A Mini City Guide To Oxford, England


Famous for being home to one of the world's top universities, Oxford is one of the most popular cities to visit in England. The city is full of rich history, with cobbled streets and beautiful honey-coloured buildings everywhere you look. The university college buildings are scattered around the city centre with beautiful courtyards to explore. Especially if you're a Harry Potter fan as a handful of the colleges were used as filming locations for the movies. 

Oxford is an amazing city to visit for a weekend getaway, or even just a day trip if you're in London. There are direct trains from London Paddington that take 1 hour, or 1 hour 30 minutes along the M40 if you're travelling by car.

Here are my recommendations for things to do, and where to stay and eat:

Things to do:
  • The university colleges - It would be impossible to visit Oxford and not at least walk past several of the university colleges. Many of the colleges though deserve a proper visit, especially Christ Church College. It's one of the most famous colleges in Oxford, and was one of the filming locations for the Harry Potter movies. Do you remember the staircase when Harry first arrives at Hogwarts? That was filmed here!
  • Radcliffe Camera (The first photo in this post) - One of the most iconic sites of Oxford. For the best views, climb to the top of tower of the University Church of St. Mary The Virgin
  • Bridge of Sighs - A skyway joining two college buildings. It's a famous landmark in the city, but only takes a few minutes to visit and take a photograph.
  • Punting - You can't come to Oxford and not go punting! There are two rivers that run through the city - the river Thames and the river Cherwell. Head to the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse where you can try out punting, or sit back and hire a chauffeur to take you along the river. 

Where to stay and eat:
If you're looking for accommodation that's incredibly budget friendly then I highly recommend YHA Oxford Hostel. It's located right next to the train station, rooms are clean, and a bed in a shared room starts at £16 per night. There's a cafe/restaurant within the hostel if you want to grab food, or there's a communal kitchen that's free to use as well.

At the opposite end of the scale, a high-end option is the 5 star rated George Street Hotel. Standard double rooms start at £99 per night.

For somewhere to eat, head to The Varsity Club. It has a roof terrace with a bar that gives amazing views over the city. Food from the kitchen is also available.

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  1. I've never visited Oxford but it looks so pretty :) I would really like to go there one day. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x