Top picturesque locations to visit at Oxford


Oxford is about everything quaint with architecture, quadrangles, Gothic chapels and literary landmarks and very recently the Home to Hogwarts and Harry Potter. Oxford is medieval and modern all at once. Oxford is home to scholars, playwrights and Royalty since ages. Oxford is a little over an hour from London. Oxford is a county town in Oxfordshire established in the 15th century and nicknamed as the “City of Dreaming Spires”.

Oxford is quintessentially known for its chapel evensong and choir services. Corn Street Market is the ultimate spot for book lovers with sleepy towns in the backyard. Radcliffe Square is practically the central point of the Oxford city. Oxford University is booked for life with structures with towers, turrets, spires and entrances. Radcliffe Camera is originally housed in the Radcliffe Library. It is a structure with 16-sided room on the ground floor. It serves as a reading room for Bodleian Library as the university library. The library has approximately two million volumes and 40,000 manuscripts.

Oxford Museums form a major part of the soul of Oxford. Pitt Rivers Museum houses anthropological and archaeological collection. The Museum of Oxford is a local history museum of the past exploits of the place. The Story Museum is popular for its literary themed events including the popular ‘Alice Days’ if Alice in Wonderland celebrating the first ever story telling by the literary genius Lewis Caroll.

Christchurch Cathedral has the marble staircase in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone. The lower tower leads to the dining room which looks straight out of a Harry Potter setting. The portraits of Henry VIII and the distinguished company are hung up on the walls.

Oxford has fancy spots for fine dining from wine to three course meal including dessert. Getting there at Oxford is quite hassle free as buses ply regularly between London’s Victoria Bus Station and Oxford Bus station. The Covered Market near the Market Street is a veritable spot to visit. The market has the best cookies in Oxford with an assortment and you can pack as souvenirs too. Cheese stalls have hundreds of varieties. Cheese sampling is a must do for the ultimate cheese fetish. Thai foods in set meals are at available at reasonable prices. There are hundreds of milliners in hat making business selling fedoras packed to perfection. There are statement pieces fit to be worn by Royalty. An ice cream milkshake is a must try.

Stratford-upon-Avon is a must in the itinerary for the ultimate Bard buffs. Shakespeare and Company in and around Oxford Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the city of the birth of the literary genius William Shakespeare just 112 km away from Oxford. The Bard’s home is open to visitors at a steep entry fee. The spot has the artefacts belonging to Shakespeare such as the bed he was born, his mother’s gown, a rope cradle for the baby and so on. It is as if the Bard is virtually present there. Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway’s cottage is in the neighborhood.

Cotswolds is a honey hued hamlet with meadows shrouded in mist with evergreens whispering in breeze. It has picture post card houses from an altogether different era. Visitors can drive into a pub for a pint and get tucked into fine Cotswold cuisine at a local eatery or browse through curios at souvenir shops. Hiking trails and mountain biking are popular sports. Cotswolds has its Hollywood Alister celebrity residents Liz Hurley and Kate Winslet.

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