How to make the most of Oxford in 6 hours

How announced on my Instagram page (click here to check it out, I’d love to connect with you! 🙂 ) two weeks ago I went to Oxford for a day, ehm well..for 6 hours actually! We arrived there around 11am and had the train back to London at around 5pm. Since, especially if you come from London just for a day trip, often this is the amount of time you have, I thought about sharing with you the tour I made. I actually managed to see every main attraction and had also time for a sitten lunch and a tea 😉

So assuming you’ll arrive from the train station, follow te directions towards the centre (a.k.a go straight through Botley Road, cross Hythe Bridge and walk through George street until you’ll arrive to the beginning of Broad Street!) On Broad Street you’ll encounter the first College (be prepared there are loads!), Balliol College.



After having taken few pictures of it walk a few meters back, turn left and take Cornmarket Street, a pedestrian street. Continue until on your left you’ll encounter the entrance of the Covered Market, firstly opened in 1774 and still in use!


Walk throught the market ad you’ll end up to be in High Street, a quite busy street full of shops, cafes and of course Colleges! From the eexit of the market turn left, you’ll bump into Carfax Tower, considered the most central point of Oxford.


At this point turn right and walk along St Aldate’s Street, you’ll pass by the city Town Hall where inside is held the Museum of Oxford.Walk further along and on the right side of the street you’ll see Alice’s Shop, a cute small boutique full of themed souvenirs (the shop was a greocer when the real Alice lived in Oxford!)


From here, cross the street, walk a few meters back and enter the big balck gate which will led you to the War Memorial Gardens a lovely corner which I bet would be even more beautiful during a sunny day! 😉


Follow the walking path and a few meters later you’ll be right in front of Merton College and it’s playing fields.


Continue by following the walking path but this time take the one that surrounds the collelge so that you’ll be back again to High Street. On the oopposite side of the road you’ll enounter The Queen’s College, but before that I’d suggest a little deviation: passing by the fist coffee house of England, The Grand Cafè.


After this, leave the busy High Street and trun lest into Logic Lane, pass under the University  College bridge and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Radcliffe Square, where on your left you’ll face Radcliffe camera and on your right the entrance of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Now, if you really want to enjoy a cool view of Oxford and really realise how beautiful this town is I’d strongly suggest to pay £4 and get at the top of the church,



Once you’ll end visiting the Church walk a side the right part of the Radcliffe Camera, after a few meters on yourleft you’ll encounter  the Bodlein Library. You can enter and cross the square. To exit, istead of traversing the same way, walk through the gate into the Old Schools Quadrangle and exit on the right side. You’ll find yourself right in front of the Bridge of Sighs.


At this point you’ll find yourself right back to Broad Street, from which you can reach once again Cornmarket street where you can enjoy a coffe or quick lunch in one of the many bars and restaurants.

After this break, head back to the station by taking a short but lovely and relazing deviation: a walk along Oxford Canal. Indeed, once you’ve crossed Hythe Bridge turn right and take Upper fish Row, you’ll enjoy a last walk in Oxford totally immersed in nature and far from the busy streets!




What about you, have you ever been to Oxford? I’d love to hear about your experience! 🙂



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  • Reply Melanie

    That was a flying trip! Do you think Oxford is worth more than a 6-hour visit? Is there more to see?
    I would appreciate your feedback? Thanks Mel

    05/04/2017 at 0:21
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      If you want a more in-depth tour and maybe visit the surroundings of Oxford as well a weekend trip will definitely be worth it 🙂

      05/04/2017 at 18:45
  • Reply Dippy Dotty Girl

    Did you stop for tea at The Grand Cafe? It is divine. Rather old-world and the tea inside will make you swoon. Definitely one of the finest teas I have had in a long time in a tearoom/coffeeshop.

    05/04/2017 at 0:50
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Unfortunately not because we didn’t have time, but I’ll defintiely keep it in mind! Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

      05/04/2017 at 18:44
  • Reply Elizabeth LaHoustonian

    Lisa, that whole post was just THE most fantastic little journey for me! How breathtaking to be there in person! I felt I was walking beside you!

    05/04/2017 at 1:05
  • Reply Angie

    Great pictures! Oxford is definitely lovely. I enjoyed our time there as well.

    05/04/2017 at 17:53
  • Reply Azra

    Beautiful photos. Stunning! xx

    05/04/2017 at 18:12
  • Reply Aleksandra

    I absolutely adore living in Oxford, such a beautiful place!

    05/04/2017 at 22:59
  • Reply Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

    Awww Lisa, you brought back so many great memories! I visited Oxford on a short tour. The time was not enough to explore it as well as you did though. Love love love your photos!

    06/04/2017 at 3:33
  • Reply Shirley Corder

    Lisa, what a fabulous whirlwind tour. I love the beautiful old buildings. How I wish I could visit Oxford one day – but not likely as i live in S.Africa. R is Regarding Research as you Build a Better Blog. #AtoZchallenge.

    21/04/2017 at 13:24
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      I’m glad you liked it Shirley! Oh S.Africa is on my list! I’ve seen so many nice pictures!

      22/04/2017 at 7:56
  • Reply Alicia

    Great post and your pictures are beautiful! I’d definitely add Oxford into my travel list now.

    12/09/2017 at 3:55
  • Reply Chloe

    I’m so glad to have found your blog too! I absolutely adore the name of your blog and can’t wait to read the rest of your travel posts! X

    15/12/2017 at 14:23
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