For a cultural retreat or a weekend get-away, few cities can rival Oxford.
The city is renowned for its rich heritage and ornate architecture – which is every bit as stunning in the flesh as you might expect. But though there are world-class museums, theatres and classic concert venues, Oxford also boasts an often overlooked contemporary scene that is among the best in the country.
Cowley is a district defined by its rich array of bustling pubs, clubs and venues, offering a wide range of live music taking in everything from rock and dance to folk and jazz. The upmarket area of Jericho, meanwhile, is renowned for its trendy cocktail bars and top restaurants – with Freud a particularly notable highlight.
For a more traditional experience, you can explore the city’s historic sites with a relaxing river cruise or guided walk, go punting a la Brideshead Revisited, or enjoy a relaxing pint in a popular historic pub, such as the famous Turf Tavern.
Indulge your sweet tooth in any number of cafes and tearooms, or feast your eyes on the greenery and wild life at the iconic Botanic Gardens. Then burn off your cream tea with a climb up one of Oxford’s five towers – to discover why it’s been poetically christened the “city of dreaming spires”.
Once the sun sets you’ll find an abundance of pubs, clubs, comedy and music venues, each with their own unique atmosphere and vibe to immerse yourself in.
Oxford is also internationally recognized for its food and drink venues, with everything from formal fine dining to vibrant world cuisine on offer. Eateries in the city take in an astonishing selection of global influences from Slovakian to Lebanese, resulting in a rich selection of possibilities for food-lovers.
A stunning historic city that also hides a treasure-trove of modern delights, Oxford is an unmissable destination.