When is the best time to fly to Oxford?
Although one of the driest cities in England, Oxford has rain year-round. Summers are warm with temperatures in the mid-20s Celsius and high humidity. Winters are chilly and damp with temperatures ranging from the low single digits to about 10, although it rarely snows.
Summer is considered the high season, and August and September bring throngs of visitors on flights to Oxford. Many of the estates are open March through September but only and for a limited number of hours. If travelling to Oxford during the first week of July, visitors can enjoy the festivities of the Cowley Road Carnival which offers plenty of food, drink, music and entertainment.
Even though winter is not considered the high season, there is very little difference in the number of visitors to Oxford or in the hotel rates, so you may still struggle to find cheap flights to Oxford during the winter.
The city of "dreaming spires" all honey-coloured stone, tall chimneys and lofty towers is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Nestled in Oxfordshire and lying on the Thames (known as the Isis for its ten-mile stretch here) and the Cherwell rivers, the city is a perfect destination for all the family.
Younger visitors will know Oxford from Harry Potter books, older readers from Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Oxford is packed with places for little ones to visit. Museums include Science Oxford Hands-On, The Oxford Story, The Ashmolean, The Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museum.
The city itself is compact and easy to get around. Climbing the 99 steps of the Carfax Tower, in the centre of the town, will give you fantastic views of the Oxford skyline.
The Covered Market, with its many stalls and colourful displays, dates back hundreds of years. There has been a market in Oxford for more than 1,000 years.