Located around 50 miles from London, Oxford is considered to be one of the great university towns in the UK. Steeped in history, it is positioned in the heart of Oxfordshire sharing its locality on the River Thames.
Why not take a guided tour which will put you at the centre of this particular university town. Some attractions to check out include Bodleian Library. Created in 1602, not only is it the main library for the campus but is one of the oldest across Europe. In addition to this you can explore Hertford Bridge known as the Bridge of Sighs. This small bridge is the nucleus of life for students attending the prestigious Hertford College. Sheldonian Theatre is certainly another place of interest worth investigating. This quirky building was actually the first commission by iconic designer Sir Christopher Wren who went on to create the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral. You can have the opportunity to walk round many of the university grounds which is an unforgettable experience. Major institutions include the likes of Exeter College, New College as well as Magdalen and Christ Church, established in the 16th Century by Cardinal Wolsey. Step back in time at the Pitt Rivers Museum, one of the most popular museums in Oxford. Please note the Natural History Museum is closed until next year. There are many green spaces for you to sample such as the University of Oxford Botanical Gardens found adjacent to Magdalen College. Don’t miss out on the High Street which is home to a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants or the Covered Market situated around Cornmarket Street with entrances on Market Street.
Oxford itself is easily accessible via London thanks to the M40 motorway and takes around 60 to 90 minutes. The station can be found in the west of the city with two direct trains operating to and from London Paddington every hour. There are frequent bus services starting from Victoria terminal to Gloucester Green in Oxford.
Hotel options feature the elegant Macdonald Randolph Hotel on Beaumont Street, one of Oxford’s only 5 star venues and is based adjacent to the Ashmolean Museum. Another popular haunt is the quirky yet boutique 4 star Malmaison Oxford Prison Hotel on the site of a former prison building. For more budget friendly accommodation, there is Foxcombe Lodge at Fox Lane or the Holiday Inn Oxford at Woodstock Road.
Oxford dining would not be complete without a trip to Gallic maestro Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons on Church Road, Great Milton. Other highlights include Gees Restaurant at 61 Banbury Road whilst Quod Brasserie and Bar on the High Street provides an array of fresh salads, fish and numerous daily specials.