Located under an hour from London, Oxford is a popular choice for clients looking to relocate. Beneath the literature, history and architecture lies some hidden gems waiting to be unearthed. If you’re considering a move, or even visit to one of Britain’s oldest cities then make sure you visit some lesser known spots.
Explore the Story Museum
Got little humans in tow? Head to the quirky Story Museum on Pembroke Street. Expect fewer crowds than the Ashmolean and the Bodleian. The museum is filled with interactive activities, try the Whispering Wood, where every tree has a secret to reveal and the Enchanted Library. There is also a Story Café which serves homemade literary-inspired dishes.
Thanks to Harry Potter, Christ Church College is a popular spot. Instead, try the historic New College. It has free entry between October and Easter and admission includes the Cloisters, Chapel, Hall, Gardens and City Wall as part of a self-guided tour. Whilst there, visit Hertford Bridge or the Bridge of Sighs, its namesake is a result of its supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. See for yourself!
For the best views and to expend some energy, climb the 127 steps of University Church of St Mary de Virgin. You’ll pass the Clore Old Library and historic bell ringing chamber and once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree views of Oxford and its many spires. The best view is of the RadCam (Radcliffe Camera), the part of the Bodleian Library that is strictly off limits to the public.
The Folly River Café
Independentoxford.com recommends a host of treasures. Notably, The Folly River Café and Restaurant. Expect river views, seasonal ingredients and a warm welcome all year round. Why not enjoy a 30 minute pre-dinner cruise along the Thames or remain on board for three courses from the a la carte menu.
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