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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!

Not to be missed…

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.

St Giles Fair

Stop here for an ice cream…

iScream in Covered Market does the best Italian gelato! Or check our G&D’s ice cream Café which can only be found in Oxford.

iScream[photo credit: Facebook / iScream]

Best day out come rain or shine…

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.

Oxford University

Hidden Gems…

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.

Go for a drink at The Handle Bar, a cute café and bar with a bicycle theme and is just down the road from us.

Alice's Shop
[photo credit: Daily Info]

Best beer garden for an afternoon well spent…

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!

Marsh Harrier Garden[photo credit: Facebook / Marsh Harrier]

Head here with a picnic…

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.

Christ Church Park Area, Oxford

Top tip…

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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Vanbrugh House Hotel

Vanbrugh House Hotel

  • Trip Advisor UK - #3 of 44 hotels in Oxford, Certificate of Excellence
  • 22 stunning boutique rooms and suites
  • Unique Luxury Hotel of the Year, Oxfordshire (Luxury Travel Guide Awards)
  • Located in the heart of Oxford
  • Ideal for couples looking for a luxury getaway

Did you know...

Dreaming Spires

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

Top Attractions...

Punting Oxford

University of Oxford

Bodleian Libraries

Ashmolean Museum

Oxford Botanic Garden

A day OUT of Oxford...


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)

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