Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Apr 2013
18-24 year old female
I have spent the last few months travelling through Cuba and Central America. I have recently written a few short TripAdviser guides which focus upon Havana and Antigua; two beautiful and exciting locations. I am also extremely passionate about South Africa and try to visit as often as possible. I love marathon running, yoga, healthy eating, eco friendly fashion and dreaming about my next trip. I am currently planning a trip to the West Coast of the United States.
Architectural Buildings, Libraries
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Educational sites
Castles, Sacred & Religious Sites, Educational sites, Historic Sites
Gift & Speciality Shops
Bars & Clubs
Kick start a fun filled day of sightseeing by heading to the Organic Deli Cafe to stock up on healthy snacks for the road. The Organic Deli Cafe does take away, but it also has seating upstairs where you can relax before a busy day exploring. The portions are generous and the food is both delicious and relatively guilt free!
No trip to Oxford would be complete without visiting the university. The University of Oxford is renowned for its world-class academia, vibrant history, and sheer beauty. The university buildings are dotted throughout the city; spend a few hours wandering through the grounds, peeking into courtyards, and admiring the wonderful architecture and green gardens.
The Bodleian Library is the research epicentre of Oxford University. The library is one of the oldest in Europe and is the second largest in Britain. It is famed for both the vast content it houses and also for its beautiful building, and is used by students and locals alike.
Hertford Bridge is more commonly known as the Bridge of Sighs, owing to its resemblance to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The Bridge was built to connect two sections of Hertford College, and has become somewhat of a popular tourist site owing to its iconic architecture.
The distinctive circular architecture of the Radcliffe Camera has made it one of the most photographed buildings in Oxford. The building is part of the Bodleian Library and is situated in a beautiful square, surrounded by stunning buildings. Stroll around the building and enjoy the historic atmosphere.
Magdelan College is extremely beautiful, and its buildings are very well preserved. Enjoy exploring both the buildings and the surrounding grounds, and even pay a visit to the chapel to listen to the choir.
Christ Church is one of the largest of the Oxford colleges, and those interested in architecture will marvel at its beautiful buildings and intricate stained glass. This college is a must-see, owing to its rich history and stunning beauty. Christ Church also boasts many literary ties: Alice in Wonderland was actually written here.
Christ Church Meadow is an extremely popular picnic spot in Oxford. The meadow offers great views of the colleges and is a beautiful place to read a book or relax amongst nature. Cattle graze in this picturesque meadow, just minutes away from the bustling city centre.
Port Meadow is a beautiful flood plain, dotted with horses, cows, and an abundance of wild-flowers. Escape the city and enjoy a little bit of the English countryside; go for a rainy walk or enjoy a picnic in the sun. Running enthusiasts should also note that Port Meadow is a great place to train; run along the river to the ruins of Godstow Abbey for an enjoyable and scenic route.
The Ballroom Emporium is a beautiful shop where you can both hire and buy vintage pieces. The collection is extensive, and it is a great place to browse traditional English formal wear. The Ballroom Emporium is also somewhat of an institution in Oxford; for years students have been coming here to hire and buy outfits for university balls.
Oxford is renowned for its dreaming spires and South Park is a great place to view them. Take a stroll to South Park after enjoying some shopping on Cowley Road, and relax and rejuvenate amongst nature, or head here with a group of friends for a picnic.
Experience a little bit of Morocco in Oxford. The tapas here are delicious and the decor is extremely Moorish. The Kazbar is also a great place to go to listen to live music and enjoy tasty cocktails.
The Bear Tavern is one of the oldest pubs in Oxford. Head here to experience a quintessentially English pub with a rich history. The walls are covered in tie ends; supposedly having your tie end on display is a great honour. Enjoy a drink and soak up the unique atmosphere!
The White Rabbit has been a free house since 1870. It is now run by a group of childhood friends, and this dynamic creates an extremely relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It attracts a diverse crowd and is a great place to enjoy delicious food and sample artisanal drinks such as Blue Bottle Gin.