My boyfriend and I went to Oxford for the weekend to see ‘One Night of Elvis’ at the New Theatre (LOL… big Elvis fan!!!)
We stayed at Malmaison which is a boutique hotel in a former Oxford prison! The gorgeous rooms and suites were once prison cells and keep their heavy metal cell doors.
I didn’t book but just looked online and there are a variety of rooms for a variety of prices. Cheapest at £140, most expensive at £370 per night.
It really is somewhere very different and quite special to stay – would definitely recommend. (And they had an Elvis painting in our room – coincidence / good taste!!!)
The oldest pub in Oxford
The Bear was not far from the hotel on foot. It’s a tiny pub dating back to 1242! It’s off the beaten-track, hidden in a backstreet away from the tourists. That being said, it’s so tiny you probably will struggle to get a seat. We didn’t eat here but the food looked good.
The main attraction for tourists visiting Oxford is its university. There are many beautiful and interesting buildings to see.
Bodlein Library is the second largest library in the UK. We didn’t get to go inside as we didn’t book in advance and entry is in specific slots. I couldn’t find how to book online – if you’re desperate to go in, I’d suggest you turn up early to secure a slot to go in.
Radcliffe Camera is a really impressive building and is considered one of England’s earliest examples of a round library.
It stands in front of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin (below & above).
Oxford University grounds and colleges are extensive; you can definitely spend the whole day walking in and around them!
You’ll have to drive / get the bus from Oxford to this World Heritage site. It boasts 2000 acres and is home to 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Another fun fact, Winston Churchill was born there.
It is absolutely stunning! I went with my family for the Christmas lights which were magical, but they have many exhibitions throughout the year. Would definitely recommend visiting. You can also book lunch / afternoon tea there.
I don’t think you need too long in Oxford but it’s certainly worth a weekend visit. Beautiful buildings, lots of history, great restaurants and to top it off, a stunning palace! What more could you want?