposedly, it's idyllic, but tell that to people with very little balance.

Oxford Punting | DesignMyNight

Rocking the boat? That's only for the brave.

Have A Middle Eastern Feast

As far as vibrant interiors go, these have to be some of the brightest and boldest in the city. Inspired by the souks of Marrakesh and serving up a selection of Middle Eastern fare, this inviting restaurant knows how to hit the spot. The perfect stop-off after a day of sightseeing and activities, Comptoir Libanais will wet your whistle with rose and rum daiquiris. And for food? Mezze, tagines and Man’oucha (Lebanese style pizzas) make the menu.

Comptoir Libanais Oxford Restaurants | DesignMyNight

This Queen Street hangout is right among the action.

Uncover Harry Potter Filming Locations

Wannabe witches and wizards rejoice; if you didn't know that Oxford played a big part in the making of the famous films, you do now. With entry to The Divinity School of Bodleian Libraries - used for dancing and classroom scenes - included in the Harry Potter Tour, this one flies straight onto the list of top things to do in Oxford city centre. Plus, you can test your knowledge with a Potter-mania quiz.

Bodleian Library Harry Potter Tour Oxford | DesignMyNight

Experience movie magic.

Sip Quirky Cocktails On A Rooftop

Shimmy on over to Westgate Oxford and you'll find The Alchemist sitting pretty with a gorgeous rooftop terrace. From the swanky decor to the opportunity to soak up the sun at this sky-high hangout, there's plenty of pics for the 'Gram in store. Our tip? Grab yourself a Cherry Poppins: a mix of raspberry gin, amaretto, cherry syrup and citrus topped with a flavoured bubble. You'll be swooning for days...

The Alchemist Oxford Bars | DesignMyNight

The best cocktails in town? It's all about the chemistry.

Complete A Mission

Boasting escape rooms, outdoor games with augmented reality tech and at-home fun, Escape Hunt has fun activities in Oxford covered. Whether you try it out with friends or for team building at work, you'll be using your wits and puzzle-solving skills to battle it out against a range of foes, including Samurai and cowboys. Topping it off? You can also play as a spy pitted up against a deadly virus... oh, the irony.

Escape Hunt Oxford | DesignMyNight

Doctor Who villains? Swashbuckling pirates? They ain't got nothing on you.

Enjoy Live Music And Hip Hop Brunchin'

From their Friday and Saturday evening DJs to band nights, Dirty Bones is the NYC-inspired drinking and dining destination that offers some of the most fun things to do in Oxford for adults. Meshing 1970s Brooklyn with retro-modern touches and a beautiful terrace, this cool Westgate restaurant is much-loved for its old school funk and soul playlist at brunch, £10 lunches and dinner.

Dirty Bones Oxford Fun Activities | DesignMyNight

Grabbing some grub just got groovy.

Be First Past The Chequered Flag

So, it's a little bit out of the city, but still well worth the visit. If you've got a need for speed, Oxford Karting is on hand with a 360 metre floodlit track in Cowley. Thanks to its quick straights and hairpin bends, you could be driving your way to an action-packed victory against mates and dates alike. Will you get thrills or spills during your race? There's only one way to find out.

Oxford Karting | DesignMyNight

It's time to burn rubber.

See Your Favourite Children's Tales Come To Life

Ever wondered how Alice felt opening that door to Wonderland? Well, now you can have just as wacky an experience, falling down your very own rabbit hole thanks to The Story Museum on Pembroke Street. You'll explore room upon room of interactive stories and immersive experiences inspired by the likes of Narnia and His Dark Materials, making it one of the top things to do in Oxford for families.

The Story Museum Family Activities Oxford | DesignMyNight

You're late, you're late, for a very important date.

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