I’m finally back (hopefully with a bang), starting off my Oxford series from when I stayed there back in late August. Oxford is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in the UK to date: its beautiful Gothic and Baroque architecture are the star of the show for me, but there’s plenty of greenery in the surrounding areas, as well as some stunning landmarks. If you’re looking to stay in Oxford, or even just go for a day trip (I seriously recommend it), read on for my top 4 sights.
The Radcliffe Camera (seen above), found, funnily enough, on Radcliffe Square is an academic library for Oxford University. It’s circular structure has attracted those far and wide, and is known for being one of the most popular landmarks in Oxford. It was named after John Radcliffe, a physician who left his money for the purpose of a library being built (you’ll also find a few other things in Oxford named after him). You can’t wonder inside alone unfortunately, however, you can book a guided walking tour to take you inside. I didn’t go inside, but it’s okay because it was beautiful enough on the outside. A definite photo backdrop!
The rest of Oxford University
Another highlight for me, and probably my most favourite attraction of the visit. The world-famous university has colleges dotted near and around the city centre and High Street, all as beautiful as the other. You’ll probably find that when you’re visiting Oxford, you’ll stumble across it without even realising, but if you’re properly scheduling your trip, make sure to fit this in somewhere. You’ll find it’s alongside many restaurants and cafe’s, so you won’t be stuck for food options.
So this may be cheating, but this is just outside of Oxford city centre in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It has a lot of royal history, but I believe it is actually the only now non-royal house to be called a palace. It’s also the birthplace of Winston Churchill!
Designed in the Baroque style, this palace is an absolute masterpiece (any pictures cannot do it justice, no matter how pretty they are: it’s absolutely massive, and incredibly beautiful and detailed). The land surrounding it is just as big, stretching out so far I couldn’t even see the end! Tickets are £29.50 for adults to get in (you can buy them online), and they do have reduced prices for students (£25). One of my favourite parts was the Butterfly house, a small enclosure where you can get up close to some of the most beautiful (and biggest) butterflies I have ever seen – absolutely worth a visit.
The High Street and the backstreets of Oxford City Centre
The High Street was an absolute gem to walk through, with some of the prettiest buildings being there (in my opinion). If you go further down the High Street, you’ll come across Magdalen Bridge, which gives a great view of the River Cherwell (and some punters!). The backstreets of the High Street and Oxford city centre in general are beautiful too, so make sure you have a wonder on your trip for some hidden gems.
Just a short drive away from the centre of town is an amazing nature trail in Horspath. If you’re looking for a rural walk with some great views, make sure to type in Shotover Mountain Bike Trails or Sandy Lane into your Satnav, and you’re guaranteed a magical getaway into the countryside. I done something new while I was over there, which I’ll share in an upcoming Oxford blog post, so keep your eyes peeled!
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