In southern England about a two-hour drive from London is the world-famous city of Oxford, known for its rich history, dreamy architecture and incredibly well-regarded university. Oxford is the epitome of England's old-meets-new allure. Grand 500-year-old buildings like Christ Church college sit alongside contemporary homes and trendy bars and restaurants. Go punting along Oxford's waterways for a unique perspective of this beautiful city.
No trip to Oxford is complete without a tour of Oxford University, with famous alumni including J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephen Hawking, Oscar Wilde and C. S. Lewis, to name just a few! All in all the university is made up of 38 colleges, each with their own distinct identity. Some of the prettiest (in our opinion) are Magdalen, Worcester and Hertford College, which is connected to the splendid Bridge of Sighs.
Be sure to also check out Bodleian Library (the university's main research library) and the iconic Radcliffe Camera in Radcliffe Square - also known at Rad Cam to the locals! This neo-classical-style building, constructed in the 1700s, is at the heart of the university and was built to house the Radcliffe Science Library.
Students make up a large part of the population, which means there's always something exciting going on. Do some research before your trip to find out if there are any shows, concerts or events on while you're there!
Oxford is about two hours by car from London city centre. You can also catch a bus from Victoria Station or a train from Paddington or Marylebone.