A brief line to say that Oxford's Colleges are well worth a visit.
Carparking is reasonably available in the centre - one sizeable (well,
relatively) undercover park near the bus terminal, so easy to find and
leaves you in a good position to wander round the sights. Otherwise, we
often have luck with street parking around the perimeter.
There are posted walks that give you an excellent view of the colleges and
the waterways, and places to stop for a drink or a coffee. Must say that I
have not so far found anything that I would particularly recommend in the
way of good quality, reasonably priced restaurants - other than the dining
room of friends in a nearby village! (But I am sure they would welcome you.)
There is a good cheese stall in the covered market in the centre of town and
obviously, some good bookstores too, just in case you have any spare time to
DO NOT VISIT, under any circumstances, the tower that boasts the best
view in Oxford or some such thing - and charges for the privilege. Oxford
has some beautiful vistas - but I can assure you, they are not evident from
that place. It is the most pedestrian view of backs of supermarkets, rusty
rooftops and airconditioning plants. Astonishingly bad for a place with such
So stick to the ground level, wander the grounds of whichever colleges are
open, spend some time in the libraries, galleries, etc, go for a romantic
punt on the river (Don't fall in, she says, from bitter experience!), listen
to some music in the chapels and halls, and have fun.
Just don't try driving through the centre, especially if they are still
digging up roads, as they have been doing for the past year.
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