Our Oxford hotel, Vanbrugh House Hotel shares its summer top tips and must-sees in this handy guide to ensure your summer in Oxford is splendid!
Cornbury Music Festival, 5 – 7 July, is the ultimate summer event, with international and local musical talent, caterers and even a fun fair. St Giles Fair is another great event, Oxford’s oldest traditional festival with rides, street food and a lot more.
When it’s sunny, we’d recommend getting on a bike and following a popular trail, or going punting! Or just strolling around the grounds of Oxford University and admiring the architecture. For rainy days, visit Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Libraries or shop, eat and even enjoy a game of crazy golf at Westgate shopping centre.
The Alice in Wonderland Trail. Many tourists don’t know about this, but it’s a lovely way to see the sights whilst learning more about the real-life Alice Lindell.
The Marsh Harrier has a lovely spacious beer garden, and they host BBQs throughout summer. The Beer Garden offers an oasis of calm alongside a variety of different brews and amazing views. If the weather’s dull, pay The Bear Inn a visit, it’s one of Oxford’s oldest pubs!
[photo credit: Facebook / Marsh Harrier]
Where to start, Oxford is full of incredible picnic spots. We’d have to say University Parks, Christ Church Park Area or Castle Mound (which has stunning views of the city!) all of which are great places for a picnic.
Go on an Open Top Bus Tour, it’s a really good way to see the sites without lots of walking around! Try and avoid travelling by car as parking can be expensive.
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Matthew Arnold dubbed Oxford as the “City of Dreaming Spires” due to its unique architecture
Alice in Wonderland was a real girl named Alice Liddell and was close friends with infamous author Lewis Carroll
Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum was the first museum in the world to be opened to the public in 1683
University of Oxford
Oxford Botanic Garden
Bicester - 14 miles (30 min drive)
Henley-on-Thames - 24 miles (40 min drive)
Banbury - 29 miles (43 min drive)
London - 56 miles (1-hour train journey)