My trip to Oxford was brief and wet, as the rain poured down we had to take cover in characteristic tavern pubs and historic universities.
Oxford is the perfect day trip, I took the opportunity to explore Oxford on a day trip as I was flying out from London Luton airport the next day.
We started our day at the brand-new shopping centre, Westgate Oxford. The remodelled shopping centre brings a modern edge to the historic centre. Boasting views across the city with rooftop decking, high-street retail stores and great parking facilities. A warning if you visit when its pouring down with rain is that most of the shopping centre is outdoors so remember to take your umbrella!
Tours around this ancient castle/prison start at £8.45 per adult. Educate yourself on the fascinating history of the prison then climb into the towers for views across Oxford. Swanky hotel, Malmaison Oxford are part of this historic castle. The Malmaison offer a different experience, rooms in which were once was a prison cell are now converted into fancy rooms. Double rooms will set you back a mere £155.
A little tricky to find, tucked down a tiny alley in St. Helen’s Passage is the Turf Tavern. One of the oldest pubs in Oxford, it has a lovely outdoor beer garden as well as plentiful indoor seating and a fun drinks menu. Some of the most famous have visited here including; Steven Hawking, Elizabeth Taylor and where the infamous Bill Clinton set a Guinness World Record for consuming a yard glass of ale in 11 seconds in 1963. It is also a famous filming location, with Harry Potter and Inspector Morse using the drinking hole as a location.
Bridge of Sighs
Its distinctive design makes it a city landmark, the skyway joins Hertford College over to New College.
Another famous filming location, Trinity College. It has been featured in episodes of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. Entrance is £3 which gains access into the famous dining hall, chapel and gardens.
The best thing about Oxford is everything is within walking distance. There is a lot more of Oxford to experience and explore unfortunately due to the weather on my visit I couldn’t see all of Oxford, which is definitely an excuse to go back. It’s also a must-do for Harry Potter fans.
Getting to Oxford
It order pends which direction your coming from, if your doing a day-trip from London these are your best options:
- National Express – runs every 1/2 hour between 4.30am and 11pm. Adult return ticket (flexible fare) £19. Departs from: Victoria.
- Megabus – Adult return ticket from £10.50 if you book in advance. Departs also from: Victoria.
If like me your traveling from further afar, driving is the best way. The new Westgate shopping centre makes finding parking easy and cost efficient.