A Visitor’s Guide to Oxford, England
Oxford is one of the two famous university cities in the United Kingdom and is a popular place to visit thanks to its unique architecture and close proximity to London. Visitors here can enjoy the quaint city, which is filled with ancient Saxon and Roman inspired buildings, or head out to the stunning surrounding countryside to enjoy a day visiting the green landscape of Britain.
Oxford; What to see and where to go
Oxford is well known for its many spires which give it a unique skyline, and it has been chosen to feature in a number of blockbuster movies because of its intriguing architecture. Visit the locations used in filming the Harry Potter films and don’t forget to look up as you walk around the streets – many of the buildings are covered in gargoyles, some depicting them doing interesting things, like picking their noses or going to the toilet!
Oxford is a lively location at night, when the universities and shops close their doors and the bars and nightclubs open for business. The city centre is the main location for the best nightlife, and the area around Hythe Bridge Street is possibly the best site for grabbing a drink before heading into a club. Thirst Tavern is a popular club with its sister bar, the Thirst Bar attracting the early evening revelers.
Shoppers in Oxford head to the High Street for a great selection of outlets, including a traditional tobacconist and an organic remedy store. Cowley Road is a great place to pick up some designer bargains, and for a true thrift shopping experience, the Bicester Village Outlet just outside the city is a fantastic discount outlet location with everyone’s favorite brands. Templar’s Square is great for indoor retail shopping, and if you’re taking a hire car, make use of the park and ride system to ensure you don’t struggle to find somewhere safe to leave your vehicle.
Oxford has so much to see in this small area that you’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet. Make sure you plan in advance because you don’t want to miss any of these superb locations:
• Blenheim Palace – birthplace of Winston Churchill and open to visitors
• Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens – great for a day out with kids
• The Ashmolean – one of the county’s most famous art galleries and museums
• Carfax Tower – 14th century remains of the ancient church of St Martin
• Mini Cooper Plant – tour the factory where the famous Mini’s are built
• Oxford University – wander through the many buildings and colleges
• Sheldonian Theatre – built by Sir Christopher Wren and home to dramatic works
• White Horse Hill – the image of a horse so large it can only be seen from the air
Oxford enjoys reasonably favorable weather. The best months to visit are during the summer, although the city may be quieter then because many of the students will have left for the holidays. Temperatures can reach an average of twenty degrees Celsius.