48 hours in Oxford with a Baby – a Photo Itinerary 

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.

covered market, oxford


Radcliffe Camera

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.

radcliffe camera, oxford


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.

wandermust family in new college oxford

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.

New college, oxford grounds

It was a beautiful spot for photos. We enjoyed walking the grounds and taking some family photos.

wandermust family in new college oxford


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.

magdalen college oxford
punters oxford
deer park, magdalen college


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?


48 thoughts on “48 hours in Oxford with a Baby – a Photo Itinerary ”

  1. Lovely photos – I went to university here so it brings back some very happy memories (and ones of struggling through old books in the Bodleian!). I don’t think all the colleges are open to the public but you certainly saw some of the biggest and loveliest. We’ve had some great family days visiting the museums and the botanical gardens are definitely on my list to return to. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  2. Oxford is such a beautiful place. We’ve been a few times living close by, though usually hit the shops, but if I’d known about the Harry Potter thing, I’d be right there!! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  3. Love Oxford lived nearby forever so most of my tips relate to out of date places to go on a night out…or show that have now closed! I must make more of an effort for day trips there. My mum works in one of the colleges I love going to meet her for lunch. Great reminder of the fab city loved the post #marvmondays

  4. Oxford will always have a special place in my heart, we were visiting Oxford (about 100 miles from home) when my waters broke and my daughter was born two hours later at 36 weeks. So as you can imagine tonne it is special. I love it as a place it’s so historical and beautiful – I didn’t realise that’s where the goblet of fire was filmed though! Very cool. I can’t wait to take my daughter back when she’s older. Thank you for sharing this with us at #familyfun xx
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  5. Oh I’ve never been to Oxford. I knew it would be wonderful but I had no idea just how beautiful until I saw your photos. Love the punting one and the grounds are just incredible amongst such gorgeous architecture. Maybe I should plan a visit for next September! #MarvMondays

  6. I’d forgotten just how much Harry Potter related parts there were here, thanks for jogging my memory! We really must visit with the Twins as they love all things Potter!!
    Great tip about the cobbles and buggy situation too, thanks!
    #marvmondays 🌺

  7. Oxford is a fantastic place to take kids I recently wrote a post on it myself! So much to see and all the connections with Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland are fun for adults and kids alike. It’s also a great place no matter the weather as the museums are excellent for a rainy day. We’ll be returning this year, hoping to go to the Botanic Gardens. What a lovely day you had with baby! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles
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  8. Oxford is a lovely place isnt it? We love visiting the Natural History Museum there and whiling away a few hours at the lakeside pubs in summer. So civilised! Thanks for joining us on #farawayfiles
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