Shopping in Oxford

Oxford Shopping Cornmarket (

Oxford has several busy shopping streets along with the Westgate shopping centre near the Castle and a modern arcade which links the two main streets. As you’d expect from a city of its size it has the main chain stores, but there are also a number of independent stores too. Blackwell’s book shop on Broad Street is very well known and is worth a visit if you love books, or just fancy a drink in the coffee shop. We also liked the Covered Market where all the stalls are independent retailers. This is an extract from our free Oxford City Guide.

Oxford Covered Market Sign (

The entrance to the Covered Market, Oxford

The main shopping streets in Oxford are Cornmarket Street, Queen Street, High Street, Bonn Square, Broad Street and George Street. Each has a mix of shops, but the biggest chains are located on Cornmarket Street and Queen Street. High Street has a mix of well known shops and several university colleges and administration buildings. The university exam centre is on this street for instance along with the library for Lincoln College which is based in an old church. George Street is more based around nightlife than shopping with restaurants and bars galore.

Oxford Shopping Queen Street (

Queen Street, Oxford

See our special page about the Oxford Covered Market for more on the retailers inside.


This map shows Cornmarket Steet, but you can zoom in and move it around to see the other shopping streets…


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