Oxford, England is a little university centric town about an hour train ride northwest of London. It is well worth a day trip to explore and reminisce among the greats of English literature, history and culture. The city is very walkable and you could explore almost every inch on foot in one day. We put together this list of Best Things to do in Oxford England. Fear not, Oxford is small enough for you to complete all of these items in a day.
The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe with over 12 million printed items. It is also the second largest library in Britain. Unfortunately, we visited Oxford on a Sunday, the only day the library happens to be closed. We circled the library a few times, dreaming of what it would be like to study in a place of historical significance.
The Eagle and Child is where well known authors, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkein, spent their time writing and conversing. C.S. Lewis wrote Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters and the Great Divorce. J.R.R. Tolkein wrote a little known series called Lord of the Rings. We grabbed a beer and dreamed of what it would be like to meet these two legends.
One of the best things to do in Oxford Englan is wander through Christ Church college. You might recognize the great hall from Harry Potter scenes. It is well worth the entry fee to explore this historical building that is alive and well today.
Rent a bike and wind through the parks, along the river and through the calm streets. If it is a warm day, take a seat on one of the hidden benches. Oxford is a quiet city, perfect for pondering life’s moments.
Grab a pizza at The White Rabbit. The atmosphere is classic to the UK and you will feel just like a local. Make friends with the wait staff and stay for a while before heading back to London.