UK travel blogger Char, of Taylor Hearts Travel, took on the SuperBreak #UKin48Hours challenge, in her favourite UK city, Oxford. Full of rich history and culture, this iconic southern city is bursting with boutique bars, tremendous architecture and delicious food. Have a look at Char’s 48 hour guide to Oxford to find out how much you can do on a short break in Oxford.
11am – Hop on a tour bus
If you want to see the ‘City of Spires’ in all its glory, why not go sightseeing on one of the city tour buses which give first time visitors a chance to see all of Oxford’s main landmarks in one go! Learn about the history of this beautiful city as you pass by famous sights such as Oxford Castle and the Bridge of Sighs.
Alternatively, visit the Varsity Club
The glamorous and stylish Varsity Club boasts spectacular views of the city, which you can take in while enjoying one of their delicious sharing platters and handcrafted cocktails throughout the day. Make sure you head up to the gorgeous bespoke roof terrace, where you can dine or drink champagne at your leisure, while taking in the glorious city views and people watching from up above.
12pm – Enjoy some shopping time
After doing some sightseeing, why not head to the Oxford high street to see what the shopping district has to offer. If you’re a keen shopper you will love the high street which is full of the UK’s favourite retailers. In the surrounding area you can also find quaint independent boutiques and luxurious delicatessens for a pick-me-up between shopping.
2:30pm – Afternoon Tea at the Old Parsonage
This 17th century building is bursting with charm and character and is the ideal place to relax after your shopping spree. The charming outdoor area is the perfect place for summertime visitors to bask in the southern sun. If you’re planning to visit in the winter months then you can take comfort warming up with a hot drink by the open fire, or treat yourself to a traditional ‘Very High Tea’.
4:30pm – Visit Little Clarendon Street
Take a stroll down one of Oxford’s most charming areas on Little Clarendon Street and enjoy a wander around the independent boutiques and bars. Since the 1960’s the street has been nicknamed ‘Little Trendy Street’, so be expecting bohemian shops and unique places to eat!
6.00pm – Check in at the Mecure Eastgate Oxford Hotel
After your busy day exploring, check-in to the Mecure Eastgate Oxford hotel. This 17th-century townhouse style hotel has seen the famous faces of J.R.R Tolkein and C.S Lewis stay in its very own suites. The beautiful views of some of Oxford’s oldest buildings will really help you take in the history of the city.
7.30pm – Dinner at Ashmolean Dining Room
Located above the beautiful Ashmolean Museum, the dining room specialises in European cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients, and you can enjoy their A La Carte menu for dinner or visit for a few cocktails. This restaurant is in popular demand amongst tourist and locals so it’s recommended that you book ahead of your visit to make sure you don’t miss out.
9:00pm – Head back to Little Clarendon Street
Head back to Little Clarendon Street for some after dinner cocktails at the well renowned Raoul’s, which is famous for its award-winning fruit-filled beverages with homemade ingredients. If you fancy trying your hand at making your own cocktails, then book in to their cocktail masterclass for a fun-filled evening.
9:00am – Have breakfast at The Grande Café
The Grand Café is the ideal place to reflect on your trip around Oxford city and plan the day ahead. Providing authentic, classic cuisine, the Grande Café is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy a healthy brunch, with tasty vegetarian options available. What’s more? High tea is served all day long! Look out for the luxurious blue and gold grade two listed building at no.84 on Oxford high street.
10:30am – Visit the Radcliffe Camera
Situated in the heart of the city, the Radcliffe Camera is an iconic building that you can admire as part of your travels around the city. This building is actually home to one of Oxford’s libraries, and although the building is not open to the general public, the exterior does provide you with the perfect photo opportunity.
11:30am – Oxford Covered Market
Dating back to 1770, this vintage market is full of delightful treats and should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Oxford – make sure to stop by Ben’s Cookies for the ultimate sugar fix. A trip to the covered market which showcases unique stalls full of gifts, crafts, food and drink is a great way to support local businesses.
1.00pm – Have a picnic at Christ Church Meadow
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter and love taking in the fresh air, walk down St Aldates to Christ Church Meadow where many magical scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. The attractive gardens also make for a perfectly-preened picnic spot.
Located a stone’s throw away from Christ Church Meadow, you can also find Lewis Carroll’s world famous Alice in Wonderland shop. Alice’s Shop sells souvenirs which make the ideal gifts to take back from your trip for loved ones.
3:00pm – Cornmarket Street
Before you head back home, stop for a coffee and admire the famous and grand student colleges on the hugely popular Cornmarket Street. You can also check out the Saxton Tower of St Michael, which is the oldest building in Oxford dating back to 1040.
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