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A beautiful day trip to Oxford – ‘the city of dreaming spires’ ðŸ’™

February 28, 2016

If you are visiting London, or you actually live in or around London, and are looking for something different to do at the weekends, a day trip to beautiful Oxford has to be on your list.

It was half term just recently and we were looking for things to do with the boys, nothing too far or that required an over night stay. But just a day trip we would all enjoy.

Me & my boys in Oxford

Oxford is home to the oldest University in the English speaking world. Also known as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ it’s buildings demonstrate notable examples of every English architectural period since the late Saxon period. Tall spires adorn it’s historic skyline.

Oxford has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the university and colleges. The University of Oxford maintains the largest university library system in the UK with over 11 million volumes housed on 120 miles (190 km) of shelving, the Bodleian group is the second-largest library in the UK, after the British Library.

Museum of Natural History

On our visit with the boys we travelled to Oxford with a very quick, clean and efficient service called the Oxford Tube. 

Leaving to and from Central London every 15minutes, these are double deckered buses equipped with extremely comfortable seating, toilets and even wifi! Tickets can be purchased in advance, but we purchased ours on the day from the driver as we were boarding with no trouble whatsoever. I did also look at trains for the trip to Oxford but train prices in the UK can be astronomical if tickets are not purchased in advance and so we decided to opt for the coach – kids went free due to a promotion they were running and a day return for my husband and I was £18! A super deal all round! 

Places to visit in Oxford with kids –

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History / Pitt Rivers Museum – set in a beautifully ornate building housing millions of natural history specimens. It is a museum which lets children investigate things for themselves. They can open draws filled with fossils. Use magnifin glasses to investigate even closer. My boys loved it!
  • Ashmolean Museum – this is the world’s first university museum dating back to 1678. A wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures and historical artefacts.
  • Museum of the History of Science –  My boys really enjoyed this museum too. I am sure they are little scientists at heart. Set in a gorgeous building in the centre of Oxford there are some lovely artefact to see.

Best Ice Cream & Apple Pie ever!

A good friend of mine who studied at Oxford recommended we stop by G&D’s Ice Cream Cafes whilst there and we were not disappointed. George & Davis (G&D for short) have a few cafes around Oxford city centre and are known for their scrumptious homemade ice creams which come in a great range of flavours. Set up by an Oxford student it has been a big name in Oxford for over 10years.

G&D’s Ice cream cafe

My boys had the banana and oreo flavoured ice cream, whilst we tried the apple pie and Oxford Blue ice cream. Oh my goodness I don’t think Ive had such a yummy apple pie in a long time. Big chunks of sweet succulent apple with a thin crispy pastry, sprinkled all over with cinnamon. The banana ice cream was to die for. My younger son was not happy to share the bank ice cream with us!

A definite winner for a day trip, Im already planning my next trip back. Maybe without the kiddies this time so I can have a good rummage through the lovely shops I saw.

Here are some useful links –

The Oxford Tube –

http://oxfordtube.com

Oxford University Museum of Natural History / Pitt Rivers Museum –

http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk 

Museum of the History of Science –

http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk
 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. I visited England for the first time two years ago but stayed in Birmingham. I hope to go back in a couple of years and visit London and Oxford among other places. It’s so beautiful there!

  2. Eren permalink

    A very nice place

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