Day tripping in Oxford
If you fancy a day trip out of London, then I can’t think of anything better than hopping down to to the historical university town, Oxford!
How to get there
The Megabus is a super cheap option (around £9 each way). You can take a Megabus from central London (the coach line is operated under the name of Oxford Tube). From London Victoria, it will take you about two hours to get there. There are other stops along the way which is included in those of those hours so ensure to check the timetable.
Reasons to visit Oxford
- Although it’s a popular tourist destination, Oxford is a quaint, calm town!
- Another thing, all the key sites can be covered on foot!
- There are plenty of photo opportunities for all you shutterbugs, the architecture is beautiful and there are many pockets of beauty to be enjoyed.
- The history
- Two words… Harry Potter.
This is a shop called ‘Objects of Use‘. We stumbled upon it on our walk! As the name suggests, it is a store full of useful objects that have been sourced from around the world. It’s almost like a museum. Great care has been taken to curate the collection. It’s worth a look if you pass it by.
The Harry Potter trail in Oxford
Our main reason for going to Oxford was to follow the Harry Potter trail around town and see all the Oxford sites that featured in the Harry Potter movies.
Our first stop is the Bodleian Library which houses the Divinity Hall and the Duke Humphries library.
Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photographs inside the Duke Humphries library. Rest assured it may just be my favourite stop! This is what it looks like. It’s dark, gothic and I swear this is the place where Harry jokingly tells Hermione that he’s ‘the chosen one’.
Take note, if you want to see this library, you will need to book yourself onto the tour as they only bring up small groups each time to see it.
The Divinity Hall doubles up as the infirmary, the hall where everyone learns how to dance for the Yule Ball
It’s a lot smaller than I expected!
Across the road, there is the treasury. I recommend visiting to see what they have in their collections! This is William Shakespeare’s first folio!
Another Harry Potter stop is Christ Church.
I’m sure you recognise these staircases! To me, this was the most iconic location. I could instantly remember all the scenes this location was involved with.
Close by, is Christ Church College’s dining hall which was a huge inspiration for the dining hall in the Harry Potter movies.
For more information on Oxford, visit here.
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