This city close to my heart has so many photo-worthy spots. Here are some of the highlights!
1. The Rose & Crown pub, North Parade
I love this pub. With lanterns and flowers galore, the inside is almost as pretty as the outside.
2. The Botanical Gardens
In the summer I could spend all day in this wildflower meadow. I can’t believe it’s in a city as it feels like being lost in the countryside miles from anywhere.
3. The Sheldonian Theatre
Don’t miss this impressive venue or the Sheldonian Heads on the outside.
4. The Missing Bean coffee shop, Turl Street
Not only is the coffee drizzled with pretty patterns, the views of Turl Street’s doorways and leaning bicycles is worth a photo or five. Give the whole street a wander whilst you’re there.
5. Wisteria in Balliol College
If you can visit during wisteria season DO, but if not the quad and gardens are pretty all year.
6. Holywell Street’s colourful houses
What it says on the tin. I like the yellow one.
7. The Narnia doorway, St. Mary’s Passage
C.S Lewis lived on this street and it’s thought to have been the inspiration for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. There’s indeed a nearby lamp post which leads to a fawn-like carving above the door to Brasenose College. He could definitely be Mr Tumnus and the doorway is maybe Narnia.
8. The Radcliffe Camera
In no way a secret spot, the Rad Cam is probably Oxford’s most iconic and photographed building.
9. The Cowley street art
Cowley is alternative Oxford and as well as food from all over the globe, you’ll find some colourful urban art. I like this creative interpretation of the Radcliffe Camera as well as the enormous lion on Catherine Street.
10. Christ Church College
It’s no hidden gem but Christ Church is one of the most impressive colleges in Oxford and the location for some of the Harry Potter filming. Try to visit early or late to beat the crowds like I did.
11. The phone box at Magdalen College
You’ll find this Instagrammable post box near the gift shop. The whole of Magdalen is worth a visit with an impressive quad and roaming deer.
12. Holywell Bed & Breakfast
Possibly the cutest place to stay ever.
13. Magdalen Bridge
In the summer you’ll see people punting, rowing and pedallo-ing (did I just make up a word?) up and down the river.
14. Colourful houses on the High Street
More pretty painted buildings can be found here.
15. Oriel Street
This little alley off the High Street is not very well known but I love it.
16. Merton Street
Gorgeous in any season.
17. The Bridge of Sighs
Another big Oxford tourist attraction, it’s worth spending a good few minutes here trying to crop out the crowds.
18. The view from St Mary’s Church
I already metnioned the High Street’s colourful buildings but they’ve never looked better than from above. Climb the windy staircase of University Church of St Mary the Virgin for £4 and you’ll see for miles around.
19. The skyline from the Varsity Club
If you don’t want to pay to climb a tower, buy a happy hour cocktail at the Varsity Club instead and soak up the view as a bonus.
20. North Parade
I already mentioned the pink Rose & Crown pub but actually, this whole street is lovely.
Do you have any other favourite spots in Oxford? Let me know in the comments!
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