Oxford is perhaps best known for its university, but beyond the iconic colourful stone college buildings it’s a thriving city that combines medieval charm with the buzz of a modern city.
It has everything you need for a memorable city break, loads of attractions, iconic landmarks and brilliant shopping all within easy walking distance so you can make the most of your time here.
Caledonian Travel offers a wide selection of holidays and break to some of the country’s best-loved heritage cities, including York, Chester and Durham, all with hotel stay and excursions included in the price so you don’t have to arrange anything yourself and can simply look forward to your next holiday.
Oxford the City of dreaming spires.
Think of Oxford and it immediately conjures up images of one of the world’s most famous universities and an annual Boat Race down the Thames against academic rivals Cambridge. The city’s education colleges, the oldest of which dates back to the 13th century, are all centred around the city and provide endless photo opportunities. Follow the footsteps of Prime Ministers and poets educated here on a tour of the revered halls and visit the Bodleian Library, which Harry Potter fans will instantly recognise. As well as being an academic centre, Oxford is a beautiful city that’s easy to explore due to its compact nature.
Squeezed between the River Cherwell and River Thames, the city oozes opulence, characterised by the stunning architecture of its medieval buildings and dreamy college spires that tower above a network of cobbled alleyways and stunning courtyards.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied on a coach break to Oxford. Tour the remains of the magnificent castle and discover over 1000 years of history that have entrenched its walls brought to life by costumed guides. Climb St George’s Tower to enjoy spectacular views which stretch as far as the eye can see, and delve underground to investigate its 900 year old crypt.
Right in the city centre Oxford’s world-class museums are waiting to be explored, including the Natural History Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum and Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum. After all that sightseeing, unwind in the city’s Botanic Garden or enjoy a chauffeured punt down the river for a totally different perspective of the city.
Despite its rich history, Oxford isn’t stuck in the past and enjoys a vibrant modern edge, with plenty chic boutiques and high street shops sitting alongside contemporary bars and pavement cafes.
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