Harry Potter is a familiar face around the world, and any fans of the books or films should visit Oxford. Many scenes were shot around Oxford areas such as the Bodleian Library, all of which can be visited as parts of tours around the city.
If the great outdoors is more your thing, then don’t miss Britain’s biggest forest adventure, Go Ape. Fun for all the family and set in the historic Wendover Woods, you can take on the challenge of an adventure through the trees, with zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and high wire crossings.
Dining & Shopping
Away from the bustle of London, Oxford manages to be both a lively and tranquil hotspot for diners; from Michelin-starred restaurants to venues serving cuisine from all around the world; there’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds and budgets.
As you might expect from a city that is so steeped in history, Oxford is home to one of the country’s oldest department stores; Boswell & Co. The sprawling shop is a popular haunt for shoppers from across the country, who flock to the store that has “something for everyone”.
Elsewhere, the city is alive with bustling markets, some of which have been in the same spot since the 1700’s, selling everything from local food to jewellery and furniture.
Did you know
Alice, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, was a real girl. Named Alice Liddell, she was the daughter of the Dean at Christ Church. Lewis Carroll was friends with her family, and immortalised her in his book.
In 1642, Oxford was briefly the capital of England.
King Charles I held court there after being expelled from London by Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians.