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48 hours in Oxford Itinerary with a Baby

48 hours in Oxford Itinerary with a Baby

Thinking about visiting Oxford with a baby? Wondering what the best Oxford itinerary is for 48 hours in the city. 

Best time to visit Oxford?

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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 perfect Oxford itinerary

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 Itinerary Day Two

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

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What are your top tips for visiting Oxford?


Trish @ Mum's Gone To

Monday 13th of March 2017

I've only been to Oxford a couple of times which is crazy when you think how beautiful and historic it is. I hadn't realised the Harry Potter links - I keep finding these wherever I go!! #farawayfiles

Wandermust Mummy

Tuesday 14th of March 2017

I know I've started to spot them all over too


Friday 10th of March 2017

Oxford is just down the road for me so I'm a frequent visitor. You're right about timing your visit carefully - it's busy all year round but I tend to avoid summer and Christmas visits as much as I can. My top tip is to use the Park and Ride as there's very limited and expensive city centre parking. #Farawayfiles

Wandermust Mummy

Saturday 11th of March 2017

Yes you are quite right about the park and ride

Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles)

Thursday 9th of March 2017

We haven't been to Oxford in ages. Thanks for inspiring me to return with the children - they'd love it there. I went to a wedding in Christ Church College chapel - it really was rather special. Wonderful to read your family adventures on #farawayfiles

Wandermust Mummy

Thursday 9th of March 2017

I bet that was spectacular


Thursday 9th of March 2017

I love walking around universities. And I think Oxford seems lovely. I'd love to see it for myself. #farawayfiles

Wandermust Mummy

Thursday 9th of March 2017

It's stunning - I love universities but this may be my favourite

Erin Gustafson

Thursday 9th of March 2017

Have never been to Oxford, with or without baby! I have always thought the punting looked super fun - maybe with older kids! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles