The famous city of Oxford is full of outstanding historic buildings and is home to one of, if not the most, famous universities in the world. The grandeur of the university as well as many other structures in the area has helped to establish Oxford as one of the finest cities in the country. The city encapsulates much of what it means to be British, with a series of fantastic pubs, restaurants and tea and cake shops scattered throughout the charming city. The river Thames and the River Cherwell both flow through the area, and it is here in the city that the two rivers join with each other, only adding to its character and the overall allure of the city. The magnificence of the city has made it an appropriate and popular choice for high-quality self-catering accommodation with Cottage Gems.
Places to Visit
- The Bodleian Library’s Radcliffe Camera building is regarded by many to be the most impressive building in Oxford. Whilst the building is not generally open to the public, it is the views and the surrounding areas that make it such an essential stop for visitors. The building lies in the heart of the tourist hub and the wonderful Church of St. Mary the Virgin offers fantastic views of the structure. The Church also houses a hidden gem of an eatery: The Vaults and Garden Cafe has a great outside seating area in which for you to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the area as well as afternoon tea.
- For just a small fee you can visit the famous Trinity College. Tours are available. The college is full of rich history, stunning gardens and dramatic structures.
- Experience history first hand and up-close at the Oxford Castle with the Oxford Castle Unlocked guided tours (admission to the castle is via tours only). The tour will take you to the top of the St George’s Tower. The Tower is not only one of the city’s oldest buildings but offers breathtaking panoramic views of the area. After enjoying the peaks, explore the depths as you descend underground into the near 1000 year old crypt (home of the remains of St George’s Chapel), where it is believed the education of Oxford first began and where Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote the legends of Arthur. This and much more awaits at Oxford Castle.
Things to Do
- You can find yourself in the heart of the Cotswolds AONB within a one hour drive of the city. The area is full of picturesque towns, stunning scenery and pleasant walking trails which you and your loved ones can enjoy. If you are using Cottage Gems’ pet-friendly self-catering accommodation and are looking for places to visit, this AONB is the perfect place for your four-legged friend.
- See what’s on at the highly-renowned Creation Theatre. Great all-year-round entertainment offered.
- This intellectual hub is brimming with a range of fascinating museums, be sure to take advantage and visit a few. The University Museum of Natural History, Pitts Rivers Museum and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology are among the highlights and are some of the highest-rates attractions in all of Oxford.
- In the heart of the city lies the superb Oxford Covered Market and has proved a popular attraction with tourists for years. Spend some time exploring the stalls and the goods they sell. From local crafts to homemade food and drink, the market is a big promoter of local business and it does well to capture the atmosphere of the city.
- Meander through the tranquil Oxford University Botanic Garden. Founded nearly 400 years ago, this stunning garden are intended to promote learning about nature as well as to highlight how glorious it can be, and it achieves both of these aims well!
With such a diverse offering of things to do and see as well as a history unmatched for depth and splendour, the town of Oxford is a staple of British heritage and is a fantastic choice for a self-catering holiday with Cottage Gems.