Only a very short distance from London, Oxford is easily reached by train or car and is a marvellous opportunity to explore a unique English town. Its picturesque setting is on the banks of the River Thames and its elegant spires introduce you to the spectacular aesthesis of Oxford and belong to the thirty-eight colleges that have existed for more than eight hundred years.
Most of the colleges are open to be viewed by the public however it’s suggested that you begin exploring them with New College, the very first college to be designed in a square or Quad as it’s more commonly known. Very close to New College there is Oxford’s famous landmark Hertford Bridge and Hertford College together. The bridge is more popularly known as ‘Bridge of Sighs’ because of its supposed link to Rialto Bridge in Venice. After passing this bridge you will then come to Christ Church, with its spectacular dining halls and impressive staircases; it will come to you as no surprise that it has been featured many times in the Harry Potter films.
Simply eight miles outside of Oxford is a chance to experience one of England’s most stately homes, Blenheim Place, home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Here, you have the chance to visit the Churchill exhibition and stroll around the impressive gardens and children can enjoy the steam-train to the secret garden and enjoy the maze and the life-size chess board. Bicester Village is one of Oxford’s biggest tourist attractions offering one-hundred and thirty designer outlet boutiques, offering large discounts on previous seasons. Just down the road is the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology which has recently opened six new galleries containing a collection of Egyptian objects and is definitely worth a visit.
These features combined together make for a wonderful excuse to leave London for an exciting adventure for everybody and anybody.