Top 5 Must Do's in Oxford

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1. Admire the ‘Dreaming Spires’

Oxford may be the world’s most famous seat of learning, and coming to the city to attend university among the city’s ‘’Dreaming Spires’ (the phrase coined by poet Matthew Arnold) is still the number one dream of many an academic schoolchild. Wandering around the city you will find yourself passing handsome old college buildings such as Oriel at every turn, with buildings’ spires forming a wonderful background to a stroll around the city’s historic center. One of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world, Oxford’s university buildings have a history stretching back some 800 years.

2. Take a Boat Trip on The Thames

Could there be a more pleasant way to spend a warm summer’s day than relaxing with a picnic and a bottle of wine as you drift at a leisurely pace along the River Thames. Those taking to the waters can either punt themselves along or just sit back and let a professional take the strain as they drift past scenic woods and grasslands.

3. Enjoy a Traditional Pub Meal

Oxford’s historic center is chock-full of historic pubs and inns, many of them dating back to Victorian times. With creaking wooden floors and beams, slanting stairwells and cosy fire pkace ‘snugs’, these most charming of watering holes are a great place to enjoy a traditional English meal such as ‘bangers and mash’ (sausages and mashed potato) and a pint of beer or cider. On a summer’s day, the beer gardens of these historic pubs are great places to while away the hours.

4. Visit the City's Museums

If Oxford’s learned atmosphere has got you thirsty for knowledge, a visit to one or more of the city’s museums in order. Here you will find museums dedicated to everything from the world of boating to musical instruments, and the National History Museum at Parks Road is popular with all ages.

5. Hit the Shops

Oxford is awash with opportunities to splash some cash, from modern shopping centres featuring high street favourites, to Victorian arcades packed with independent stores and boutiques. From vintage fashion to hand-crafted jewelry, the arcades of Oxford’s historic arcades and markets are a real treasure trove for shopoholics. And if all that shopping has made you hungry, recharge your batteries with a delicious savoury pie from the amusingly-named Pie Minister in the covered market.
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