This year for our birthday we decided to get away from work and London and explore Oxford. Having only been there for brunch once years ago it was high-time we explored the city. And it was a genius idea, because spoiler it’s a gorgeous city and there is loads to see! We were only there for 24 hours but we did so much. For those of you who haven’t been I thought I’d pull together my suggestion of what you should do if you have 24 hours in Oxford.
Things to do if you only have 24 hours in Oxford:
This Museum is packed full of really interesting things, from art exhibitions to Egyptian mummies, tiles from Syria and coins from centuries ago. Simply perfect for whiling a way a few hours exploring it all. Plus it’s free and there’s the most stunning roof terrace restaurant with great views of the city. Definitely top of our list!
Wander aimlessly around the University campus
I was amazed at how much of the city you can see for free by just wandering. I know that sounds stupid, and in hindsight it should have been obvious that this was possible. But I hadn’t really thought about it! Anyway you can spot the Bridge of Sighs, the Radcliffe Camera, Magdalen College and so much more just by ambling around, heading down the little alleyways and around the next corner. It’s quite fun to see what you’ll end up next.. Spoiler: everything’s beautiful.
Explore The Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
These two museums are connected so even though they’re very different they need mentioning as one. First up the Museum of Natural History is the most stunning building displaying dinosaur bones, insects, beehives, stuffed dodos and all sorts of other things. It’s amazing.
At the back you’ll find the Pitt Rivers Museum with its displays of boats and weapons, jewelry and wooden carvings. It’s the most amazing treasure trove of random collections of stuff. It was created when one man gave his collections to the university, with just one caveat – items that were similar had to be housed together rather than classifying the collection by era. It’s a pretty cool idea and amazing to see all the different items used for the same purpose in one place, despite when and where they were used.
Browse the bookshelves in Blackwells
No trip to Oxford is complete without an hour spent in the best bookshop around. It’s almost blasphemy not to head in to Blackwells for a browse. Fact.
Climb the Carfax Tower
For just £3 you can climb this tower in the middle of the city and get an amazing view. With the college spires and city’s rooftops all laid out in front of you it’s really quite beautiful. Or at least in most directions – one view is over the shopping centre. That’s not so fancy!
So there we go, those are my top touristy suggestions if you’ve got 24 hours in Oxford. Now of course this doesn’t mention the food, it goes without saying that food needs to be included! But don’t worry that post will be live shortly – and you’re in for a treat!
Have you ever been, what was your favourite thing about Oxford?