Oxford is one of my favourite places to visit in England. It is an easy 60 min train journey from London Paddington, but it feels a world away. Stepping off the train you can’t help but feel like Harry Potter coming off the Hogwarts Express. The city is so beautiful and magical!
Whenever I have a visitor I like to take them out of the city so they can experience more than just the hustle and bustle that is London. My cousin, Katie, recently came for a visit from Canada and we decided that a visit to the historical city of Oxford would be the perfect excursion given she had never had the chance to explore the city previously.
For a day trip to Oxford you don’t need much of a plan. You can easily spend a good part of the day wandering in and out of the different colleges and university buildings and the rest nipping in and out of the shops.
Some of the colleges do charge entry, but not all. This handy website has a list of all the colleges and university buildings along with information on opening times and which charge admission. We were lucky enough to be with an Oxford alumni, my husband Mike, so got into all the places for free. Thanks Mike!
We grabbed a coffee and started the day with a trip to Mike’s alma mater, Lincoln College.
Lincoln College is one of the smaller colleges at Oxford, but a very pretty one. I love all the ivy and perfect grass – it feels so collegiate!
Christ Church was next up on the list and definitely a a must visit, being one of the grandest of the colleges at Oxford.
Next we explored the Oxford covered market. Located in the centre of the city, the market is open every day and showcases local crafts, food and drink. We had a great time exploring all of the shops.
In the summer months I would recommend a wander down the rive through the Meadows, which are behind Christ College, where you enjoy some quiet from the tourists and watch the students punting. On this occasion, however, it was too cold so we headed off for a delicious and warming lunch at Gee’s. A bit of trek from Oxford city centre, but well worth the effort! My favourite Oxford restaurant.
If you aren’t able to get a reservation at Gee’s or don’t fancy abandoning the city centre I would recommend checking out Quod.
After a long lunch where we laughed and drank to our hearts content we headed back to London.
Looking forward to another visit to Oxford again soon, hopefully in some warmer weather!