Oxford Activities and Things To Do
Oxford, know as the “city of dreaming spires” was largely untouched during the Second World War and as a result the architecture on display in Oxford is incredible. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world with the first mention of the university found in 12th century records. There is more to Oxford than the university, in recent years Oxford has developed into a far worldlier city. With an increasing number of trendy bars, chic restaurants and boutique shopping, the image of a studious, hallowed city now also has another side to it.
Getting to Oxford
The closest airport to Oxford is London Heathrow and a direct bus runs to Oxford and takes about eighty minutes. By train, trains run from Paddington Station and take about an hour. Trains also run to other major UK cities such as Coventry, Manchester and Newcastle. By road, the M40 runs past the east of Oxford and there are many shuttle buses from London running 24 hours a day, a single costs around £15 and the journey takes 1hr and 40 minutes depending on the traffic. If you are planning on going by car to Oxford then a word of warning, parking is limited and can be quite expensive.
What’s on and when to go?
Oxford is one of those places that it doesn’t really matter when you go. Each season has its own charms. From lazy long summer days once the students have vacated to the beauty of a frost-covered morning, Oxford is always stunning.
In April, Oxford hosts the chocolate festival. Group tasting tickets are available and some of the finest artisan chocolate makers in the country are on display. Foodies Festival is one of the biggest food festivals in the country. Attended by some of the top chefs in the country with children’s cookery theatre, bbq area and a real ale & cider farm, there’s something for everyone.
The Cowley Rd carnival attracts tens of thousands of people and is a fantastic celebration of music, food and entertainment.
Aside from exploring the beautiful architecture and grand buildings of the university or visiting any one of the numerous museums connected to the university, Oxford offers many other activities. Oxford Ice Rink offers group lessons for people of all standards and have a group ‘learn to skate’ package. Bainton Bikes provide guided or self guided tours of the city and bike hire High Ropes Oxford is a treetop forest adventure course specializing in group events. Their sister company Lasergaming Oxford host corporate and group laser tag games. With different themes and packages available this is a hugely fun day out.
Oxford has a great selection of bars and restaurants, catering to students, tourists and locals there is a good mix to suit most tastes.
Atomic Burger not only has an incredibly good menu and great food, but they also host the Fallout Challenge; a huge triple burger topped with ghost chilli hot sauce and a 45-minute time limit. Edamame is a massively popular Japanese restaurant specializing in authentic Japanese home cooking The Old Bookbinders Ale House is a traditional pub serving excellent food Party people will find no shortage of late night hot spots. Camera is situated right in the centre of Oxford and they host an incredibly popular Friday night. Lava & Ignite is the biggest club in Oxford, 3 different dance floors; one for dance music, one for R’n’B and one for cheesy music!
The o2 Academy hosts some big acts and up and coming artists