10 Things to Do in Oxford That You Shouldn't Miss

March 4, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Oxford is a city in, and the county seat of, Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. Founded in 1837, it was named after the British university city of Oxford in hopes of having the state university located there, which it did successfully attract.
Restaurants in Oxford

1. University of Mississippi

University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38677 +1 662-915-7226
Excellent
78%
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17%
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3%
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4.5 based on 299 reviews

University of Mississippi

Reviewed By ginnyvic3 - Nashville, Tennessee

Great place for all things Ole Miss and college football! My favorite place for a weekend getaway! Food, exercise and retail therapy on the Square, antiquing, and sports! And you have to love the architecture history and gas lamps!!

2. Rowan Oak

916 Old Taylor Rd, Oxford, MS 38655-4632 +1 662-234-3284
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
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1%
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4.5 based on 251 reviews

Rowan Oak

Reviewed By sundown_10 - Maryland

My husband and I toured Rowan Oak last week and were impressed. The house is well-preserved and interesting to see. There is a small museum on the ground floor and a brief statement outside of each room. The brochure is informative. There are some outbuildings which were closed when we were there.

3. Historic Downtown Square

Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655 +1 501-732-0368
Excellent
74%
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18%
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5%
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3%
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Historic Downtown Square

Reviewed By Charlotte T - Oxford, Mississippi

I enjoy walking downtown on the square. The shops, restaurants and friendly people will want you to come back and visit again. There are so many different restaurants with all kinds of food. The beautiful flowers are always in season.

4. Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

All-American Dr, All-American Dr and Hill Dr, Oxford, MS 38677 +1 662-236-1931
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
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2%
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

Reviewed By rettup - Minnesota

great place to watch my first SEC game. the "Grove" wasn't too busy two hours before game time, but from my understanding this isn't a traditional place to tailgate. fans in the grove essentially go and set up their tents to watch the, not necessarily just a tailgating location.
the campus is beautiful.

5. Lamar Park

Oxford, MS 38655
Excellent
64%
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33%
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3%
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Lamar Park

Reviewed By Gozzies - United States

Wow, what a pretty place. Cute little lake, walking paths, sculpture garden, place for children to play, walking paths...what more could you ask for?

6. Confederate Cemetery

Oxford, MS
Excellent
67%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Confederate Cemetery

Reviewed By Norman D

This is an old civil war graveyard where soldiers from both sides were buried. It's an old site in the middle of the Ole Miss campus. There's not much to see here except one large stone monument. If you are on campus it is worth a look but I would not call it a destination site.

7. The University of Mississippi Museum

University Avenue and 5th Street, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 38655 +1 662-915-7073
Excellent
67%
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33%
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

The University of Mississippi Museum

Reviewed By Gozzies - United States

We went to the Gods and Men exhibit today with our 2 teenage sons. Interesting exhibits, friendly staff, and 3 diverse exhibit offerings. I was quite impressed because it's free and featured local artists as well as international pieces despite its smaller size. Will definitely come back.

8. Bailey's Woods Trail

University Avenue and 5th, Oxford, MS 38655 +1 662-915-7073
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Bailey's Woods Trail

Reviewed By stratton890 - Griffin, Georgia

This trail is not too difficult of a walk. My son and I did it when we weren't even really prepared to go on a hike. I did originally think it made a loop back to Rowan Oak, and it does not, so be prepared for that.

9. Lyceum-The Circle Historic District

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Excellent
75%
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25%
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5 based on 8 reviews

Lyceum-The Circle Historic District

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

The Lyceum-The Circle Historic District is a historic district within the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford. It includes eight buildings and several monuments lining University Circle and surrounds "The Circle" on the campus. It is situated in front of "The Grove," a traditional gathering place for students and alumni prior to home football games. Most significantly, however, it was the site of the confrontation between students and white radicals who protested the Federal government's decision to integrate Ole Miss and ordered the enrollment of James H. Meredith, an African American military veteran, on October 1, 1962. Racial riots ensued and U.S. Army troops were called in to end the violence and assure Meredith's admission to the university. A statue of Meredith has been erected in the rear of the Lyceum, next to the university library. The Lyceum, built in 1848, once was the only academic building during the university's early days. The oldest building on the campus, it housed a lecture hall, several classrooms, the faculty offices, a geological museum and the library. Today, it is used for the university's administration offices. Its columned facade is represented on the official crest of the university. Since the mid-19th century, the Circle has been the focal point and historic core of Ole Miss. Interestingly, the Circle also has contained a Confederate Monument since 1906, installed by the Daughters of the Confederacy and dedicated to the Confederates who died in the Civil War. However, the Confederate flag has ceased to be raised on the flagpole that has stood in the center of the Circle since 1962. For its association with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s led by African Americans, the Lyceum and the Circle Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008.

10. Midtown Farmers' Market

North Lamar Blvd, Mid-Town Shopping Center, Oxford, MS 38655 +1 662-234-3425
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Midtown Farmers' Market

Reviewed By Walt A - Oxford, Mississippi

One of two Farmers' Markets in Oxford, Mississippi, this is run by volunteers and has been in operation for several years. Local vegetables, fruit, eggs from free range chickens, and meats from locally grown pork free of addatives such as growth hormones. Coffee is sold for the shoppers' convenience. T-Shirts advertising the Market are for sale, also. Several bakers sell breads, foccacio, flatbreads, and sweets. Live plants are sold in the Spring, such as basil and lantana. A local musician usually provides soothing entertainment. The Market is open on Saturday morning May to October and additionally on Wednesdays starting in June of each year.

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