When we stayed at Mollie’s Motel we decided to pay a flying-visit to the beautiful University city of Oxford.We were there on a Sunday which was probably not a bad day to go (particularly by car) as the traffic was not horrendous and we managed to park relatively cheaply off one of the side streets.
Oxford is extremely touristy – so do bare this in mind if there’s somewhere specific you want to visit. There can be big queues to get into specific buildings, so do check whether you can book tickets in advance in order that you’re not disappointed.
We were there with the kids so we concentrated on showing them a bit of the University and the Ashmolean Museum.
If you’re interested in architecture there’s a lot of beautiful buildings to see. The University has colleges dotted around the city.
It even has it’s own Bridge of Sighs which is well-known for it’s similarity to the one in Venice:
The Ashmolean has to be one of the best museums outside London. It has some amazing artifacts from around the world and is definitely worth a visit. Be sure to check their website before you go, to see what exhibitions are on. Our visit coincided with a small exhibition of Jeff Koons’ work and I was keen to introduce the kids to some modern art – I thought Koons was a good place to start and as it’s just 3 rooms it’s not too daunting.
My youngest son was more enamoured than my eldest but they both went around it twice (which in my mind is a success). All-in-all not bad training for the larger gallery’s and museums in London. (This particular exhibition is on until the 9th of June 2019.)
Even if there isn’t an exhibition that appeals to you, there’s more than enough to see in the permanent exhibits and you can easily spend several hours here.
I love Oxford and I’ll definitely be returning. Next time I’d like to visit some of the foodie destinations and maybe do a spot of shopping with a side of culture. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.