Oxford is one of the UK’s biggest tourist destinations and it’s very easy to see why! If you are lucky enough to attend our summer school, you’ll find that there are loads of things to do and see while you are here and of course summer is the perfect time for a visit. You’ll want to enjoy the stunning architecture, green parks and historic museums.
So here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite and help you immerse yourself in some of the famous traditions- old and new and make the most of your time here.
This has to be at the top of the list because it’s absolutely obligatory to get the punting photo, it would just be wrong not to! Apart from that, you will love it. It’s an amazing experience to just slip along the river, enjoying the serenity and possibly the hilarity, depending on how able you are at punting! It’s not as easy as it looks, there is quite a bit of skill in pushing off from the riverbed and steering it at the same time. There is an actual danger of falling in, which is why only people who can swim are allowed to have a go! You can hire a ‘chauffeur’ if you don’t want to get wet! Don’t forget the Pims!
Choose from one of the three main boat houses: Magdalen Bridge, Folly Bridge or Cherwell Boat House.
2. Get an ice cream at G&Ds
‘G&D’s’ is an independent chain of Oxford-based ice cream parlours, massively popular with the students and it’s easy to see why. Just Google it and check out both the yummy and the strange flavours!
3. Walk with the horses in Port Meadow
Get away from the city and take a stroll into Port Meadow where the horses wander freely. It’s ancient grazing land on the outskirts of the city offering a really scenic walk along the riverbank. Some say that Alice in Wonderland was written here.
4. Visit Woodstock
The little Cotswold town of Woodstock is a gorgeous little village with independent quaint shops and the amazing Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. It’s one of the UK’s most splendid country estates, well worth visiting before you go home, especially in the summer.
5. Take a trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum/Museum of Natural History
This museum is free of charge, so no excuse not to go inside! You’ll find all kinds of really interesting skeletons and stuffed animals and Victorian curiosities from all around the world, including the famous ‘shrunken heads’ from South American tribes. Much of the museum retains the original Victorian presentation, making it one of the most revered museums of its kind in the world.
6. Explore some Oxford colleges
Wander around and immerse yourself!
7. Go to an open-air play
There are performances all around the city, in places you wouldn’t expect – so keep your eyes open and be prepared to be surprised and delighted. It’s a totally unforgettable way to see Shakespeare or any number of other spellbinding performances.
There are so many other things to do… you’ll have an absolute ball during your summer school at Oxford and Cambridge.