01/05/2016

♥ A Week in England #1: Day Out in Oxford ♥


Last week, I jumped in the Eurostar with my friend Julie to go back to our little Erasmus home: Reading, Berkshire. Having only a week off before our exams (which I'll have passed by the time this post goes up), what could we possibly do, being the sensible people that we are? Well, spending these seven days on holiday instead of revising seemed - and was! - the best option!
Staying at friends' houses (the three of them were so lovely to have us!) in Reading, we spent some relaxing time walking around the city we called our home last year, but we also took some day trips around the area. 

I really wanted to share with you some of the photos I took whilst I was there, to show you where I went and maybe give you an insight if you're looking to travel around these parts of England! I'll divide this little series into different posts focusing on the cities we visited. Let's dive in. First stop: Oxford!


As we had already been to Oxford quite a few times, we skipped all the colleges and the Harry Potter-related stuff. However if it's your first time going, you should totally visit Christ Church college, where the real-life banqueting hall inspired the Great Hall in the HP films. Even if you forget the Harry Potter locations though, the place is beautiful, especially Christ Church Cathedral. Right next to the visitor's exit of the college is the cute Alice in Wonderland shop, full of beautiful items all related to the iconic imagery created by Lewis Carroll.


Our first place to visit was the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford's iconic museum that covers Art and History of all continents and (most) centuries. I loved the part about the Bronze Age in Greece, this is such a fascinating period in Ancient History and yet we don't see that much about it in museums generally. There is also a gorgeous collection of Renaissance and 18th-century paintings, from Italy, the Netherlands and England. If you're into classic museums, you'll probably love the Ashmolean!

We've also visited the Museum of the History of Science (see photos below), which is a free little museum that I wouldn't particularly recommend if you're only staying for a day there. It is very small and features mainly astronomical instruments, so unless you're really into science and astronomy, that's not a major place to see - I'd rather advise you to visit the Pitt Rivers museumwhich is the anthropology and ethnography museum of the university. Ever wanted to see real shrunken heads or skulls from African tribes? Then that's the place for you. Or if you're just really curious, you'll love it just as well!


There are a lot of hidden gems in Oxford, little streets and shops all around the city that will surely catch your attention. Arcadia has to be my favourite shop there. It looks so eerie, just as if it were out of a fairytale. The shop sells homeware, vintage magazines and all the things you need to create the perfect springy room decor. It is packed full of beautiful things, and as I walked inside the day I discovered it, it almost felt like a museum in itself, leaving me in awe of every beautiful item you could buy. I didn't get anything, although I was much tempted by the vintage magazines and illustrations!
The Covered Market is open every day, and a great place to visit if you'd like to get some food (there are little cafés and restaurants there) or check out some vintage/thrifty shops. There's also a cake factory there that's pretty awesome, they even sell souvenir cakes - makes a change from postcards!


If you're looking for a place to go just for an afternoon off or for a quick stroll, I'd also recommend Oxford. There are many wonderful sights to wander around. Chances are, you'll actually stumble upon unexpected areas - little did we know that we'd see boats parked on the river when we followed the Thames River Trail! It is also quite fun to try and take a peek inside the colleges, behind those gates and big wooden doors. How cool must it be to be an Oxford student though? 

I hope this post inspired you if you're planning on visiting Oxford soon. Have you ever been there? If so, do you have favourite spots to share in the comments?
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32 comments:

  1. I've never been to Oxford but I would love to visit one of these days! Perhaps when I get to the UK, I can stop by and visit the museum <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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    1. You totally should keep a day for Oxford if you come to the UK, it's definitely a city to see! xx

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  2. It has been several years since I have been to Oxford (24 to be exact), that was before anyone even knew about Harry Potter. I really need to get back there one day.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I'm sure there's a post-HP as there's been a pre-HP phase in Oxford, you'll probably find some areas of the city very different from when you went the first time! xx

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  3. I've never been to Oxford, but wow it looks beautiful! :)
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

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    1. It is beautiful indeed, you should go there one day! xx

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  4. Lovely photos! I think I visited Oxford as a child, but I'd definitely appreciate it more now. Angharad x

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    1. When we visit places as a child we don't really notice things, you'd have a very different view today! xx

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  5. great photos,lovely post,England is soo stunning <3

    lifestyleandso.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it! xx

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  6. Christ Church college looks so medieval-ish. And that Alice in Wonderland shop is a shop that I must go. I love Alice, basically, I'll probably shop til I drop on that store. Lovely post and photos!
    Love, Fads

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    1. It does, such an old building with centuries of History! And you'd love the Alice shop then, it has everything from stationery to jewellery and tote bags ;) xx

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  7. Amazing photos!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  8. would love to visit that place soon! x

    Paper Hobbit | www.paperhobbit.blogspot.com

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    1. Hope you'll get to go one day! xx

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  9. I absolutely love this post, because I really want to be in London right now! I'm so excited for the first opportunity to visit xx adaatude.com

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    1. England is great isn't it? xx

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  10. I love your photos!!! <3 great post!
    xx
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  11. Your trip looks so lovely! I would love to give those old paintings a visit and staying at friends houses sounds like the most fun thing to do! It looks like the weather was beautiful also :D whenever I go down south, I head for Regents park, it's sooo beautiful and tranquil there, but I would love to explore around Oxford also! Wish you a lovely weekend ahead :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. Regent's Park is amazing indeed, I love the fact that some parks in London are so big that you can find a little quiet spot even when it's generally busy. I'm sure you'd love Oxford, its old buildings and cute shops! Thanks you, I wish you just the same :D xx

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  12. I love Oxford. Such a gorgeous town!

    Joana Keys x
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    1. It really is gorgeous and timeless as well! xx

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  13. I've only been to Oxford once (for a day) so naturally I mainly just saw all of the Harry Potter related stuff. I really enjoyed seeing all of these photos though, it makes me miss Oxford and want to visit again, except this time for a longer trip.,

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    1. You should definitely go back and do all the things that are more related to the city itself, you'd love it! xx

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  14. Looks like a lovely time!

    Xx,

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  15. Lovely pictures! I've been there a few years ago and now looking at your pictures make me want to go there again :")

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    1. Who wouldn't want to go there again? I also do already haha ;) xx

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