Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to just spontaneously jump on a train or plane and go explore somewhere new, even just for the day. So, a few weeks ago, to escape the stress of exam season and upcoming deadlines, my friend and I jumped into a car and drove an hour away to the beautiful city of Oxford, England – the perfect day trip. Keep reading to the end for some of my top recommendations if you’re thinking about visiting!
With absolutely no plan in mind we just wandered, discovered and made awesome memories.
Although I love my spontaneity, I do need a little bit of a plan or I’ll go mad. So with that in mind we immediately got onto the classic hop on and off tour bus that was conveniently at the bus stop close to where we parked. Even though it might be a bit cliche, and pretty touristy it’s still one of the best way’s to get a quick overview of a new city. But for Oxford its not totally necessary since you can walk most of it considering its pretty small.
After lovely chats with our guide (who totally threw out his memorised list of facts since it was only my friend and I), we got off and wandered straight toward the Carafax Tower. Once you get past the dodgy and cramped steps up to the top, the view is amazing (I’m a sucker for a good view). Rolling hills on one side, and the busy city on the other with a beautiful rainbow thrown in.
Aimlessly walking the city centre and the little nooks in between I was totally enamoured with the quirkiness of the architecture and the uniqueness the was so apparent but still holds the fairytale like image. So unlike Bath which I had started from with its symmetrical beige exteriors. This trip definitely made me appreciate all the great places to travel right at our doorstep!
Top Five Recommendations:
- Go by Thirsty Meeples board game cafe in the city!! Cool, quriky and so much fun
- Check timings and dates if you were looking to visit the university
- If you have more than a day, venture out into the rolling countryside of Cotswold where theres great hiking, cycling and other nature activities
- Stop by the local pub The Eagle and Child which carries so much history – It was where writers J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit ) and C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia, Lion Witch & Wardrobe) and their fellow writers dubbed themselves ‘The Inklings.
- You definitely don’t need more than a day to visit most sites – a perfect day trip!