Top 5 Things To Do In Oxford
“Oxford: A city of dreaming spires”, – Poet, Matthew Arnold
There are so many reasons why people visit Oxford each year. Not only are there dozens of beautiful and unique attractions to explore, but the city boasts its prestigious university, established in the 12th century – also known as one of the top ranking universities in the world.
If you look hard enough you will see the rolling hills of the Cotswolds in the distance, with so much rich history and culture for you to explore. Whether you want to discover a new ancient world at the museum, or take on a delightful afternoon tea experience with cream and scones, stroll around long enough and you will find something to do for all occasions and all members of the family.
Oxford is a city in central southern England and the architecture of its stunning 38 colleges in the city’s medieval center led poet, Matthew Arnold, to nickname it the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’.
Oxford Airport, which is also known as London Oxford Airport or Kidlington Airport,offers a lower cost, easy access and smarter London alternative and is a privately owned airport located near Kidlington in Cherwell District. It is the Thames Valley area’s primary regional and business aviation airport – the only commercial airport between London Heathrow and Birmingham. It can be reached at a distance of 62 miles from Central London. The airport has been the fastest growing for private and business aviation in the UK since 2007.
So without further ado, come and check out some of the things to do whilst there.
Designer Outlet Shopping in Bicester Village
If you’re looking to do a spot of shopping with class, Bicester Village should be your first port of call. Enjoy the open-air shopping experience whilst indulging in luxury shoes, bags and designer clothing. Together with a selection of restaurants and cafés, Bicester Village is renowned for its luxury shopping quarters, with high-end shops at every glance. Spend your day luxury shopping at more than 160 of its designer and fashion stores with up to 60% off RRP. The average journey time between Oxford and Bicester Village is 14 minutes and on an average weekday, there are 48 trains per day travelling from Oxford to Bicester Village. Be sure to check out the Bicester Village website for opening times and latest updates.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery
You are invited to this ancient city’s first distillery – and one of the world’s very few true craft distilleries. Located at South Park Depot in the heart of Oxford,The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) welcomes visitors for a 90 minute tour of ‘behind-the-scenes’ craft distilling action using sustainably farmed populations of heritage grain and bespoke hand-built copper stills.
You’ll get a sneak peak into what goes into their spirits and truly understand what grain to glass craft distillery is all about. A wonderful informative and enthusiastic guide will show you around in what will be an incredible and interest experience. Finding out about the unique process used to produce their gin, vodka and rye grain drinks, as well as peeking into their distillery shop open to the public daily for no charge. Book your tour via the Spirit Of Toad website now for as little as £20.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
If you plan on doing just one thing during your time in Oxford, this is it. The Museum of Natural History proudly houses the University’s mass scientific collections of geological and zoological specimens. With an extraordinary amount of dinosaur bones, minerals, and stuffed animals to research, if your children love dinosaurs then this is a ‘must do’ activity.
The Museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building, a perfect example of neo-Gothic architecture. The Museum café is situated on the upper gallery overlooking the dinosaurs which is ideal for a pit stop if with a large group. There are child-friendly options available and families are always welcome. There is no charge but a small donation is recommended. See more on their Museum Of Natural History website.
Oxford University Walking Tour
As mentioned in the summary section above, Oxford is world famous for its university quarters. So what could be better than joining in a walking tour around the grounds? Research states that from as early as 1096 with some form of teaching, Oxford is the oldest English-speaking university in the world. On the tour you will receive first-hand knowledge from a guide who knows the campus intimately. The historic architecture is on display everywhere you walk and it is a fantastic place to educate friends and family on English history. Dotted within the grounds are little coffee shops and places for high tea if you need to stop off and hydrate.
The university is not to be missed if you are looking for a walking tour of beautiful architecture and greenery and a feeling of old England. Parts of Harry Potter were also filmed inside the grounds, so keep an eye out for places you might recognise! Walking around the various colleges makes one think of those who have come in the previous centuries. So put on your comfiest walking shoes as you stroll around either as a tourist, or student, or educator. Find out more about Oxford University here.
Creation Theatre Company
Creation is a charity and receives no core funding, so all of their income relies on ticket sales and donations from people like you. So what better opportunity to play your part and stop off to see a fantastic, lively production for everyone to enjoy. The best part? All over Oxford the team finds the most unusual nooks, crannies and unusual spaces to put on a show – these stories aren’t set in theatres so they don’t put them there! Whether it be inside a college gardens, a castle, or bookshop, more than 500,000 have experienced the journey so far.
To see a full list of upcoming shows, be sure to head over to the What’s On page on the Creation Theatre website and book your ticket in advance. Jump head first into the fantasy world and don’t miss out!