Things To Do In Oxford

Posted by Ash K on Thursday, February 9, 2012 0

Oxford is an historic city that is steeped in the rich traditions of architecture and education. However, the city is also now bustling with a number of tourist’s attractions, shopping centres, and restaurants. A short break in Oxford is a memorable mini-holiday that has something of interest for everyone. Families, couples, and friends alike will all find festivals, points of interest, and gorgeous views that are sure to create fantastic memories.

A train ride from London to Oxford takes less than an hour, making it a quick and easy getaway destination. Once you have arrived, there is an array of accommodations to choose from such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, and camp sites. While some hotels are centrally located near the centre of the city, others are tucked away in more rural areas with gardens and sprawling grounds. Many hotels in Oxford also feature spa services and function rooms to host private events.

There are more than enough tourist attractions in Oxford to fill your time while on a short break. There are tours available in a variety of methods such as cycle tours, bus trips, and even ghost tours for a bit of the city's haunted history. Tours are a great way to view Oxford's landscape and architecture, including University Park, Cherwell Boathouse, and the Headington Shopping Area. The city is most well-known for its thirty-eight colleges that make up Oxford University. Founded in 1264, Oxford University at Merton College is among the oldest colleges in the city. Many of the colleges feature gorgeous architectural detailing such as the ornate drainpipes at St. John's and the stained glass windows in the chapel at Lincoln College.

In addition to its infamous university, Oxford is known for "The Boat Race" between Oxford University and Cambridge University. The rowing competition between the two boat clubs is now done on London's River Thames at the end of March or beginning of April. Hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch the four-mile race live and millions more watch the race on television. The race has had a long and rich history since the first competition in 1829.

Oxford also has many fine dining options as well as pubs and bars for a fun night out. In addition to restaurants that offer local dishes, there is also international cuisine at restaurants like Cafe Rouge, Saffron, and Bella Pasta. The bar and pub scene in Oxford is lively with local music and entertainment. The Pub Oxford, The Fox, and The Gloucester Arms are just a few of the dozens of places to grab a drink with friends for the evening.

Shopping is popular in the city as well and varies in experiences. Farmers markets offer excellent local produce, while Oxford's covered market has a number of specialty shops. High-end boutiques can be found at Henley on Thames and the designer retail outlet Bicester Village. Oxford is a great place to find unique and fashionable items.

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