Travel to Oxford
Ah, Oxford. The home of the world's second oldest university, the world's oldest purpose-built museum and last but not least, the real Alice in Wonderland. The world's most famous student city is also awash with historical attractions, stunning campus grounds and eye-catching architecture.
Tour Oxford on foot
It's the small details that truly make Oxford such an interesting city to visit – from quaint homes to secluded riverside nature spots. Sightseeing on foot is therefore the best way forward, hence the wide variety of walking tours on offer. Travel back in time on the Downton Abbey-era tour; follow in the steps of former Oxford student JRR Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings; or embark on a Harry Potter location tour.
The city is of course also synonymous with Oxford University, the oldest of its kind in the English-speaking world. It is made up of a total of 38 colleges spread across large, grandiose buildings surrounded by tranquil green spaces. And best of all, most of the buildings are open to the public during the day, enabling you to have a snoop around some of the grand halls – including the one at Christ Church College which provided the inspiration for the Great Hall at Hogwarts in Harry Potter.
Wining and dining in Oxford
Oxford's large student population, combined with its status as a major tourist destination, means there's no shortage of cafés, bars and restaurants to choose from. If delicious, reasonably priced grub is of interest, then swing by St Giles Café for a hearty lunch (the Oxford sausages are to die for).
One of the real treats, however, is browsing the stalls at the Oxford Covered Market
, where you can pick up everything from takeaway food to fresh fruit, clothes, electronics, furniture and jewellery.
And as far as pubs go, few can match the Bear Inn
, where old ties adorn the walls of the building, which itself dates back to the 1700s. Alternatively, venture along to The Eagle & Child where JRR Tolkien himself is said to have enjoyed a brew or two during his heyday.