Day Trip- Oxford and Blenheim

Cameron’s family got into town last week, and on Saturday they invited us to come to Oxford with them on Saturday. Both Cameron and I spent a summer at St.John’s college in Oxford when we were at University, so we were really excited to go back.

We got a bus from London to Oxford Saturday morning and decided to go to Blenheim Palace first, which is about twenty-five minutes outside of Oxford. We’d each been there before- I was there in 2012 for the passing of the torch before the Olympics, but in the winter it was very festive. There were ivy crowns on all of the busts around the downstairs, and Christmas trees throughout. Even though it was a bit cold, it was a clear, almost sunny day. We toured the downstairs of the house, which Cameron and I have both done before, and then wandered throng the formal gardens before heading back into Oxford to do a bit of exploring before the sun went down.

Once we got back to Oxford we showed Cameron’s family a bit of St. John’s college, and then wandered over to the Radcliffe Camera, which is always gorgeous, then the Sheldonian Library, the Bridge of Sighs, and finally to Christchurch, which we managed to reach just before it got dark, though didn’t make it inside as it was about to close. It was a bit strange to be back at St. Johns, but fun to explore. I think Cameron and I will go back soon and spend a bit more time- it’s the sort of place that’s so packed with things to do and see that you could spend at least a full day wandering around.

We ended up having a late lunch/early dinner at a fantastic Thai restaurant which I’d actually been to before- Chang Mai Kitchen. It’s located in a really wonderful old building built in 1637, and has absolutely fantastic food- I wish I could go weekly! If you’re in Oxford I definitely recommend checking it out.

We took the Oxford Tube there and back which made the whole trip really simple and flexible, as they run all day at a pretty regular interval. I could ramble on for quite a while about all of the things to go and see, but instead I’ll opt for a short list of things I think are must-see’s if you’re planning a visit to the area. I’ll put it on the Get Away page so it’s easy to find!

 

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