Oxford is a popular day trip for those looking to escape the hectic pace of the capital, Perhaps the most famous landmark of Oxford is its world-renowned university, the oldest in the English-speaking world dating back to 1096, with an alumni list that reads like a roll-call of history’s most notable literary, science and political figures – Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and even Albert Einstein have all walked the halls at some point. The 38 colleges and numerous museums, libraries and parks that make up the university are some of the city’s great delights.
Highlights include the Gothic Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum (founded in 1683, making it the oldest in the UK), the Sheldonian Theater (designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1664) and Christ Church College, home to Oxford’s Cathedral. Harry Potter fans will be keen to note that this was the film location for the now legendary Great Hall at Hogwarts. Continue through the beautiful Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and drink in views of thatched-roof villages as you travel to Stratford-upon-Avon. Here, visit William Shakespeare’s Tudor-ear home and have Lunch. Back to London City. Dinner & overnight at hotel.