Oxford Shopping

(Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK)

Oxford ShoppingThe city of Oxford is full of well-known high street shops and department stores, such as Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Primark and BHS, in and around the centre. There are also a number of specialist shops in Oxford, including jewellers, art galleries, craft shops, toy shops, antiques shops, gift shops and there are also countless clothes shops in this busy university city, suiting fashionistas.

The main shopping streets include Oxford High Street - full of a large number of independent shops and boutiques, Broad Street - with a number of bookstores, gift shops and art galleries, Queen Street and Cornmarket Street - located in the heart of the city centre, with department stores such as Boots, Allders and WHSmith, and shopping centres such as the Westgate Centre and the Clarendon, the Covered Market - dating back almost 300 years and full of a varied collection of stalls and interesting small shops, Gloucester Green - home to many regular open-air markets, and Little Clarendon Street - the centre of Oxford's street café culture and also containing many furniture, antiques stores and restaurants.

Other major shopping areas include Walton Street, Jericho, St. Clements and Cowley Road areas, located close to central Oxford and full of countless furniture stores, clothes boutiques and gift shops.

Oxford ShoppingVisitors particularly enjoy visiting the many specialist shops, which sell exclusive and unusual items. These shops include Alice's Shop in the St. Aldates area, the shops at the Bodleian Library, the Oxford Store, the Oxford Information Centre, the Ashmolean Museum and the University of Oxford shop, selling the full range of university related merchandise.

One of the city's most famous shops is Bibliophiles, a vast bookshop located on Broad Street, with more than 150,000 books located in the Norrington Room, beneath the Trinity College quadrangle, which is actually the largest number of books for sale in a single room in the whole world.

Opening Hours

Most shops in Oxford open seven days a week, throughout the year, opening around 09:00 until 17:30 or later. On Sunday, shopping hours are generally shorter than the rest of the week and are also often extended on Thursday evenings, closing around 20:00 to 21:00.

Shops, Shopping Centres and Department Stores