My first time in Oxford, to be precise! We actually have friends who live near Oxford (Bicester), so we used to visit relatively frequently when we lived in England but we somehow never made it to Oxford itself. A couple of weeks ago, I had to attend a conference in Chipping Norton for work, so I made it my priority to finally visit this prestigious city, dubbed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’.
This will mostly be a photo gallery, because I am certainly no Oxford expert! But I hope you enjoy the pictures and that it gives you a taste for this glorious English city!
My first stop was the Ashmolean Museum because they had an Andy Warhol exhibition and I’m a massive fan!
You couldn’t take any pictures inside the exhibition, but here are a couple of the entrance and the museum.
If you’re a big Warhol fan, like I am, then I’d definitely recommend it. Some of the work was previously unseen and the large portraits in particular were magnificent. The exhibition was quite limited though, I think I got round it in only 15-20 mins, so £10 is a hefty commitment if you’re not a superfan.
I then walked into Oxford centre. My rule when visiting new places is – if you see an alleyway or stairs: take it!
I didn’t realise this, but Oxford is quite the cycling city! It almost felt like I was back in Holland!
If you’re visiting Oxford, I’d definitely recommend taking a walk down Broad Street, leading onto Hollywell Street. Broad Street is well known for its bookshops, including the original Blackwell’s bookshop at number 50, located here due to the University. The architecture is also fascinating and the houses on both streets are gorgeous!
The Radcliffe Camera, a neo-classical library, is absolutely stunning! It was built between 1737 and 1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library and was designed by James Gibbs.
A beautiful day in Oxford! I had just one last thing to do – which was to collect my suitcase from Oxford Backpackers (close to the train station) before taking the train to Farnborough to visit a friend.
I’m sure I definitely missed some key sights in Oxford, as I was only there for the afternoon, but I’d love to go back and take Sander next time! Have you been to Oxford? Do you have any tips for my next visit?
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH. Entry free. Entry to the Andy Warhol Exhibition: £10.
Oxford Backpackers, 9A Hythe Bridge St, Oxford, OX1 2EW. £4 to store luggage for the day, plus a 50p card charge.