Almost 300 years old and incredibly preserved, this cobbled square has been dubbed the finest in Europe. Designed by architect Nicholas Hawksmore, construction only began after the death of Dr John Radcliffe. It is bordered by historic Oxford University buildings, including All Souls College and Bodleian Library. Beautiful from all angles, the highlight of the square is the central, circular building, the Radcliffe Camera.
Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is the world's oldest university museum and specialises in art and archaeology. The exterior is an excellent example of classical architecture by Charles Robert Cockerell. Housing an incredible range of exhibitions depicting human culture through the years, there are a number of free exhibitions to meander. Afterwards, head up to the rooftop terrace to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea with amazing views over Oxford.
No visit to Oxford is complete without a punting excursion along the picturesque River Cherwell. Despite the abundance of boathouses to choose from, Magdalen Bridge stands out for its array of colourful, hand crafted punts. Hire a chauffeur and take a picnic aboard for a relaxing journey, admiring the views of Oxford's Botanical Gardens. Adventurous souls will enjoy a self-drive punt, having fun mastering steering and captaining their own journey.
The University of Oxford dates its first teachings back to 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the second oldest continuously operating university in the world. Historic buildings are now complemented by more modern structures, but the campus remains just as impressive. Must-see architecture includes All Souls, Magdalen, New, and Keble Colleges, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Keep an eye out for gargoyles!
Venture down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland-themed speakeasy on Iffley Road. Upon answering a riddle, entry is granted to the Hatter’s tea party. Heavily themed, expect creative cocktails served in everything from tea cups to conical chemical flasks with dry ice. Live music and events occur daily, supporting local acts and appealing to a range of tastes. Book onto a masterclass to learn the secrets behind any drink from a professional mixologist.
December sees Broad Street come alive with intricately decorated wooden stalls providing delicious treats and unique gifts from friendly, small businesses. Local choirs and bands create a joyful atmosphere as cinnamon and pine waft through the air. Historic buildings provide a stunning backdrop, with a Victorian merry-go-round taking centre stage. Sip on a freshly brewed mulled wine and enjoy the delights of Oxford's festive season.
Oxford's coolest neighbourhood, packed to the brim with cocktail bars, eateries, and independent boutiques. Brightly coloured and redbrick Victorian terraces line the streets, attracting students and locals who want to escape the crowds. The heart of the area is Walton Street, where highlights such as Daisies Flower Shop, Phoenix Picture House, and Raoul's Bar reside. Exploring further, you’ll find more fantastic independents like the Jericho Cheese Company and the Rickety Press.