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Things to do on a rainy day in Oxford

Although there is so much to see and do in Oxford’s beautiful streets, sometimes the cold and rainy weather just isn’t the one. However, don’t let the weather spoil your fun, as the dreaming city of spires is also home to some of the best museums, castles and outlets.

In this blog, our boutique hotel in Oxford explores four of the best indoor attractions, perfect for those rainy days…

Ashmolean Museum

Have a history lesson at Ashmolean Museum. The University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, Ashmolean Museum is full of extraordinary diverse collections, with objects dating from to 500,000 BC! The 16th-century building boasts the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the only Minoan collection and has the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting. Until the 9th June 2019, the museum is showcasing Jeff Koons’ exhibition, who has been called the world’s most famous and controversial artist.

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Oxford Castle & Prison

Discover the city’s history at Oxford Castle & Prison and be transported back when William the Conqueror invaded England and won the Battle of Hastings. The best way to learn about the buildings rich history is on a guided tour, led by a costumed character guide, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. Climb the Saxon St George’s Tower and stunning 360 panoramic views of Oxford, before descending deep underground into the dark atmosphere of the 900-year-old crypt – as well as so much more!

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Bodleian Libraries

Get lost in books and admire stunning architecture at the Bodleian Libraries! One of the oldest libraries in Europe, the library is home to over 12 million items and is the main research facility for the University of Oxford. Admire the Divinity School, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture, the school has been used as a filming location for the Harry Potter franchise – helping to bring the magic of Hogwarts to life…

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Bicester Village

Fancy a spot of retail therapy? Well, you’re in the right city, with popular designer outlet, Bicester Village just a short drive from our boutique Oxford hotel. With dozens of designer labels at discounted prices, you can feel a little less guilty when you treat yourself to a new handbag, pair of shoes or a new suit. After you’ve dropped ‘til you’ve dropped, stop for a bite to eat at one of many delicious restaurants, cafes and pop-ups!

Vanbrugh House Hotel, a boutique hotel in Oxford, is ideally located in the centre of Oxford, near to the area’s top Oxford museums, Oxford theatres and Oxford bars. To check availability, email us or call us on 01865 244 622.

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