Oxford in 48 Hours

Quintessential experiences among dreamy spires

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Day One in Oxford

9:30 am
Start off with a light breakfast at the Turl Street Kitchen. A favourite haunt of Oxford University students, their food is locally sourced, reasonably priced and completely delicious.

10:45 am
The best way to experience the city is on foot, so what better way to see some of the main sites than the Official University and City tour. The walking tour, sets of from the Visitor Information Centre daily, and takes you on a delightful stroll through the heart of the historic city centre, including entry to a University college and the Bodleian Divinity School.

Top Tip
The Oxford Visitor Information Centre offers left luggage facilities, so you can leave your bags in safety as you explore the city. The Turl Street Kitchen is just around the corner from the VIC so you could even drop them off before you eat!

12:45 pm
Spend an hour or so wandering one of the hidden gems of Oxford, the Covered Market. Opened in 1774, it’s full of unique shops and stalls. Pick up some Oxford Blue cheese, a Moo Moos milkshake or pop in for a tasty sandwich at one of the many coffee shops.

2:00 pm
The Ashmolean
is the world’s oldest public museum and hosts a fascinating collection of art and archaeology. With a fantastic permanent collection and touring exhibitions that bring visitors from all over the world it’s a cannot miss attraction in Oxford.

4:45 pm
Once you’ve finished wandering the beautiful rooms of the Ashmolean it’s time to head to the hotel. With a prime
inner city location and breath-taking design we recommend the award winning Old Bank Hotel. Nestled among several University colleges and opposite the striking Radcliffe Camera you’re right at the heart of the historical city. You can take a brief respite at the hotel, maybe enjoying one of their indulgent spa treatments, before you head back out to explore the city.

6:00 pm
Several of the Oxford colleges including Christ Church, New College and Worcester hold beautiful evensong services around 6pm, and are well worth attending. For full details and timings check their websites.

7:00 pm
Oxford is home to some of the best restaurants in the country. We suggest the delicious Quod brasserie which boasts stylish design, a fantastic collection of British art and a sumptuous menu; and it’s linked to the Old Bank, perfect!

9:00 pm
If you’d like to stay out a little later why not grab a pint at one of Oxford’s traditional pubs. The Turf Tavern is popular amongst University students and locals alike, and it’s prolific cliental included Bill Clinton when he was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Alternatively, there’s the glamorous Varsity Club, whose roof top bar boasts fantastic views across the city.

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Day Two in Oxford

8:30 am
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Old Bank Hotel before you get up and out.

9:30 am
Only a ten minute walk away and tucked down Pembroke Street is Modern Art Oxford. With an eclectic range of touring exhibits it’s perfect for some early morning perusal. And with a fantastic café why not grab a coffee whilst you’re there?

10:30 am
A trip up one of Oxford’s towers is a must for striking views across the city. The Carfax Tower is right in the centre of the city so in a prime location to go onto other sights…but be warned there are quite a few steps!

11:45 am
The Oxford Museum of Natural History boasts over 600,000 visitors a year and it’s not hard to see why! Arguably its most famous attractions are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs and the Dodo, but it also contains a huge collection of geological and zoological specimens. Whilst there why not enjoy a sandwich at the cafe where you can enjoy the views of the dinosaurs as you munch, or pack a picnic and wander up to Uni Parks.

2:00 pm
It’s only a 20 minute walk to the Cherwell Boathouse, so if you want to indulge in some Oxonian tradition why not wander over and take a punt down the River Thames.

4:00 pm
Head back into the city centre and enjoy an Oxford Castle Unlocked tour. Their tours by experienced costumed guides leave up to every 20 minutes and reveal the stories entrenched in the buildings 1,000 history. After your tour you will be inducted into Prison D-Wing and the wider castle site where you will be able to explore at your own leisure [note: it’s recommended you prebook tickets for your tour]. Alternatively if you’re in need of a little rest and relaxation you could indulge in a delicious afternoon tea at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel.

6:00 pm
Only a few feet away amongst the Oxford Castle complex is the Malmaison Brasserie which serves a mouth-watering menu of iconic dishes and locally inspired specials (we recommend the MalBurger!)

7:30 pm
For some after dinner entertainment The New Theatre houses a range of fantastic shows to suit all tastes, so why not check out their programme online and see if there’s anything that tickles your fancy?

10:00 pm
Finish the night with a drink at The Eagle and Child (which was the watering hole of C.S Lewis and J R R Tolkien) or The Lamb, for traditional Oxonian pub experience.

This itinerary is compliments of Experience Oxfordshire.

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