Not only is Oxford
a city full of beautiful buildings
, a vibrant culture and fascinating history, it’s also home to a fantastic selection of cool, independent shops. Here are 10 places to visit to find the perfect memento of your unforgettable trip…
Oxford is a city with a staggering number of literary connections, but perhaps none as famous as its link to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This quaint little shop features in Carroll’s story and is now a treasure trove of all things Alice in Wonderland. Head here to pick up cute gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia.
83 At Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA 01865 723793
The University of Oxford Shop
Don’t worry if your academic qualifications don’t quite stretch to the Oxford University requirements, you can still look the part with a visit to the University of Oxford shop. Whether you’re after some university-branded pyjamas or the full sub fusc formal gown works, you’ll find it here.
106 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW 01865 247414
Oxford Cheese Co.
This much-loved cheese shop in the city’s covered market is home to the world-famous Oxford Blue – one of the most popular blue cheeses in the country. No visit to Oxford would be complete without stocking up on this local delicacy, from the very place where it all began.
Market Street, Oxford OX1 3DU 01865 721 420
Probably not the best place to visit if you’re on a diet, but if you’re looking for an excuse to indulge then this is it! You can watch the fudge being made in large copper cauldrons, then worked by hand on a marble slab, before picking which flavour takes your fancy. And with everything from Vintage Vanilla to Lemon Meringue Pie, that’s easier said than done…
5 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AJ 01865 794154
Blackwell’s of Oxford
Worth a visit just to see the world-famous Norrington Room, with 10,000 square feet of books for sale, this iconic bookstore is a great place to pick up a souvenir you’ll treasure forever. Whether you opt for a new release, a hefty academic tome or a rare edition, buying a book from Blackwell’s is a rite of passage for bibliophiles the world over.
48-51 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ 01865 792792
Boswell & Co.
This stylish, 18th century department store has a whole department dedicated to souvenirs. Whether you’re looking for a keepsake to remind you of your time in the ‘city of dreaming spires’ or your visit to the UK in general, you’re sure to find something here. It’s also a great place to stock up on affordable gifts for your family and friends.
1-4 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AG 01865 255520
Jericho Coffee Traders
Oxford has a thriving independent coffee scene, with Jericho Coffee Traders leading the pack. Visit the micro-roastery for lots of passionate coffee chat and to sample the latest favourite blends, before picking up some coffee to take home.
Unit 2, Rogers House, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 4ES
Packed with quirky, unique and beautiful handmade pieces by British designers, Podarok is a fantastic independent gift shop in the heart of Oxford. Selling everything from individual homeware to one-off jewellery pieces, it showcases the best of home-grown creative talent.
55 High Street, Oxford OX1 4AS 01865 236680
Ashmolean Museum Gift Shop
Ashmolean Museum Gift Shop
You’ll find an eclectic mix of souvenirs and gifts in the on-site shop at Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. Along with the usual suspects of pencils and fridge magnets (and who doesn’t love a fridge magnet, hey?), you’ll find prints of some of the favourite pieces in the museum, colourful ceramics and quirky gems like The Oxford Colouring Book.
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH 01865 278000
Sanders of Oxford Ltd.
Step inside this charming 1500s building and you’ll be transported to a different world. Sanders, something of an Oxford institution, sells antique maps, prints and books covering a huge range of subjects and styles. Invest in a rare piece of history for yourself.
Salutation House, 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW 01865 242590