Apr 2 – 5, 2019
Europe/London timezone
Deadline for registration: 15 March 2019 - The agenda is on the UK Time zone

Visit Oxford

A selection of Things to do in Oxford has been prepared by Ian Shipsey, Moseley Centenary Professor of Experimental Physics at University of Oxford, for the CEPC 2019. The list has kindly been shared for the AIDA-2020 community. 

(*) indicates what Ian Shipsey would pick if there is only time to do one. 


  • Ashmolean (*recommended)
  • Natural History
  • Pitt Rivers
  • Museum of the History of Science
  • Christchurch Picture Gallery

Colleges: (All the 38+ colleges are beautiful)

  • Magdalen (*recommended)
  • Christ Church
  • Brasenose
  • New


  • Christ Church Cathedral (in Christ Church College) (*recommended)
  • New College Chapel


  • Bodleian (take the tour) (*recommended)
  • Weston (see the Treasury and Special Exhibition room which has thought provoking exhibitions such as the amazing “Shakespeare Dead” that got a lot of physicists very excited)

Walks in open spaces:

  • Christ Church Meadow (*recommended)
  • Botanic Garden
  • Magdalen Deer Park
  • University Parks
  • Thames Foot Path from Abingdon Road to Isis Farmhouse
  • Port Meadow from Jericho to the Trout (Thames footpath)

Best view:

  • Varsity Club Roof Top Bar (*recommended)
  • Cupola of the Sheldonian

Some of the Best Pubs: (good beer and good food)

  • Turf Tavern (*recommended)
  • King’s Arms
  • Lamb and Flag (owned by St. Johns College profits go to support studentships)
  • Eagle and Child
  • Head of the River (for the location)
  • Isis Farmhouse (beautiful country pub)
  • Bookbinder’s Arms (Jericho)


  • The Covered Market (traditional shops i.e. butchers, greengrocers, fishmongers from about 1780) (*recommended)

Information about Oxford, guides

Best restaurants in the city centre (10 minutes)

  • No.1 Ship Street (both the name of the restaurant and its address) British cuisine
  • Quod (High Street) British/European & superb collection of modern art on walls
  • Turl Street Kitchen (excellent local food, run by students proceeds to charities) located in Turl Street (which it is claimed was the inspiration for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter)
  • Edamame (Japanese) Holywell Street (tiny and with unusual opening hours check website to avoid disappointment)
  • Marco’s (Italian) High Street in a building dating to 1680
  • Cuttlefish (fish) in St. Clements just across Magdelen Bridge

Restaurants close to Astrophysics and Particle Physics (that local physicists frequent)

  • Pierre Victoire (French) Little Clarendon Street
  • Branca (Italian) Walton Street
  • Eli’s (Lebanese) Little Clarendon Street (for lunch)
  • Oxford Cheese Company, St Giles (for lunch)
  • Old Parsonage (opposite Particle Physics and Astrophysics) British/European
  • Brasserie Blanc (French) Walton Street
  • The Standard (Indian) Walton Street
  • Al Jazeeb (Indian) North Parade
  • Jericho Café Walton Street
  • So Jo (Chinese) Hythe Bridge Street
  • White Rabbit (Pizza) Friar’s Entry
  • Cherwell Boat House (French) (on the Cherwell River)
  • Shanghai 30’s (Chinese) St. Aldates
  • Chiang Mai Kitchen (Thai) Kemp Hall Passage (building dates from 1630)

There are many franchise restaurants in the City Center on George Street

There are many good ethnic restaurants in the student quarter along the Cowley Road a couple of examples:

  • Kadai and Nan (Nepalese and Indian)
  • Le Kesh (Middle Eastern)
  • Yeti (Nepalese)