What to see and do in Oxford
The City Sightseeing Bus: the tour lasts an hour, with either a live or recorded guide. You can catch the bus from any of the ‘City Sightseeing’ bus stops around the city. You can buy your ticket on the bus and it will last the whole day, so you can hop on and off.
The Official University and City Walking Tour: This runs from the Oxford Visitor Information Centre (15 Broad Street). With various themed tours, you can follow in the footsteps of TV detective Inspector Morse or CS Lewis and the author JRR Tolkien.
Oxford Colleges: Visit some of Oxford’s 38 colleges, such as Christ Church’s Great Hall where Harry Potter was filmed or the crypt at St.Edmund’s Hall.
Punting: There are three main public punting companies, either the Cherwell Boathouse just outside the city centre, off the Banbury Road, or Magdalen Bridge at the bottom of the High Street and from Salters on Folly Bridge. The Cherwell Boathouse is perfect for a relaxing trip; you can punt up to the Victoria Arms pub and stop off for a drink. The Cherwell boathouse is also the site for a beautiful, well recommended restaurant. The Magdalen Bridge punts go past the Botanical Gardens and Christ Church Meadow; Salter's is on the Isis, which also goes past Christ Church Meadow.
Museums: Visit one of the many fascinating museums. Check out the shrunken heads in The Pitt Rivers and the Cast Gallery at the Ashmolean. Tucked away is Christ Church Picture Gallery with an impressive collection of religious icons.
Jericho: You should take a walk to Jericho, an area of Oxford, just a 5 minutes from the city centre. Full of brilliant cocktail bars, pubs and eateries. It was voted the coolest place to live outside London. Also visit Port Meadow, an ancient area of grazing land, that runs alongside the River Thames and has never been ploughed. It is definitely worth a visit, especially when the sun is setting. You can also take a walk to the two pubs on the meadow - The Trout and The Perch.
Restaurants worth visiting...
Chiang Mai Kitchen: Fab Thai restaurant tucked off the High Street (130a High Street) is set in a beautiful historic building, originally called Kemp Hall built in 1637, said to be an early university hall. They serve a variety of tasty dishes, with main dishes around £10 each.
Quod Brasserie & Bar: Is on the High Street next to The Old Bank Hotel. Quod serves modern European dishes as well as very good cocktails. The setting is very chic and arty. Dishes range from £10 to £17 for a main course.
Branca: A fab modern Italian restaurant, in the heart of Jericho. Relaxed atmosphere and definitely worth it, if only for the fresh focaccia each table gets.
The Magdalen Arms: Situated on the Iffley Road, The Magdalen Arms has made a big impact on the restaurant scene in Oxford, since it opened a couple of years ago. Great reviews for this wacky British gastro pub. They serve delicious but different cuts of meat and are well known for their sharing platters.
Pierre Victoire: Classic French cuisine, set in a beautiful restaurant, made up of many floors on Little Clarendon Street in Jericho. Menu ranges from rabbit, snails to trout dishes.
The Anchor: Is a classic gastro pub, serving its famous steak & stout pie, as well as yummy risottos, steaks, and sticky toffee puddings. It is just past Jericho, five minutes from Port Meadow.
SoJo: Is a must! Wonderful Chinese restaurant, only a quick stroll from the Said Business School. Don't order off the menu, just ask them to bring a selection of their great dishes. Very well priced and friendly.