Oxford is a wonderful place to take a stroll, whether that is in the rain or sunshine. It’s beauty always shines through. Luckily, we were there on the hottest day of the year so far for England. A high of 25.5 degrees C — which is a pretty big achievement for the British aisles this time of year – we are normally cursed with the dreadful April Showers.
This Medieval City in Southern England is home to 38 colleges + packed full of history. For you Harry Potter fans it also has some little gems for you too. I didn’t hit the tourist spots this time around, our afternoon was short but very sweet.
For a quick guide on how to spend a few hours in Oxford, carry on reading.
We had 3 hours to spare in Oxford which was plenty because we weren’t planning on hitting any hot spots or doing any shopping. Our focus was to street stroll + enjoy the sunshine, + that is exactly what we did. The cobbled streets of Oxford are perfect for getting lost amongst. The sun was beaming down + a light wind wormed it’s way through the narrow alleyways creating a perfect breeze. The Cotswold stone buildings shone amber in all their glory. Students running their errands on their basket dawned bicycles weaved around the tourists + then there was us, taking it all in, looking this way + that, bending our heads backwards to look up at the magnificent architecture — the perfect afternoon stroll.
Stopping off at Vaults + Garden for a quick refuel – quick it was; they have a canteen like setup + food is bought out to your bench table (or a cute garden seat if you choose to seat in the courtyard) in a flash, this however does not take away from the taste of the food served. It was delicious. We both had the Tofu Massaman Curry with Potatoes + salad — so tasty + so filling yet I could have easily had seconds, maybe even thirds.
Located in Radcliffe Square, overlooking “Rad Cam”, this is the perfect spot for a quick bite + feet rest.
Fast fabulous food with a view.
Upon freshening up, we proceeded to iScream — Oxford’s first Gelateria — to cool off with a tasty Biscotti Ice cream pot. In the blazing hot sun, it didn’t take this little desert long to melt and drip all down ones arm, so make sure you eat the overhanging excess before exiting or you will end up in a sticky state like myself.
We wandered around the Oxford streets some more, climbing the Castle Mount + taking in the general energy of the sunny city to the point where my poor little toes needed a good old rest — my body also craved that of an ice cold beer. After doing a quick google search for a beer garden, Dave found a hidden gem that was a few minutes walk out of the hustle + bustle, down a few side streets + down the cutest little alleyway…
This is where the Turf Tavern comes into play. Upon approaching the alleyway that it was located, my breath was taken by how cute the uneven cobbled walk to the entrance once. At the end of the pastel coloured row of houses + cafes was a left turn into a quaint little beer garden adorned with nothing more that good old union jack bunting. Typically British, of course. We explored the grounds some more around the pub to find that there was in fact 3 quaint Union Jack decorated beer gardens. To choose one would have been tricky had they not all been full of locals + students taking a break from the sunshine.
We found our spot eventually + relaxed with our beers + people watched. This is what we do best!
After figuring out every sole in the beer garden + 2 bottles of beer later, it was time to head back to the car + make our way back home to Macclesfield.
What a wonderful day — if you want a beautiful city without the speed of London, Oxford is your place. Go ahead + just soak it all up + enjoy the culture, food + people — you won’t be sorry.