48 hours in Oxford

48 hours in Oxford

Enjoy a weekend break in Oxford with our top tips

Day one

What to do

It would be a shame to leave one of the world’s most famous university towns without learning a thing or two, so why not make your first outing a visit to the Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum. There are four floors packed with everything from Egyptian mummies to priceless musical instruments.

  • Open Tues-Sun. Admission is free except for special exhibitions. Call 01865 278000 or visit www.ashmolean.org

Where to eat

Have dinner or lunch at the Turl St Kitchen, where the menu is constantly changing and no two meals will be the same. They use fresh, organic, locally sourced produce, and proceeds support a local charity so you needn’t feel guilty about treating yourself to seconds. Typical meals might include grilled fish, goat’s cheese salads, cheese scones or a good old roast.

Where to stay

The four-star Cotswold Lodge Hotel is within walking distance of Oxford’s centre, hidden away in the leafy northern suburbs. Admire its Victorian architecture and period features before tucking in to the amazing homemade afternoon tea. 

Day two

What to do

The colleges of Oxford are famed for their beauty and rich history – and who better to tell you about them than a local student? Join a student-led tour of the city for a two-hour insight into such gems as the Bodleian Library, the setting for some of the Harry Potter films. You’ll also learn about famous graduates, strange ceremonies and what student life is like today.

  • Tours from £15. Available Sat/Sun at 11am and 2pm. Book through www.viator.com

Where to eat

Enjoy a wood-fired pizza, brioche-bun burger, salad or even a tempting weekend brunch (until 3pm) at the Rickety Press on Cranham Street. It’s a welcoming pub with reasonable prices.

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