Oxford is one of those places that is on everybody’s UK bucket list. Brimming with history Oxford has something to offer everyone but what should you do if you only had 48 hours in Oxford?
Best time to visit Oxford?
There is a sweet spot for visiting Oxford. You want to hit it when the students aren’t there but also avoiding the summer visitors. Therefore September is the perfect time to visit
So what are the best things to do in 48 hours in Oxford?
The Covered Market
We started our day with a walk round the covered market. It’s not huge but worth a look. The butchers inside has the worlds oldest ham apparently.
Then we headed to the bodelian library to see the Radcliffe camera. You can also go into the library but babies and libraries don’t usually mix.
How to visit Oxford Colleges?
One of the things I hadn’t realized about Oxford is that the Oxford colleges are open to the public. We stumbled upon New College while wondering around the city and discovered it was open so decided to go in.
Unfortunately the interior of college prohibits photography so I can’t show you how lovely it was. Our particular favorite room was the chapel, the reredos is particularly stunning.
New college is also great for children who will recognize it as the grounds of Hogwarts from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Another thing I hadn’t realized is how extensive the grounds of the colleges are and we were surprised by the beautiful garden and mound in the grounds of new college which are enclosed by the Oxford city wall.
It was a beautiful spot for photos. We enjoyed walking the grounds and taking some family photos.
After a brief stop for lunch we decided to see what other colleges were open and stumbled open Magdelen college.
If we had been impressed by the grounds of New college, then Magdalen really took our breath away. Inside the college, aside from the stunning cloisters and chapel, there was a lovely garden, a view of the river where we spotted some students punting and most surprisingly a deer park.
We took the opportunity to take some lovely family photographs while the grounds were empty before heading buck for the day.
48 Hours in Oxford – Day 2 Itinerary
On our second day we continued with our tours of the Oxford Colleges with a visit to Christ College. The most expensive of the colleges and with perhaps the most stunning dining room. This college is great for potter fans as this was used as the hogwarts dining room in Harry Potter and the philosophers stone. Entrance also includes access to the church.
We then spent our afternoon visiting some of the museums of Oxford – worthy of a post themselves The ashmolean has to be a family favorite.
We ended our day with a shopping trip including to a trip to Sanders of Oxford map shop where we bought the below map. It shows pacific currents for the part of our round the world trip we are doing by boat. We couldn’t resist.
Wandermust family top tip for families visiting Oxford
Be warned Oxford is very cobbled and our pram took a beating. Baby carriers are probably a good idea here
What are your top tips for visiting Oxford?