I did one of these tours back in 2004 (or was it 2005?), and it was a treat. Oxford University is just dripping in history so the insider perspective and historical knowledge that comes with a proper, scheduled tour just can’t be beat. And they’re pretty economical as well.
Touted as England’s most beautiful building, this centrepiece of the university would probably do with a quick walk through. However, if you’re ambitious or it’s raining, there are also self-guided or guided tours available.
The fact that there are a handful of old pubs in this historic area is expected. Opinions vary, of course but one man’s guide to peruse is here.
Take a Walk
Walking is central to British holiday culture. I picture men in tweed with hats and rain boots rambling through the countryside along a well-kept trail. Clearly I’ve seen too many movies but I am a huge fan of the walking trails we’ve seen in the UK thus far. They are well organized, well kept and well documented. Particularly in Oxfordshire, where many films and TV shows are produced, you can walk along a trail featuring locations from Harry Potter, Inspector Morse or others. An exhaustive list of other walks is available here.
While Windsor (and its famous castle) is not really in Oxfordshire, it is nearby. I have visited the grounds previously and they’re amazing and awe inspiring. We may take a drive to check it out if the weather is nice.
this is on no official list you’ll find, but we travel to eat and we have already booked lunch reservations here for Sunday on our way back to London. It’s a Michelin-starred pub, which is fun, and it’s one of Heston Blumenthal’s restaurants, so we’ll get to experience his unique style of cooking without paying for it like we would at The Fat Duck (next door, 3-star) or Dinner (in the Mandarin Oriental in London).
Looking forward to a wonderful weekend and an extended celebration of Drew’s birthday (on the 22nd!).