Given that this visit to Oxford lasted a mere 7 hours, it’s difficult to say what wasn’t a highlight. I do have to admit that despite being a major tourist attraction, the visit to Christ Church College and Cathedral was a major highlight and is great value for money at £4.90 admission charge. On a nice day, strolling around the perimeter of Christ Church Meadows is a lovely way to pass the time. If you’re feeling adventurous you can rent a boat and try your hand at punting, or you can watch (and laugh) from the safety of the riverbank path.
Stepping off the bus from London and onto the Oxford High Street we had the good luck to stumble down a narrow alleyway and into the Chequers Pub for a hearty ploughman’s lunch. Oxford isn’t short on good pubs and later we spent the evening sampling local ales in The White Horse on Broad Street.
Oxford is a wonderful city to wander around and there are good shops and great architecture to be found side by side. After a visit to Christ Church, our route took us down Cornmarket Street, past numerous chain stores and down to Broad Street, where we perused a few souvenir shops. We then continued down the street to the Sheldonian Library, the Bridge of Sighs and Radcliffe Camera. It’s easy to burn up a few rolls of film (or memory cards) on your camera as Oxford is a stunning city and there’s something to see at every turn. It’s definitely a very manageable day trip from London and we only saw very few sights because we didn’t catch the bus to Oxford until midday. If you’re more of an early bird then you can obviously pack a lot more in.