Last weekend, I spent a sunny afternoon in Oxford. I have always wanted to visit this historical place, and with my cousin now studying down there, it seemed to be the perfect excuse.
I booked my ticket about 1.5 weeks in advance and they were £21 return. I used the website Trainline.com which allows you to pick from a variety of stations in London to go from. I recommend booking your ticket as early as possible for the cheapest prices, and downloading the app to avoid having to print off tickets and booking references.
The journey takes an hour in total. I would advise getting on the train about 20 minutes in advance to ensure you get a seat, as they can get quite busy.
Once you get down there, the university is only about a 10 minute walk from the station. The grounds are simply magical. We were also blessed with the weather, so that definitely helped. If you can get someone you know down there to show you around then that is definitely an added bonus, as there are lots of hidden gems behind the scenes.
One thing to be conscious of is that certain parts of the university have visiting hours, because there are students living there. Some areas of the campus will only allow you in if you are with a student, other parts will only let you in during the hours of 2pm and 4/5pm.
For lunch, we went to a pub called the Turf Tavern. This pub/restaurant was lovely and secluded and had a great outdoor area to have drinks and food. The service was also super quick!
OXFORD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
There is also the Oxford Museum of Natural History, that is worth a visit, filled with all types of artefacts from around the world. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, it holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. It is particularly interesting for kids.
We made the whole visit a day trip, and came back up to London that evening. However, you could definitely make a weekend out of it and stay in a hotel/air bnb.