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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