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Why You Need To Visit Oxford (+ Some Great Things to Do There!)

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Victoria Heath | English Literature and Creative Writing Contact Victoria

If you haven’t already visited Oxford, you definitely need to whilst you are at Warwick! Easily accessible via train, Oxford boasts a wide range of things to do and beautiful scenery to take in. The train from Coventry to Oxford is just under fifty minutes, and from Leamington Spa it is just under forty minutes, and is typically between £8-£10 return. Because of the short journey, and the regular trains between these destinations, it is incredibly easy to take a day-trip to Oxford from either Leamington Spa or Coventry.

In this blog post, I’ll go through my favourite things to do whilst in Oxford (in no particular order!)

  1. Go punting

As long as the weather is good, I would highly recommend going punting during your time in Oxford! Punting is essentially a boating activity, where the boat is propelled forward by pushing against the river bed using a pole.  When I went, it cost £35 for a thirty minute chauffered punting trip for two people, although there was also the option to punt yourself. It was a really amazing experience, as we got to take in all of the sights of Oxford, and punted through some quaint and relaxing woodlands. This was the website that I used to book the punting trip: https://www.oxfordpunting.co.uk/

  1. Check out the originals Blackwell’s Book store

A personal favourite of mine! I especially enjoy visiting the original Blackwell’s Book store when I go to Oxford. It is packed full of books, and history too, so if you’re passing by, I would definitely recommend going in and having a look!

  1. Visit the Covered Market

I happened to stumble across the Covered Market when I was visiting Oxford, and I am so glad that I did! It is home to a wide range of independent, local shops such as cafes, gift shops and chocolatiers. 

  1. Walk around the University of Oxford grounds and take in the architecture

One of my favourite things to do in Oxford is to walk around the University of Oxford grounds and see some of the amazing buildings that are part of it. My personal favourite is the Radcliffe Camera, with its stunning, impressive dome-shape, but some other places to check out include Bridge of Sighs, Bodleian Library and the colleges (Magdalen, Christ Church and Trinity to name a few).  

  1. Visit the oldest pub in Oxford 

The Bear Inn, the oldest pub in Oxford, is definitely a great place to visit whilst you are in Oxford It is super cosy inside, with low ceilings and comfy seating. It opened in 1242, making it nearly 800 years old and is located just off the high street in Oxford. 

I would highly recommend that you visit Oxford at some point during your time at Warwick. It is a great town, with a very welcoming and cosy feel. Reading Week (Week 6) can be a good time to go to Oxford, because of the reduced seminar and lecture timetable. Whenever you decide to go, you will certainly have an amazing time. And as always, if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!

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Victoria Heath | English Literature and Creative Writing Contact Victoria

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