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The City Series: 8 Hours in Oxford

February 25, 2017
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

I adore London, but sometimes, it’s nice to get out of London for a little bit. In that spirit, Carrie and I headed off to Oxford for a day. The weather was gorgeous and we had such a nice time. I will confess, it did feel a little like walking around Hogwarts! I’d been to Oxford before, but to be honest, I don’t remember too much of it. I do remember doing a lot while I was there, but I think I was trying to fit too much in! Carrie and I just took our time and followed our feet. It was really nice to just wander and see what took our fancy!

8am: Train from Marylebone

It might have been early, but the early bird catches the worm, as they say! We had the whole day to explore, and the trains from Marylebone only took about an hour. Not to mention, I booked the tickets nice and early so the price was a real bargain!

9:30am: Breakfast at Turl Street Kitchen

Up as early as we were, the first stop when we got to Oxford was, of course, to get food. When planning a trip anywhere, Instagram is such a great tool, especially where bloggers are concerned! I had loads of places saved, but ultimately, Turl Street Kitchen was the winner. It’s so cute and rustic, and that fun tiled floor! We all know how I feel about a fun tiled floor. They’re my kryptonite!

Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

11:00am: Stop by the Bridge of Sighs

I think the Bridge of Sighs must be one of the more recognizable bits of Oxford. Carrie happened to mention that there was also a bridge in Cambridge that had the same name, which I didn’t know. It turns out, the bridge in Cambridge with the same name is named after the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice, even though it looks nothing like it. This one, in Oxford, is actually called Hertford Bridge, but is referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of it’s resemblance to the one in Venice (cheers, Wikipedia!). Who knew? Either way, it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

 11:30am: Visit the Bodleian Library

This was one thing I wasn’t able to do the last time I came to Oxford. This time round, we wandered past the library and decided to hop onto a tour! You might recognize the room below from the Harry Potter films, which were used as the hospital wing a few times! It’s an absolutely gorgeous building and is definitively older than my entire country (like most everything else in Oxford… hell, in the UK! LOL). The thing I always find fascinating is the artwork that went into buildings during this time. The things we build these days seem so boring and bland by comparison… Anyway, we hopped on this tour and were able to see not only this room (aka the Divinity School), but also the Convocation House, Chancellor’s Court, and Duke Humfrey’s Library, which is straight out of medieval times (and also featured as the library in the Harry Potter films, fancy that!)

Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

12:30pm: Go For a Little Wander

Fresh from the tour, we decided it was time for a little wandering! Oxford is such a gorgeous city, and we had lots of fun just walking, talking, and taking about a million pictures (okay, not a million but I took more than 500 over the day!) We even had time to take some outfit photos, too! When in Oxford! I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many pictures of bicycles, though; there are bicycles everywhere in Oxford… each one as sweetly placed as the last and a few adorably vintage looking ones as well! We swung by the Radcliffe Camera, wandered down Holywell Street, and a few other places as well!

Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

1:45pm: Lunch at The Handle Bar

After all that wondering we had worked up a bit of an  appetite, but had no idea where to go for lunch! Thank God for Twitter, amirite? Carrie sent out a little tweet asking for food suggestions and we got a few responses which offered up some nice choices! We wandered over to the Covered Market to see if anything caught our eye, but nothing was really hitting the spot, so we headed to another suggestion, The Handle Bar, and it was definitely a winner! Situated, rather appropriately, above a bike repair shop, the food was rustic and delicious! It was clearly a popular place, because there weren’t many empty tables, and we could definitely see why! Just what we needed for a bit of a refuel!

Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

3pm: Tour Christ Church

Would you go to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower? I feel a bit like visiting Christ Church is a similar thing, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan (hello!). I did make it to Christ Church when I had visited before, but it was nice to head back and take a stroll through the hallowed halls.  It’s a location you might recognized from a few films, and it’s also got some ties to Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland!

Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

3:30pm: A Bit More Exploring

At this point, Carrie had to head back to London, but I had a bit more time to kill, so I carried on wandering though the streets of Oxford! I even backtracked a little, going past the Bridge of Sighs and the Radcliffe Camera again, because they’re both so gorgeous!

Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

4pm: Natural History Museum & Pitt Rivers Museum

My final stop in Oxford was to head to the Natural History Museum! I love a good museum, especially when there are dinosaurs! I’d seen photos of it on Instagram when I was looking for things to do, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It isn’t the biggest museum but it does a lot with the space! I thoroughly enjoyed wandering through and even managed to pop back into the Pitt River Museum as well! It’s right at the back of the Natural History Museum and houses some pretty cool archeological artifacts, including a stunning (and giant) totem pole!

Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford
Ghenet Actually || 8 Hours in Oxford

5pm: Train to Back London!

By the time 5pm hit, my little feet were feeling very tender. I still had an hour until my train, but I headed back to the station early just so I could sit down!  I spent the remainder of my trip, as well as the subsequent train journey back to London, looking through all my photos and thinking about how brilliant my day had been!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Tony May 3, 2018 at 7:17 pm

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    Enjoy Oxford!

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