Must-see shopping in Oxford & the Cotswolds

  • A close-up of Blackwell's entrance



    The most famous bookshop in the most studenty of cities, Blackwell’s is, with its vast range of literature, treatises and guilty pleasures, a book-lover’s…

  • Daylesford Organic

    The Cotswolds

    A country-chic temple to the Cotswolds' organic movement, 4 miles east of Stow, the sprawling Daylesford operation was kickstarted 40 years ago when a…

  • Ashmolean Shop


    Appropriately enough, the shop at the Ashmolean reflects the scope and variety of Oxford’s finest museum. William Morris would certainly approve –…

  • The approach to the Westgate

    Westgate Shopping Centre


    Originally built in 1972 on the site of Oxford’s medieval West Gate, this enormous mall expanded in 2017. Like Alice it seems just to keep on growing,…

  • Tools and objects at Objects of Use

    Objects of Use


    The name says it all: this fascinating and quaint shop is piled high with useful household objects and tools to make each day easier. Everything is…

  • Hoyle’s of Oxford


    This charming shop sells games of every kind and age, from the latest board games – including bestsellers such as Ticket To Ride and Dreaming Spires, set…

  • Last Bookshop


    Booklovers beware! This enticing little Jericho shop can easily swallow an hour of your time. Specialising in remainders and discounted stocks, largely…

  • Farmers Market

    The Cotswolds

    Stroud plays host to the greatest of all Cotswold farmers markets every Saturday. Dozens of stallholders converge on Cornhill Market Pl and the…

  • Highgrove Shop

    The Cotswolds

    A flower-scented dream, this town-centre shop is the perfect spot to pick up candles, mugs, jams, treats, gardening trinkets and gorgeous homeware…

  • Outside the shop

    Blackwell's Art & Poster


    Blackwell's split-level sibling store, all but opposite the main bookshop, specialises in reference books, coffee-table tomes, posters, cards and…

  • Flag flying over the Covered Market

    Covered Market


    A treasure trove of traditional butchers, fishmongers, cobblers, florists, barbers, coffee bars, restaurants and independent shops, Oxford’s 250-year-old…

  • Outside the first ever Oxfam shop

    Oxfam Shop


    The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief opened its first-ever shop on Broad St in 1948 – and it’s still going strong, selling secondhand clothes, homewares…

  • Alice’s Shop


    This tiny 500-year-old shop was operating as a grocery – and managed by a sheep – when Lewis Carroll’s Alice popped in. Opposite Carroll’s Christ Church…

  • Oxford Brush Company

    The Cotswolds

    Yes, the only thing they sell here is brushes. But they are very nice brushes, the kind of brushes you might buy even if you didn’t think you needed a…

  • Shambles Market

    The Cotswolds

    Stroud's indoor-outdoor Shambles Market, which sets up in the historic Shambles towards the top of town, provides a great opportunity to stock up on…

  • Gloucester Quays

    Oxford & the Cotswolds

    This group of brick Victorian warehouses is filled with bargain outlet stores, mainly devoted to major high-street fashion brands.