Oxford is a very walkable city and the centre is flat and compact. Unless you’re planning on doing a tour it’s worth picking up a map or making the tourist office at 15-16 Broad Street one of your first stops. The number of available walking tours is immense and you can choose from university tours to ghost tours to architecture tours to Harry Potter-themed tours. You can also book onto an open-top bus tour, which will give you a wider and higher perspective of the city. Adult tickets are available for around £11.50 per person and buses leave every 10-15 minutes from a few different locations in the city.
You will quickly notice that Oxford is a very bike friendly city so if cycling around appeals to you then it’s worth checking out rental places. Prices start at £7 for 4 hours. For the more adventurous, punting is another option and you get to see the city outskirts by river. Regular rowing boats are also available if a pole-propelled boat isn’t quite your style. Both can be hired from the Magdalen Bridge Boat House on High Street.