Things to do in OXFORDby Anjali Jha Digital Marketer
“Oxford is beautiful; its beauty is its plumage, its method of procreation. The beauty of the dream of Oxford, of spires and quiet learning, of the life of the mind,of effortless superiority, all these had beguiled me.” ― Naomi Alderman
You can easily keep things cheap on a trip to Oxford. In fact, you can also be hard-
pushed to get to and see all the galleries, museums, history, parks, buildings, walks,
and more. To skip the line and fast access entry Book Tickets Online.
Below is a list of the 6 best things to see and do in Oxford…
1. Galleries galore!
Track down these favorite galleries if your feet are still up for tramping the city's streets,
and that too all for free! The Modern Art Oxford at Pembroke Street doesn’t have a
permanent exhibit, but an ever-changing range of collections from international and
local artists alike. Most of these exhibitions run for a month or so. So you can always
check the timings beforehand. Don't miss out on the regular screenings and workshops
talks, and chill out in the café of the gallery. You can also stop by the Old Fire
Station for cool and contemporary shows.
2. And museums galore!
There are so many museums in Oxford that by no means can you soak in all of it on a
short break. Make sure to not miss the British Archaeology collection right on Oxford's
doorstep, where you can learn about history. Some of the highlights include the Pitt
Rivers based on the South Parks Road, for atmospheric collections of shrunken heads;
the iconic Ashmolean Museum based at Beaumont Street; various ancient weaponry
and Eskimo outfits; the Museum of the History of Science at Broad Street, where you
can track down the blackboard which Einstein used, along with a hoard of other geeky
exhibits; and last but not the least, the Museum of Oxford at St Aldate's, where you can
learn about the city's rise to fame and fortune.
3. Lewis Carroll's local favorites
Do you remember Lewis Carroll's 'treacle well' in Alice in Wonderland? Yes, it’s here!
The Port Meadow nearby is the small village of Binsey. Here you'll find a welcoming
country pub named The Perch, which was allegedly the writer’s local favorite. If you
take a stroll through the village, you’ll eventually come across a few houses and a small
You'll find a small well in the ground when you take a walk through the churchyard to
the right side of the main building. This shallow well was dedicated to St. Margaret and
was once a favorite spot frequently visited by the writer. Alongside the churchyard, you’ll
find a pen with pygmy goats that enjoy carrots, if you' re interested.
4. Picnic at Port Meadow
This is the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing. In this 30-hectare meadow,
you’ll find plenty of wild horses running around, along with teal, shoveler, widgeon,
pintail, Gadwall, common shelduck, redshank, ruff, dunlin, golden plover, lapwing, and
snipe at various times of the year. You will also find enough space to fly a kite, picnic in
peace, or take a long walk here. This place is based at a 15-minute walk distance from
the city's center. You can also stop by the Medley Manor Farm in the summer months to
pick the seasonal fruits of your choice for your picnic. The homemade raspberry ice
cream here is yummy!
5. Shark attack
Meet a 25-foot long, 400-pound shark, the most famous resident of Headington, which
has face-planted a house. Yes, literally! For 28 years, this house has been home to a
headless shark sculpture. In the early hours of 9 August, 1986, it swam to fame. Bill
Heine, a Balliol College graduate, still owns the house today and is the one who
commissioned the sculpture. This structure was put up on the 41st anniversary of
Nagasaki’s atomic blast. In order to track down this odd oceanic resident, you have to
take a trip to Headington. It’s located off the London Road and is around a 50-minute
walk from the city center.
6. Tour the streets of the city
The city center in Oxford is compact and can easily be toured on foot. So you can take
a free two-hour walking tour here. By doing this you can learn about Oxford's history of
how it transformed from a small Saxon town to a global cultural center (famous for world
leaders, traditions, and history), which is its current position. There are also a few
eccentric stories and intriguing facts thrown in as the cherry on the cake. Tours timings
are from Monday to Friday at 11 am and 2 pm; Saturday at 11 am, 12.30 pm and 2 pm;
and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm.
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