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With the sun coming out in full force and restrictions easing, there is no better time to explore Oxford’s cobbled courtyards and magnificent meadows.

In this blog, our Oxford hotel explores 8 of the best spots for a summer’s day, in this city full of hidden gems.


Grab a punt


There is nothing more quintessentially Oxfordian than punting, and when’s better to do it than on a glorious summer’s day? Boats are available to rent from Magdalen Bridge, Folly Bridge and the Cherwell Boathouse, for a romantic trip for two, or up to five friends. So sit back, relax and drift along the river, taking in some of Oxford’s most historic sights.



Picnic in Port Meadow


This ancient grazing ground is not far from the city centre, and an ideal place for a summer’s ramble. Perfect for dog-walkers, runners, children and all, the open river banks make an amazing spot for a picnic. Swimming is permitted, so if it’s warm enough, the Thames is a great place to cool off!

Park and lake


A big scoop from G and D’s


G and D’s is an independent ice cream parlour with three locations across Oxford. It’s a cult classic among students and locals alike, whether you want the classic flavours or something more weird and wonderful. They also serve pastries, bagels and even ice cream cake. Open till midnight, G and D’s is a must on a sunny day, or any day for that matter!

Ice cream shop(Photo credit: Daily Info)


Take a dip


Popular amongst locals, Hinksey outdoor pool is a classic British lido, open since 1934. So if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre on a warm day, then head down to this tranquil part of the suburbs for a refreshing swim.

Swimming pool
(Photo credit: Hinksey Pools)


A room with a view…


For the best possible views of Oxford’s famous dreaming spires, climb to the top of 13th century Church of St Mary the Virgin for a mere £4. It’s a steep climb but the breathtaking view is worth every step. Make sure to spot famous sights such as the Radcliffe Camera, the prestigious All Souls College and the Sheldonian Theatre.



Sit back and relax in the shade


Oxford is full to the brim of luscious green spaces, perfect for a well deserved rest. Wander around the tranquil oasis of Christ Church Meadow, sit and watch the cricket in University Park, or explore the historic haven that is Oxford Botanic Gardens, currently celebrating their 400th anniversary.

Park with trees


Catch Some Culture


From the Offbeat contemporary performance festival at the end of June, to the Oxford Shakespeare festival in July, there is no end of opportunities to get back to enjoying live events. Or if the silver screen is more your thing, why not head over to the Luna open air cinema at Blenheim Palace to watch your favourite flicks in style.


A nice cool glass of…


Oxford’s winding streets are packed with hidden gems, and pubs and bars are no exception! Venture down a tucked away side street and have a Pimms outside the Turf Tavern, sip a cocktail from the legendary Raoul’s bar or amble along to The Trout to while away an afternoon by the water, the choice is yours.

(Photo Credit: Food & Drink Guides)


When you’re planning your staycation to this wonderful city, be sure to check out our special offers to seize your stay at our luxury Oxford hotel.

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