A Day Well Spent In Oxford!

On a Friday noon after lunch when I was just listing out the grocery shopping to do over the weekend, I got a text from Sunny (my husband) saying ‘Lets go to Oxford tomorrow’ while he was in the office. Felt excited with the thought of traveling to a new place and immediately started googling onto places to visit & things to do in Oxford.

If anywhere in Britain embodies our “Here Lived History” theme, it is impossible not to think of Oxford. And being a day trip, we jotted down some of the places we would like to visit first as it would not be possible to cover all the attractions. We reached at Oxford at 10:30 AM, the weather being winters was partly cloudy, cold and windy.

We visited The Ashmolean Museum, first ever public university museum, starting as a small 17th century collection of curiosities and portraits and now containing a wide collection of historical treasures include Egyptian mummies, Islamic art, Indian textiles, ancient documents, rare porcelain, tapestries, silverware, priceless musical instruments, extensive displays of European art housed in a beautiful old building.

Then we went to the Oxford museum of natural history, the neo-gothic building almost looked like it belonged to the harry potter world. It was splendid, a selection of dinosaurs and animal skeletons, the Dodo, stuffed animals and collection of minerals to mesmerize the little ones but plenty to absorb the older ones too.

We had lunch at Gee’s, a very pretty winter garden restaurant with excellent food which was at a walking distance from the museum. The Pumpkin soup and Pizetta is a must try!

Had a quick visit to the Queen’s College and Radcliffe Camera. Here many popular Bollywood movies like Salaam-E-Ishq, Desi Boys, Mohabattein etc. have been shot. From there we went to see the Christ Church Meadow. But unfortunately we couldn’t get inside as there was a long queue and less time in our hands to visit other places.

And then we found the Botanical Gardens and got a chance to escape the windy rain and totally fall in love with the glasshouses.  Each glasshouses had plants dripping from the walls and ceiling.  In one large glasshouse, there was a raised pond, filled with flowering lilies and small fish. There were scented exotic plants flowering in vibrant colors almost artificial looking. The last glasshouse that we went to turned out to be my favorite with a variety of Cactus plants. 🌵

Went to one of the oldest pubs in Oxford called The Bear Inn dating back to 1242! A distinctive feature of that place is a collection of over 4,500 snippets of club ties displayed in glass-fronted cases on the walls and even the (low) ceiling. It was very crowded but luckily we got a table to sit.

On our way back to the station around 6:30 PM we had a stop off at the Covered Market, there was a range of stalls from local producers selling souvenirs, shoes, fashion, flowers and jewellery, some branded shops as well as café’s and sandwich bars where you can eat in or grab something. I tried my first bubble – tea at Coba there. The Caramel bubble tea with tapioca pearls was really yummy and has become one of my favorite drinks now. Cant wait to try more new flavors in future.

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Didn’t manage to go to all places listed down but it was an awesome & memorable trip! Will surely visit Oxford again 😊