City Breaks in Oxford: Top Holiday Lettings
Top Must-Sees During Your Oxford City Break
Your time's limited on a weekend break, so plan ahead to make sure you get the most out of your visit to this enchanting city.
1. Oxford Colleges
Many of the colleges which make up Oxford University are open to the public, giving access to the quadrangles and halls. Christ Church is one of the biggest, and in addition to the cathedral and college buildings, has meadows stretching down to the River Thames.
2. River Thames
The Thames – or Isis as it is known in Oxford – flows right through the city. Watch the university rowing crews practising, or have a go yourself on one of the small rowing boats or punts which can be hired from the bridge near Magdalen College. Alternatively, have a drink in a riverside pub - a particularly nice one is the Trout Inn in Wolvercote, a favourite of fictional Oxford detective Inspector Morse.
3. Pitt Rivers Museum
The Pitt Rivers museum contains the university's collection of artefacts from around the world, showcasing global cultures. Entrance is free, although there may be an additional charge for temporary exhibitions. During school holidays, the museum runs workshops and special events, so check the website for details.
4. Turf Tavern
The tiny, 18th-century Turf Tavern is easily missed as it's tucked away down a back alley in the centre of town. Popular with locals and students, the best place to sit on a warm afternoon is outside on the patio with a refreshing locally-brewed beer.