Things to do in Oxford
Oxford was an area of England first settled upon in Saxon times taking its name from an Oxen crossing made in 900AD – it is home to the oldest English speaking university in the World. Oxford is now one of the most architecturally beautiful places in the country and is also a thriving modern city with a small population of around 160,000. Below is a short list of top attractions you should see on a visit here.
The Oxbridge Tours Walking Tour
Of Course you can’t visit Oxford without taking one of the famous student guided walking tours! All the information you need to book is here; Oxford Walking Tours
The Ashmolean Museum
Visiting the Oxford Ashmolean is one of the best things to do on a visit to Oxford. It was created in 1908 when the University Art Collection merged with the original Ashmolean collection established in 1623, containing portraits and curiosities. The museum now boasts a wide and impressive collection that is well worth your time! You can easily spend an entire afternoon wandering through the galleries and exhibitions- there’s something for every member of the family.
Much like Cambridge, Oxford considers punting one of its unique traditions. Punting is a fantastic way to relax and unwind after a hard day of sight seeing and sunshine. Although the river in Oxford does not follow a route through the city centre colleges, as you find on the Cambridge backs, it boasts beautiful views of a different kind. Your chauffeur will guide the boat through tranquil open meadows, perfect for a relaxing summer’s evening, intimate family celebration or a romantic picnic.
Oxford has more than its fair share of great traditional pubs! The Turf Tavern is one of the most popular, dubbing itself as an original 13th century ale house. The White Horse is another classic, dating back to the 16th century- you might even recognise it as a famous crime-drama set for shows such as Inspector Morse and Lewis. Of course, for literary enthusiasts, The Eagle and Child is not to be missed, having been the home of the Inklings writers’ group whose most famous members include J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis! For the real ale drinker, Far from the Madding Crowd is a pub with a notoriously broad selection of brews. If you feel at home in a pub, you’ll never find yourself at a loose end in Oxford.
The Bodleian Library
This is one of the most famous libraries in the world with a truly outstanding collection and ever changing exhibitions. Famously, it is home to the original Magna Carta, but this is just one jewel in its gloriously over decorated crown – It is worth checking what will be on exhibition during your visit.
The classic Rickshaw ride – entertaining not only because of the great views and the reclined position you can adopt whilst enjoying them! On this tour, your fast pedalling guide is at your mercy; point to the steepest hill you can find and watch him go! These two components combined gives the rickshaw experience a sure footing on our list of top things to do in Oxford.
Visit some of the Colleges
A visit to at least one of Oxford's 38 colleges is a must. The majority of the older Colleges are in the city centre and within walking distance of one another, with most also open to visitors. Some of the best Colleges to visit are Trinity, St John's and Christ Church.
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